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home : sports November 24, 2015

Nelson and Olson returning to state
Kalli Jo Olson
Kalli Jo Olson
The Chisago Lakes swimming and diving team found themselves surrounded by private schools in their Section 4A meet last week, and it made state tournament berths hard to come by.
Thursday, November 19, 2015

Vikings victorious in consolation championship at state
Courtney Selbitschka saved some of her best North Branch volleyball for her last couple of matches, and that’s saying a lot after all the gaudy stats she’s accumulated over her long and illustrious career.
Thursday, November 19, 2015

Vikings vault past Grand Rapids to the state tourney
In 1994, Bill Clinton was President, a gallon of gas was $1.11, ‘The Sign’ by Ace of Base was the top song in the world, and the North Branch volleyball team was going to state.
Friday, November 13, 2015

Rinke in her fourth straight state tournament
Junior Rhianna Rinke kept her state tournament streak alive when she competed at St. Olaf College in Northfield on Saturday, November 7.
Friday, November 13, 2015

Rinke running to fourth state tourney
Rhianna Rinke is the runner that won’t stop.
Thursday, November 5, 2015

North Branch moves on to section finals in commanding fashion
Even though North Branch only played and won one game on Friday, October 30, they earned moral victories all across Section 7AAA.
Thursday, November 5, 2015

Multiple area runners earn All-M8C honors
Both Chisago Lakes and North Branch were shooting high at the Mississippi 8 Conference cross country meet at the Isanti Middle School on Tuesday, October 20.
Thursday, October 29, 2015

Divers sweep top spots at True Team section, girls priming for state
The Chisago Lakes Girls Swimming and Diving team is two thirds of the way through its season and has been seeing great improvement over the past nine weeks.
Thursday, October 29, 2015

Wildcats fall short in breathtaking section semis
When quarterback Ethan Hickcox scored from 22 yards out with just over a minute to go in the section semifinal game to put the fourth-seeded Wildcats up 28-24 against top-seeded St. Francis, it looked like the Wildcats, who had trailed 24-7 midway through the third quarter, would be heading to the section championship game.   But the Fighting Saints came up with a late drive of their own and scored with 16 seconds remaining to go up 31-28.  The Wildcats didn’t give up, moving the ball into position for a 52 yard field goal attempt with 3.3 seconds left.  But the kick fell short and the Wildcats went down to defeat, ending their season.  The game was played at St. Francis last Saturday afternoon, October 17.
Thursday, October 22, 2015

Lady Vikes cruise past C-I, wrap up M8C championship
North Branch needed some measure of revenge against Cambridge-Isanti after last year’s section final game.

The ultimate measure of that revenge may come later on in Section 7AAA play, but for now, this one will do.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Turnovers doom North Branch as season ends in loss to Hermantown
No matter what level of football being played, from peewee up to professional, seven turnovers is too hard to overcome.

The North Branch Vikings found that out in their section semi-final game against Hermantown on Saturday, October 17.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Wildcats knock out Vikings, lose to CEC in semi
Chisago Lakes 5, North Branch 0
In the first half of the opening game of the Section 7A playoffs, a spirited Viking boys’ soccer team thwarted a number of Wildcat scoring opportunities and nearly scored a goal of their own.  But the Wildcats’ score on a penalty kick early in the second half meant the goals kept coming.  When it was all over, the third-seeded Wildcats shut out the 14th seeded Vikings 5-0.  The game was played at Chisago Lakes  Thursday, October 15.  The win earned the Wildcats a home game against Princeton Saturday, October 17 and the loss ended the season for the Vikings.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Both North Branch and Chisago Lakes win one
The tenth-seeded Viking girls’ soccer team travelled to Elk River and proceeded to put on a soccer clinic in the Section 7A playoff opener.  They completely dominated play against the seventh-seeded Spectrum Sting and sophomore Keeley Ertl scored twice to lead the Vikings to a 3-0 win.  The game was played Thursday, October 15.
Thursday, October 22, 2015

CL boys flip script, beat North Branch by one
After the North Branch boys edged out the Chisago Lakes boys by one point at the North Branch Invite last week, the Wildcats paid them back with a one-point win of their own at Ki-Chi-Saga Park on Tuesday, October 13.
Thursday, October 22, 2015

Both Chisago Lakes and North Branch fall early in tennis
A 15-team section is always hard to make it out of, and North Branch and Chisago Lakes girls tennis teams both struggled early in the sea of teams.

North Branch, which drew the 13th seed in the team section tournament, fell 7-0 in the first round to Cambridge-Isanti.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

North Branch earns at least a share of Mississippi 8 crown
The Lady Vikings swept Cambridge-Isanti in dominating fashion on Tuesday, October 13 to lock up at least a share of the Mississippi 8 championship. North Branch is 7-1 on the year in the M8C. Full details in next week’s Chisago County Press.
Thursday, October 15, 2015

Wildcats can't overcome Rogers, but win first round of sections
Six inches – that was all that potentially kept the Wildcat football team from upsetting the Rogers Royals and ending up with a number two seed and bye in the first round of the Section 7AAAAA playoffs. Instead, the Wildcats lost 31-14 to the Royals, dropped to the fourth seed and hosted fifth-seeded Cambridge-Isanti this Tuesday, October 13.
Thursday, October 15, 2015

Big plays against Cloquet afford the Vikings a second playoff game
Section 7AAAA First Round - North Branch 27, Cloquet 9
The Vikings had ended the regular season with a dud against Cambridge-Isanti, so it was tough to know how they would come out in their first round section game against Cloquet as the lower seed.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

'Cats fly past Tigers, fall to Buffalo
Chisago Lakes 102, Princeton 79
Chisago Lakes was only able to secure one Mississippi 8 Conference win this year, and it came against the Princeton Tigers.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

The fifth-seeded Wildcats (7-8-1 overall, 2-3-1 section) will take on 12th-seeded Grand Rapids (3-9-1 overall, 3-6-1 section) at 5 p.m. at Chisago Lakes in the opening round of the Section 7A playoffs.  The winner of this game will likely travel to Duluth to take on fourth-seeded Duluth Marshall (7-7-2 overall, 6-5-2 section) this Saturday, with the game time yet to be set.  In the unlikely event that Duluth Marshall loses to 13th-seeded North Lakes Academy tonight, the Wildcats or Grand Rapids would host a home game on Saturday.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Fastest in Chisago County title settled at NB Invite, Eli Olson takes crown
The North Branch Cross Country Invite brought together all of the Chisago County schools last week to determine the unofficial county championships.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Vikes win Duluth tournament and championship showdown with GR
North Branch and Grand Rapids have been taking circuitous routes to a head-on collision this year.

The Vikings started a bit slow, missing their top player Courtney Selbitschka, as she recovered from a knee injury. But, since she has been fully integrated back into the lineup, the Vikings are on a roll, including winning a five-set thriller over Mississippi 8 power,  St. Michael-Albertville.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

CL spoils East's Homecoming, 62-13
It was not a happy Homecoming celebration for the Duluth East Greyhounds.  In a true team effort, seven different Wildcat players scored touchdowns and the Wildcat defense forced five turnovers as the Wildcats crushed the Greyhounds 62-13 Friday night at Ordean Stadium in Duluth.  The Greyhounds scored on their first possession of the game and the Wildcats responded with 62 unanswered points, including 27 in the third quarter alone.
Thursday, October 8, 2015

Wildcats win two M8C games
Chisago Lakes 7, North Branch 0
Junior Nick Pautz had four goals and an assist in an eleven minute stretch to lead the Wildcats to a 7-0 shutout win over the Vikings Tuesday, September 29 at North Branch.  The Vikings held the Wildcats off the scoreboard until six minutes remained in the first half.  The Wildcats scored three goals in a five minute stretch and two more early in the second half.

After Pautz scored the game’s first two goals, he fed senior Alex Marvin and Marvin scored with three seconds left in the first half for a 3-0 Wildcat lead.  Pautz scored two more times in the first five minutes of the second half and Wildcat head coach Mark Leigh began liberally subbing players into the game.  The Wildcats later added goals by freshman Bryce Burds and senior Jacob Carlson, the first goal of the season for both players.  “It was good to see Bryce and Jacob score,” said Leigh.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

'Cats split four, win big over Vikings
The Wildcat girls’ soccer team had four games in five days last week, by far their busiest stretch of the year.  The workload, coupled with injuries to key players, led to mixed results on the field.
Chisago Lakes 5, North Branch 1
Juniors Tara Knowles and Grace Kugel scored two goals each to lead the Wildcats to a 5-1 win over the Vikings Tuesday, September 29 at Chisago Lakes.  Knowles scored two early goals to get the Wildcats off to a fast start, the second one off a nice header. 

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Vikes and Wildcats stay in a pack at Duluth's Swain Invite
The Swain Invitiational is normally an appointment with rainy, cold weather and grueling hills for the North Branch and Chisago Lakes cross country teams.

“This was the first time in years that we have run at the Swain Invite in Duluth and haven't had to deal with bad weather,” Chisago Lakes Head Coach Ken Orwoll said. “Without having to deal with the weather all we had to deal with are all the hills.  The course is one of the hardest in the state.”

Thursday, October 8, 2015

North Branch humbled by undefeated Monticello
On Friday, October 1, it was a David versus Goliath proposition for the North Branch football team and they didn’t quite fare as well as the fabled David did.
Thursday, October 8, 2015

CL falls to unbeaten Monticello
The statistics don’t tell the story in the Wildcats 45-20 homecoming loss to the Monticello Magic.  Both teams put up over 450 yards of offense, the Wildcats had 20 first downs to 19 for the Magic and each team featured a player who rushed for around 200 yards.  The Wildcats had one more turnover than Monticello, and, while one of the turnovers came at a crucial in the second quarter, that isn’t the only reason the Wildcats lost.  The nearly 2,000 fans, most of whom stayed for the postgame firework show on a warm, clear night will tell you that it was penalties that doomed the Wildcats in this one.
Thursday, October 1, 2015

North Branch gives STMA its first conference blemish of 2015
St. Michael-Albertville has been head-of-the class of the Mississippi 8 Conference for over a decade now. They’re 71-5 in the last 10 years of M8C play, and hadn’t shown any signs of slowing down this year, getting off to a 4-0 start, including a win over last year’s conference champion Cambridge-Isanti.
Thursday, October 1, 2015

'Cats win OT thriller over Monti, play tight with SF & Denfeld
Chisago Lakes 4, Monticello 2
Nils Gulbranson and junior Trent Vugteveen each scored in overtime to give the Wildcats a 4-2 win over the Monticello Magic Tuesday, September 22 at Monticello.  

Senior Alex Marvin scored off a corner kick two minutes into the game, assisted by Nick Pautz, to put the Wildcats up 1-0. 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Over 100 teams descend on Milaca for the annual Mega Meet; CL 10th gets second
The Milaca Mega Meet is unlike any other meet in the country. It brings together over 100 teams from all overthe region and puts some of the best runners on the course at the same time.

So it’s a feather in the cap to finish high in the meet, no matter what level you’re at. Head Coach Ken Orwoll decided to run his 10th graders at the 10th grade level, despite five of them consistently registering varsity scores for the ‘Cats during the regular season.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Wildcats struggling in Mississippi 8, working on consistency
The Chisago Lakes volleyball team has had a tough time getting wins recently.

“We seemed to start strong this season and competed well our first couple weeks, especially in our tournament at Big Lake,” Head Coach Brigitte Budahn said. “We ended that tournament fourth out of six teams. At the end of that tournament, though, Audrey Roy, our libero, suffered a concussion and was out the following week for our matches against St. Michael-Albertville and Buffalo. Although the girls on the team stepped up and filled Audrey's role as best they could, that week seemed to shake our confidence and team chemistry, which we are still trying to regain.”

Thursday, October 1, 2015

CL splits two games
Chisago Lakes 4, Monticello 0
Junior Grace Kugel continued her season long scoring binge, recording two goals and an assist to lead the Wildcats to a 4-0 shutout win over the Monticello Magic (8-4-1 overall, 3-3-0 conference) last Tuesday, September 22 at Chisago Lakes.  The Wildcats came out ready to play and quickly established control of the game.  Kugel scored off of a throw in at the eight minute mark to give the Wildcats a rare early lead.  Later in the first half, junior Lindsey Power played a beautiful across the field pass to senior Makayla Vogelsberg.  Vogelsberg then went a cross back to senior Julia Clarin, whose one time shot easily beat the Magic goalkeeper.  The Wildcats led 2-0 at halftime.  The second half was more of the same as the Wildcats continued to dominate the game and score some goals.  Junior Tara Knowles assisted Kugel on her second goal of the day and Kugel fed Power to complete the scoring and give the Wildcats a dominating win.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Vikings can't take advantage of turnovers, lose 34-0 to Princeton
The North Branch defense has struggled to force turnovers at times this year, and it has been their undoing in a few of their games to get the big stop.

Against the Princeton Tigers, though, the North Branch defense forced three turnovers. However, the Viking offense turned the ball over five times themselves, and it led to a 34-0 loss at the hands of the Tigers.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Vikings lose Homecoming late to Greyhounds
North Branch thought they had the perfect homecoming opponent scheduled for their festivities.

Duluth East had won only two games the past two and a half years, both over city rival Duluth Denfeld. They were coming off a three-game losing skid in which they were outscored 114-32. And they were fresh off of a near two-hour bus ride down to North Branch.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

North Branch conquers Cloquet; Wildcats staying around .500
The North Branch girls tennis team has had some tough sledding in the Mississippi 8 Conference this fall, but it hasn’t stopped them from competing in some of their out-of-conference match ups.
Thursday, September 24, 2015

Hickcox shines in commanding win over Big Lake
Senior quarterback Ethan Hickcox played his best game of the season as the Wildcats (4-1) dominated this one from start to – well, almost to the finish – and stung the Big Lake Hornets 35-23 last Friday, September 18 at Chisago Lakes High School.  Hickcox did it with his feet – carrying the ball 13 times for 104 yards and three touchdowns – and his arm, going 6 for 13 for 97 yards and a touchdown.  The Wildcats led 35-7 until the Hornets scored two touchdowns in the last minute of the game to make the game seem closer than it actually was.  “Ethan gets a little better each week,” said Wildcat head coach Bill Weiss.  “He’s got a good grasp of the offense.  He made a lot of audibles based on the look we were getting from the defense.  He is progressing very nicely as we continue on throughout the season.”
Thursday, September 24, 2015

Vikes blast through tourney
Only one hiccup kept the North Branch Vikings from having a flawless performance in their home tournament on Saturday, September 19.

The hiccup came in their opening match against familiar foe Princeton. The Vikings won the first set 25-21 before dropping the second 25-20. In the deciding set, the Lady Vikes toppled the Tigers 15-12.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Nine lead changes highlight wild win for Wildcats
In a catfight last Friday night at Princeton, Wildcat quarterback Ethan Hickcox scored on a two yard run with 56 seconds remaining to put the Wildcats up 37-35.  And with just seconds left in the game and the Tigers going for it on fourth down from their own 43, Wildcat lineman Dylan Wood burst through and sacked Tiger quarterback Tyler McAlpine to seal the Wildcat victory. They improve their record to 3-1 on halfway through the 2015 regular season.  “Dylan had a solid game,” said Wildcat head coach Bill Weiss, “and concluded it with a really big play.”
Thursday, September 17, 2015

Chisago Lakes drops two games to Rogers and Forest Lake
Rogers 2, Chisago Lakes 0
Mississippi 8 Conference foe Rogers set the tone for their game with the Wildcat girls’ soccer team with their physical style of play, keeping Chisago Lakes off balance and off their game.  Midway through the first half, the Royals scored off a breakdown by the Wildcats in their own defensive third and a relentless play by senior striker Courtney Henderson who scored to give the Royals a 1-0 halftime lead.  The second half proved to be more of the same as the Wildcats couldn’t generate any consistent offensive pressure.  Rogers, a senior led team, scored another goal midway thru the half and eased to a 2-0 home victory.  The game was played at Rogers last Thursday, September 10.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Vikings fall victim to Big Lake's Tanner Teige, lose 39-22
In previous years, teams tended to avoid shootouts with the Big Lake Hornets.

The western school featured a varied spread passing attack that wasn’t very common in smaller school football, and although they never quite had the talent to hang with the top, huge schools, they could always hang up plenty of points.

This year, however, the Hornets used a grinding rushing attack to pile up the points as they beat North Branch 39-22.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

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