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home : sports March 26, 2015

Darling and Doble lead CL to 15th place finish
Riley Darling finished third at the state tournament in the 100 butterfly
Riley Darling finished third at the state tournament in the 100 butterfly
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

North Branch gymnasts finish fourth at state tournament
Last year, the North Branch gymnastics team was just happy they made the state tournament. This year, the team didn’t worry about the bright lights or early nerves and got down to business right away.
Thursday, February 26, 2015

Three CL grapplers heading to state tournament
Three Chisago Lakes Wildcat wrestlers won championships in Section 7AA – Teddy Pierce (120), Dylan Connell (132) and Kyle Schoenecker (160) – and will be at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul to participate in the state tournament this weekend. 
Thursday, February 26, 2015

Wildcats one win away from state
Chisago Lakes 5, Princeton 3
Landon Lushanko scored a wraparound goal with just over three minutes remaining in the third period to break a 3-3 tie in the Section 5A semifinal game against Princeton.  Billy Knaak added an empty net goal with 11 seconds left, his second goal of the period, and the second-seeded Wildcats beat the third-seeded Princeton Tigers 5-3 to advance to tonight’s section championship game, 7 p.m. at Isanti Arena, against top-seeded Spring Lake Park.  The Wildcats are looking to go to the state tournament for the second year in a row, after making it to state last year for the first time since 1995.  The game against Princeton was played in front of a large crowd  Saturday, February 21 at Chisago Lakes Arena.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Linkert hits huge shot to lift Vikings
North Branch 45, Chisago Lakes 42
When Craig Walker and Jerome Huselid pit their teams against each other in girls basketball, it’s usually a knock-down, drag-out defensive battle. They both favor that side of the ball and they both enjoy low scoring games.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Two Wildcats earn top five finishes at the state tourney
Anders Brown and Ellie Frischmon had high hopes going into the state alpine ski tournament at Giants Ridge last week. They both had impressive regular seasons and successful section runs. They both were veterans of the state tournament. They both have skied Giants Ridge more times than they can count.
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Vikings going to state tournament for second straight year
For the second straight year, the North Branch gymnastics team will be one of the last few teams competing in the state. And for the second straight year, the girls are just starting to hit their best stride as the state tourney is around the corner.
Thursday, February 19, 2015

CL boys end season on a tear
The last two games of the season were a chance for Chisago Lakes to prove their worth for the postseason.

They took on Princeton on Tuesday, February 10, knocking off the Tigers 64-53. Princeton is at the bottom of the pack in the Mississippi 8 Conference, but the Wildcats wanted to avoid a late season let down.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

State tournament a possibility for CL boys hockey team
Chisago Lakes 3, Cambridge-Isanti 1
The Wildcats scored three times in the first period  and hung on to beat Cambridge-Isanti 3-1, sweeping the season series with the Bluejackets 2-0.  The game was played Thursday, February 12 at Chisago Lakes Arena.
 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

CL with multiple hopefuls while Vikes trying to squeeze a few grapplers in
Wildcat senior Dylan Connell, ranked third in the state at 132 pounds, leads a trio of ranked Wildcat wrestlers who should not only make it back to the state tournament, but also have a good chance for at a high finish at state.  Sophomore Teddy Pierce, ranked fourth at 120, and junior Kyle Schoenecker, ranked sixth at 160, round out the trio.
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Greene and Selbitschka reach 1,000 point mark in same week
When Sarah Greene and Courtney Selbitschka take the basketball court, there’s always a chance for scoring fireworks.

Greene is a non-stop scrapper with a high motor who scores points any which way she can playing for Chisago Lakes.

Selbitschka is a bit more of a finesse player, using sleek drives and pull up jumpers in her repertoire to score her baskets.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Boys alpine team headed to state, Frischmon going for girls
Giants Ridge can make or break a high school skier. It’s not only where the state tournament is held, but it’s also where the Section 7 meet is, which is Chisago Lakes’ stomping ground.
Thursday, February 12, 2015

CL wins first round of sections before falling to top seed Milaca
Rogers 34, Chisago Lakes 30
In their final dual against a conference opponent this season, the Wildcats had built a 30-18 lead over Rogers after Mike Bliskowski’s overtime win over Zac Aaherud at 182.  But, still facing holes in their lineup, the Wildcats had to forfeit the three upper weights and lost to the Royals 34-30.  The dual took place at Rogers High School on Wednesday, February 4.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Wildcats starting to play their best ball down the stretch
Jakob Lindquist can be a pretty streaky shooter for the Chisago Lakes boys basketball team.

He put in a career high 31 points against North Branch earlier this year when it seemed he couldn’t miss the basket. And against Monticello on Friday, February 6, the senior guard was nearly perfect from the field, helping the Wildcats down the Magic 65-54.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

CL keeps the good results rolling
Chisago Lakes 5, Cambridge-Isanti 0
Billy Knaak scored twice, Landon Lushanko had a goal and three assists and goalie Jake Dubose stopped all 28 shots he faced to lead the Wildcats to a 5-0 win over the Cambridge-Isanti Wildcats  Thursday, February 5 at Isanti Arena.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

AREA HOOPS ROUND UP
North Branch Boys
The Vikings dropped three contests last week, falling to Rogers and St. Michael-Albertville in conference play and to Cloquet in a non-M8C match up.
Trey O’Day was North Branch’s leading scorer against Rogers, netting 12 points in the 79-54 loss. Cole Pearson added 11.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

'Cats season ended by Zephyrs
Mahtomedi 7, Chisago Lakes 1
What looked to be a highly competitive Section 4A quarterfinal matchup between the fifth-seeded Wildcats and the fourth-seeded Mahtomedi Zephyrs turned into a rout early on.  The lethargic Wildcats watched as Kaliey Heinl (yes, it’s spelled correctly) skated circles around them and scored four goals in the first 8:45 of the game.  The Wildcats seemed to shake off whatever was ailing them after the fourth goal and played the game that everyone had expected.  But they had dug themselves too deep of a hole and went on to lose 7-1, ending their season.  The game was played at St. Thomas Arena in Inver Grove Heights last Saturday afternoon, February 7.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Ski teams finish with matching NWSC crowns
Perfection is hard to achieve, no matter the sport. Perfection is even harder to achieve in alpine skiing where the tiniest loss of an edge can result in a catastrophic crash.

So, when the Chisago Lakes boys alpine ski team finished their Northwest Suburban Conference schedule undefeated in five meets, it was something to be celebrated.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Lady Vikes fall short in shootout with Big Lake
Big Lake 143.85, North Branch 142.175
The Vikings gymnastics team saved their best for last, but it just wasn’t enough to beat conference power Big Lake in a dual meet on Monday, February 2.

The Lady Vikes traveled to Hornet country to finish up their regular season, and they registered their highest score of the season, a 142.175. Unfortunately for them, Big Lake scored 143.85 and narrowly beat them.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Wildcats lose two games to best M8C has to offer
St. Michael-Albertville 77, Chisago Lakes 47
Chisago Lakes girls basketball hosted fourth-ranked St. Michael-Albertville early last week.  They fared just about as well as every other Mississippi 8 Conference opponent has against the Knights, which is, not very well.

The Knights closest M8C game so far this year was a 24 point win over Cambridge-Isanti. “We knew going in that this would be our toughest competition of the season,” Head Coach Craig Walker said. “They are all very good athletes and we don’t match up well against them.”

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Lady Vikes earn two wins
North Branch 65, Zimmerman 41
Zimmerman wasn’t quite ready to play a team of North Branch’s caliber on Friday, January 30.

The Lady Vikings are a bit more talented and held a pretty big edge over the Thunder in most categories, and it showed on the court.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

CL involved in two thrillers
St. Michael-Albertville 59, Chisago Lakes 56
Heading into their match up with St. Michael-Albertville last week, the Wildcat boys basketball team knew it was going to be tough sledding.

The Knights haven’t lost a Mississippi 8 Conference game yet this year, running up an 7-0 mark, and they were 15-3 overall.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Connell and Pierce roll continues, win M8C titles
Wildcat wrestlers Teddy Pierce (120) and Dylan Connell (132) won conference championships at last Friday’s Mississippi 8 Conference Championship, at St. Francis High School.  The highest finishing wrestler for the Vikings was Arik Steele, who finished fourth at 160.  The Wildcats finished sixth in the 10- team tournament, just one team point behind fifth place Princeton.  The Vikings, meanwhile, finished in tenth place.
Thursday, February 5, 2015

'Cats grab fifth seed in Section 4A
Princeton/Big Lake/Becker 5, Chisago Lakes 1
Princeton’s Maggie Peterson’s picked up her second hat trick of the season to lead the Tigers to a 5-1 win over the Wildcats Friday, January 30 at Chisago Lakes Arena.  

With the Wildcats trailing 2-0 late in the first period, Calle Bye scored to cut the Princeton lead to 2-1.  Mackenzie Lundeen and Allison Route assisted on Bye’s goal.  The Wildcats actually outshot the Tigers 28-19 for the game, but goalie Kara Shramel stopped all but one of the Wildcat shots and Peterson and the Princeton offense did the rest.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Score two for the Wildcats in the Chisago County rivalry
The first meeting of the year for Chisago Lakes and North Branch boys basketball team produced some late game dramatics and a close affair throughout.

The second matchup on Thursday, January 22, however, lacked the suspense of the first one with Chisago Lakes running away early against the Vikings.

The Wildcats got out to an early lead at 10-2, but North Branch made the next two baskets to pull within 10-6. That’s when Jakob Lindquist began to take the game over. The senior guard was on fire from the field all night. He hit five-of-seven three pointers, six-of-seven field goals and four-of-four free throws to total 31 points.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Wildcats trying to avoid injury bug, but even coach is bruised
St. Francis 133.7, Chisago Lakes 127.85
The Wildcats dropped a conference meet to St. Francis last week when they fell 133.7-127.85.

Betsy Howerton and Izzy Hindt finished in third and fourth in the all around, including a second place finish on bars and floor from Howerton.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

'Cats rounding into late season form
Chisago Lakes 5, Legacy Christian 0
CJ Haskins scored his first hat trick of the season and added an assist and playmaker Griffin Huberty had a goal and three assists to lead the Wildcats  boys hockey team to a 5-0 shutout of Legacy Christian Tuesday, January 20 at Schwan’s Super Rink in Blaine.  The Wildcats dominated play from start to finish, outshooting Legacy 40-15.  Wildcat goaltender Bryce Thomson stopped all 15 shots he faced.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Steele and Adams prevail at Skip Nalan Tourney in Grand Rapids
Mora 60, North Branch 11
The Vikings fell to 4-8 in duals so far this season, losing at Mora 60-11  Thursday, January 22.  A variety of issues forced the Vikings to wrestle at just five weights.  Their only winners were Kody Strohmayer, who won by technical fall 15-0 over Joel Sawatzky of Mora.  And the indomitable Arik Steele pinned Mike Pegg of Mora in just 51 seconds.  Mora picked up 42 of its 60 points from forfeits by the Vikings.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Pierce and Sistrunk lead the way for CL over weekend tournament
Chisago Lakes 48, Pine City/Hinckley-Finlayson 30
The Wildcats were able to overcome the loss of two more key starters in their lineup at Pine City.  With Kyle Schoenecker and Jax Ebbenga out of action, the Wildcats beat Pine City/Hinckley-Finlayson 48-30 last Thursday, January 22.  All of the team points in the matches from both teams came from pins or forfeits.  Pinning their opponents for the Wildcats were Isaiah Sistrunk (106), Derrick Kluge (113), Aaron Sistrunk (138), Austin McCurdy (152), Ryan Stenson (160) and Nathan Graeve (170).  The Wildcats are 8-6 in dual meets so far this season.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

'Cats sweep Trollhaugen
Both Wildcat ski teams dominated their Northwest Suburban Conference races last week at Trollhaugen and came away with two wins.

The girls won by almost 130 points, tallying 504 while second place Champlin Park only scored 378 points.

Ellie Frischmon finished second on the night with a time of 54.50 seconds. Ashley Angel, Hannah Stec, Hannah Janzig and Lauren Peltier all had top 10 finishes too. Angel came in sixth with a time of 57.78 seconds, Stec in seventh in 59.07, Janzig in eighth with a 59.72 and Peltier with a 1:00.47 in 10th place.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Chisago Lakes finishes 11th at True Team State Meet after two M8C showdowns
Buffalo 96, Chisago Lakes 90
The Wildcats were involved in their second down to the wire meet in as many weeks when they narrowly fell to Buffalo last week.

The meet was close throughout until the Bison took control for good at the 100 backstroke, earning first, second and fourth and putting their lead at 14 with only two events left.

The ‘Cats made up eight of those points, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Buffalo.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Through unthinkable tragedy, one Chisago Lakes athlete has persevered and flourished
Physical pain has never really bothered Blake Lizotte too much in his life.

He’s the youngest and smallest of three athletic brothers. He plays hockey, a physically demanding sport, but only stands 5’7” and weighs 140 pounds. And he sprints around the tennis court to no end with some of the best players in Minnesota.

But, no amount of physical pain he’d ever experienced could prepare him for the morning of August 30, 2012.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Wildcat girls finish third at MLK Invite at Giants Ridge
Ellie Frischmon has strung together a lot of good runs in her alpine skiing career, but she hasn’t quite had the performance she did at the MLK High School Slalom Invite at Giants Ridge last week.

Frischmon won the meet with ultra fast times on both runs. In the red run, she finished in 39.80 seconds, which was almost a second clear of the second place finisher, which is a pretty large gap in skiing.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Wildcats woes continue
Princeton 74, Chisago Lakes 40
Chisago Lakes dropped their fourth consecutive game, a 34-point drubbing by conference foe Princeton.

The Tigers did what they wanted early, and limited the Wildcats to only 20 points in the first half.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Wildcat boys picking up speed as season wears on
Wildcat Andrue Trelstad scored his second and third goals of the year in the third period as the Wildcats (5-12-1)shut out the Vikings (5-11-0) last Thursday, January 15 at Chisago Lakes Arena.  As in their earlier meeting this year, which was also a Wildcat win, the Vikings hung in there with the Wildcats for a good portion of the game.  But the Wildcats eventually put the game away.
Thursday, January 22, 2015


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