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July 21, 2018

Top 11 stories of 2017-18 for CL and NB
We opened up the countdown last week the first half of the Top 11 Sports Stories of the 2017-18 seasons.
Friday, July 13, 2018

Top 11 stories of 2017-18 for CL and NB
Every year, it blows me away when it comes time to write this column. It’s unbelievable that another year has passed and another season of high school sports has wrapped up in the Chisago County area.
Friday, July 6, 2018

Chisago Lakes baseball runs out of gas one win shy of state
Chisago Lakes 8, Cloquet 6
After losing to Grand Rapids on Monday, June 4 in the Section 7AAA playoffs, the Wildcats found themselves on the brink of elimination two days later when they trailed the Cloquet Lumberjacks 6-0 going into the bottom of the fifth inning at Wade Stadium in Duluth.  But the Wildcats rallied for three runs in the bottom of the fifth and five more in the bottom of the sixth to beat the Lumberjacks 8-6 and advance to Championship Day in the playoffs.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

North Branch sizzles at state before running into Faribault in title game
The North Branch softball team lived up to their second seed billing, impressing everyone at the state softball tournament through their first two rounds of play in a 12-0 win over Holy Angels and a 3-1 win over Hill Murray.
Thursday, June 14, 2018

Controversial homerun call helps knock out Wildcats
Section 7AAA Playoffs
Chisago Lakes 4, Hibbing 0
Junior Trinity Junker pitched the best game of her career against seventh-seeded Hibbing in the opening game of the Section 7AAA playoffs.  She struck out the first nine batters she faced and didn’t allow a baserunner till a one-out single in the top of the sixth inning.  For the game, she struck out 17 and allowed just two hits to lead the second-seeded Wildcats to a 4-0 win over the Bluejackets.  The game was played Wednesday, May 23 at Chisago Lakes High School.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

North Branch upset by Cloquet, must battle through loser's bracket
Cloquet 6, North Branch 4
After beating Cloquet earlier this year, the North Branch softball team knew they would see the Lumberjacks again at some point in sections. They were too good not to sqaure up again.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Wildcat girls lax program gets first win in school history
Chisago Lakes 10, Mound Westonka 9
It took a bit more time than they wanted, by after starting the season 0-10, the Chisago Lakes girls lacrosse team got the first win in program history with a thrilling 10-9 over Mound Westonka on Monday, May 21.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

North Branch backs into section play before beating H'Town
North Branch’s goal was to head into the Section 7AAA baseball playoffs on a hot streak after winning three of four in late May.
Thursday, May 31, 2018

M8 QUEENS: Vikes wrap up first conference softball crown
The North Branch Vikings softball team was crowned Mississippi 8 Conference champions for the first time in school history last week, when they finished the season with wins over Big Lake, St. Francis and Princeton.
Thursday, May 24, 2018

Chisago Lakes sweeps North Branch in county baseball skirmish
Chisago Lakes 5, North Branch 1
Chisago Lakes and North Branch have had some great battles over the past couple of years in baseball, but the Wildcats, who have heated up considerably after a slow start, swept North Branch convincingly in a Tuesday, May 15 double header in Chisago Lakes.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Wildcats back on track after some dramatic Mississippi 8 wins
After starting the season 0-3 and giving up 27 runs in those three games, the Wildcats have won four of their next five to even their record at 4-4.
Friday, May 11, 2018

Chisago Lakes finishes unbeaten week, looking strong in M8C
Chisago Lakes 6, Monticello 0
Alison Bergerson’s two-run triple in the third inning broke a 0-0 tie and Trinity Junker allowed just three hits and struck out eight as the Wildcat softball team shut out the Monticello Magic 6-0 Tuesday, May 1 at Chisago Lakes.  Bergerson finished the game with three hits in three at bats and drove in three runs.  Junker didn’t walk a batter in picking up the complete game win.  Gina Virga reached base four times for the Wildcats, with two hits and two walks.  Natalie Thornburg was three-for-three and Madison Thornburg had two hits, including a double.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Linkert finishes comeback with walk off double against Rogers
Hermantown 9, North Branch 1
One of North Branch’s best pitchers had been missing in action early in the season, and when Brady Brodin made his season debut against Hermantown last week, he showed some of the rust that usually comes from recovering.

Friday, May 11, 2018

'Cats nearly storm back vs Delano
Delano 9, Chisago Lakes 8
The Wildcat boys lacrosse team nearly gave Delano their first loss of the year last week, but fell just short.

Friday, May 11, 2018

North Branch softball loses first game to undefeated Rogers, bounces back
Rogers 4, North Branch 3
The Vikings unbeaten streak ended against Rogers in a game that pitted two teams with perfect records against each other.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Pederson and Vikings firing on all cylinders, start season 5-0
North Branch’s softball team had high hopes heading into this season, but even in their wildest dreams, this start has seemed like a fairy tale.
Friday, May 4, 2018

Vikings get off to fast start before cooling down against Buffalo
With barely any outdoor practice before their first games, the North Branch baseball team wasn’t sure what to expect when they stepped on the field in their season opener against the Irondale Knights, an old North Suburban Conference foe.
Friday, May 4, 2018

Chisago Lakes boys lacrosse team gets first ever win, topping Buffalo 13-9
Chisago Lakes 13, Buffalo 9
The Wildcats got their historic first victory last week when the beat Buffalo 13-9 on Thursday, April 26.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Wildcat baseball team starts slow in first three games of the season
Foley 10, Chisago Lakes 4
In the Wildcat baseball team’s season opener, the Foley Falcons scored seven runs in the second inning as they soared to a 10-4 win over the Wildcats.  The Falcons led 10-0 before Mitch Barrett’s two-run double in the fifth inning broke up the shutout.  The Wildcats added two more runs in the sixth on run-scoring groundouts by Henry Trost and Joe Abrahamson.  Abrahamson had two of the Wildcats’ five hits.  The game was played at Foley on Tuesday, April 24.

Friday, May 4, 2018

NB football coach Sam Ferraro departing for hometown Rangers
After four years at the helm of North Branch’s football program, Head Coach Sam Ferraro is moving on to become the next head coach at  his alma mater, Forest Lake High School.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Wildcat softball impresses in three games
Rogers 2, Chisago Lakes 0
Trinity Junker allowed just one hit when the Wildcats visited Rogers on Thursday, April 26.  But an error and a couple of bunts turned that hit into two runs and it was all the Royals needed to shut out the Wildcats 2-0.

Friday, May 4, 2018

After years of effort, years as a club sport and what felt like years of winter this season, the Chisago Lakes lacrosse teams both began their inaugural seasons this week with home games.
Friday, April 27, 2018

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