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December 1, 2020

Proud North Branch team wins last game, gaining revenge on Cloquet
Pride was a theme this season for Justin Voss and the North Branch football program.
Friday, November 27, 2020

North Branch can't topple Monticello before dropping tough one to Becker
North Branch's lone loss this year came at the hands of Monticello, a team Head Coach Mike Selbitschka knew would be dangerous this year. 
Saturday, November 21, 2020

North Branch stages another dramatic comeback against Cambridge-Isanti before cruising past Big Lake
North Branch 3, Cambridge-Isanti 2
North Branch already had one nail-biting comeback earlier this year when they were down 2-0 against Big Lake, only to come back and win the next three sets, including a dominating 25-9 win.

Friday, November 13, 2020

Late last week, the Chisago Lakes volleyball team was delivered the crushing news that due to COVID-19 outbreaks at the high school, their season would be cut short after just three games.
Friday, November 13, 2020

North Branch shines as CL rusty in their debut match
Chisago Lakes Head Coach Hannah Lindstrom was hoping this year would be the time they could hang with North Branch in volleyball and make some noise against the Vikings.
Friday, November 6, 2020

Special teams sets the wrong tone against Grand Rapids
After an ultra fast start on special teams this year, including a kick return for a touchdown against Proctor and two blocked punts -- one returned for a touchdown -- against Hibbing, the special teams unit of North Branch was riding high.
Friday, November 6, 2020

Monti gets the best of NB in key M8C clash
Head Coach Mike Selbitschka knew Monticello was going to be a tough team to beat this year. They gave North Branch a run for their money last year for the conference crown and only graduated one starter from that team.
Friday, October 30, 2020

Blocking a punt is not the easiest thing to do a in a football game. It takes perfect timing, usually a lapse in the blockers form, and a slow delivery from the punter.
Friday, October 30, 2020

North Branch steamrolls Proctor 46-6
Behind a smothering defense and an offense that was essentially unstoppable, North Branch crushed the previously undefeated Proctor Rails 46-6 in front of their home crowd on Thursday, October 15. The matinee contest even showed off some of the talent on special teams for the Vikings.
Friday, October 23, 2020

The heartbreak of 'what if' resonates with the CL tennis team
Nearly every sport has been affected by COVID-19, and the Chisago Lakes girls tennis team is no exception.
Friday, October 23, 2020

Vikings fly by Saints in sweep
North Branch’s second game of the year resembled their previous year’s of dominance as they cruised to a three-set sweep over Mississippi 8 Conference opponent St. Francis on Tuesday, October 13.
Friday, October 23, 2020

Vikings stick with Cloquet, but Jacks hold on
Big offensive plays were the difference in North Branch’s season-opening 24-12 loss to Cloquet on Friday, October 15.
Friday, October 16, 2020

Eighth-seeded Lady Vikes upset by Hermantown in opening round
Hermantown 4, North Branch 2
In the Section 7A playoff opener, poor defensive play by the eighth-seeded Vikings led to three goals for the ninth-seeded Hermantown Hawks’ in the first half.  The Vikings were unable to catch up and lost 4-2 to the Hawks.  The Hawks advanced to the section quarterfinals.  The loss ended the season for the Vikings.  The game was played at North Branch High School this past Tuesday, October 13.

Friday, October 16, 2020

St. Francis finally breaks through against NB and ends their season
St. Francis 2, North Branch 0
The eleventh-seeded Viking boys’ soccer team played the sixth-seeded St. Francis Fighting Saints three times this season and gave up just a total of two goals.  Unfortunately, those two goals came in the opening Section 7A playoff game this past Tuesday, October 13, and the Fighting Saints shut out the Vikings 2-0 to advance to the section quarterfinals.  The loss ended the Vikings’ season.  The game was played at St. Francis High School.

Friday, October 16, 2020

North Branch feels good to be back with a 3-1 victory over Becker
A win was always important for the North Branch volleyball team in their season opener against Becker on Thursday, October 8, but in the grand scheme of things, they were just happy to be back on the court.
Friday, October 16, 2020

Third time not a charm for North Branch as Chisago Lakes wins in sections
With the altered schedule this year, Chisago Lakes and North Branch had already played twice this year, and come section time, they squared off again, but the result was the same, with Chisago Lakes coming out on top 6-1.
Friday, October 9, 2020

Chisago Lakes comes out on top again over conference and county rival NB
In boys’ soccer, Wildcats Braydon Burds and Spencer Nelson each scored in the second half to lead the Wildcats to a 2-0 win over the Vikings in the final regular season game for both teams.  The game was played at North Branch High School on Thursday, October 1.
Friday, October 9, 2020

Ticket plans for football being ironed out, no fans allowed at volleyball
With the social gathering limit in place at 250 still, but high school football set to return on October 9 and 10 to Minnesota, plans are starting to come together on how tickets will allocated.

Friday, September 25, 2020

VIKES ON FIRE: Girls soccer wins three in a row in M8C play
The Viking girls’ soccer team did something that has likely never been done in Minnesota high school soccer – they won three games in a row by the score of 2-1.  More importantly, the three straight wins vaulted the Vikings into third place in the Mississippi 8 Conference, just one point behind conference leaders St. Francis and Monticello and one point ahead of fourth-place Chisago Lakes.

Friday, September 18, 2020

An even 2-2-2 record for Vikings as they work down the stretch
North Branch 5, Becker 0
The Viking boys’ soccer team, who only scored twice in their first three games, went on a scoring binge against the Becker Bulldogs.  Noah Schwartzrock scored twice and three other Vikings each scored once as the Vikings shut out the Becker Bulldogs 5-0 Tuesday, September 8 at Becker High School.  The Vikings scored once in the first half but poured it on in the second half.  In addition to Schwartzrock, the Vikings also got goals from Harry Toussaint, Grant Kennedy, and Aaron Maroschek.  Schwartzrock also had two assists.  Kennedy had one assist and goalkeeper Tanner Bollman also had an assist.

Friday, September 18, 2020

'Cats have interesting back-to-back games against Monticello
Chisago Lakes 0, Monticello 0
When the Wildcats played the Monticello Magic at home on Tuesday, September 8, both teams had their chances to get that one goal they needed to win.  But the Magic had two goals called back due to offsides infractions and the Wildcats hit a pipe and the crossbar in the second half.  When it was all over, the teams settled for a 0-0 tie.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Defense shines through while offense still finding groove for CL
It’s an understatement to say the Wildcat girls’ soccer team is defensive-minded.  Exhibit A is the recent three game stretch against the conference co-leaders where a total of three goals were scored.  The Wildcats lost to the Monticello Magic 1-0 Tuesday, September 8 at Monticello High School.  In the rematch at home on Thursday, September 10, Alyssa Hempel scored the only goal for the Wildcats midway through the first half as they tied the Magic 1-1.  And on Tuesday, September 15, the Wildcats battled the St. Francis Fighting Saints to a 0-0 tie at St. Francis High School.
Friday, September 18, 2020

Both Chisago Lakes and North Branch still adjusting varsity rosters
Cambridge-Isanti Triangular
In their first triangular together after Chisago Lakes beat North Branch straight up two weeks ago, the Wildcats again finished ahead of NB, but the Bluejackets of Cambridge-Isanti out-paced both of them.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Schedule shuffling just another challenge for CL swim team
Changes in schedule have been a nuisance, but the Chisago Lakes boys swimming and diving team earned a nice win over the Becker Bulldogs.
Friday, September 18, 2020

Chisago Lakes 7, North Branch 0
The Wildcats have been in charge of the Chisago County rivalry for quite some time, and this year was no different when they beat North Branch 7-0 on Thursday, September 10.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Chisago Lakes continues shutout streak with 2-0 win over NB
Chisago Lakes 2, North Branch 0
Wildcat freshman Addyson Barrett had a goal and an assist to lead the Wildcats girls’ soccer team to a 2-0 win over the Vikings Thursday, September 3 at North Branch.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Wildcats plunder Vikings 3-1
Chisago Lakes 2, North Branch 0
After Viking Aaron Maroschek tied the game 1-1 in the 56th minute, Wildcat Braydon Burds responded two minutes later by ripping a shot from the left edge of the penalty box 15 yards out into the upper right corner of the net to put the Wildcats back on top 2-1. The Wildcats added an insurance goal a few minutes later and beat the Vikings 3-1 at on Thursday, September 3 at Chisago Lakes High School.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Wildcats sweep cross country meet against North Branch
Friday, September 11, 2020

CL remains unbeaten in tennis
Friday, September 11, 2020

Bollman and Vikings frustrate St. Francis en route to 0-0 tie
North Branch 0, St. Francis 0 (OT)
Twenty minutes into the Viking boys’ soccer team’s season opener at home on Tuesday, August 27 against the St. Francis Fighting Saints, the Saints had what looked like an easy scoring opportunity.  But as a Saints’ player shot the ball towards the wide open left side of the net, Viking goalkeeper Tanner Bollman flashed across the front of the net from right to left and got in front of the ball, which bounced out into the right side of the penalty box.  Instinctively, Bollman bolted back to the right side of the net and the St. Francis player kicked it right into him.  A Chisago County Press employee who witnessed the play said, “The first save was one of the nicest saves I’ve ever seen in soccer.  The second save was just desperation but was incredible nonetheless.” 

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Kubalek all the offense Chisago Lakes needs as they win a pair
Chisago Lakes 1, Cambridge Isanti 0
Junior Madison Kubalek scored in the first half and the Chisago Lakes Wildcats girls’ soccer team made it stand up as they beat the Cambridge-Isanti Bluejackets 1-0 in the season opener Thursday, August 27 at Chisago Lakes High School.  Rayna Barrett picked up the assist on Kubalek’s goal.

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Wildcats open up season with two big victories over Buffalo and Cambridge-Isanti
Chisago Lakes 5, Buffalo 2
The Chisago Lakes girls tennis team came out rolling in their modified schedule last week.
They kicked off the fall sports season for the district, and were the first team to take part in a competition since the end of the winter season.

Thursday, September 3, 2020

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