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March 22, 2018

Wildcats state dream shattered by Hamling's sharpshooting
Once Heaven Hamling hit a near half court shot to end a first half offensive onslaught for Grand Rapids, the Chisago Lakes girls basketball team knew it was in for a long night at the Section 7AAA championship game in Cambridge-Isanti on Thursday, March 8.
Friday, March 16, 2018

Lang leaving post as Chisago Lakes Activities Director after just one year
Chisago Lakes will be looking for another Activities Director after this school year ends as Hayley Lang’s resignation was accepted just over one year from when she was hired.
Friday, March 16, 2018

Monticello spoils North Branch's shot at state hockey tournament
In last Thursday’s Section 5A Championship Game between the Vikings and the Monticello Magic, Monticello’s Jack Saunders scored on a shot from the right point to break a 1-1 tie at 13:12 of the third period.  Monticello added two more goals, including an empty-netter with five seconds left, to make the final score 4-1.  The loss ended the best season in North Branch High School hockey history.  Monticello will go to the state tournament for the second year in a row.  The game was played at Elk River Ice Arena.
Friday, March 9, 2018

Pair of young Wildcats make it to second round of state diving
There wasn’t any expectation for the Chisago Lakes divers when they went down to the state tournament last weekend at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. Jimmy Nord and Storm Opdahl both qualified for the meet, but as a seventh and an eighth grader, they were two of the youngest competitors at the event. Nord was the only seventh grader and Opdahl was one of two eighth graders in the field of 24.
Friday, March 9, 2018

CL & NB grapplers fight hard at state tournament
Neither of the eleventh-grade Wildcat wrestlers who made their first appearance at last weekend’s state wrestling tournament at the Xcel Energy Center – Josh Wenthe (160) and Zach Carlson (285) – got on to the podium by placing in the top six.  But both of them wrestled well against tough opponents and are poised to use that experience to make another run at getting on the podium next year.
Friday, March 9, 2018

GOLDEN MOMENT: Aliah Williams wins state all around title
Aliah Williams knew her balance beam routine would set the tone for her day at the state gymnastics meet on Saturday, February 24.
Thursday, March 1, 2018

Vikings' hockey to play for state berth
Section Quarterfinals:  North Branch 11, Mora/Milaca 0
The second-seeded Vikings made mincemeat out of the seventh-seeded Mora/Milaca Mustangs in the Section 5A quarterfinals, crushing them 11-0 last Thursday, February 22 at Chisago Lakes Arena.  Alec Hink and Cody Moline each had hat tricks and playmaker Jake Richard had four assists to lead the Vikings.  The win earned the Vikings the opportunity to face third-seeded Pine City in the semifinals.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Chisago Lakes' Carlson and Wenthe heading to state wrestling tournament
After being shut out of the state tournament last year, the Wildcats will send two wrestlers down to the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul this weekend.  At last weekend’s Section 4AA tournament, junior Josh Wenthe, seeded second in the section at 160 pounds, pinned his opponent in a wild semifinal match, lost the championship match and didn’t need to wrestle a True Second match to advance.  At 285, top-seeded Zach Carlson pinned all three of his opponents to advance to state.  Both wrestlers will be making their first appearance at the state tournament.  The Section 4AA individual tournament was held Friday and Saturday, February 23 and 24, at South St. Paul High School.
Thursday, March 1, 2018

Bombard and Labelle heading to state
As we all know, sometimes good things come in small packages.  For the Viking wrestling program, this means wrestlers at the two lowest weights earned the right to go to this weekend’s state tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.  Eighth-graders Ashton LaBelle (106) and Brandt Bombard (113) will both be headed to state for the first time after finishing second at last weekend’s Section 4AA individual tournament.  The tournament was held Friday, February 22 and Saturday, March 23 at South St. Paul High School.  The Class AA individual matches at the Xcel begins Friday at 9 a.m.
Thursday, March 1, 2018

After early upset over Princeton, Wildcats knocked out by familiar foe
Section Quarterfinals:  Chisago Lakes 3, Princeton 1
Thomas Overgaard scored twice and had an assist and Brooks Stangl stopped 35 of the 36 shots he faced to lead the fifth-seeded Wildcats to a 3-1 win over the fourth-seeded Princeton Tigers last Thursday, February 22 at Princeton Arena.  The win sent the Wildcats to the section semifinal game against top-seeded Monticello.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Three county gymnasts heading to the state tournament
After a long year of breaking records and climbing higher and higher, Aliah Williams rightfully earned a state tournament berth from the Section 7A gymnastics meet last weekend.
Monday, February 26, 2018

After early success, CL girls hoops struggling to find consistency lately
Since ripping off five straight wins in mid-January, the Chisago Lakes girls basketball team has been the model of inconsistency.
Monday, February 26, 2018

Vikings have two close calls
St. Francis 69, North Branch 63
The North Branch boys basketball team nearly battled back from a huge deficit to surprise the St. Francis Saints, but it ultimately became too much of an uphill battle to finish off.

Monday, February 26, 2018

CL finishes seventh at state, Mower brothers tumble
The girls alpine ski team didn’t repeat their state championship run from last year, but they still had a wildly successful season.
Monday, February 26, 2018

The Chisago Lakes dance team is sending their jazz competition team to state after finishing in third place in the Section 2AA meet on Saturday, February 3.
Friday, February 16, 2018

ZacStrong Awards presented to Chisago Lakes hockey players
The Chisago Lakes Hockey Association celebrated the life and memory of Zac Bartz on February 8, 2018, by awarding the 4th annual ZacStrong award. The award is a tribute to Zac and his passion for life, the sport of hockey and the Chisago Lakes community. Each year, the coaches of CLHA nominate athletes during the season that demonstrate six of the virtues which Zac lived his life by - courage, strength, bravery, humility, faith and love.
Friday, February 16, 2018

Wildcats upset Minneapolis in first round, but run into Breck in second
Chisago Lakes 3, Minneapolis 0
The fifth-seeded Wildcat girls’ hockey team picked a good time “to play one of the best games we’ve played all season long,” said Wildcat head coach Dave Burgen – their first section playoff game.  The Wildcats scored early in the first period and added a couple of power play goals in the third period to beat the fourth-seeded Minneapolis Novas 3-0 in the Section 5A quarterfinals.  Wildcat goalie Megan Lerfald stopped all 26 shots she faced to earn the shutout win.  It was the first playoff win for the Wildcats since they won the consolation championship at the state tournament in 2012.  The game was played at Parade Ice Garden in Minneapolis on Wednesday, February 7.  The win sent the Wildcats to the section semifinal game against top-seeded Breck this past Tuesday, February 13, also at Parade Ice Garden.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Wildcats conclude regular season with loss to Monti, sections next
The Mississippi 8 Conference gauntlet finally came to an end for the Chisago Lakes gymnastics squad on Thursday, February 8.
They were downed by a strong Monticello team 141.525-138.825 in their regular season finale. Aliah Williams led the all around again, winning by a comfortable margin, but there were a few too many falls, particularily on the balance beam, for Chisago Lakes to overcome the Magic.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Chisago Lakes unable to be the first M8C opponent to beat STMA
St. Michael-Albertville 62, Chisago Lakes 45
Despite fielding one of their most experienced teams ever, the Chisago Lakes girls basketball squad still couldn’t be the first school to get the job done against St. Michael-Albertville.

Friday, February 16, 2018

'Cats upset St. Francis before dropping two M8C contests
Chisago Lakes 69, St. Francis 68
Defense is what mattered the most for Chisago Lakes with just four minutes left and a tight lead against the St. Francis Saints boys basketball team on Tuesday, January 30.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Chisago Lakes girls alpine ski team returns to state to defend 2017 title
The Chisago Lakes girls alpine ski team will be returning to the state tournament to defend their 2017 state championship.
Friday, February 9, 2018

Vikings find a way to beat Wildcats in a much tighter affair
Sudden-death overtime goals are generally exhilarating for the winners and crushing for the losers, especially in a big game or in a rivalry game.  But the end to the Vikings’ 2-1 overtime boys’ hockey win over the Wildcats at Chisago Lakes Arena last Saturday, February 3 was almost anticlimactic.  55 seconds into overtime, after a Viking shot from the right point and some chaos in front of the net, the referee blew the whistle when he couldn’t see the puck.  A Wildcat player had his glove covering the puck deep in the crease.  “The referee said he was going to call a penalty shot,” said Viking head coach Matt Cottingham, “but he noticed both the glove and the puck were over the goal line.  So, he correctly called it a goal and the game was over.”  Brady Meyer, who was the last Viking player to touch the puck after getting his stick on the rebound, was awarded the goal.  Zach Larson, who took the shot from the point that eventually led to the goal, received an assist.
Friday, February 9, 2018

Wildcats bounce back after rocky patch for big wins
Chisago Lakes 7, Legacy Christian Academy 0
Thomas Overgaard scored twice in the first period and the Wildcat boys’ hockey team added four more goals in the second as the Wildcats devoured the Legacy Christian Academy Lions 7-0 last Thursday, January 18 at Chisago Lakes Arena.  The Wildcats outshot the Lions 45-13 for the game, including a 23-2 advantage in the second period.  Goalie Brooks Stangl stopped all 13 shots he faced to earn the shutout.

Friday, February 2, 2018

North Branch boys hockey on another roll, Meyer and Moline in top five scorers in the state
North Branch 3, Rogers 2
Cody Moline scored with five seconds left in the second period to put the Vikings up by one goal over the Rogers Royals at 3-2.  The Vikings and goalie Jake Turek kept the Royals at bay in the third period and the Vikings won by the same score.  Special team play was the key to victory in this one.  All three Viking goals came on the power play as they converted three of six chances.  The Vikings killed all three Rogers power play opportunities.  The Vikings outshot the Royals 30-20 for the game and Turek stopped 18 of the 20 shots he faced for his third win of the season.  The game was played at Chisago Lakes Arena in Lindstrom on Tuesday, January 23.

Friday, February 2, 2018

HOOPS ROUND UP: Cambridge-Isanti stings three county area teams
Chisago Lakes 61, Cambridge-Isanti 37
The Wildcats cruised to a 61-37 victory over Cambridge-Isanti to rebound nicely after an upset loss to Hibbing earlier in the week.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Chisago Lakes stumbles against STMA
St. Michael-Albertville 137.6-Chisago Lakes 137.225
In this feel good season for Chisago Lakes, they’ve been beating teams they’ve never beaten before, and breaking records that have stood for some time.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Wildcats pull away from Vikings early
Despite a feisty opening few minutes from the North Branch girls basketball team, Chisago Lakes used some lethal shooting and a vast size advantage to pull away from Vikings in the two team’s Mississippi 8 Conference scrum on Thursday, January 18.
Friday, January 26, 2018

North Branch edges Chisago Lakes in a rousing contest
It’s been nearly three years since North Branch had won a Mississippi 8 Conference game. It was a 73-58 win over Big Lake on February 20, 2015. Since then, they had dropped 26 straight M8C contests.
Friday, January 26, 2018

'Cats dominate Bluejackets
In a season of struggles in the Mississippi 8 Conference, the Chisago Lakes boys swimming and diving team beat Cambridge-Isanti handily on Thursday, January 18 at home.
Friday, January 26, 2018

Vikings impressive off the court, working towards success on it
Despite not having a ton of  success on the court this season, the 2-10 North Branch boys basketball team record hasn’t stopped team mates from bonding and volunteering off the court.
Friday, January 19, 2018

Chisago Lakes alpine ski team stays strong in NWSC
Northwest Suburban Conference Meet
The Chisago Lakes alpine ski teams both showed their strong resolve and impressive depth again in their Northwest Suburban Conference race on Thursday, January 11.

Friday, January 19, 2018

North Branch hangs up seven amid turmoil for Chisago Lakes
North Branch 7, Chisago Lakes 3
The anticipation was building for the season’s first boys’ hockey matchup between the Vikings and Wildcats last Saturday afternoon.  But the Wildcats were thrown for a loop when head coach Paul Gibson resigned on Friday.  The Vikings, experiencing the best season in team history, came on strong and scored five goals in the first period before the Wildcats knew what hit them.  The Wildcats recovered and played a lot better over the next two periods, but the five-goal deficit was a hill too high to climb.  The Vikings won 7-3 to raise their record to 11-3-0 on the season.  The loss dropped the Wildcats to 4-10-2.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Chisago Lakes wins big over NB
Chisago Lakes 70, North Branch 54
The annual county rivalry had been very competitive the past few years, but with a healthy Carmen Backes and an injury-riddled North Branch squad, the game wasn’t much of a contest on Thursday, January 4.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Bench sparks first win of the year
North Branch 72, Staples-Motley 64
It took them eight games, but the North Branch boys basketball team finally got their first win of the season.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Vikings dominate early, misstep in final game of holiday tournament
North Branch 11, Willmar 0
Cody Moline scored four goals and Brady Meyer added a hat trick to lead the Viking boys’ hockey team to an 11-0 shellacking of the Willmar Cardinals in the opening game of the Little Falls Holiday tournament.  Playmaker Jacob Richards had four assists.  Moline, Meyer and Justin Sachs had two assists apiece.  Alec Hink scored twice and added an assist.  Nick Jensen had a goal and an assist.  Junior Kade Koecher scored his first career goal.  And four players tallied one assist apiece:  Jared Schmitt, Cody Croal, Dawson Johnson and Tim Moll.  The Vikings dominated from start to finish and put the game away with seven goals in the second period.  They outshot the Cardinals 42-16 for the game.  Viking goalie Trevor Mellen stopped all 16 shots he faced to record his first shutout of the season.  The game was played at Exchange Arena in Little Falls on Wednesday, December 27.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Wildcat girls hockey gets on track with two straight wins
Chisago Lakes 3, Osseo/Park Center 2
Jenna Lawry tapped in a rebound at 3:24 of overtime to give the Wildcats a 3-2 win over Osseo/Park Center in the opening game of the Schwan’s Open Cup, American Division, Thursday, December 28 at the Schwan Super Rink.  The win sent the Wildcats to the next day’s semifinal game against the Northern Lakes Lightning.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Chisago Lakes boys finish last in open division at Schwan's Cup
Marshall 5, Chisago Lakes 2
The Marshall Tigers scored twice in the first period and twice in the second period on their way to a 5-2 win over the Wildcats in the opening round of the Schwan’s Cup Open at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine.  The game was played on Tuesday, December 26.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Wildcats earn a 2-2 split at the Northern Duals in Grand Rapids
The Wildcats went up to Grand Rapids for the Great Northern Duals during the holiday break and came away with a 2-2 showing.  They squeaked by Cloquet-Esko-Carlton (CEC) 37-35, lost to host Grand Rapids 60-19, fell to Aitkin 57-25 and won 34-33 in an eighth criteria tiebreaker over Deer River.  Wildcat head coach Shawn Frederixon said “We have a limited number of wrestlers in the varsity lineup this year.
Monday, January 8, 2018

North Branch fends off Staples-Motley for split at Holiday Tourney
Little Falls 61, North Branch 52
Despite some strong defense in the first half against Little Falls, the North Branch girls basketball team lost their edge in the second half and the Flyers went on a big run to win 61-52 on Thursday, December 28.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Girls open their state title defense with a second place finish
Now the Chisago Lakes girls apline ski team knows what it’s like to ski with a target on their back.
Friday, December 29, 2017

The Wildcats got a statement win over Hill-Murray on Thursday, December 21, beating the Pioneers 68-48 in their last game before Christmas.

Friday, December 29, 2017

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