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May 27, 2018

Linkert finishes comeback with walk off double against Rogers
Hermantown 9, North Branch 1
One of North Branch’s best pitchers had been missing in action early in the season, and when Brady Brodin made his season debut against Hermantown last week, he showed some of the rust that usually comes from recovering.

Friday, May 11, 2018

M8 QUEENS: Vikes wrap up first conference softball crown
The North Branch Vikings softball team was crowned Mississippi 8 Conference champions for the first time in school history last week, when they finished the season with wins over Big Lake, St. Francis and Princeton.
Thursday, May 24, 2018

Chisago Lakes sweeps North Branch in county baseball skirmish
Chisago Lakes 5, North Branch 1
Chisago Lakes and North Branch have had some great battles over the past couple of years in baseball, but the Wildcats, who have heated up considerably after a slow start, swept North Branch convincingly in a Tuesday, May 15 double header in Chisago Lakes.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Wildcats back on track after some dramatic Mississippi 8 wins
After starting the season 0-3 and giving up 27 runs in those three games, the Wildcats have won four of their next five to even their record at 4-4.
Friday, May 11, 2018

Chisago Lakes finishes unbeaten week, looking strong in M8C
Chisago Lakes 6, Monticello 0
Alison Bergerson’s two-run triple in the third inning broke a 0-0 tie and Trinity Junker allowed just three hits and struck out eight as the Wildcat softball team shut out the Monticello Magic 6-0 Tuesday, May 1 at Chisago Lakes.  Bergerson finished the game with three hits in three at bats and drove in three runs.  Junker didn’t walk a batter in picking up the complete game win.  Gina Virga reached base four times for the Wildcats, with two hits and two walks.  Natalie Thornburg was three-for-three and Madison Thornburg had two hits, including a double.

Friday, May 11, 2018

'Cats nearly storm back vs Delano
Delano 9, Chisago Lakes 8
The Wildcat boys lacrosse team nearly gave Delano their first loss of the year last week, but fell just short.

Friday, May 11, 2018

North Branch softball loses first game to undefeated Rogers, bounces back
Rogers 4, North Branch 3
The Vikings unbeaten streak ended against Rogers in a game that pitted two teams with perfect records against each other.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Pederson and Vikings firing on all cylinders, start season 5-0
North Branch’s softball team had high hopes heading into this season, but even in their wildest dreams, this start has seemed like a fairy tale.
Friday, May 4, 2018

Vikings get off to fast start before cooling down against Buffalo
With barely any outdoor practice before their first games, the North Branch baseball team wasn’t sure what to expect when they stepped on the field in their season opener against the Irondale Knights, an old North Suburban Conference foe.
Friday, May 4, 2018

Chisago Lakes boys lacrosse team gets first ever win, topping Buffalo 13-9
Chisago Lakes 13, Buffalo 9
The Wildcats got their historic first victory last week when the beat Buffalo 13-9 on Thursday, April 26.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Wildcat baseball team starts slow in first three games of the season
Foley 10, Chisago Lakes 4
In the Wildcat baseball team’s season opener, the Foley Falcons scored seven runs in the second inning as they soared to a 10-4 win over the Wildcats.  The Falcons led 10-0 before Mitch Barrett’s two-run double in the fifth inning broke up the shutout.  The Wildcats added two more runs in the sixth on run-scoring groundouts by Henry Trost and Joe Abrahamson.  Abrahamson had two of the Wildcats’ five hits.  The game was played at Foley on Tuesday, April 24.

Friday, May 4, 2018

NB football coach Sam Ferraro departing for hometown Rangers
After four years at the helm of North Branch’s football program, Head Coach Sam Ferraro is moving on to become the next head coach at  his alma mater, Forest Lake High School.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Wildcat softball impresses in three games
Rogers 2, Chisago Lakes 0
Trinity Junker allowed just one hit when the Wildcats visited Rogers on Thursday, April 26.  But an error and a couple of bunts turned that hit into two runs and it was all the Royals needed to shut out the Wildcats 2-0.

Friday, May 4, 2018

After years of effort, years as a club sport and what felt like years of winter this season, the Chisago Lakes lacrosse teams both began their inaugural seasons this week with home games.
Friday, April 27, 2018

Fed up with Mother Nature, Wildcat baseball and softball teams square off for fun and laughter in Wiffle Ball game
None of the spring sports have gotten a chance to get outside yet for practice or games, so the Chisago Lakes baseball and softball teams took matters into their own hands, playing each other in a friendly game of Wiffle Ball.
Friday, April 20, 2018

Chisago Lakes gets a few early indoor track meets
Just like almost every high school sports team in Snowland, the Wildcat track and field teams haven’t been able to participate in any outdoor events yet this “spring.” But the Wildcats have participated in a couple of indoor events as they dream of running and jumping outdoors.
Friday, April 20, 2018

Wildcats state dream shattered by Hamling's sharpshooting
Once Heaven Hamling hit a near half court shot to end a first half offensive onslaught for Grand Rapids, the Chisago Lakes girls basketball team knew it was in for a long night at the Section 7AAA championship game in Cambridge-Isanti on Thursday, March 8.
Friday, March 16, 2018

Lang leaving post as Chisago Lakes Activities Director after just one year
Chisago Lakes will be looking for another Activities Director after this school year ends as Hayley Lang’s resignation was accepted just over one year from when she was hired.
Friday, March 16, 2018

Monticello spoils North Branch's shot at state hockey tournament
In last Thursday’s Section 5A Championship Game between the Vikings and the Monticello Magic, Monticello’s Jack Saunders scored on a shot from the right point to break a 1-1 tie at 13:12 of the third period.  Monticello added two more goals, including an empty-netter with five seconds left, to make the final score 4-1.  The loss ended the best season in North Branch High School hockey history.  Monticello will go to the state tournament for the second year in a row.  The game was played at Elk River Ice Arena.
Friday, March 9, 2018

Pair of young Wildcats make it to second round of state diving
There wasn’t any expectation for the Chisago Lakes divers when they went down to the state tournament last weekend at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. Jimmy Nord and Storm Opdahl both qualified for the meet, but as a seventh and an eighth grader, they were two of the youngest competitors at the event. Nord was the only seventh grader and Opdahl was one of two eighth graders in the field of 24.
Friday, March 9, 2018

CL & NB grapplers fight hard at state tournament
Neither of the eleventh-grade Wildcat wrestlers who made their first appearance at last weekend’s state wrestling tournament at the Xcel Energy Center – Josh Wenthe (160) and Zach Carlson (285) – got on to the podium by placing in the top six.  But both of them wrestled well against tough opponents and are poised to use that experience to make another run at getting on the podium next year.
Friday, March 9, 2018

GOLDEN MOMENT: Aliah Williams wins state all around title
Aliah Williams knew her balance beam routine would set the tone for her day at the state gymnastics meet on Saturday, February 24.
Thursday, March 1, 2018

Vikings' hockey to play for state berth
Section Quarterfinals:  North Branch 11, Mora/Milaca 0
The second-seeded Vikings made mincemeat out of the seventh-seeded Mora/Milaca Mustangs in the Section 5A quarterfinals, crushing them 11-0 last Thursday, February 22 at Chisago Lakes Arena.  Alec Hink and Cody Moline each had hat tricks and playmaker Jake Richard had four assists to lead the Vikings.  The win earned the Vikings the opportunity to face third-seeded Pine City in the semifinals.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Chisago Lakes' Carlson and Wenthe heading to state wrestling tournament
After being shut out of the state tournament last year, the Wildcats will send two wrestlers down to the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul this weekend.  At last weekend’s Section 4AA tournament, junior Josh Wenthe, seeded second in the section at 160 pounds, pinned his opponent in a wild semifinal match, lost the championship match and didn’t need to wrestle a True Second match to advance.  At 285, top-seeded Zach Carlson pinned all three of his opponents to advance to state.  Both wrestlers will be making their first appearance at the state tournament.  The Section 4AA individual tournament was held Friday and Saturday, February 23 and 24, at South St. Paul High School.
Thursday, March 1, 2018

Bombard and Labelle heading to state
As we all know, sometimes good things come in small packages.  For the Viking wrestling program, this means wrestlers at the two lowest weights earned the right to go to this weekend’s state tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.  Eighth-graders Ashton LaBelle (106) and Brandt Bombard (113) will both be headed to state for the first time after finishing second at last weekend’s Section 4AA individual tournament.  The tournament was held Friday, February 22 and Saturday, March 23 at South St. Paul High School.  The Class AA individual matches at the Xcel begins Friday at 9 a.m.
Thursday, March 1, 2018

After early upset over Princeton, Wildcats knocked out by familiar foe
Section Quarterfinals:  Chisago Lakes 3, Princeton 1
Thomas Overgaard scored twice and had an assist and Brooks Stangl stopped 35 of the 36 shots he faced to lead the fifth-seeded Wildcats to a 3-1 win over the fourth-seeded Princeton Tigers last Thursday, February 22 at Princeton Arena.  The win sent the Wildcats to the section semifinal game against top-seeded Monticello.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Three county gymnasts heading to the state tournament
After a long year of breaking records and climbing higher and higher, Aliah Williams rightfully earned a state tournament berth from the Section 7A gymnastics meet last weekend.
Monday, February 26, 2018

After early success, CL girls hoops struggling to find consistency lately
Since ripping off five straight wins in mid-January, the Chisago Lakes girls basketball team has been the model of inconsistency.
Monday, February 26, 2018

Vikings have two close calls
St. Francis 69, North Branch 63
The North Branch boys basketball team nearly battled back from a huge deficit to surprise the St. Francis Saints, but it ultimately became too much of an uphill battle to finish off.

Monday, February 26, 2018

CL finishes seventh at state, Mower brothers tumble
The girls alpine ski team didn’t repeat their state championship run from last year, but they still had a wildly successful season.
Monday, February 26, 2018

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