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home : sports : sports January 19, 2017

Backes nearly breaks scoring record vs NB, tears ACL in next game
Above, Carmen Backes drove to the hoop with intensity against North Branch. Below, Jillayna Hoppe looks for room against the CL defense.
Above, Carmen Backes drove to the hoop with intensity against North Branch. Below, Jillayna Hoppe looks for room against the CL defense.
Chisago Lakes 84, North Branch 59
Carmen Backes clearly has the talent to set records for the Chisago Lakes girls basketball team.

Thursday, January 12, 2017


Gymnasts come out of break with nice performance at Tropical Twist
The Chisago Lakes gymnastics team is in the middle of a rebuilding project, and they’ve been steadily climbing up to what culminated in a season-high score at the Big Lake Tropical Twist Invitational on Saturday, January 7.
Thursday, January 12, 2017

Lawry goes off for CL in 6-4 win
Chisago Lakes 6, Holy Angels/Richfield 4
Jenna Lawry got a hat trick and more against the Holy Angels/RIchfield Stars.  She scored the last four Wildcat goals, all on the power play, to lead the Wildcat girls’ hockey team to a 6-4 win over the Stars last Thursday at Richfield Ice Arena.  Playmaker Madison Lundeen assisted on all four of Lawry’s goals.  For the Wildcats, a power play that had been largely nonexistent so far this season – converting just four of 35 chances – came alive against Holy Angels.  The Wildcats converted four of seven power play opportunities against the Stars.  “We have been working on the power play in practice,” said Wildcat head coach Dave Burgen.  “We already had nice passing, but we encouraged them to shoot more.  The turning point of the game was having the power play unit put in four pucks in the net like they did.”  And the Wildcats themselves managed to steer clear of the penalty box for the most part, killing off the only Holy Angels power play opportunity of the night.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

CL gets a massive win over Tigers to stay undefeated in section play
Chisago Lakes 5, Princeton 4 (O.T.)
In a key conference and section matchup, Darin Krueger scored 18 seconds into overtime to give the Wildcats a 5-4 win over the Princeton Tigers last Friday, January 6 at Princeton Ice Arena.  The Wildcats trailed 4-2 entering the third period.  Andrue Trelstad scored a shorthanded goal with less than five minutes to go to pull the Wildcats within one and Brandon Caudill tied it with a power play goal 90 seconds later to send the game into overtime.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Chisago Lakes fends of surging North Branch
Cooper Hoheisel’s goal with 16 seconds left in the second period gave the Chisago Lakes Wildcats a 3-1 lead and proved to be the game winner as the Wildcats hung on to beat the North Branch Vikings 3-2 before a packed house split evenly between Wildcat fans and Viking fans Thursday, December 5 at Chisago Lakes Arena.
 

Monday, January 9, 2017

Lady 'Cats fall in Schwan Cup championship game
Cambridge-Isanti 2, Chisago Lakes 0
In the championship game of the Open Division of the Schwan Cup, scoring opportunities were hard to come by for both teams.  The Cambridge-Isanti Bluejackets outshot the Wildcats girls’ hockey team 19-11.  The Bluejackets, a fellow member of the Mississippi 8 Conference, were able to take advantage of two of their opportunities and shut out the Wildcats 2-0  The loss snapped the Wildcats’ four game winning streak.  The game was played at Ridder Arena on the campus of the University of Minnesota last Wednesday, December 28.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Brown and Frischmon win the stacked pre-Christmas Wild Mountain Invite
Wild Mountain Invitational
Anders Brown and Ellie Frischmon have been at the elite level for so long, it was hard to believe they were taking part in their last Wild Mountain Invitational on Friday, December 23.

Friday, December 30, 2016

CL heating up at the right time
Chisago Lakes 6, St. Paul Blades 3
It took a true team effort for the Wildcat girls’ hockey team to pick up their first win of the season after eight straight losses.  Five different players scored goals for the Wildcats as they beat the St. Paul Blades 6-3 in front of the home fans at Chisago Lakes Arena on Tuesday, December 20.

Friday, December 30, 2016

'Cats put early struggles behind them, sweep northern opponents
North St. Paul 68, Chisago Lakes 66
The Wildcats came close to their first win of the season when they took on the Polars from North St. Paul early this month.

They fell just short, however, 68-66, with their last chance effort stymied by the Polars defense.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Vikings on pace for something special; finally host a 'home' meet
Cambridge 143.725, North Branch 142.475
Although North Branch didn’t beat Class AA juggernaut Cambridge-Isanti, they put up a big enough score to really send shockwaves around the Class A landscape. They won’t be mistaken for Detroit Lakes, who are the best team in the state regardless of class (they put up an absurd 147.525 this year already), but North Branch’s score places them firmly in the top three in the state in Class A, and fighting with Melrose for the second spot.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Chisago Lakes wins two 4-1 games
Chisago Lakes 4, Mora-Milaca 1
Cooper Hoheisel scored twice in the first period as the Wildcat boys’ hockey team jumped out to a 3-0 lead and went on to beat the Mora-Milaca Mustangs 4-1 Tuesday, December 6 at the Mora Civic Center.  Mustang goalie Jake Libra kept his team in the game by stopping 41 of the 45 shots he faced.  Wildcat goalie Brooks Stangl stopped 7 of 8 shots to pick up his second win of the season.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Vikings remain unbeaten with win
North Branch 7, Pine City Area 2
Brady Meyer and Nick Fairbanks scored two goals apiece and goalie Trevor Mellen stopped 36 of the 38 shots he faced to extinguish the fire of the Pine City Dragons 7-2 last Thursday, December 8 at Chisago Lakes Arena.  Playmaker Joe Fabini had a goal and three assists for the Vikings in this one.  The Dragons outshot the Vikings 38-31 for the game, but Mellen’s stellar play in net along with some offensive flash led to a comfortable win for the Vikings.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Ertl takes all around but NB narrowly loses to Cambridge-Isanti
Teammates watch intently as Keeley Ertl finishes off her uneven bar routine. Ertl won the all-around in a conference meet against Big Lake and Cambridge-Isanti. The Vikings beat Big Lake but fell in a hotly contested match against conference stalwart and Class AA powerhouse Cambridge-Isanti.
Thursday, December 15, 2016

Backes hits 1,000 point mark, Wildcats off to fast start
Chisago Lakes 78, Mounds View 61
With injuries and losses in their rear view mirror, the Chisago Lakes girls basketball team opened the season with a thundering win over a Class AAAA opponent in Mounds View.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Lady Vikings split two non-conference blowout games
North Branch 62, Hinckley-Finlayson 23
The North Branch girls basketball team got a nice warm up after sweating away practices in the gym the last few weeks.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Wildcats drop two while breaking in many new starters
It won’t be easy for the Wildcats’ boys basketball team to replace Dylan Wood, Carter Duncan and Ethan Hickcox, but they started the process against two tough teams to open their season.
Thursday, December 8, 2016

'Cats still searching for win
Rogers 5, Chisago Lakes 1
The Wildcat girls’ hockey team lost three more times in less than a week to drop their record to 0-6 on the season.  On Tuesday, November 29, they lost a home game to the Rogers Royals 5-1.  Jenna Lawry scored the only goal of the game for the Wildcats, assisted by Morgan Huberty.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

'Cats shut out Legacy
Chisago Lakes 8, Legacy Christian 0
The Wildcat boys’ hockey team outshot the toothless Legacy Christian Lions 19-3 in the first period of their game last Saturday, December 3.  Lion goalie Nic Leibold kept his team in the game by stopping all but one of those shots and the Wildcats led just 1-0 at the end of one.  But it couldn’t last forever, and as the Wildcats piled on the shots in the second and third periods, the goals just kept coming.  When it was all over, the Wildcats shut out the Lions 8-0, outshooting them 52-7.  Wildcat Goalie Brooks Stangl picked up his first shutout of the season.  And Andrue Trelstad tallied five points for the Wildcats, on two goals and three assists.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

CL hosts two, showing well
The Wildcat Wrestling team had two home events last weekend.  On Friday night, they hosted Shakopee, Hibbing and Proctor/Hermantown in the Chisago Lakes Quadrangular.  On Saturday, they hosted Amery, Cambridge-Isanti, Foley, Grand Rapids, Hibbing and Kenyon-Wanamingo in the Chisago Lakes duals.  The Wildcats went 3-4 as a team.  Individually, Nathan Graeve (182/195) went a perfect 7-0, Adam Klick (220) went 6-1 and Zach Carlson (285) finished at 5-2.
Thursday, December 8, 2016

Wildcat boys hockey team drops first two games in annual holiday tourney
Rosemount 8, Chisago Lakes 2
The Rosemount Irish broke open a close game with a five goal outburst in the second period on their way to an 8-2 win over the Wildcats last Friday at the Wildcats’ holiday tournament at Chisago Lakes Arena.  The Irish built a 7-0 lead before Brandon Caudill’s power play goal ruined the Irish shutout four minutes into the third period.  Andrue Trelstad and Justin Lawry assisted on Caudill’s goal.  Tate Swanson scored another power play goal for the Wildcats later in the period, assisted by Cooper Hoheisel and Caudill.  The Irish outshot the Wildcats 43-16 for the game.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Nelson soars past expectations, earns third at state diving meet
Payton Nelson’s goal at the beginning of the year was to make the podium at the state meet.
Thursday, November 24, 2016

Olson and Nelson returning to state meet for third time
The Chisago Lakes girls swimming and diving team will be sending two familiar faces as their state contingent this week.
Thursday, November 17, 2016

Rinke, Yerges heading to state tournament from Section 7AA
A pair of seniors will be making one final run for North Branch cross country on Saturday, November 5 at the state meet at St. Olaf College.
Thursday, November 3, 2016

North Branch shocks top-seeded Elk River to move into semi-finals
The North Branch volleyball team is using the Section 7AAA playoffs as a personal revenge tour in the early stages.
Thursday, November 3, 2016

Vikings fall short against Cloquet, section run over two games in
After attempting 40 passes in the season opener against Grand Rapids, the Vikings football team didn’t rely as heavily on the pass throughout the rest of the season.
Thursday, November 3, 2016

Injuries and turnovers pile up as St. Francis ends CL's season
Those of you who attend Wildcat home football games know that an extremely loud cannon is fired off near the north end zone every time the Wildcats score.   Well, if you were at the Wildcats’ Section 7AAAAA semifinal home playoff game against St. Francis  Saturday, October 29, you know that the second-seeded Wildcats (4-5) did not go out with a bang.  The cannon was silent as the third-seeded Fighting Saints (6-4) shut out the Wildcats 24-0 on a rainy afternoon, to end the Wildcat season.
Thursday, November 3, 2016

Chisago Lakes drops section title to Denfeld in waning minutes
Playing in their fifth section championship game in the last 12 seasons, it looked like the top-seeded Wildcats were going to finally overcome all obstacles and get to the state tournament as they led the Duluth Denfeld Hunters 1-0 late in the game.  But the second-seeded Hunters scored with ten minutes to go in regulation and scored a golden goal six minutes into the first overtime to beat the Wildcats 2-1.  The loss ended the season for the Wildcats.  The game was played at Chisago Lakes High School on Thursday, October 20.
Thursday, October 27, 2016

Vikings end regular season on low note but come alive for section win
North Branch’s last hope for a regular season win came against a team they thought was beatable going into the game.
Thursday, October 27, 2016

'Cats lose to Rogers, but still earn bye in sections, St. Francis awaits
The Wildcats (4-4) trailed the Rogers Royals by 14-13 at halftime in last week’s game.  But the Royals (6-2) shut out the Wildcat offense in the second half and scored three touchdowns of their own, winning by the final score of 37-13.  The game was played at Chisago Lakes High School last Wednesday, October 19.  All high school football game in the state were played on Wednesday instead of Friday because of the four-day MEA weekend.
Thursday, October 27, 2016

North Branch girls soccer punches ticket to state with big upset of Princeton
Eighth-grader Khyah Harper scored a golden goal with 6:48 left in the first overtime to give the sixth-seeded Viking girls’ soccer team a 2-1 win over top-seeded Princeton in the Section 7A championship game on Thursday October 20.  The win sends the Vikings to the state tournament for the first time in team history.  The opening round game in the state tournament will be held October 25, 26 or 27 at a site and time yet to be determined.  The section championship game was played at Chisago Lakes High School.
Friday, October 21, 2016


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