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home : sports April 23, 2017

Really starting to feel the burn
Well, it had been all peaches and cream so far throughout the introduction and the orientation, but late in my first week and into the second week, I really have started to feel the burn of the workouts, but that’s what we’re all here for, right?
Thursday, April 20, 2017


After hot start, CL doused by St. Francis before Princeton loss
St. Francis 15, Chisago Lakes 2 (6 innings)
When Henry Trost’s two run single in the bottom of the third cut the St. Francis lead to 4-2, the Wildcats were within striking distance against the Fighting Saints.  But the Wildcat defense went AWOL in the top of the sixth, committing four errors, and the Fighting Saints tool advantage by scoring ten runs – ten! – to beat the Wildcats 15-2.  The game was played at Chisago Lakes High School Wednesday, April 12.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Wildcats keep on rolling right through SF and Princeton
Chisago Lakes 4, St. Francis 0
The St. Francis Fighting Saints softball team didn’t live up to the “Fighting” part of their nickname when they faced the Wildcats last week.  Starting pitcher Cassie Lynch allowed just three hits and struck out nine to shut out the Saints 4-0 at Chisago Lakes High School Thursday, April 12.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Vikings laid the early hammer on Hermantown and Cambridge
The North Branch baseball team got off to a rough 0-2 start to their season, with both being Mississippi 8 Conference losses.

But, they stepped out of the conference to take on Hermantown, and they were able to enjoy themselves at the plate and in the field.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Orientation is the first step
Aly and I took our first step in the 10-week program last weekend at Farrell’s Extreme Bodyshaping!

We had both gone to two ‘Friends and Family’ sessions to see what we were in for, but we finally arrived at orientation for our own 10-week adventure on Saturday, April 8.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

'Cats mercy-rule Vikings before shootout with defending section champs
Chisago Lakes 14, North Branch 0
Cassie Lynch and Trinity Junker combined to throw a no-hitter as the Wildcats shut out the Vikings 14-0 in the season opener.  The Wildcats put the game away early with an eight-run second inning.  They pounded out 12 hits. Including six doubles and a triple, and stole seven bases.  And the Wildcats made just one error.  “You never know what to expect in the first game,” said Wildcat head coach Brenda Carlson, “especially with only four returning players.  Our pitchers were unbelievable.  We played almost errorless ball and all but one starter got a hit in the game.”  The game was played at North Branch High School Tuesday, April 4.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Chisago Lakes blanks North Branch to begin 3-0 run to start the season
Chisago Lakes 10, North Branch 0
Mitch Barrett started and allowed just two hits in five innings and Joey Ferris and Anders Brown both homered as the Wildcats shutout the Vikings, last year’s Section 7AAA representative in the state tournament, 10-0 in the season opener for both teams.  The game was played at North Branch on Tuesday, April 4.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Enough with the excuses
As many of you have gotten to know me in my nearly 10 years out here at the Chisago County Press, you all know different parts about me.
Friday, April 7, 2017

THE PUCK STOPS HERE
Hunter Miska always had dreams to play high level hockey. As a mite and squirt in the North Branch hockey program, he was a talented forward who belonged well above his age group with soft hands and good speed.
Friday, April 7, 2017

Section shake up on the horizon in some sports
Starting in the 2017-18 season, there will be some drastic changes in some section playoff brackets.
Thursday, March 30, 2017

Chisago Lakes fencers excel at state and national tournaments
Chisago Lakes High School juniors Alec Cull and Fred Thibodeau put on a lot of miles and achieved some significant results over three consecutive weekends between February 11 and February 25.  Both Cull and Thibodeau competed at the Fargo-Moorhead High School Fencing Invitational February 11 and the USFA Open tournament February 12. The following week, Thibodeau traveled to Kansas City to compete at the U.S. Junior Olympic Fencing Championships. And both fencers competed at the Minnesota High School State Fencing Championships February 25.
Friday, March 24, 2017

Boys fall short in section championship
For the third straight year, the Chisago Lakes boys basketball team was playing for a chance to go to the state tournament.
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Wildcats playing for second straight state tourney campaign
After an up-and-down regular season that saw Chisago Lakes go on streaks of both the winning and losing variety, they are hoping their recent play is indicative of a long winning streak to come.
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Chisago Lakes finds new AD in Hayley Lang
The Chisago Lakes School District announced they've hired Hayley Lang as the new Activities Director at the high school. Lang, who is currently an assistant principal at Southwest Junior High in Forest Lake, was previously a teacher and coach at North Branch High School. She was the head coach of the Viking volleyball team and an assistant for the Lady Vikes' softball team. Lang will be replacing outgoing AD Neil Fletcher, who announced his resignation last month.
Monday, March 6, 2017

Ertl finishes ninth in all-around, Olson and Fish gain valuable experience
The balance beam was the last event of the day at the individual state gymnastics meet on Saturday, February 25. The anticipation led to a highlight of the weekend for a few of the North Branch state meet competitors, but it also led to disappointment for another.
Thursday, March 2, 2017

NB's Sonnek headed to state
Freshman Austin Sonnek (132) will be the first Viking wrestler to go to the state tournament since 2014.  He pinned Tristan Johnson of Hibbing in the true second place match at last weekend’s individual Section 7AA tournament to earn his first trip to state.  The section tournament was held in Grand Rapids last weekend.  Sonnek will open the tournament during the 11 a.m. session tomorrow against junior Antonio Cortez of South St. Paul, the winner of Section 4AA.
Thursday, March 2, 2017

Wildcats get sweet revenge, end North Branch's season
A raucous standing room only crowd of over 1,200 people for last Saturday night’s section 5A semifinal game at Chisago Lakes Arena saw the third-seeded Chisago Lakes Wildcats take a 4-1 lead over the second-seeded North Branch Vikings early in the third period.  The Wildcats then withstood an intense Viking attack before coming away with a 4-3 win and a trip to their third section final game in the last four years.  That game is tonight versus the Monticello Magic at 7 p.m. at the arena in Elk River.
Thursday, March 2, 2017

Three NB gymnasts going to state
The North Branch gymnastics team fell just short of their goal of making it to the state tournament, but they still sent three of their gymnasts to the individual state meet.
Friday, February 24, 2017

Vikings wrap up regular season with 4-1 win over CL in hotly contested game
Tim Moll scored at 9:08 of the third period to break a 1-1 tie and give the North Branch Vikings their first lead of the game over the Chisago Lakes Wildcats.  The Vikings added two more goals in the last two minutes of the game for a 4-1 win over the Wildcats before a standing room only crowd of over 1,000 on Thursday, February 16 at Chisago Lakes Arena.  It was officially a home game for the Wildcats, but the crowd was split about 50-50 between fans of the two teams.
Friday, February 17, 2017

Chisago Lakes-North Branch rivalry renewed tonight with Vikings on a roll
North Branch 4, Highland Park 2
Having played two games in the previous three days, a tired bunch of Viking hockey players trudged into Highland Arena in St. Paul to take on the St. Paul Highland Park Scots Tuesday, February 17.  “We were out of gas,” said Viking head coach Matt Cottingham.  “We were not on our ‘A’ game and didn’t know what was going to happen.”  But the Vikings have matured to the point they can win a game against an opponent they should probably beat even when they are not at their best.  Ryan Byrkit scored with just over six minutes left in the third period to break a 2-2 tie and the Vikings went on to win the game 4-2.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Princeton storms back to end Wildcats' season in overtime
Princeton 4, Chisago Lakes 3 (2 O.T.)
The Wildcat girls’ hockey team certainly went out with a bang this season.  In the Section 5A quarterfinals, the sixth-seeded Wildcats took third-seeded Princeton to two overtimes before the Tigers scored to beat the Wildcats 4-3.  The game was played a Parade Ice Garden in Minneapolis last Thursday, February 9.  The loss ended the season for the Wildcats (7-19-0).  Princeton (19-8-0) is ranked fifth in the state in the QRF rankings.  They went on to play Breck in the section semifinals on Valentine’s Day and lost 2-1 to end their season.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

QUEENS OF THE HILL: The Chisago Lakes girls alpine ski team wins state title
The Chisago Lakes girls alpine ski team won the school's first ever team state championship on Wednesday, February 15 at Giants Ridge in Biwabik, MN.

The girls finished with 152, nine points ahead of Lakeville North in second place. The 'Cats were paced by Ellie Frischmon, who came in fourth plae in the whol state. Hannah Stec earned CL's second top-10 finish at state with an eighth place run. Senior Mikayla Granfors had an amazing final career run and finished in 11th place in state. Hannah Janzig finished off CL's championship score with a 21st place finish.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Streaky Wildcats drop four M8C contests in a row, including Monti
The Chisago Lakes boys basketball team has been a streaky bunch this year. They opened the season with four straight losses before winning four of their next five games. Those winning ways were followed up by three straight losses before they rattled off five consecutive wins. In their latest streak, the ‘Cats have now dropped four in a row, including a one-point heartbreaker to Monticello, the team that ended their season last year.
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Chisago Lakes wraps up regular season in fine form
The Wildcats wrapped up their regular meet season in the last two weeks with a Mississippi 8 Conference match up against Buffalo, and a tune up tourney at Cambridge-Isanti.
Thursday, February 9, 2017

Wildcats High kick going to state
The dance team contest held at North Branch High School last weekend turned out as well as it could for Chisago Lakes High School Lakettes Dance Team-- pictured above celebrating its win in High Kick division.  The dancers advance to state at Target Center, Saturday, February 18.
Thursday, February 9, 2017

North Branch stays rolling at six in a row, including win over Princeton
North Branch 9, Becker-Big Lake 0
Sophomore Brady Meyer recorded his fourth hat trick of the season and playmaker Nick Fairbanks had four assists as the Vikings sent the Becker-Big Lake Eagles crashing to earth in a 9-0 shutout win Tuesday, January 31 at Princeton Ice Arena.  The Vikings scored six goals in the second period to blow the game wide open, and outshot the Eagles 40-13 for the game.  Viking goalie Trevor Mellen stopped all 13 shots he faced to record his second shutout of the season.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Neil Fletcher retiring as Wildcats' Activities Director at end of year
After a successful five year stint as Chisago Lakes’ Activities Director, Neil Fletcher will be calling it a career after the 2017 school year ends.
Thursday, February 9, 2017

GIRLS SKIERS GOING TO STATE!
The Chisago Lakes girls alpine ski team won the Section 7 meet this week to qualify for the state tournament in Giants Ridge next Wednesday. Ellie Frischmon won the meet.

On the boys side, Anders Brown won the individual race and will be going to the state tournament for his sixth appearance.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Vikings find out where they stand at Gymnastics True Team State
In the Mississippi 8 Conference, the North Branch Vikings rarely come across an elite Class A team. Big Lake had been in the past but they are a bit down this year. Cambridge-Isanti is an elite team, but they are Class AA and North Branch won’t see them in sections or state.
Thursday, February 2, 2017

Nelson goes off and Gillach beats buzzer on wild Friday night
It was a wild finish when the Wildcats hosted the Cambridge-Isanti on Friday, January 27.
Thursday, February 2, 2017

Vikings come out firing but 'Cats weather it and storm back for win
The Chisago Lakes and North Branch boys basketball teams faced each other a bit later in the season than normal, so they were both chomping at the bit to get on the court on Thursday, January 19.
Thursday, January 26, 2017


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