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Wild Mountain Winter 2014

home : sports December 17, 2014

Chisago Lakes boys skate circles around North Branch 7-1
The Vikings put up more of a fight than they have in recent years, but in the end, the outcome was the same.  Wildcat Landon Lushanko had a hat trick, and the Wildcats dominated the game in time of possession, shots on goal and, most importantly of all, the scoreboard,  beating the Vikings 7-1  Saturday, December 6 at Chisago Lakes Arena.
Thursday, December 11, 2014


Wildcat girls hockey finds tough sledding in three big games
South St. Paul 2, Chisago Lakes 1
When Sarah Burch scored halfway through the second period, assisted by Amy Budde, it looked like it might be enough for the Wildcats to pick up a win against South St. Paul, one of the Wildcats’ top opponents in Section 4A.  But the Wildcats made two misplays in the third period that led to Packer goals and  a frustrating 2-1 loss.  The Wildcats actually outshot the Packers 27-23 for the game and Wildcat goalie Katelyn Sargeant stopped 21 of the 23 shots she faced.  The game was played at Wakota Arena  Tuesday, December 2.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Home tournaments provide CL with plenty of opponents
The Wildcats had three busy days to start the 2014-2015 wrestling season.  They opened the season with a loss at St. Francis on Thursday, December 4 and then hosted nine teams over the next two days, wrestling duals against six of them.  Including the St. Francis match, the Wildcats went 3-4 to start the season.  Here are the scores:
Thursday, December 11, 2014

NB in for a tough season as heavier weights are forfeited
The Vikings opened the season with eight duals in five days and went 4-4.  Tuesday, December 2, they lost at home to Princeton.  On Friday, they went up to Pine City to a triangular to take on Ogilvie and Pine City.   Saturday, they wrestled in the Washington Tech Duals in St. Paul.  Here are the scores:
Thursday, December 11, 2014

Fernstrom-less girls open with wins over Blaine, Denfeld and Superior
Chisago Lakes 62, Blaine 49
Pressure defense and some timely baskets by senior captain Sarah Greene and freshman phenom Carmen Backes led the Wildcats to a season opening win over the Blaine Bengals.

The home game kicked off with some nice trap defense that created easy baskets for both Backes and Greene.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

North Branch basketball teams split doubleheader with Denfeld
Girls
North Branch 71, Duluth Denfeld 61
The North Branch girls basketball team kicked off their season with a trek up to Duluth on Thursday, December 4.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

CL opens season with win over NSP
Chisago Lakes 51, North St. Paul 40
Chisago Lakes opened the season with a big victory over the North St. Paul Polars last week in a pre-Thanksgiving showdown.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Wildcats fall flat against big schools in Woodbury Tournament
Hopkins 7, Chisago Lakes 2
In the opening game of the Woodbury Tournament last Friday, AA Hopkins dominated the Wildcat boys’ hockey team and came away with a 7-2 win.  The Royals outshot the Wildcats 58-24 for the game.  The tournament was played at Bielenberg Arena in Woodbury.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Wildcats pick up two huge home wins
Chisago Lakes 2, Mahtomedi 1
Amy Budde scored to put the Wildcats ahead 2-1 early in the third period and goalkeeper Katelyn Sargeant and the Wildcat defense shut down Mahtomedi the rest of the way to give the Wildcats their first win of the season.  “This was a battle of two evenly matched teams,” said Wildcat head coach Jason Mahlen.  “And both goalies played really well.”  The Zephyrs outshot the Wildcats 29-25 for the game.  Sargeant stopped 28 of the 29 shots she faced.  The game was played in front of the home crowd at Chisago Lakes Arena last Tuesday, November 25.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

North Branch opens with two wins

North Branch 6, Pine City/Rush City 5
Brandon Waldo had quite a day in the Viking boys’ hockey team’s season opener against Pine City/Rush City on Monday, November 24.  His goal with 1:23 left in the third period broke a 5-5 tie.  This completed the Vikings’ comeback from a four goal deficit and gave them a 6-5 win.  The goal was also Waldo’s third, giving him his first career hat trick.  The home game was played at Chisago Lakes Arena.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Wildcats open season with a dud
This past Saturday, the Wildcat boys’ hockey team returned to the ice for their first game since last year’s state tournament appearance.  Things didn’t go well for the Wildcats, as they surrendered five first period goals on their way to a 6-1 defeat at the hands of Sartell-St. Stephen.  The game, which was also the home opener for the Wildcats, was played at Chisago Lakes Arena.


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

CL earns tie against Rogers Royals
The Wildcats hosted Mississippi 8 Conference opponent Rogers at Chisago Lakes Arena last Friday, and the outcome of the game was exactly the same as their game a few days earlier against SFNB – they had to settle for a 2-2 overtime tie.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Former Wildcat breaking records in her first game at ISU
Bryanna Fernstrom only played 24 minutes against USC Upstate on Sunday, but the freshman from Center City made her presence known, dropping 25 points (8-of-16 FG) en route to an Iowa State freshman record for points in a career debut and this season’s first Big 12 Freshman of the Week award.
Thursday, November 20, 2014

'Cats struggling early
St. Paul United 4, Chisago Lakes 2
The Wildcat girls’ hockey team gave 2014 section champion St. Paul United all they could handle, cutting United’s lead to one goal midway through the third period.  But United scored a couple of minutes later to give themselves some breathing room and went on to beat the Wildcats 4-2.  The game was the season opener for the Wildcats and was played at SPA – Drake Arena on Thursday, November 13.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Olson and Nelson represent Chisago Lakes at state tourney
Kalli Jo Olson knew she was going to have to put up a fast time to hang with the backstroke field at the state tournament last weekend.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Two Wildcats earn state tourney berths in swimming
In the post-Thomi Lee era, the Wildcats weren’t sure if they would have state level competitors at the beginning of the season.

But, with the regular season slate and sections in the recordbook, Chisago Lakes discovered it has three athletes of state-caliber, even though one just narrowly missed out on a berth.

The first state qualifier for Chisago Lakes was sophomore diver Payton Nelson.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

After record-setting career at NB, Sundly starting to win at SJU
On the North Branch football field Zack Sundly nearly had it all.

He was the starting quarterback and a captain of the team. He broke records on what seemed like a weekly basis.

But one thing that eluded the Harris native his whole high school career were the abundant wins. His junior season, the team went 1-8. In his senior season in 2012, despite Sundly rushing for nearly 2,000 yards, the team still went 4-6 and were bounced early in sections.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Two Wildcats in Senior Classic
After another impressive season for the Chisago Lakes boys soccer team, post seaso accolades  kicked-off early when two of the seniors were selected for the Minnesota State High School Soccer Coaches Association Senior Classic game.
Thursday, November 13, 2014

Wild match leaves Vikes just points shy of state
In North Branch’s final team huddle after Cambridge-Isanti clinched the  state tournament berth, some girls cried, some offered words of encouragement, some just stewed quietly. But they all had one thing in common on that gym floor: they left it all out there in their section finals game, the final game of a few of the girls careers.
Thursday, November 6, 2014

Rinke earns top 20 finish at state, West comes in 109th
All year, North Branch and Chisago Lakes each had a runner that was usually head and shoulders above the rest of the competition.

North Branch had Rhianna Rinke dominating on the girls side, winning races by minutes, not seconds, and generally flying through the competition.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Collins caps long head coaching career with Hall of Fame call
During Pat Collins’ 21 year hall-of-fame coaching career, his Wildcat baseball teams won five conference championships in two different conferences, the old Rum River Conference and, more recently, the North Suburban Conference. 
Thursday, November 6, 2014

Wildcat alumni on-ice, in the office, with Wild farm team
Defenseman Jake Parenteau, a 2007 graduate of Chisago Lakes High School, came one step closer to the NHL recently when he was signed by the Iowa Wild – the Minnesota Wild’s top minor league farm club – for the 2014-2015 season.
Thursday, October 30, 2014

One runner from each school achieves trip to state tourney
Rhianna Rinke and Zac West were the only local runners to keep their season alive with a trip to Northfield for the state cross country meet this weekend. Rinke will make her third consecutive appearance at the meet, and this one looks to be her best bet yet.
Thursday, October 30, 2014

Vikes headed to section semis with win over ER
The second seeded North Branch volleyball team moved on to the semifinals of Section 7AAA with a win over Elk River on Friday, October 24.
They trounced the Elks throughout the whole match, winning 25-14, 25-19, 25-17 with a clean sweep.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Collins inducted into HoF
Former Chisago Lakes baseball Head Coach Pat Collins was inducted into the Minnesota State High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame this weekend and received his HoF ring and plaque at the ceremony. For a full story on Collins’ career, check out next week’s Chisago County Press.        
Thursday, October 30, 2014

After first round upset over Harding, North Branch stopped in their tracks
Riding high after a first round upset over fourth seeded St. Paul Harding, the North Branch football team had a whole different animal to take on in the second round.

The South St. Paul Packers have been perennial state powerhouses for the last half decade, compiling a 45-8 record with two state tournament berths. They knocked out the Vikings last year in a similar situation 31-0.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Wildcats' season ends in Bemidji, 28-14
An early turnover helped to put the fourth-seeded Wildcat football team in a 14-0 hole and they were never able to catch up against the top-seeded Bemidji Lumberjacks.  The Wildcats eventually lost the Section 7AAAAA semifinal game to the Lumberjacks 28-14.  The game was played at Bemidji High School Saturday, October 25.
Thursday, October 30, 2014

Hensch only bright spot for NB in regular season finale, but Vikes regroup for first round win
With Big Lake as the final game of the regular season, North Branch saw it as their chance to earn a home game in sections and inch closer to .500 on the season. Big Lake saw it differently, and capitalized on a myriad of North Branch errors to send the Vikings to 2-6 during the MEA-shortened week on Wednesday, October 15. The Vikings started the game with a bit of an attitude. They passed the ball effectively, but also mixed in some impressive runs that went either way.
Thursday, October 23, 2014

Chisago Lakes continues skid before section win over C-I
The Wildcat defense didn’t have an answer for St. Francis Fighting Saint running back John Santiago – or the rest of the Fighting Saint offense, for that matter – as St. Francis crushed the Wildcats 54-21 in the regular season finale Wednesday, October 15 at Chisago Lakes High School.  Santiago rushed for 225 yards and four touchdowns as the Saints piled up 476 yards in offense.  The loss dropped the Wildcats to a 6-2 record and the number four seed in Section 7AAAAA.  They hosted fifth-seeded Cambridge Tuesday night, October 21, at home, and won 42-35 to advance to a game against top-seeded Bemidji this Saturday.   St. Francis ended with the number three seed and crushed Duluth East at 56-6 St. Francis on Tuesday.   St. Francis will play second-seeded Brainerd this coming Saturday at Brainerd.
Thursday, October 23, 2014

Wildcats earn third at M8C Championships
All five boys runners from the Chisago Lakes cross country team earned awards in the Mississippi 8 Conference Championships last week.

Zac West, Nick Bartz and Quinton Lee garnered All-M8C accolades, and Jake Schwelling and Eli Olson got All-M8C Honorable Mention considerations.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Monticello plays spoiler, erases CL's perfect season
The Wildcats, who had committed four turnovers at Monticello and trailed by two touchdowns late in the fourth quarter, still found themselves with a chance to win on the last play of the game.  On third and goal from the five with five seconds remaining, wide receiver/running back Will Gillach went in motion from left to right before the snap.  Quarterback Joe Kimlinger took the snap, dropped back to pass and slid a little bit to his right.  He fired a pass to Gillach at the right hash marks at about the nine yard line.  Unfortunately, Monticello sniffed out the play and hit Gillach almost immediately.  As he was going down, Gillach tried to flip the ball back to keep the play alive, but no Wildcats were in the vicinity, the Magic fell on it and the game was over.  The Wildcats suffered the first defeat of the season on a final score of 25-19.  The game was played at Monticello Middle School Friday night, October 10.
Thursday, October 16, 2014

Princeton ruins NB's homecoming, rolls 41-14
Homecoming is a time to celebrate and a time for the student body to get excited about their school and football team. North Branch has had some success in recent homecomings with the schedule falling their way, but this year, the Princeton Tigers came prowling to town on North Branch’s homecoming.
Thursday, October 16, 2014

Top-seeded Wildcats come up short in sections
With the game tied 1-1 and 90 seconds remaining in the first overtime in Tuesday night’s Section 7A semifinal game, a Wildcat defender tripped a Cloquet player in the Wildcat 18 yard box.  Fifth-seeded Cloquet was awarded a penalty kick.  Senior Dalton Johnson was chosen to take the kick.  Johnson ripped a shot into towards the upper right corner of the net.  Wildcat senior goalkeeper Ian Lawlor leaped and nearly got a hand on it, but the ball went into that upper corner to give the Lumberjacks a Golden Goal and a 2-1 win over the Wildcats.  The win for Cloquet sent them on to tonight’s section championship game against second-seeded Monticello at Chisago Lakes High School.  The loss ended the season for the top-seeded Wildcats.
Thursday, October 16, 2014

Vikes' title hope dashed by C-I
When the North Branch Lady Vikings hosted the Cambridge-Isanti Bluejackjets last week in a big Mississippi 8 Conference match up, there was a lot more at stake than the Highway 95 rivalry. There was a possible conference championship involved for both teams. Cambridge-Isanti entered unbeaten in the M8C while North Branch only had one loss.
Thursday, October 16, 2014

After beating Denfeld, 'Cats fall in quarterfinals
Section Semifinal Game: Hermantown 2, Chisago Lakes 1
In the Section 7A semifinal game, second-seeded Hermantown scored twice in the first half – once in the opening seconds of the half and once in the closing seconds of the half – and held off a pressing Wildcat offense in the second half, eventually beating the third-seeded Wildcats 2-1.  The loss knocked the Wildcats out of the section playoffs and ended their season.  The game was played at Hermantown this past Tuesday, October 14.  Hermantown advanced to tonight’s section championship game at Duluth Public Schools Stadium against top-seeded Princeton, who beat Zimmerman 1-0 in the other section semifinal.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Cloquet eliminates NB
Cloquet-Esko-Carlton 2, North Branch 1 (Overtime – Shootout)
The twelfth-seeded Vikings gave fifth-seeded Cloquet all they could handle in the opening round of the Section 7A playoffs.  The teams were tied 1-1 after regulation and two overtimes and went to a penalty kick shootout to decide the outcome.  Cloquet won the shootout 4-2 to win the game 2-1 and moved on to the quarterfinals against Big Lake.  The loss ended the season for the Vikings.  The game was played last Thursday, October 9 at Cloquet.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

After weeks of controversy, CL welcomes a meet without hitches
The Chisago Lakes cross country teams hosted a five team meet last week at Ki Chi Saga State Park, and after previous events involving spectator collisions and running the wrong races, a plain, no-frills meet was welcomed by the Wildcats.
Thursday, October 16, 2014

CL's season ended by Duluth East
After sweeping Big Lake in the first round of sections, the Chisago Lakes girls tennis team had to trek north to take on second-seeded Duluth East in the section quarterfinals.
Thursday, October 16, 2014

A RIVALRY RENEWED
There were plenty of fireworks – before, during and after the game – with a some sleet and wind mixed in during last Friday’s homecoming matchup between the North Branch Vikings and the Chisago Lakes Wildcats at Chisago Lakes High School.  Before the game, there were fireworks during the national anthem.  After the game, the fans were treated to a fireworks show courtesy of local businesses.  But during the game, the fireworks were provided by the two teams.  The Vikings are a much-improved team this season and showed it by battling the undefeated Wildcats to a 21-21 tie at halftime.  But the Wildcat defense kept the Vikings off the scoreboard in the second half and the Wildcats kept scoring, eventually beating the Vikings 41-21 before an overflow crowd.
Thursday, October 9, 2014

Big Lake topples CL swimmers
After their big Mississippi 8 Conference win over Princeton last week, the Wildcats were hoping to carry that success over to their Big Lake meet.

It looked early like that could be the case. Kalli Jo Olson, Hannah Stec, Dani Berg and Danielle Smythe teamed up to win the 200 medley relay to open the meet.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Chisago Lakes sweeps their way through first round of sections
The Wildcats girls tennis team drew Big Lake in the first round of sections earlier this week, and they handily disposed of the Hornets.

The Wildcats drew the seventh seed in the section and hosted the 10th-seeded Hornets on Monday, October 6.

Thursday, October 9, 2014


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