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February 22, 2019

Selbitschka named Coach of the Year
North Branch Area High School (NBAHS) varsity volleyball coach Mike Selbitschka has been named Class AA's Head Coach of the Year by the Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association. Selbitschka and his squad won the Class AA state girls’ championship in November, defeating Marshall High School in five sets.
Thursday, February 14, 2019


Janzig, Cartier and Mower to represent Chisago Lakes at state
Both Chisago Lakes alpine ski teams ran into the buzzsaw that is this year’s Stillwater squad.
Thursday, February 14, 2019

Despite progress, Wildcats beaten by Rogers and Monti
The Wildcats have been slowly improving their score all year, and after a small set back against Monticello on Tuesday, February 5 in which they scored 136.525, Chisago Lakes put one of their highest scores of the year together on the very next night against Rogers, despite losing 139.10-137.10.
Thursday, February 14, 2019

NB survives shootout with Princeton
North Branch 6, Princeton 5 (O.T.)
The game between the Vikings boys’ hockey team and the Princeton Tigers last Saturday at Chisago Lakes Arena was crazy – including a hat trick by Joey Kirchner, five straight goals by the Vikings, three straight goals by Princeton in the third period – including the game-tying goal with 11 seconds left – and an overtime goal by Cody Croal to give the Vikings a 6-5 win,  The win over a section team may have helped the Vikings get closer to the number two seed for the upcoming Section 5A playoffs.  The game was a lot of fun.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

CL wins one section game before falling
Simley 2, Chisago Lakes 1
In their final tune-up before the section playoffs, the Wildcats stuck close to the Simley Spartans despite being outshot 44-23.  But the Spartans scored a power play goal in the first period and a shorthanded goal in the third period to build a 2-0 lead.  The Wildcats pulled their goalie late in the third period.  With just a few seconds left on the clock, senior Molly Hill fired a shot that was tipped by a Simley forward.  Standing at the backside post, Megan Bye knocked the puck out of the air and into the net with one second left on the clock to spoil the shutout.  Hill’s assist was her first varsity point.  Laine DeVries picked up the other assist.  Perhaps most encouraging with the playoffs beginning the next night, Wildcat goalie Megan Lerfald stopped 42 of the 44 shots she faced.  Senior goalie Haley Ries made a rare start for the Spartans, on Senior Night, and came within one second of a shutout as she stopped 22 of the 23 shots she faced.  The game was played Tuesday, February 5 at Veteran’s Arena in Inver grove Heights.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

'Cats split two ahead of season finale
Monticello 5, Chisago Lakes 2
Monticello built a three-goal lead through the first two periods and traded goals with the Wildcats in the third period, beating the Wildcats 5-2 last Saturday, February 9 at Moose Sherritt Arena in Monticello.  The game featured 18 penalties, including 11 on the Zephyrs and seven on the Wildcats.  The Wildcats inability to cash in on power plays – they went one-for-ten with a man advantage – contributed significantly to the loss.  In the second period alone, there were ten penalties.  Only about five minutes of the 17-minute period were skated at full strength for both teams.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Wrestling teams prep for sections
Irondale Quadrangular
The Wildcats finished up the regular season schedule with a trip to Mounds View on Tuesday, February 5 and took on the home team and the Mounds View Mustangs.  The Wildcats lost to Mounds View 70-6.  Against Irondale, the Wildcats led 33-12 in contested weight.  The won six of eight matches, including five by pin.  Unfortunately, the six forfeits counted, and Irondale won 48-33.  So, despite a lineup with quite a number of holes in it, the Wildcats were competitive at the weights they filled.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Chisago Lakes holds on to beat Rogers, happily says farewell to St. Michael
St. Michael-Albertville 73, Chisago Lakes 30
The Wildcats played what they hope is their last game against St. Michael-Albertville last week, losing 73-30.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Chisago Lakes earns state berth in dance
As one of the top three finalists in sectional 2AA dance team competition-- Chisago Lakes is going to the state meet, happening at Target Center Feb. 15 and 16.   Pictured above:  dance team members gather with their award, at the end of last weekend’s competition.  The win was even sweeter because the girls were in front of a home crowd as Chisago Lakes High School hosted the 2AA sectionals, February 2, welcoming 12 other high schools on the roster.  Benilde St. Margaret’s, Hermantown-Proctor and Totino Grace were the other top finishers overall in jazz and kick categories.   See page 11 for more details and additional photos from Saturday’s sections meet.


Thursday, February 7, 2019

Chisago Lakes evens season series at one with 4-3 win
Chisago Lakes 4, North Branch 3
Jackson Waltman scored his second goal of the game with 45.7 seconds left in the third period to give the Wildcat boys’ hockey team a 4-3 win over the Vikings last Saturday night at Chisago Lakes Arena.  The game lived up to the pregame hype.  The Vikings came out slow and the Wildcats built a 3-1 lead.  It looked like they were going come away with the win.  The Vikings came alive late in the third period and, helped out by a late power play, scored twice in a 16 second span with less than three minutes to go to tie the game at 3-3.  But Waltman’s goal won it for the Wildcats.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Three 'Cat skiers heading to state
From left to right, Sophie Janzig, Jamie Mower and Megan Cartier all earned their spot in the state tournament next week with impressive section runs on Tuesday, February 5 at Giants Ridge. The girls team finished third in sections and the boys fifth. The state meet is at Giants Ridge on Wednesday, February 13.


Thursday, February 7, 2019

Carlson wins M8C heavyweight crown
Mississippi 8 Conference Tournament
Zach Carlson pinned both of his opponents to claim the 285-pound championship at the Mississippi 8 Conference Championship, held Friday, January 25 at Cambridge-Isanti High School.  Connor Bleymeyer (220) finished third to join Carlson as an All-Conference performer.  Isaiah Sistrunk (170) came in fifth to earn All-Conference Honorable Mention.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

BOYS BASKETBALL ROUND UP
Monticello 64, North Branch 20
North Branch had one of the most disappointing offensive performances in recent memory, scoring just 20 points against Monticello on Friday, February 1.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

North Branch chops down Pine City
North Branch Quadrangular
The Viking wrestling team hosted a quadrangular last Saturday, February 2 at North Branch High School.  The Vikings lost 42-34 to Boyceville, Wisc.; they lost 54-27 to Grand Rapids; and they beat Pine City-Hinckley-Finlayson 45-9. Ashton LaBelle, (120), Brandt Bombard (126) and Brandon Swanson (285) all went 3-0 for the day.  Swanson’s three wins were particularly impressive.  He needed just a total of 2:16 to pin all three opponents, including a 17-second pin over Josh Marzofka or Boyceville.
 

Thursday, February 7, 2019

CL heads into sections seeded third
Chisago Lake 4, Totino Grace 1
On Senior Night, sophomore Jenna Lawry and freshman Danielle Burgen had two goals and two assists apiece to lead the Wildcat girls’ hockey team to a 4-1 win over the Totino Grace Eagles Thursday, January 24 at Chisago Lakes Arena.  The Wildcats dominated the Eagles, outshooting them 34-17 for the game.  Wildcat goalie Megan Lerfald stopped 16 of the seventeen shots she faced.  “We are peaking at the right time,” said Wildcat head coach Dave Burgen.  “And the coachability, effort and attitude from the players is outstanding.”

Thursday, February 7, 2019

After frigid temps delay Rogers game, Vikings fall to Monticello
Monticello 63, North Branch 47
The extreme colds caused North Branch to miss a scheduled date with Rogers last week, leaving them a bit rusty before hosting Monticello on Friday, February 1.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Both ski teams capture NWSC championships
The girls alpine ski team has had troubles with Centennial all year. The Cougars  always seemed to be just a hair faster than the Wildcats, and it led to many second place finishes for Chisago Lakes.
Thursday, January 31, 2019

Vikes stay tight in losses to elite competition
Superior (Wisc.) 4, North Branch 3 (O.T.)
Tucker Sachs scored late in the third period against the Superior Spartans Tuesday, January 22 to tie the game at 3-3 and send it into overtime, but the Spartans scored in overtime to win 4-3.  Sachs was involved in all three Viking goals, with two goals and an assist.  The game was played at Wessman Arena in Superior, Wisc.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

'Cats get hot, winning three of four last week
Chisago Lakes stayed hot in their last game of the week on Friday, January 25, beating previously 12-6 Princeton 58-51. It was their third win in four games.
Thursday, January 31, 2019

Chisago Lakes shut out by Buffalo ahead of NB showdown
Buffalo 3, Chisago Lakes 0
Despite being outshot by the Buffalo Bison 42-15, the Wildcat boys’ hockey team stayed within a goal until early in the third period, when the Bison scored a couple of insurance goals.  Several penalties in the period hindered the Wildcats’ chances of coming back and they lost by a score of 3-0.  Brooks Stangl played well in goal for the Wildcats, helping to keep them in the game.  He stopped 24 of 25 shots in the first two periods and 39 of 42 for the evening.  The goalie’s best friends helped out, too, with two or three shots clanging off the crossbar or the pipes.   The game was played Saturday, January 26 at Chisago Lakes Arena.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

CL crushes Princeton for the first time in half a decade
Chisago Lakes 7. Princeton 1
The Wildcats hadn’t beaten the Princeton Tigers in at least the last four years, and maybe a lot longer than that.  This season, a week before Christmas, the Wildcats lost 5-4 to the Tigers in Princeton.  But things are clicking on all cylinders for the Wildcats as they head into the playoffs.  The Wildcats came out of the locker room with their skates on fire on Tuesday, January 22 and scored five goals in the first period as they demolished the Tigers 7-1 in front of the home crowd on Parents’ Night at Chisago Lakes Arena.  Jenna Lawry again came up big, picking up her fifth hat trick of the season.  And playmaker Grace DeVries assisted on the Wildcats’ first three goals.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Nelson sinks game-winning free throw in one-point win for NB
North Branch’s schedule continued to do them no favors as they were still in the process of making up games from their Little Falls Holiday Tourney last week.
Thursday, January 31, 2019

BOYS BASKETBALL ROUND UP
NORTH BRANCH
St. Michael-Albertville 87, North Branch 67
North Branch had one of their toughest tests of the year when they took on St. Michael-Albertville last week.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Lower weight NB wrestlers show out at M8C championships
Mississippi 8 Conference Meet
The Vikings sent just four wrestlers to the Mississippi 8 Conference Tournament last Friday at Cambridge-Isanti High School.  But those four wrestlers represented the school well and some of them will certainly make some noise in the individual section tournament in late February.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Chisago Lakes holds off late North Branch charge for a rivalry victory
County rivals Chisago Lakes and North Branch have had a fairly one-sided history recently, with Chisago Lakes typically coming out on top.
Thursday, January 24, 2019

Vikings and Wildcats duel to a close contest, with CL coming out on top
Despite both teams sporting disappointing records heading into the game, the Chisago Lakes-North Branch rivalry is always heated, and their match up on Tuesday, January 15 was no different.
Thursday, January 24, 2019

Chisago Lakes saves best meet for neighbor North Branch
Both Chisago Lakes and North Branch have shown flashes of brilliance this year on the gymnastics mats, but both have also had tough stretches for multiple meets.
Thursday, January 24, 2019

CL finishes fourth at home
Chisago Lakes “Takedown Cancer” Tourney
The smallest and largest of Wildcat varsity wrestlers won their weight classes at the six-team “Takedown Cancer” Tourney, held at Chisago Lakes High School last Friday, January 18.  Andrew Novack (10) went 3-0 for the day and Zach Carlson (285) had a record of 4-0.   Carlson is ranked seventh overall in the state in Class AA at 285.  The Wildcats, who fielded seven wrestlers for the tourney, came in fourth as a team.  Anoka won the team title.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

'Cats fight hard through tough teams
North Wright County 5, Chisago Lakes 4
Jenna Lawry scored her fourth hat trick of the season, including two goals during a spirited comeback attempt in the third period, but it wasn’t quite enough as the Wildcats lost 5-4 to the North Wright County (NWC) River Hawks.  Danielle Burgen assisted on all four Wildcat goals.  And NWC’s Sydney Lemke also had a hat trick.  Her teammate Mackenzie Bourgerie had four assists.  NWC is a co-op team between Monticello and St. Michael-Albertville High Schools.  The game was played at Albertville Ice Arena.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Vikes and Wildcats win titles at SCL
St. Croix Lutheran Academy Crusader Invitational
Both the Vikings and the Wildcats participated in the 13-team St. Croix Lutheran Academy Crusader Invitational last Saturday at St. Croix Lutheran High School in West St. Paul.  And while both teams lacked quantity – the Vikings sent ten wrestlers and the Wildcats sent nine – they both made up for it in quality.  The Vikings had four individual champions and one second-place finisher, while the Wildcats had two champions and a second-place finisher.  In the team standings, the Vikings finished third overall and the Wildcats came in fifth.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

NB finishes fourth at home tourney
North Branch Invitational
Two Vikings won their weight classes at last Friday’s eight-team North Branch Invitational, held at North Branch High School.  Brandt Bombard (126) went 2-0 to win the championship at 126.  And the unstoppable force that is Brandon Swanson (285) pinned all three of his opponents in claiming the championship.  Swanson is undefeated this season at 22-0 and is ranked ninth in the state at 285.  The Vikings finished fourth overall as a team.  Delano won the team tile.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Chisago Lakes steamrolls Sauk Rapids
Chisago Lakes 5, Sauk Rapids-Rice 0
Five different Wildcats scored goals and goalie Brooks Stangl picked up his third shutout of the season as the Wildcats beat the Sauk Rapids-Rice Storm 5-0 Last Tuesday, January 15 at Sauk Rapids Arena East.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Vikings come up just short in big section tests
The Viking boys’ hockey team continued its successful season over the past week, going 2-1-1 to improve to 12-3-1 for the season.  One of those wins a was a 1-0 forfeit victory over Legacy Christian Academy, who could not field a full team due to several players being “under investigation” for unspecified infractions.
Thursday, January 17, 2019

Chisago Lakes gymnasts starting to gain form at right time
Cambridge-Isanti 137.9, Chisago Lakes 134.65
The GymCats put their best foot forward against a supremely talented Cambridge-Isanti squad, and made it a close match throughout during the Mississippi 8 Conference match up between the two on Thursday, January 10.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

North Branch girls basketball breaks losing streak
Cambridge-Isanti 55, North Branch 37
On Tuesday, January 8, North Branch hosted Highway 95 rival Cambridge-Isanti, and the visiting Bluejackets got to leave celebrating after winning 55-37.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Lawry scores with .01 seconds left, 'Cats stun Princeton
Chisago Lakes 4, Princeton 3
Thomas Overgaard scored with 0.1 seconds remaining in the game to cap off a wild night of hockey and gave the Wildcats a 4-3 win over conference and Section 5A foe Princeton last Thursday, January 10 at Chisago Lakes Arena.  Matthew Swanson had a hat trick for the Tigers in the loss.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

NB tops Mora and challenges Princeton
North Branch 57, Mora 54
The North Branch boys basketball team defeated Mora on Thursday, January 10 57-54 in a game that was night and day, first half compared to second half.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

CL wins two nail-biters before ugly three game stretch
Chisago Lakes 56, Fridley 55
In their last game of the Tartan Tournament, the Chisago Lakes boys basketball team eeked out a one-point win over the Fridley Tigers.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Swanson continues roll while North Branch fights for points
St. Francis Dual
The Viking wrestling team led 12-10 after Josh Logan won at 132 in a dual meet at St. Francis last Friday.  But the Fighting Saints won the next eight weights, including four forfeits, and went on to beat the Vikings 50-18.  The Vikings trailed 10-0 after the 113-pound match.  But Ashton LaBelle (120) won by decision, Brandt Bombard (126) pinned his opponent and Logan (132) won by decision to establish the brief Viking lead.  Brandon Swanson (285) returned from illness to pin Kyle Lindenfelser of St. Francis at 3:05 for the Vikings’ final six points in their 50-18 loss.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

CL's losing streak swells to eight
Monticello 53, Chisago Lakes 46
The Wildcats hosted Monticello on Tuesday, January 8 hoping to earn their first Mississippi 8 Conference win of the year, but they ended up disappointed as Monticello held on for a 53-46 win.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Vikings take first round from Chisago Lakes
North Branch 5, Chisago Lakes 3
Justin Sachs scored on a power play with just over two minutes to go in the game to break a 3-3 tie with the Wildcats and give the Vikings a 4-3 lead.    Joey Kirchner scored and empty-netter with just under a minute to go in the third period to seal the 5-3 victory and complete his first career hat trick.  The game was played Saturday, January 5 at Chisago Lakes Arena.

Thursday, January 10, 2019


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