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December 4, 2021

Wildcats win a consolation round; finish sixth at state tournament
Wildcat Head Coach Hannah Lindstrom said going into the state volleyball tournament that her team just wanted to enjoy the events, play good volleyball and watch good volleyball.
Friday, November 19, 2021

High scores the norm for CL hockey
Chisago Lakes 5, River Lakes 3
Dani Burgen had two goals and two assists to lead the Wildcats to their first win of the season, a 5-3 triumph over the River Lakes Stars.  The Wildcats dominated the game from start to finish, outshooting the Stars 55-25.  Stars goalie Kaydence Roeska kept her team in the game, stopping 50 of the 55 shots she faced, including several spectacular saves.

Friday, December 3, 2021

Stipe and Opdahl continue rich CL diving tradition, heading to state
Both Chisago Lakes girls and boys diving teams have had success on the state level dating back over a decade ago, and this year was no different.
Friday, November 19, 2021

'Cats will take time to get rolling
Rosemount 6, Chisago Lakes 0
Never let it be said that Wildcat girls’ hockey head coach Dave Burgen eases his team into the season or plays a weak schedule.  The Wildcats, ranked sixth in Class A in the Let’s Play Hockey preseason poll that was published this past Tuesday, opened the season against the Rosemount Irish, ranked 18th in Class AA.  And the Irish certainly gave the Wildcats a wakeup call, shutting them out 6-0.  The game was played Thursday, November 11 at Rosemount Community Center.

Friday, November 19, 2021

'Cats gain valuable experience at state
Kaia Osmundson, Lainey Hallan and Henry Johnson  all gained some valuable experience at the state cross country meet on Saturday, November 6 at St. Olaf College in Northfield.
Friday, November 12, 2021

Grand Rapids plays spoiler to end North Branch's dream season
Everything had gone North Branch’s way this year on the football field.
Friday, November 12, 2021

Wildcats claw their way to state tournament in five sets
There were a few times in Chisago Lakes’ thrilling five set section championship win that it looked like they were in trouble, but they always found a way out and eventually found a way to win the title and punch their first ever ticket to the state tournament with a 3-2 win over Mahtomedi on Thursday, November 4.
Friday, November 12, 2021

Vikings clobber Cloquet, playing for section title
Just 10 days after waxing Cloquet 49-13, the North Branch football team hosted the Lumberjacks again, this time with their seasons on the line.
Friday, November 5, 2021

Gillach and Erickson win one before bowing out
Greta Gillach and Emily Erickson looked unstoppable in their first set of the state girls tennis tournament on Thursday, October 28 at the Baseline Tennis Center at the University of Minnesota.
Friday, November 5, 2021

CL comeback falls short against Hylanders, 'Cats out
Columbia Heights 22, Chisago Lakes 20
Facing the second-seeded Columbia Heights Hylanders in the Section 4AAAA semifinals, the injury-depleted sixth-seeded Wildcats were forced to start three freshmen and were without injured starting quarterback Nick Wasko in the first half.  The Wildcats trailed 22-7 at halftime.  Wasko entered the game at the beginning of the third quarter, allowing backup Tyler Drury to move back to defense.  Wasko led a spirited comeback by the Wildcats, but it fell just short as the Wildcats lost 22-20, ending their season.  The game was played at Columbia Heights High School.  Fumbles had a big part in the flow and outcome in the game, as the teams combined to put the ball on the ground eleven times.

Friday, November 5, 2021

Three 'Cats continuing to state x-country meet
With an expansion of classes and some reshuffling, the Chisago Lakes cross country teams knew they would have a good shot to send some of their runners to state out of the Section 4AA meet last week, and sure enough, three Wildcat runners punched their ticket to Northfield.
Friday, November 5, 2021

Vikings sweep Princeton
The fourth-seeded North Branch volleyball team moved on to the semifinals with a 3-0 win over the fifth-seeded Princeton Tigers on Friday, October 29.
Friday, November 5, 2021

With the newly created fourth class in volleyball in 2021, there are a lot of opportunities for area teams to make a splash this year.
Friday, October 29, 2021

Viking victory polishes off North Branch's perfect regular season
The North Branch football team needed one more win to finish off their unblemished regular season at 8-0, and not only did they get the victory, they did it with a literal exclamation point.
Friday, October 29, 2021

Bluhm's huge night helps CL upset St. Anthony
Chisago Lakes weathered a furious fourth quarter comeback from St. Anthony Village and an injury to their starting quarterback Nick Wasko to upset the Huskies 26-19 in the first round of the Section 4AAAA playoffs on Tuesday, October 26.
Friday, October 29, 2021

Falling dominoes starting with St. Thomas Academy lead to Schmidt leaving as Viking AD
On the field of competition, private schools are usually looked at a bit sideways by public schools and their fans. Now, a big change at St. Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights eventually hit the North Branch athletic program.
Friday, October 29, 2021

Gillach and Erickson heading to state
Keeping their momentum going from last week’s buzzsaw performance through the first couple rounds of the section tournament, Greta Gillach and Emily Erickson started off scorching-hot on Tuesday, October 19 in the semifinals.
Friday, October 22, 2021

North Branch survives wild shootout with Hawks
North Branch knew they were in the meat of their schedule despite being 6-0 heading into their Friday night showdown with the Hermantown Hawks  October 15.
Three of NB’s toughest opponents were in the last four games of their slate, and they passed the first test two weeks ago with a win over Grand Rapids.  But their next test awaited in the form of the Hawks, who were 4-2 heading into the game and have always been a thorn in NB’s side.

Friday, October 22, 2021

Brutal schedule for 'Cats football continues with a big loss to Willmar
Willmar 42, Chisago Lakes 6
Willmar quarterback Alex Schramm ran for four touchdowns and threw for another as the seventh-ranked Willmar Cardinals beat the Wildcats 42-6 last Friday, October 15 at Hodapp Filed at Kennedy Elementary School in Willmar.

Friday, October 22, 2021

North Branch's spirited run ends in section championship
The Viking girls’ soccer team made it to the Section 7AA championship game after beating Grand Rapids in the semifinals but lost the championship game 3-0 to the Cloquet-Carlton Lumberjacks.  The Vikings were led by a solid senior class but could continue to be competitive in future seasons as quite a few of their starters and stars are sophomores and eighth graders this season, including leading scorer Ava Gerten.
Thursday, October 21, 2021

Homecoming Heroics
Chisago Lakes 24, Cambridge-Isanti 21
In front of a standing-room-only Wildcat homecoming crowd, Bryce Morley kicked a 22-yard field goal with 38 seconds left to give the Wildcats a 24-21 lead over the Cambridge-Isanti Bluejackets.  But the game wasn’t over until Nick Wasko intercepted a pass at the Wildcat 12-yard line with eight seconds remaining to seal the win.
It was a beautiful night for a football game last Friday.  And the Wildcats overcame two fumbles and two bad snaps on punts to pick up just their second win of the season.

Friday, October 15, 2021

Vikes shake off slow start to run their record to 6-0
Luckily for the North Branch football team, a slow start didn’t doom them against an overmatched Duluth Denfeld squad on Friday, October 8.
Friday, October 15, 2021

Gillach and Erickson team up for deep section run
For most of the season, it was a bit unknown if Chisago Lakes’ Greta Gillach, one of the top singles players in the section, was going to go at a state tournament bid on her own, or if she was going to team up with the ‘Cats second singles player, the talented Emily Erickson, to create a formidable duo to make a section run.
Friday, October 15, 2021

Gerten leads Lady Vikes to first round section win
North Branch 5, Hibbing 1
Ava Gerten scored four goals as the third-seeded Vikings dominated from start to finish and beat the sixth-seeded Hibbing/Chisholm Bluejackets 5-1 this past Tuesday, October 12 at North Branch High School in a Section 7AA quarterfinal game.  The Vikings will travel to Grand Rapids High School tonight for a 7 p.m. semifinal matchup against the second-seeded Grand Rapids Thunderhawks, who crushed Mesabi East 9-0 Tuesday night.  The Vikings and the Thunderhawks tied 0-0 early in the regular season.  Next Tuesday, October 19, the winner of tonight’s game will play the winner of the game between top-seeded Cloquet-Carlton and fifth-seeded Duluth Denfeld for the section championship at the home field of the higher of the two remaining teams.

Friday, October 15, 2021

North Branch passes major test with 21-20 win over T'Hawks
Homecoming week is always a special one for students, and especially so for the football team, which is the main event on Friday nights after parades and all the pomp and circumstance.
Friday, October 8, 2021

Both Chisago Lakes soccer teams upset North Branch squads
Chisago Lakes 2, North Branch 1
Wildcat Katherine Saueressig picked a great time to score her first goal of the season, breaking a 1-1 tie to give the Wildcats a 2-1 win over the Vikings.  The Vikings got on the board 15 minutes into the game.  A throw in ended up in the Wildcat box.  Summer Fruth volleyed it back over her own head from the far post, and Sharleen Garcia Velazquez finished it off to put the Vikings up 1-0.  But the Wildcats answered just 24 seconds later.  On the ensuing kickoff, defender Abby Rogers took the ball up the middle and laid the ball off to Madison Kubalek, who scored to tie the game at 1-1.  Momentum swung back and forth throughout the second half.  With 15 minutes left in the game, the Viking defense tried to clear a ball from their own end, but instead sent it into the middle of the field.  Saueressig was in the right spot and fired a one-timer from 40 yards out for the winning goal.

Friday, October 8, 2021

CL fails to capitalize on St. Francis miscues, falls 19-7
When the Wildcats played at St. Francis last Friday night, it looked like they would go into halftime tied 7-7.  But the Fighting Saints scored on a three-play drive just before halftime to go up 13-7.  The Wildcats kept it close for most of the second half, but eventually lost the game 19-7 to drop to 1-4 on the season.
Friday, October 8, 2021

Wildcats get on a win streak
Chisago Lakes 5, Becker 0
Madison Kubalek scored her second hat trick of the season to lead the Wildcats to a 5-0 shutout win over the Becker Bulldogs Tuesday, September 28 at Becker High School.  The Wildcats scored twice in the first half and added three more goals in the second half.  Katelyn Barnick and Allyssa Hempel each had a goal and an assist for the Wildcats, and Alexandra Bartz and Addyson Barrett each picked up an assist.

Friday, October 8, 2021

NB boys shut out Zimmerman
North Branch 2, Zimmerman 0
Viking head coach Jake Borash had an interesting day last Saturday in addition to the Vikings shutting out the Zimmerman Thunder 2-0 in front of the home crowd at North Branch High School.  The opposing coach was Devin Chuba, who was Borash’s college teammate at the University of Minnesota Morris.  And due to the referee shortage in high school soccer, the JV game that followed the varsity game didn’t have any referees.  So Borash, who has 14 years of refereeing experience, referee the JV game – with the blessing of Chuba.

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Vikings snap losing skid against Apollo
North Branch 9, St. Cloud Apollo 0
The Vikings’ three game losing streak skidded to a halt when they crushed the St. Cloud Apollo Eagles 9-0 Saturday, October 2 at North Branch High School.  Paris Kopp, Lucille Anderson and Sharleen Garcia Velazquez each scored twice for the Vikings.  Lilly Johnson, Ava Gerten and Emmie Meyer also had goals.  The Vikings had six assists in the game.  Gerten had two, with one assist apiece coming from Johnson, Abby Randall, Drew Moryn and Sharleen Garcia Velazquez.  Goalkeeper Sharis Garcia Velazquez recorded her sixth shutout of the season.

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Wildcats looking good heading towards section play in tennis
Chisago Lakes 7, Big Lake 0
The Wildcats’s girls tennis team ran through the Big Lake Hornets last week as they look sharp with section play coming up.

Friday, October 1, 2021

Rock Ridge crumbles against Vikings
The North Branch football team brought their unblemished record to Rock Ridge, a tough team with a 2-1 record who has some talent at the skill positions this year, for a Friday night showdown on September 24 in the brisk Eveleth night.
Friday, October 1, 2021

Vikings split M8C matches with Big Lake and Monticello
North Branch 5, Big Lake 2
The Viking girls tennis team welcomed Big Lake to the courts on a perfect Tuesday for tennis.

Friday, October 1, 2021

Wildcats stay perfect in Mississippi 8 Conference
Chisago Lakes 3, Becker 1
The Wildcats toppled Becker on Thursday, September 23 in a road Mississippi 8 Conference tilt.

Friday, October 1, 2021

Rocori takes it to Chisago Lakes, running up 40 by halftime
With a devastating passing attack, the Rocori Spartans scored on their first six possessions to build a 40-7 halftime lead and went on to beat the Wildcats 40-21 last Friday, September 24 at Chisago Lakes High School.  The only thing the Spartans weren’t very good at were extra points, as they only converted two of their six two-point attempts for the game.  But that didn’t really matter.
Friday, October 1, 2021

Chisago Lakes Girls
The Wildcat girls’ soccer team won four games in a row over an eight-day period to improve their season record to 6-5.

Friday, October 1, 2021

North Branch loses their first games of the year
Monticello 3, North Branch 2
The Vikings lost for the first time this season last Thursday, September 23, falling 3-2 to the Monticello Magic at Monticello Middle School.

Friday, October 1, 2021

Wildcats still hanging tough despite Monticello loss
Monticello was always going to be a brutal match up for the Chisago Lakes girls swimming and diving team, as they are one of the top Class A teams in the state, but the ‘Cats caught them at a tough time for their lineup, and it showed on the scoreboard.
Friday, October 1, 2021

CL falls short in upset bid vs second-ranked Becker
Becker 21, Chisago Lakes 14
When the Wildcats fell behind to the second-ranked Becker Bulldogs 14-0 in the first quarter of last Friday’s game in front of the home crowd, the possibility of a blowout loss reared its ugly head. But the Wildcats got back in the game, scoring twice in the third quarter to tie it 14-14. The Bulldogs responded with a touchdown late in the third quarter and held off the Wildcats for a 21-14 win.

Friday, September 24, 2021

North Branch suffocates Mora 50-0, moves to 3-0
A furious second quarter flurry of scoring was all North Branch needed to completely put Mora away in their gridion match on Friday, September 16.
Friday, September 24, 2021

Wildcats get huge win, beat crosstown rival NB
It has been years since the Chisago Lakes volleyball team beat their cross county rival in North Branch, but they shook the monkey off their back on Thursday, September 16 in a Mississippi 8 Conference match up against the Vikings.
Friday, September 24, 2021

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