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home : sports September 15, 2014

Vikes and Monti trade blows, but Magic come out on top
A flurry of touchdowns near the middle of the game gave North Branch a chance to beat Monticello for the first time in the Mississippi 8 Conference.
Thursday, September 11, 2014


Vikes and Monti trade blows, but Magic come out on top
A flurry of touchdowns near the middle of the game gave North Branch a chance to beat Monticello for the first time in the Mississippi 8 Conference.
Thursday, September 11, 2014

Wildcats roll to a 2-0 start behind Kimlinger's arm
In the Wildcat football team’s home opener, quarterback Joe Kimlinger and receiver Will Gillach hooked up for three touchdown passes as the Wildcats rolled over the Duluth Denfeld Hunters 35-8. After a three touchdown second quarter, the Wildcats led 28-0 at halftime.  They scored on their first drive of the second half to go up 35-0 and never looked back.   Kimlinger completed nine of 13 passes for 86 yards and four touchdowns for the game and Gillach caught a total of six passes for 64 yards and the aforementioned three touchdowns.  The game was Friday, September 5 at Chisago Lakes.
Thursday, September 11, 2014

Vikes open M8C with win over Tigers
The North Branch volleyball team had as much of a seesaw match as you can have while still getting the sweep in their conference-opener against Princeton.
The Vikings hosted the Tigers on Thursday, September 4 to open up the Mississippi 8 schedule.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Both tennis teams drop tough games
The Wildcats dropped their first Mississippi 8 Conference of the year when they lost a 5-2 decision to St. Michael-Albertville.
Chisago Lakes’ points came from Izzy Hindt at first singles. The junior won her match 6-2, 7-6 (6-2) and got the ‘Cats an early point.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Chisago County soccer roundup
Chisago Lakes Boys
Longtime Wildcat Joey Dutcher and newcomer Aidan Tollefson each scored a goal to lift the Wildcats to a 2-0 win over Mississippi 8 Conference foe Cambridge-Isanti last Thursday, September 4 at Chisago Lakes.  The Wildcats followed up their win of the Bluejackets with a 2-2 tie at Forest Lake.  The Wildcats are now 3-0-1 on the season.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Rinke dominates Pine City XC Invitational
Nothing has been able to slow Rhianna Rinke down for the past few years, and a cool and cloudy day at Pine City sure wasn’t going to slow her down.
Thursday, September 11, 2014

Chisago Lakes on a fast pace at C-I Invitational
The Chisago Lakes cross country teams got some good competition in, Friday, September 5 at the Isanti Middle School.
The Cambridge Invitational included large schools such as Centennial, Forest Lake, Andover, Roseville, Mounds View, Blaine and Duluth East.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Wildcats showing well early, but Monti too much
The Wildcat girls swim team ushered in a new era under Head Coach Ellen Heath and without mainstay Thomi Lee by performing very well in the Princeton Relays.
The relays are a fun, early season meet that doesn’t feature races that the girls will see throughout the year but allows them to have fun teaming up in different relay combinations. The Wildcats were among six teams at the event.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Royals win big again, but Vikings making strides
Sam Ferraro was welcomed to his new job as North Branch football head coach by the black and blue bruising machine that is the Rogers Royals last week. But he took every proverbial punch Rogers had and  kept toughing through.
Thursday, September 4, 2014

Wildcats win on last-second touchdown strike
What a way to start the season!  Wildcat quarterback Joe Kimlinger threw a 25 yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Michael Dunne with 8 seconds left in the game to give the Wildcats a 28-23 win over the Big Lake Hornets in the season opener Thursday, August 28 at Big Lake.  


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Vikings tear through Denfeld
North Branch’s volleyball team turned over a new leaf last week in their early season destruction of Duluth Denfeld. The Hunters were overmatched from the start, just barely reaching double digits in two of the three sets. After cruising to a 25-11 victory in the first set, the Lady Vikes kept rolling, winning 25-8 in the second set. In the third set, it could’ve been easy for the Vikings to ease up and let Denfeld crawl back into it. But, to North Branch’s credit, they didn’t let up with their intensity, even when the subs checked in, winning 25-10. They looked to be in midseason form in their match up.
Thursday, September 4, 2014

'Cats tennis tops Rangers
Chisago Lakes 4, Forest Lake 3
Forest Lake has long been Chisago Lakes’ nemesis in tennis. There have been some very competitive matches in the past few years as Chisago Lakes shed the “little brother/sister” tag in the rivalry and started to win some matches of their own. Last week’s season-opening 4-3 thriller was just the latest chapter in the novel that the teams have written.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Early soccer action positive for Chisago, North Branch squads
The Wildcats got off to a blazing hot start for the 2014 season last week. They went 2-0 in a tour of Northern teams, beating Grand Rapids in the season-opener 4-0 and Hibbing 6-1 in the follow up. In the Grand Rapids game, Aiden Tollefson tallied a hat trick and Miles Peterson added another goal. Ian Lawlor got the clean sheet in net.


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Proving golf isn't just an old man's game
When most people think of golfers, they picture older men in pleated slacks and stuffy polos with an arrogant attitude. Little do they know that there is a youthful revolution sweeping the game, and nowhere is that more evident than at Chisago Lakes Golf Course.
Thursday, August 14, 2014

Area resident wins Minnesota Female Referee of the Year
Morgan Magnuson never played soccer growing up. She just watched her brothers play it. And from watching them run around on the pitch, she spawned an idea: refereeing the game as a side job.
Thursday, August 7, 2014

Thompson keeps it rolling, wins sixth straight
Although most of the leaderboard had a national flair to it in the 2014 Chisago Lakes Triathlon, one thing remained constant: David Thompson. The St. Paul native won his sixth straight CL Tri, coming in first with a time of 4:03:10, but he only bested the field by a minute this year. Last year, Thompson won the event by almost 12 minutes.
Friday, August 1, 2014

North Branch taps Champlin Park's Ferraro as new head football coach
The football coaching carousel continues to spin round and round at North Branch High School. Last month, Activites Director Brett Carlson announced the hiring of Sam Ferraro as the next head football coach, replacing Nick Nitti, who departs after three years.
Thursday, July 31, 2014

Vikings and 'Cats schedules likely to stay very similar after district alignments announced
Minnesota State High School League schools should no longer have a reason to travel far out of state to find football opponents or play less than an eight-game regular season football schedule. The League Board of Directors today unanimously adopted a plan that places all member schools with football programs into Districts. The members of each district will divide the district into sub-districts, and then create a full schedule for each team. In nearly all cases the placement of schools will not negatively affect traditional rivalries or preferred opponents.
Thursday, July 24, 2014

Lindstrom Loppet 5K results
A sultry morning didn’t deter 444 runners and walkers from crossing the finish line at Fairview Lakes Medical Center’s 26th annual Lindstrom Loppet 5K Saturday, July 12, in Lindstrom.  Proceeds of the Loppet go to Virginia Elizabeth Ferguson Nursing Scholarship fund, bike helmets for kids and health programs in local schools.
Thursday, July 17, 2014

Top 11 stories of 2013-14 for CL and NB
I hope everyone enjoyed the sun and heat we had over the Fourth of July. It was some beautiful weather and was a welcome reprieve to have something go right on Mother Nature’s front.
Last week, I ran down the first six best moments from the high school sports season in 2013-14. There was individual accomplishments, team wins and plenty of things that were exciting this year. But, this week brings you the top five moments from the 2013-14 sports season.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Softball player makes good on target in the Stacy outfield
The Stacy Lions Club had a first...a ballplayer hit a homerun on May 28 and the ball went through an 18-inch hole cutout of an advertising sign, at the Doyle Memorial Stacy Lions ballpark.  The Mike’s Repair and Towing  sign has been at centerfield  for years-- but until Kyle Peck threaded the needle the notion of winning the $100 cash prize was just an urban myth.   Incoming Lions President Bruce Jaworski was almost as excited to hand over the prize money last week as Peck was to claim it.  Peck grew up in Stacy,  lives in Isanti now  and is a fielder for the Running Aces ball team.  He achieved this rare feat using  a “Monsta” bat.  Also pictured left is Mike Olson.    ***  The  Stacy Lions also extend a big thank you to Xccent for its help erecting the new play structure at the ballfields.  Xccent (of Wyoming) was super to work with and we really appreciate the help on site, the Lions stated.  Come out and enjoy the facilities and some great softball games during the major mens and womens softball tourney--  happening at the fields Aug 1-3 during Stacy Days.


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Top 11 stories of 2013-14 for CL and NB
Welcome back to the annual top 11 high school sports stories of the 2013-14 season. I decided to officially change it to a list of 11 last year when I just couldn’t figure out only 10. It makes my job a bit easier and gives the readers an extra memory to think back on. Last year’s top spot went to then-junior Thomi Lee. She won the state championship in the 500 yard freestyle, becoming the first swimmer to take first place at state in Chisago Lakes history. This year, there were no state champions among the winners here, but there were a few near-misses and some great moments in competition that really defined what the Chisago County area, and specifically North Branch and Chisago Lakes High Schools are all about. Each season had plenty of highlights, so without further ado, here is the top 11 list for this past school year.
Thursday, July 3, 2014

Buboltz finishes in 22nd place for North Branch

Recently, when area golfers have made the state tournament, they struggle mightily at the grandiose meet. Golf is such a mental game, and even the slightest difference in a swing or approach can be the difference between a great day and a miserable day.


Thursday, June 19, 2014


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