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January 18, 2018

North Branch hangs up seven amid turmoil for Chisago Lakes
North Branch 7, Chisago Lakes 3
The anticipation was building for the season’s first boys’ hockey matchup between the Vikings and Wildcats last Saturday afternoon.  But the Wildcats were thrown for a loop when head coach Paul Gibson resigned on Friday.  The Vikings, experiencing the best season in team history, came on strong and scored five goals in the first period before the Wildcats knew what hit them.  The Wildcats recovered and played a lot better over the next two periods, but the five-goal deficit was a hill too high to climb.  The Vikings won 7-3 to raise their record to 11-3-0 on the season.  The loss dropped the Wildcats to 4-10-2.

Friday, January 12, 2018


Chisago Lakes wins big over NB
Chisago Lakes 70, North Branch 54
The annual county rivalry had been very competitive the past few years, but with a healthy Carmen Backes and an injury-riddled North Branch squad, the game wasn’t much of a contest on Thursday, January 4.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Bench sparks first win of the year
North Branch 72, Staples-Motley 64
It took them eight games, but the North Branch boys basketball team finally got their first win of the season.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Vikings dominate early, misstep in final game of holiday tournament
North Branch 11, Willmar 0
Cody Moline scored four goals and Brady Meyer added a hat trick to lead the Viking boys’ hockey team to an 11-0 shellacking of the Willmar Cardinals in the opening game of the Little Falls Holiday tournament.  Playmaker Jacob Richards had four assists.  Moline, Meyer and Justin Sachs had two assists apiece.  Alec Hink scored twice and added an assist.  Nick Jensen had a goal and an assist.  Junior Kade Koecher scored his first career goal.  And four players tallied one assist apiece:  Jared Schmitt, Cody Croal, Dawson Johnson and Tim Moll.  The Vikings dominated from start to finish and put the game away with seven goals in the second period.  They outshot the Cardinals 42-16 for the game.  Viking goalie Trevor Mellen stopped all 16 shots he faced to record his first shutout of the season.  The game was played at Exchange Arena in Little Falls on Wednesday, December 27.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Wildcat girls hockey gets on track with two straight wins
Chisago Lakes 3, Osseo/Park Center 2
Jenna Lawry tapped in a rebound at 3:24 of overtime to give the Wildcats a 3-2 win over Osseo/Park Center in the opening game of the Schwan’s Open Cup, American Division, Thursday, December 28 at the Schwan Super Rink.  The win sent the Wildcats to the next day’s semifinal game against the Northern Lakes Lightning.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Chisago Lakes boys finish last in open division at Schwan's Cup
Marshall 5, Chisago Lakes 2
The Marshall Tigers scored twice in the first period and twice in the second period on their way to a 5-2 win over the Wildcats in the opening round of the Schwan’s Cup Open at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine.  The game was played on Tuesday, December 26.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Wildcats earn a 2-2 split at the Northern Duals in Grand Rapids
The Wildcats went up to Grand Rapids for the Great Northern Duals during the holiday break and came away with a 2-2 showing.  They squeaked by Cloquet-Esko-Carlton (CEC) 37-35, lost to host Grand Rapids 60-19, fell to Aitkin 57-25 and won 34-33 in an eighth criteria tiebreaker over Deer River.  Wildcat head coach Shawn Frederixon said “We have a limited number of wrestlers in the varsity lineup this year.
Monday, January 8, 2018

North Branch fends off Staples-Motley for split at Holiday Tourney
Little Falls 61, North Branch 52
Despite some strong defense in the first half against Little Falls, the North Branch girls basketball team lost their edge in the second half and the Flyers went on a big run to win 61-52 on Thursday, December 28.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Girls open their state title defense with a second place finish
Now the Chisago Lakes girls apline ski team knows what it’s like to ski with a target on their back.
Friday, December 29, 2017

AREA HOOPS ROUNDUP
CHISAGO LAKES
Boys
The Wildcats got a statement win over Hill-Murray on Thursday, December 21, beating the Pioneers 68-48 in their last game before Christmas.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Chisago Lakes girls hockey gets second win of the year over Woodbury
Chisago Lakes 2, Woodbury 0
Jenna Lawry scored both goals and goalie Megan Lerfald stopped all 27 shots she faced to lead the Wildcats to a 2-0 win over the Woodbury Royals.  It was just the second win of the season for the Wildcats (2-10).  The game was played Friday, December 22 at Chisago Lakes Arena.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Vikings out-grapple Wildcats, both lose to Cambridge-Isanti at triangular
Cambridge-Isanti Triangular
The Vikings and Wildcats met up for a dual at the Cambridge-Isanti Triangular last Thursday, December 21.  The Vikings came out on top, beating the Wildcats 39-24.  Both the Vikings and Wildcats lost to Cambridge-Isanti.  The Vikings lost 59-17 and the Wildcats were shut out 74-0.

Friday, December 29, 2017

NB squeaks by Pine City before a 9-1 drubbing by St. Michael-Albertville
North Branch 3, Pine City 2
Cody Moline scored the game winner at 1:48 of overtime to give the Viking boys’ hockey team a 3-2 win over the Pine City Dragons on Tuesday, December 19 at the Pine City Civic Center.  Viking goalie Trevor Mellen came up big.  The Dragons outshot the Vikings 45-25 for the game, including 23-5 in the second period, but Mellen gave the Vikings a chance to win by stopping 43 of the 45 shots he faced.  And the Vikings certainly took advantage of their four power play opportunities, scoring all three of their goals on the power play.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Third period explosion goes the way of the Wildcats in win over Princeton
The Wildcat boys’ hockey team led 3-0 after two periods against the Princeton Tigers and appeared to be in control of the game.  But things got a little wild in the third period.  The teams scored seven goals between them, including two shorthanded goals by Princeton and two power play goals by the Wildcats.  The Wildcats finally sealed the win on a power play goal by Jace Meierhoff with eight seconds to go, making the final score Chisago Lakes 6, Princeton 4.  The Tigers outshot the Wildcats 34-23 for the game.  Six different players scored goals for the Wildcats, and eight players had assists.  The game was played at Chisago Lakes Arena on Thursday, December 21.
Friday, December 29, 2017

CL topples two straight ranked teams
Chisago Lakes 47, Edina 40
Defense is the biggest part of the high school basketball game, and the Wildcats put on a masterpiece in their 47-40 win over Edina on Tuesday, December 12.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Monticello hands North Branch first loss of the season
North Branch 5, Sauk Rapids-Rice 2
Trailing Sauk Rapids Rice 2-1 entering the third period, the Viking boys’ hockey team exploded for four goals, including two power play goals by Jacob Richards, to beat the Storm 5-2 Tuesday, December 12 at Sports Arena East in Sauk Rapids.  Richards also had two assists in the game.  Brady Meyer had two goals and two assists and Cody Moline scored one and added two assists.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Lady Vikes having a tough time staying healthy, drop their third straight
Rush City 60, North Branch 42
Still playing at less than full strength because of injures, the North Branch girls basketball team struggled in a 60-42 loss hosting the Rush City Tigers on Tuesday, December 12.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Wildcats break losing streak
Pine City 2, Chisago Lakes 1
Pine City’s Dusty Bergstrom scored a power play goal at 1:39 of overtime to give the Dragons a 2-1 win over the Wildcat boys’ hockey team in a game played at Chisago Lakes Arena Last Thursday, December 14.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Vikings suffer key loss in Olson
Despite overcoming plenty of falls and finishing in third place at the Becker Invitational -- ahead of Becker, no less, who beat NB for a state tournament berth last year -- the season has already had a speed bump for the North Branch gymnastics team.
Friday, December 22, 2017

NB boys basketball building a strong foundation despite losses
White Bear Lake 77, North Branch 44
The tough schedule rolled on for North Branch on Tuesday, December 12, as they took on White Bear Lake in another gross mismatch of school sizes.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Novack wins CL Holiday Tourney
Jake Novack (113) won by major decision 12-0 over Ryan Lund of Rogers for the Wildcats’ only first place finish at the Chisago Lakes Holiday Tourney last Friday, December 15.  The Wildcats finished fifth overall as a team, despite filling just nine of the 14 weight classes.  Grand Rapids and Rogers tied for first.
Thursday, December 21, 2017

Another even week leaves the inconsistent Wildcats at 2-2-2
Somerset 4, Chisago Lakes 1
The Wildcat boys’ hockey team outshot Somerset 37-15, but Somerset goalie stopped 36 of those 37 shots.  Meanwhile, Somerset scored on four of its 15 shots to beat the Wildcats 4-1 at the Somerset Civic Youth Center on Tuesday, November 28.

Monday, December 11, 2017

CL falls in showcase to top ranked 2A team
Chisago Lakes 67, Little Falls 34
Chisago Lakes overcame a dreadful free throw shooting night to take it to Little Falls in their season opening 67-34 win.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Wins tough to come by for young 'Cats
Cambridge-Isanti/ Mora/Pine City (CIMP) 4, Chisago Lakes 3 (OT)
The Wildcat girls’ hockey team played well five-on-five against CIMP, but taking a lot of penalties and not doing well on the penalty kill was their undoing.  CIMP scored on four of seven power play opportunities, including the game winner at 3:20 of the overtime period to beat the Wildcats 4-3.  CIMP outshot the Wildcats 36-13, but Wildcat goalie Anna Kittleson outperformed her CIMP counterpart, stopping 32 of the 36 shots she faced, to keep the Wildcats in the game.  The game was played at Chisago Lakes Arena on Tuesday, November 28.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Moline nets back-to-back hat tricks as Vikes cruise
North Branch 8, Minnesota River 2
The Viking boys’ hockey team gobbled up the Minnesota River Bulldogs with an 8-2 win in the opening game of the Veterans’ Memorial Turkey Tournament in Inver Grove Heights on Friday, November 24.  Cody Moline had a great start to the year with a hat trick and an assist, Justin Sachs had two goals and two assists and playmaker Brady Meyer added three assists.  Cody Croal added a goal and two assists, Jacob Richards had a goal and an assist, Nick Jensen scored a goal and Alec Hink picked up an assist.   “It was a good first game for us,” said Viking head coach Matt Cottingham.  “We have four defensemen who had never seen varsity time.  It was a good game to get our feet wet and get some of the nerves out of our systems.  Our speed and talent were just too much for them.”  The Vikings outshot the Bulldogs 43-25 for the game.  Viking goalie Trevor Mellen stopped 23 of the 25 shots he faced.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Gorski and Stec compete at state's biggest and best meet
Both Savannah Gorski and Hannah Stec made their state tournament debuts last weekend at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.
Friday, November 24, 2017

Vikes' title dreams shattered by Maple Lake, finish second at state
Expectations were certainly high for the North Branch volleyball team going into the state tournament, but the way they handled their first two opponents was a surprise, to say the least.
Friday, November 17, 2017

Gorski and Stec headed to state for Chisago Lakes swim and dive
Being in a girls swimming section with Visitation and Hill Murray essentially makes Chisago Lakes’ section a mini state tournament.
Friday, November 17, 2017

NORTH BRANCH UPSETS MANKATO WEST, PLAYS AT THE BANK
North Branch 3, Mankato West 2
Sadie Harper converted a penalty kick with 19 minutes left in the second half to give the #7-seeded Vikings a 2-1 lead and the Vikings held on for a 2-1 win over the Mankato West Scarlets in the opening round of the state high school girls’ soccer tournament.  The game was played in ideal conditions Wednesday, October 25 at Prior Lake High School and sent the Vikings on to the state semifinal game Monday, October 30 at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Wildcats fall in first round of state
Totino Grace 4, Chisago Lakes 0
The Wildcats boys’ soccer team had a tough draw in their opening round game in the state tournament –  they had to play the best Class A team in the state, the Totino Grace Eagles.  The Eagles stymied the Wildcat offense while scoring three goals in the first half and one in the second to beat the Wildcats 4-0.  The game was played at Farmington High School on Tuesday, October 24.  The loss ended the season for the Wildcats.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Vikings will rematch Cloquet with a trip to state on the line
North Branch 29, Grand Rapids 6
North Branch’s offense remained a little slower than they had been through the first seven games of the years, but their defense continued to pick up the slack in a 29-6 section victory over Grand Rapids on Saturday, October 28.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Second rematch doesn't go well for 'Cats, lose to Andover in final game of the year
Andover 50, Chisago Lakes 24
A relentless Andover Huskies offense, a key turnover and an injury to starting quarterback Henry Trost added up to a 50-24 defeat for the Wildcat football team in the Section 7AAAAA semifinals at Andover on Saturday, October 28.  The loss ended the season for the #5-seeded Wildcats (3-7) and sent the #1-seeded Huskies (7-2) on to host tomorrow night’s championship game against the #6-seeded St. Francis Fighting Saints (3-7).  St. Francis, whom the Wildcats beat earlier this season, upset #2-seeded Coon Rapids in the other semifinal to earn the right to play Andover for a trip to the state tournament.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Vikings storm back for a second straight section championship, upset Mankato West in opening round of state
Facing long odds with one of their top players serving a red card suspension, the North Branch girls soccer team battled back from a 1-0 deficit in the section championship game to stun top-seeded Cloquet 2-1.
Friday, October 27, 2017

'Cats finally break through for a state tournament bid in Section 7
The Wildcat boys’ soccer team is headed to the state tournament.  After going zero for four in section championship games over the past 12 years, Nils Gulbranson and Ryan Mower led the #1-seeded Wildcats to a 3-1 win over the #4-seeded Duluth Marshall Hilltoppers in the Section 7A championship game Thursday, October 19 at Duluth Denfeld High School.  Longtime Wildcat head coach Mark Leigh is always the first one to tell you it’s all about the kids.  But this is certainly a nice parting gift for Leigh, who is retiring after this season.
Friday, October 27, 2017

Chisago Lakes rips into Monticello, earns redemption in win over 'Jackets
Chisago Lakes 48, Cambridge-Isanti 26
The Chisago Lakes Wildcats earned a measure of redemption with a section victory over Cambridge-Isanti on Tuesday, October 24.

Friday, October 27, 2017

North Branch fizzles in season finale, section rematch with Rapids up next
With the second seed locked up in Section 7AAAA, the Vikings didn’t have much to play for in their  regular season finale against Proctor, but after the high octane season they put on in their first seven games, it was a disappointing finale as North Branch lost  23-14.
Friday, October 27, 2017

Vikings lose finale to Elk River, keep top seed in Section 7AA
North Branch cruised to the end of their regular season schedule last week, and seemed to have their sights set on the postseason just a bit early.
Friday, October 27, 2017

North Branch and Chisago Lakes have a tough time at M8C meet
CHISAGO LAKES
Boys
The boys finished in last place out of 10 teams, but there was a couple factors that were out of their control.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Wildcats win first M8C game in four years, beating Monticello
It’s been some tough times recently for the Chisago Lakes volleyball team, but they reversed a lot of years of bad fortune with a nice 3-1 win over Monticello to close their regular season with their first conference win in four years.
Friday, October 27, 2017


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