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North Branch boys and girls win True Team Sections
North Branch boys and girls track teams show off their True Team section championship plaques and ribbons last week. They will compete in the True Team State Meet on Saturday, May 16 in Stillwater.
North Branch boys and girls track teams show off their True Team section championship plaques and ribbons last week. They will compete in the True Team State Meet on Saturday, May 16 in Stillwater.
Even though they are missing some key contributors to injuries, the North Branch girls track and field team earned their third straight berth to the True Team State Meet last week by winning the Section 7AA True Team meet  Tuesday, May 5.
Thursday, May 14, 2015

Wildcats earn fourth seed
Cambridge-Isanti 3, Chisago Lakes 0
An error with two outs in the top of the sixth inning eventually led to all three runs for the Cambridge-Isanti Bluejackets as they shut out the Wildcats 3-0 on Tuesday, May 12 at Chisago Lakes High School.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Two walk-off losses sting NB
Princeton 3, North Branch 2
The Vikings were held in check most of the game but a late rally was canceled by an even later run from Princeton.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Wildcats win two late games
Chisago Lakes 11, Cambridge-Isanti 8
A walk-a-thon was held at Pat Collins Field at Chisago Lakes High School last Tuesday, May 12, but it wasn’t done to raise money.  13 walks were offered up to the Wildcat baseball team by Cambridge-Isanti Bluejacket pitchers.  The Wildcats added seven hits to the mix and also took advantage of four Bluejacket errors on their way to an 11-8 win.  Noah Taylor had three of the Wildcats’ seven hits and Will Gillach and Anders Brown walked three times each.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Boys track team finishes seventh at True Team State Meet
Making a grand return to the True Team State Meet, the North Branch boys track team finished in seventh place out of nine teams behind some great individual finishes.
Thursday, May 21, 2015

Blake Lizotte returns to CL tennis lineup in time for section run
Blake Lizotte made his return to the Chisago Lakes tennis team last week in a conference match up against Princeton.
Thursday, May 21, 2015

Two extra inning games split by Wildcat baseball
Chisago Lakes 1, Princeton 0 (9 innings)
Mike Dunne and Tyler Stilp combined to pitch nine innings of shutout baseball and courtesy runner Henry Trost scored the game’s only run in the top of the ninth inning,  as the Wildcats beat Princeton 1-0 Tuesday, May 5 at Princeton.  Dunne started and went 5 1/3 innings.  He allowed four hits, walked three and struck out two.  Stilp relieved Dunne with one out in the sixth.  In 3 2/3 innings of work, Stilp allowed just one hit, struck out three and picked up the win.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Lee wins hurdles at true team
5AAA True Team Meet
The Wildcats are in Section 7AA for regular varsity track in the Minnesota State High School League.  But for True Team events, they compete in Class AAA and are the smallest school in Section 5AAA.  The Section 5AAA True Team meet was held last Tuesday, May 5 at Cambridge-Isanti High School.  Quinton Lee had the Wildcats’ only first place finish for either boys or girls on the day, coming in first in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 40.71 seconds.  The boys finished eighth out of nine teams and the girls came in ninth.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

NB girls on a roll late in season
A rough start to the season didn’t discourage the North Branch softball team. In fact, just a few weeks ago, Head Coach Brian Robelia promised that the girls’ best softball was just around the corner. He looks like a fortune teller now. Since Robelia made his prediction, the girls have won four straight conference games and five of seven overall.
Thursday, May 14, 2015

Thompson and Chambers finish one-two at mid-season M8C Tournament
Mississippi 8 Conference Tournament - Purple Hawk
The pair of Eric Chambers and Bryce Thompson has been on a tear this year. Both of them have carded rounds at or under par this season, and both have won Mississippi 8 East meets.

The East division of the M8C got together with the West division last week for their midseason conference tournament at Purple Hawk Country Club on Wednesday, April 29, and although the team didn’t win the tournament, they were the highest finishing East team and Thompson and Chambers went one-two overall.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Mixed bag of results for CL baseball
St. Michael-Albertville (STMA) 8, Chisago Lakes 3
STMA put up the same crooked number – two – in the second, third, fourth and sixth innings and beat the Wildcats 8-3 Thursday, April 23 at St. Michael.  Four Wildcat pitchers combined to allow 14 hits in the game.  They walked only two batters, but struck out just one.  Dan Streitz drove in a run in the fourth and Anders Brown and Adam Klick each drove in a run in the fifth, but it wasn’t enough to offset the hit parade by STMA.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Outside of Andover bump, Chisago Lakes softball cruises to five victories
Chisago Lakes 7, St. Michael-Albertville (STMA) 1
The Wildcats exploded for seven runs in the top of the seventh inning to beat the STMA Knights 7-1 last Thursday, April 23 at St. Michael.  Alex Smith was the star on the mound and at the plate for the Wildcats.  She went seven innings and allowed just one unearned run on two hits, walked one and struck out eleven.  And Smith’s three-run double in the seventh capped the scoring for the Wildcats and gave them a comfortable lead going into the bottom of the seventh.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Wildcats showing well in midseason
The Wildcats hosted the eight-team Chisago Lakes Invitational on Tuesday, April 28.  Both the boys and the girls performed well as teams.  The girls finished in second place, just 7.5 points behind North Branch.  And the boys finished solidly in third place behind Forest Lakes and North Branch.
Thursday, May 7, 2015

Vikes open week with win, finish with tough losses to Andover and Anoka
North Branch 8, Rogers 4
The Vikings started their hectic week with a big Mississippi 8 Conference win over Rogers on Tuesday, April 28.

After the Vikings led off the game with four runs in the first inning, Rogers slowly chipped away, scoring one in the second, one in the fifth and two in sixth to tie the game at four.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Busy schedule sees CL go 4-2 on week
Chisago Lakes 7. Big Lake 0
After hosting Buffalo on Monday, April 27, the Chisago Lakes boys tennis jumped right back at it on Tuesday, April 28 against the Big Lake Hornets and earned a sweep. Everybody won in straight sets for the Wildcats, as they overwhelmed the Hornets from the get go.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Wildcats come from behind to beat Vikings 5-3
In the first of two meetings between the Wildcats and Vikings this year, Wildcat Joe Kimlinger drove in the go-ahead run with a groundout in the bottom of the sixth inning.  The Wildcats added another run after that.  The Vikings put two on with two outs in the top of the seventh, but Colten Danks grounded out to end the game.  Final score:  Wildcats 5, Vikings 3.  The game was played this past Monday, April 27 at Chisago Lakes High School.
Thursday, April 30, 2015

Back-and-forth affair ends with CL topping Vikes
Wildcat Kailey McKnight drove in the tie-breaking run on a groundout with the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth inning to break a 3-3 tie versus the Vikings last week.  The Wildcats went on to score two more runs in the inning.  They stopped a Viking rally at one run in the top of the seventh and beat the Vikings 6-4.  The game was played April 27 at Chisago Lakes High School.
Thursday, April 30, 2015

Wildcats get back to winning ways before running into Buffalo
Chisago Lakes 7, St. Anthony Village 0
After a weather related break caused the Chisago Lakes boys tennis team to go a week without a match, the Wildcats jumped right back into the fold with a commanding 7-0 win over St. Anthony Village on Wednesday, April 22.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

North Branch sends seven to Hamline Elite meet
The Hamline Elite meet is a true best of the best format that can be more competitive than the state tournament.

Competitors from both Class A and AA mix together and see who’s got the chops to be the best in the state.

North Branch track and field sent seven athletes to the event and two of them exceeded their early season expectations.

The first one was Mikayla Johnson. She finished in third place last year in the Class AA state meet in pole vault, and she backed that up with a top finish in the Hamline Elite Meet this year by jumping 11’9”. The  result was especially impressive as two-time state champion Andie Jacobs of Rochester Century was in the field.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Thompson fires a 72, Wildcats win M8C meet by one stroke
Last week, it was Eric Chambers leading the Wildcat boys golf team with a one under at Chisago Lakes Golf Course.
Thursday, April 30, 2015

Wildcats fall to St. Francis for first loss of the season
Chisago Lakes 4, Princeton 3
The Wildcats took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning and shut down rallies in the sixth and seventh innings to squeak by Princeton 4-3 on Tuesday, April 14 at Chisago Lakes.  Mike Dunne drove in two of the four Wildcat runs as the Wildcats won their third straight game to start the season.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Chambers toughs nasty weather to shoot under par

Although there hasn’t been any snow cancellations so far this golf season, the weather has been bad enough most of the time that the teams haven’t been able to get out on the links.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Another collapse haunts Vikings
The Vikings had already let one big lead slip away early this year against Hermantown, and it happened again when North Branch hosted Monticello on Tuesday, April 14.
Thursday, April 23, 2015

CL stumped in early season test versus last year's section champs
Chisago Lakes 19, Princeton 0 (5 innings)
The Wildcat softball team scored ten runs in the second inning on their way to a 19-0 drubbing of the Princeton Tigers.  Cassie Lynch led the way with her bat for the Wildcats, going 4-for-4 with five RBIs, including a two run homer in the fourth inning to cap off the Wildcats scoring.  Quinncy Zupko had three hits, including a double and Sami Sandretto drove in four runs.  Lynch allowed just one hit, walked one and struck out five in pitching a complete game shutout.  The game was played Tuesday, April 14 at Chisago Lakes High School.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Seventh inning rally vs Buffalo forces extras, but NB loses in nine
St. Francis 11, North Branch 1
The Vikings got down  early and never recovered against Mississippi 8 Conference foe St. Francis on Friday, April 17.
The Saints touched North Branch’s starter Nick Pilz for nine runs in the first and a 10th run in the second inning to take a commanding 10-1 lead.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

NB boys track team impresses with 2nd place in Lakeville
With a bevy of quality teams in the field, the North Branch boys and girls track and field teams knew they would have their hands full at the Lakeville North Mega Meet on Saturday, April 18.

The boys rose to the occasion, coming in second place  out of 14 teams while the girls, battling an injury bug, came in 11th place out of 16 teams in the girls half.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Hot bats only result in one weekend win for NB
If the North Branch softball team ever puts up 15 runs again in a game this year, chances are high  that next time they will win. The fluke loss came over the weekend to Hermantown in the second half of a double header that saw two northern teams come down and double dip against North Branch and Chisago Lakes.
Thursday, April 16, 2015

'Cats fall to STMA early in the season
St. Michael-Albertville 6, Chisago Lakes 1
Last year, the Wildcats and Knights played late in the season and the match essentially determined who the Mississippi 8 Conference champion was going to be.

The Wildcats won that one and wrapped up an undefeated conference season. This year, the road to be traveled is still long, but St. Michael-Albertville pulled into the early lead with a 6-1 win over the Wildcats on Tuesday, April 14.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Vikes take advantage of Big Lake miscues, win first game of the year
North Branch 7, Big Lake 4
The Vikings got their first win of the year in a conference tangle with Big Lake.

North Branch took advantage of six Hornet errors. which led to four unearned runs for the Vikes.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

CL suffers first two defeats, bounce back to crush Virginia
Rogers 5, Chisago Lakes 2
The Rogers Royals scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning without getting a hit and beat the Wildcats 5-2 last Friday, April 10 at Rogers.  Brooke Mueller had blasted a home run over the centerfield fence in the top of the fourth to give the Wildcats a 2-1 lead.  But the first Rogers three batters in the fifth reached on a hit by pitch, an error and a walk.  One out later, another batter was hit by a pitch to drive in the first run of the inning.  An error and another hit batter drove in two more runs and the final run of the inning scored on a groundout.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Heads-up baserunning helps CL win season opener vs SF
Alex Smith scored the winning run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the fifth inning as the Wildcat softball team opened the 2015 season by beating St. Francis 5-4 at Chisago Lakes Thursday, April 2.  The Wildcats went into the bottom of the fifth down 4-2, but some timely hitting and aggressive baserunning enabled them to score three runs and take the lead.  Wildcat head coach Brenda Carlson said, “That inning was a perfect example of how we can use our speed to make runs.”
Thursday, April 9, 2015

Lee and Hindt win matching 400 meter events at STMA
The 400 meter dash proved to be the premier event for the Wildcats at the St. Michael-Albertville (STMA) Quadrangular held Tuesday, March 31 at St. Michael-Albertville High School.  Isabel Hindt won the girls’ race in 1:02.74, beating the second place finisher by 4.5 seconds.  And Quinton Lee won the boys’ race with a time of 52.95 seconds, nearly three seconds ahead of his opponent.  Overall, the host school dominated the day.  The Wildcat girls finished a distant second to STMA, barely edging out North Branch and Cambridge-Isanti.  And the boys came in a distant third behind STMA and Cambridge-Isanti and just ahead of North Branch.  The meet was moved from indoors to outdoors because of good weather.  “I bet you don’t hear that too often,” said Wildcat boys’ head coach Ken Orwoll.  “It was a great day to be outside.”
Thursday, April 9, 2015

Errors already costly for North Branch baseball team
Early season errors are always a problem for Minnesota baseball teams.

They aren’t able to be outside constantly honing their craft, and it takes a few full speed games to get back into the groove.

North Branch’s yips, though, cost them in their first game of the year against Faribault.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Track and field kicks-off spring season with meet in Wisconsin
For both the Chisago Lakes boys and girls track teams, the season began for real last Saturday at the All-American Invitational, held at the University of Wisconsin River Falls.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Darling and Doble lead CL to 15th place finish
With a great regular season and sections in the book, the Chisago Lakes boys swimming and diving team took to the pool for one last time in the 2014-15 season for the state tournament at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center Thursday-Saturday, March 5-7.
Thursday, March 12, 2015

Wildcats fall just short of state tournament, lose 50-48 to upset-minded Hermantown
Just weeks after beating Hermantown by double digits at home, the Chisago Lakes boys basketball team took on the Hawks again,  Friday, March 6 in Duluth with much more on the line than section seeding.
Thursday, March 12, 2015

Connell caps career with third place finish at state
At last weekend’s state high school wrestling tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Wildcat senior Dylan Connell came within seconds of getting a chance to wrestle for the AA state championship at 132 pounds.  But the referee awarded a controversial stalling point with 18 seconds left in Connell’s semifinal match against junior Jackson Sweeney of Watertown-Mayer/Mayer Lutheran to tie their match at 3-3, and Sweeney went on to win 6-3 in overtime.  Connell ended up finishing third, making this the third year in a row he has placed at the state tournament.  Connell becomes just the second Wildcat wrestler to place more than twice at the state tournament, trailing only Dan Dellwo, who placed four times in the mid-1990s. 
Thursday, March 5, 2015

Wildcats sending eight athletes to eight state events
Eight athletes going to the state meet is a lot in any sport.

It’s plenty in swimming, but what makes the eight Chisago Lakes boys swimmers and divers so accomplished is that  nearly every athlete who earned a trip is going in multiple events. A few are even going in the maximum number of four events.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Wildcat boys move to section final against H'Town
Thursday, March 5, 2015

Spring Lake Park towers over CL in section finals
Spring Lake Park 5, Chisago Lakes 0
The quest of the Wildcat boys’ hockey team to make a second straight appearance at the state tournament ended with a 5-0 loss to top-seeded and much bigger Spring Lake Park in the Section 5A championship game Thursday, February 26 at Isanti Arena.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Viking nasty defense allows only six first-half points for Cloquet
Jerome Huselid preaches defense to his team. The Lady Vikings had been in some low scoring affairs throughout the year, but they saved their defensive masterpiece for the first round of sections against Cloquet.
Thursday, March 5, 2015

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