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home : sports July 27, 2015

Bulldogs hit skid heading into Eastern Minny playoffs
Mora 10, Chisago Lakes 4 (10 innings)
Trailing 4-1 against Mora going into the bottom of the ninth inning, the Bulldogs scored three runs to tie it up and send the game to extra innings.  But things went south in the top of the tenth, Mora scored six times and won the game 10-4.  The game was played at home on Wednesday, July 8.

Thursday, July 23, 2015


Safety camp educates area children
North Memorial Air Ambulance arrived at Safety Camp last week at Ojiketa Regional Park and was of great interest to the camp kids.  The helicopter technicians and paramedics explain the operations and let the campers see the inside and ask questions.  Landing and lift-off are inspiring sights to see and some kids say they want to work in the emergency medical field when they grow up.
Thursday, July 23, 2015

Chisago Lakes' own Hills and Sperl earn spots at Motocross National Championship from Loretta Lynn's Ranch
Chisago Lakes High School seniors Evan Hills and Brenden Sperl just made their dreams come true.
Thursday, July 23, 2015

Bulldogs with up and down results midway through the season
This is a tale of two completely different games in one.
 
In the first game, Bulldog starter Colton Mueller went six innings, allowing just one run on two hits as the Bulldogs built a 4-1 lead over the Rum River Bandits.  In the second game – the seventh through ninth innings – Bulldog pitching gave up ten runs on just four hits.  Walking six batters and hitting two in those three innings didn’t help and when everything was combined, the Bulldogs came out on the short end of an 11-4 score.  The game was played last Wednesday, June 24 at Chisago Lakes.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Another year, another win for Leaf and Braund in the Loppet 5K
With another Lindstrom Loppet in the books, John Leaf and Tammi Braund continued their domination of the race.

Leaf won in a close race with Michael Peterka of Minneapolis. Leaf finished in 16:17 while Peterka was right behind him with a time of 16:24. It was one of the closest races in Leaf’s reign at the top.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Top 11 stories of 2014-15 for CL and NB (Part 2)
First things first, I apologize for a few things getting cut off in last week’s piece in the newspaper (namely, the headline and the last line of the story). That wasn’t an editor’s fault, that was our computers deciding to take off early for the holiday break and mail it in. They just don’t want to cooperate sometimes.  With that said, we are on to the second half of the Top 11 stories of 2014 and ‘15. Last week covered individual achievements, teams making deep runs in the sections and some exciting moments, but this week is even better.
Thursday, July 9, 2015

Top 11 stories of 2014-15 for CL and NB
America. Fireworks. Independence Day. Boating. Grilling. My Annual Top 11 Sports Story List. One of those things doesn’t belong with the others around the Fourth of July every year.
Thursday, July 2, 2015

Will Gillach suits up for Lions All Star Series in Chaska
Recent graduate senior shortstop Will Gillach,  represented the Wildcats as a member of the North team in the Lions All Star series, played at Chaska Athletic Park Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20.  The four teams in the tournament – North, South, East and West – consist of the top senior baseball players in the state. 
Thursday, June 25, 2015

Wild slate of close games for the Chisago Bulldogs
The Bulldogs claimed the consolation championship at the first annual Romp in the Swamp, at Stan Peterson Field in Quamba the weekend of June 12-14.  

It was an event-filled weekend, with highs – a 13 inning win and three home runs by college players who pitch and do not hit during their college seasons (“pitcher onlys”) – and lows like the longtime girlfriend of Stan Peterson, tournament director, who died suddenly at the game prior to the Bulldogs’ Saturday game.  She collapsed as she was carrying some supplies to the concession stand and attempts to revive her were unsuccessful. Peterson insisted that the tournament go on.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

North Branch unveils new logo
North Branch Area Public Schools (NBAPS)unveiled a new, unified, Viking emblem for its sports and activities.
Thursday, June 18, 2015

Three area golfers make their mark at state tournament
The state tournament had a fitting end for Chisago Lakes teammates Eric Chambers and Bryce Thompson.
Thursday, June 18, 2015

Chambers, Thompson and Kress all going to state; "Cats lose by one to Grand Rapids
All year, the Chisago Lakes boys golf team has been building towards the section tournament.

They’ve been honing their shots, practicing their rounds and measuring their distances in anticipation of their two rounds at Hinckley Grand National on Saturday, May 30 and Monday, June 1. And it came this close to paying off with a team berth to the state tournament.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Vikings boys track miss section championship by one point
They already won the True Team section championship and the Mississippi 8 Conference championship, they just needed the Section 7AA championship for the trifecta. But, Elk River blocked them by the slimmest of margins and sent them to a second place finish.
Thursday, June 4, 2015

Lee and Greene moving on to state meet for Chisago Lakes
The Wildcat track team will be sending two athletes to the state track meet this year.  In last Saturday’s Section 7AA finals at Princeton, Quinton Lee won the 400 meter dash with a time of 50.80 seconds.  Last year, Lee was part of the Wildcat 4 x 800 meter relay team that made it to the podium at the state meet, finishing ninth.  And for the girls, Sarah Greene qualified for statein two events.  She was the section champion in the high jump, with a height of 5’4”.  Greene also won the 800 meter run with a time of 2:18.78, just a tenth of a second over the second place finisher.
Thursday, June 4, 2015

After upsetting ER, 'Cats fall twice in sections
Chisago Lakes 7, Elk River 1
Tyler Stilp allowed one unearned run in six innings and Noah Taylor had three hits and drove in two runs to lead the fifth-seeded Wildcats to a 7-1 win over fourth-seeded Elk River in the opening round of the double elimination portion of the Section 7AAA playoffs Thursday, May 28 at Elk River.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

'Cats eliminate NB from sections a week after losing to them in M8C
In the opening game of the Section 7AAA playoffs, the fifth-seeded Wildcats took advantage of Adam Klick’s two run home run and some shoddy defense by the twelfth-seeded Vikings to build a 5-1 lead.  But the Vikings rallied for two runs in the top of the seventh before reliever Tyler Stilp came in to shut the door and seal the 5-3 win for the Wildcats.  The game was played at Pat Collins Field at Chisago Lakes High School on Monday, May 25.
Thursday, May 28, 2015

North Branch boys track and field team wins Mississippi 8 crown
The Mississippi 8 Conference track meet took place Tuesday, May 19 at Cambridge-Isanti High School.

North Branch Boys
The Viking boys edged out M8C powerhouse St. Michael Albertville to claim their first track and field Mississippi 8 Conference championship in school history.
The Vikings tallied 113 points, which was just eight points ahead of STMA and 10 points ahead of Buffalo.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

CL done in by big schools in 7AAA
Chisago Lakes 1, Duluth Denfeld 0 (8 innings)
The Duluth Denfeld second baseman booted Alex Smith’s ground ball with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, allowing Sami Sandretto to score from third base with the winning run to lift the fourth-seeded Wildcats to a 1-0 win over the fifth-seeded Duluth Denfeld Hunters in the opening game of the double elimination portion of the Section AAA playoffs last Saturday, May 23 at Forest Lake’s Fenway Fields softball complex.  It rained lightly off and on the entire day.  The victory earned the Wildcats the right to play top-seeded Anoka, ranked third in the state, in the next round.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

'Cats can't solve Elk River but Gillach and Lizotte headed to state
Mixing and matching, flipping and flopping, shuffling and moving -- none of it helped the Wildcats in their quest to beat state power Elk River in sections on Monday, May 25.
Thursday, May 28, 2015

Wildcat boys take M8C East crown
Eric Chambers and Bryce Thompson have formed a fearsome top two for the Chisago Lakes boys golf team this year, and things didn’t change as the two prowled the Mississippi 8 Championships at Pebble Creek Golf Club on Wednesday, May 21.
Thursday, May 28, 2015

Carlson departing for Lakeville, new AD search is on for Vikings
Brett Carlson came into the North Branch High School in a tough spot. The position had recently been revised to half time and the district was in a transition period under four day school weeks, which altered practice schedules.

Through the difficulties, Carlson managed the programs well and ushered in a few positive changes to the activites in North Branch. He brought stability to a department that had three different directors in a two-year span.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Wildcats earn fourth seed
Cambridge-Isanti 3, Chisago Lakes 0
An error with two outs in the top of the sixth inning eventually led to all three runs for the Cambridge-Isanti Bluejackets as they shut out the Wildcats 3-0 on Tuesday, May 12 at Chisago Lakes High School.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Two walk-off losses sting NB
Princeton 3, North Branch 2
The Vikings were held in check most of the game but a late rally was canceled by an even later run from Princeton.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Wildcats win two late games
Chisago Lakes 11, Cambridge-Isanti 8
A walk-a-thon was held at Pat Collins Field at Chisago Lakes High School last Tuesday, May 12, but it wasn’t done to raise money.  13 walks were offered up to the Wildcat baseball team by Cambridge-Isanti Bluejacket pitchers.  The Wildcats added seven hits to the mix and also took advantage of four Bluejacket errors on their way to an 11-8 win.  Noah Taylor had three of the Wildcats’ seven hits and Will Gillach and Anders Brown walked three times each.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Boys track team finishes seventh at True Team State Meet
Making a grand return to the True Team State Meet, the North Branch boys track team finished in seventh place out of nine teams behind some great individual finishes.
Thursday, May 21, 2015

Blake Lizotte returns to CL tennis lineup in time for section run
Blake Lizotte made his return to the Chisago Lakes tennis team last week in a conference match up against Princeton.
Thursday, May 21, 2015

North Branch boys and girls win True Team Sections
Even though they are missing some key contributors to injuries, the North Branch girls track and field team earned their third straight berth to the True Team State Meet last week by winning the Section 7AA True Team meet  Tuesday, May 5.
Thursday, May 14, 2015

Two extra inning games split by Wildcat baseball
Chisago Lakes 1, Princeton 0 (9 innings)
Mike Dunne and Tyler Stilp combined to pitch nine innings of shutout baseball and courtesy runner Henry Trost scored the game’s only run in the top of the ninth inning,  as the Wildcats beat Princeton 1-0 Tuesday, May 5 at Princeton.  Dunne started and went 5 1/3 innings.  He allowed four hits, walked three and struck out two.  Stilp relieved Dunne with one out in the sixth.  In 3 2/3 innings of work, Stilp allowed just one hit, struck out three and picked up the win.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Lee wins hurdles at true team
5AAA True Team Meet
The Wildcats are in Section 7AA for regular varsity track in the Minnesota State High School League.  But for True Team events, they compete in Class AAA and are the smallest school in Section 5AAA.  The Section 5AAA True Team meet was held last Tuesday, May 5 at Cambridge-Isanti High School.  Quinton Lee had the Wildcats’ only first place finish for either boys or girls on the day, coming in first in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 40.71 seconds.  The boys finished eighth out of nine teams and the girls came in ninth.
 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

NB girls on a roll late in season
A rough start to the season didn’t discourage the North Branch softball team. In fact, just a few weeks ago, Head Coach Brian Robelia promised that the girls’ best softball was just around the corner. He looks like a fortune teller now. Since Robelia made his prediction, the girls have won four straight conference games and five of seven overall.
Thursday, May 14, 2015

Thompson and Chambers finish one-two at mid-season M8C Tournament
Mississippi 8 Conference Tournament - Purple Hawk
The pair of Eric Chambers and Bryce Thompson has been on a tear this year. Both of them have carded rounds at or under par this season, and both have won Mississippi 8 East meets.

The East division of the M8C got together with the West division last week for their midseason conference tournament at Purple Hawk Country Club on Wednesday, April 29, and although the team didn’t win the tournament, they were the highest finishing East team and Thompson and Chambers went one-two overall.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Mixed bag of results for CL baseball
St. Michael-Albertville (STMA) 8, Chisago Lakes 3
STMA put up the same crooked number – two – in the second, third, fourth and sixth innings and beat the Wildcats 8-3 Thursday, April 23 at St. Michael.  Four Wildcat pitchers combined to allow 14 hits in the game.  They walked only two batters, but struck out just one.  Dan Streitz drove in a run in the fourth and Anders Brown and Adam Klick each drove in a run in the fifth, but it wasn’t enough to offset the hit parade by STMA.
 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Outside of Andover bump, Chisago Lakes softball cruises to five victories
Chisago Lakes 7, St. Michael-Albertville (STMA) 1
The Wildcats exploded for seven runs in the top of the seventh inning to beat the STMA Knights 7-1 last Thursday, April 23 at St. Michael.  Alex Smith was the star on the mound and at the plate for the Wildcats.  She went seven innings and allowed just one unearned run on two hits, walked one and struck out eleven.  And Smith’s three-run double in the seventh capped the scoring for the Wildcats and gave them a comfortable lead going into the bottom of the seventh.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Wildcats showing well in midseason
The Wildcats hosted the eight-team Chisago Lakes Invitational on Tuesday, April 28.  Both the boys and the girls performed well as teams.  The girls finished in second place, just 7.5 points behind North Branch.  And the boys finished solidly in third place behind Forest Lakes and North Branch.
Thursday, May 7, 2015

Vikes open week with win, finish with tough losses to Andover and Anoka
North Branch 8, Rogers 4
The Vikings started their hectic week with a big Mississippi 8 Conference win over Rogers on Tuesday, April 28.

After the Vikings led off the game with four runs in the first inning, Rogers slowly chipped away, scoring one in the second, one in the fifth and two in sixth to tie the game at four.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Busy schedule sees CL go 4-2 on week
Chisago Lakes 7. Big Lake 0
After hosting Buffalo on Monday, April 27, the Chisago Lakes boys tennis jumped right back at it on Tuesday, April 28 against the Big Lake Hornets and earned a sweep. Everybody won in straight sets for the Wildcats, as they overwhelmed the Hornets from the get go.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Wildcats come from behind to beat Vikings 5-3
In the first of two meetings between the Wildcats and Vikings this year, Wildcat Joe Kimlinger drove in the go-ahead run with a groundout in the bottom of the sixth inning.  The Wildcats added another run after that.  The Vikings put two on with two outs in the top of the seventh, but Colten Danks grounded out to end the game.  Final score:  Wildcats 5, Vikings 3.  The game was played this past Monday, April 27 at Chisago Lakes High School.
Thursday, April 30, 2015

Back-and-forth affair ends with CL topping Vikes
Wildcat Kailey McKnight drove in the tie-breaking run on a groundout with the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth inning to break a 3-3 tie versus the Vikings last week.  The Wildcats went on to score two more runs in the inning.  They stopped a Viking rally at one run in the top of the seventh and beat the Vikings 6-4.  The game was played April 27 at Chisago Lakes High School.
Thursday, April 30, 2015

Wildcats get back to winning ways before running into Buffalo
Chisago Lakes 7, St. Anthony Village 0
After a weather related break caused the Chisago Lakes boys tennis team to go a week without a match, the Wildcats jumped right back into the fold with a commanding 7-0 win over St. Anthony Village on Wednesday, April 22.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

North Branch sends seven to Hamline Elite meet
The Hamline Elite meet is a true best of the best format that can be more competitive than the state tournament.

Competitors from both Class A and AA mix together and see who’s got the chops to be the best in the state.

North Branch track and field sent seven athletes to the event and two of them exceeded their early season expectations.

The first one was Mikayla Johnson. She finished in third place last year in the Class AA state meet in pole vault, and she backed that up with a top finish in the Hamline Elite Meet this year by jumping 11’9”. The  result was especially impressive as two-time state champion Andie Jacobs of Rochester Century was in the field.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Thompson fires a 72, Wildcats win M8C meet by one stroke
Last week, it was Eric Chambers leading the Wildcat boys golf team with a one under at Chisago Lakes Golf Course.
Thursday, April 30, 2015


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