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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

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

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

Bulldogs disappointed by forfeit to end the season, look forward to 2021
The pandemic-shortened 2020 Chisago Lakes Bulldogs season ended with a whimper.  The Bulldogs were scheduled to play the Ramsey Renegades on Saturday, August 8 in the second round of the Region 1C playoffs.  Vacations, scheduled in the spring when it looked like the season would be cancelled, claimed several players, leaving the Bulldogs with just eleven eligible players – still enough to play and have a couple of subs.  But one player, disappointed in his recent performances, decided against playing.  Another had a co-worker test positive for the coronavirus, so he went into quarantine and was unavailable to play.  With just nine players, the game could still go ahead.  So, the teams headed to Hinckley and warmed up as the Bulldogs waited for their ninth player.  But the player never showed, and neither he nor his other contacts answered their phones.  With only eight players, the Bulldogs had to forfeit – their second loss in the double-elimination playoffs, ending their season.  The player who didn’t show was immediately released by the Bulldogs.
Thursday, August 20, 2020

Bulldogs drop first game in playoffs, do or die on Saturday
Hinckley 4, Chisago Lakes 3
Aggressive baserunning by starting pitcher Hunter Lindstrom enabled the Bulldogs to tie their Region1C playoff game with the Hinckley Knights 3-3 in the top of the eighth inning.  But a double into the left field corner by Hinckley’s TJ Johnson drove in a runner from first to give the Knights a 4-3 walkoff win.  The win put Hinckley in the winner’s bracket and sent the Bulldogs to the loser’s bracket.  The Bulldogs will face the Ramsey Renegades this Saturday at 1 p.m. at Hinckley in the double-elimination tournament, and the loser will be eliminated from the playoffs.  The winner will go on to play Sunday at 11 a.m.  All games in the Region 1C tournament will be played at Brennan Field in Hinckley this season.

Friday, August 7, 2020

MSHSL votes for football and volleyball games to be moved to spring, other fall sports face game and practice reductions
The Minnesota State High School League voted on Tuesday, August 4 to move all MSHSL-sanctioned football and volleyball games from the fall season to the “second” spring season and move to a four season model for their sports in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Friday, August 7, 2020

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