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August 21, 2019

Nighthawks still navigating region playoffs after thrillers
North Branch 2, Ramsey 1 (10 innings)
In a performance reminiscent of another famous Minnesota pitcher, Jimmy Skroch threw 10 innings to lead the North Branch Nighthawks to a 2-1 win over the Ramsey Renegades in the opening round of the double-elimination Region 1C playoffs.  Noah Wolfe doubled in the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th inning and Skroch shut down the Renegades in the bottom of the inning to seal the win.  The game was played Saturday, August 3 at Hinckley.  The win sent the Nighthawks on to face the Mora Mustangs in the second round.  The loss dropped Ramsey into the loser’s bracket, where they lost 19-8 to East Bethel and were eliminated from the playoffs.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Hibbing walks off on Nighthawks 7-6, ending their town ball season in heart breaking fashion on Saturday, Aug. 10
North Branch 3, Princeton 1
Jimmy Skroch had another dominant pitching performance, throwing a complete game to lead the North Branch Nighthawks to a 3-1 win over the Princeton Panthers in the Minnesota Baseball Association Region 1C playoffs.  The win kept the Nighthawks alive in the playoffs, sending them against Hibbing immediately after this game.  The loss eliminated the Panthers from the playoffs.  The game was played at Brennan Field in Hinckley – the site of all Region 1C playoff games this year – last Saturday afternoon, August 10.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Timm and team win gold in world water skiing
Rural Center City resident Craig Timm was part of the 2019 USA Adaptive Waterski Team that won gold competing July 25-28 at the World Championships. 
Thursday, August 8, 2019

Nighthawks earn way into Region 1C playoffs with state in sight
Ramsey 5, North Branch 3
The Ramsey Renegades beat the North Branch Nighthawks 5-2 in the second round of the Eastern Minny League South playoffs last Saturday, July 27 at Isanti.  The win sent the Renegades to the championship game to determine the number one seed from the South going into next weekend’s Region 1C playoffs at Hinckley.  The loss sent the Nighthawks to the game to determine the third and fourth seeds for the regional playoffs.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Bulldogs season ends with back-to-back shutouts in playoffs
North Branch 3, Chisago Lakes 0
Last season, the Chisago Lakes Bulldogs has a rough regular season, but caught fire in the playoffs and came within one game of making it to the state tournament.  This summer, they also had a rough regular season (5-14).  But North Branch Nighthawk pitcher Jimmy Skroch put out the fire before it could even get started by throwing a no-hitter to lead the Nighthawks to a 3-0 win over the Bulldogs in the opening game of the 2019 Eastern Minny League South playoffs last Thursday, July 25.  Even though the Nighthawks were the home team because they were higher seeded, the game was played at Chisago Lakes since it was a night game and the North Branch field doesn’t have lights.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

New competitors storm the field on men's side, Haag finally claims crown
Most years at the Chisago Lakes Triathlon, there is a glutton of familiar names and faces at the finish line. Names like Thompson, Cooley, and Adriaens have become a staple on the top of the podium at the event.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Bulldogs crush Nowthen
East Bethel 10, Chisago Lakes 7
The Bulldogs scored in seven of the nine innings against East Bethel.  Unfortunately, East Bethel scored ten runs in the first four innings and the Bulldogs only scored one run in each of the seven innings in which they scored.  It all adds up to a 10-7 loss for the Bulldogs.  The game was played last Wednesday, July 10 at St. Francis High School.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Lindstrom Loppet 5K Results
Listed here is the top 90 finishers, for full results on all 281 runners, check out mtecresults.com
Thursday, July 18, 2019

Bulldogs still trying to find rhythm ahead of town ball playoffs
Isanti 6, Chisago Lakes 1
Isanti 7, Chisago Lakes 1
The Bulldogs were swept in a doubleheader by the Isanti Redbirds at Isanti this past Sunday, July 7.  Isanti held the Bulldogs to just two runs and five hits in the two seven inning games.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Bulldogs lose long, wild affair with Hibbing despite scoring 16 runs
Rum River 14, Chisago Lakes 4 (7 innings)
Playing against the Rum River Bandits on Wednesday, June 26, the Bulldogs struggled in the field and on the pitching rubber.  Leading 9-4 going into the bottom of the seventh, Rum River scored five run to take a 14-4 lead and the game was called because of the ten-run rule.  Even though it was a home game for Rum River, the game was played at Chisago Lakes because Rum River was not able to get either of their home field for the game.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Bulldogs grab a win between two rough outings against Rum River
Ramsey 7, Chisago Lakes 6
Trailing 7-4 going into the bottom of the eighth against the Ramsey Renegades, the Bulldogs rallied to cut the lead to 7-6, seemingly within striking distance.  But Ramsey closer Max Loven, who can throw nearly 90 miles per hour, pitched an immaculate inning in the bottom of the ninth.  He struck out all three Bulldogs he faced on a total of just nine pitches to nail down the win for the Renegades.  The game was played Monday, June 10 at Chisago Lakes.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

NB alum Michael Hensch caps amazing Gustie career
Through nearly his whole career at North Branch High School, Michael Hensch was a small-ish 6’1”, 210 pound football and baseball player.
Thursday, June 27, 2019

Forsberg brothers gain valuable experience at state tournament
Juniors Ben and Will Forsberg went to the state tournament hoping to represent Chisago Lakes with a high finish.
Thursday, June 20, 2019

Bulldogs and Nighthawks square up in early season twin bill
So, you’ve heard of the Little Brown Jug?  Paul Bunyan’s Axe?  Well, starting this year, the North Branch Nighthawks and the Chisago Lakes Bulldogs will play an annual game for their own rivalry trophy:  the Pizza Pub Mug.  The “Mug” is the brainchild of Nighthawks coach Jim Skroch.  Since the relatively new town ball teams – this is the third year  for the Nighthawks and the fifth year for the reincarnated Bulldogs – are natural rivals who play each other twice a year as members of the Eastern Minny League, management for both teams agreed to do something special to encourage that rivalry.  Last season, the teams played a doubleheader at Chisago Lakes, with a picnic in between games.  This year, the teams played a doubleheader at North Branch, with a picnic between games along with the first year of the awarding of the Mug.  In future years, the Mug game will switch sites, with next year’s game taking place at Chisago Lakes during Karl Oskar Days.  The teams will also play a regular (non-Mug) game at North Branch during Midsummer Days.  In 2021, the site of the Mug game will be at North Branch during Midsummer Days, and so on.
Thursday, June 20, 2019

Paige Bauer finishes seventh, Backes earns two medals
Paige Bauer is no stranger to state tournaments. She has participated in the gymnastics state tournament before, so the big stage wasn’t too much for her to handle.
Friday, June 14, 2019

Wildcats knocked out after extended section baseball run
Chisago Lakes 13, Hermantown 8
The Wildcats used two big innings – five runs in the first and seven runs in the sixth – to beat the Hermantown Hawks 13-8 and stave off elimination in the Section7AAA double-elimination playoffs last Wednesday, June 5 at Princeton.  The win knocked the Hawks out of the playoffs and sent the Wildcats to another elimination game immediately afterward against the Grand Rapids Thunderhawks.

Friday, June 14, 2019

CL Golf tops-off great season, two make it to state
Wildcat juniors Will Forsberg and Ben Forsberg will be heading to the Class AAA state golf tournament, being held at Bunker Hills golf course in Coon Rapids Tuesday, June 4 and Wednesday, June 5. 
Thursday, June 6, 2019

CL's Backes and NB's Bauer heading to state track meet
Section 7AA Meet
Chisago Lakes Wildcat junior thrower Beau Backes will be representing his school in two events at this weekend’s state high school track and field championships.  At last week’s Section 7AA meet, held at Chisago Lakes High School, he won the discus with a throw of 161’11”.  He came in second in the shot put with a heave of exactly 50 feet. 

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Wildcat boys baseball bows out in section title game to Grand Rapids
Duluth Denfeld 2, CL  0
Playing against the Duluth Denfeld Hunters in the second game of the Section 7AAA playoffs, the Wildcats got an excellent complete-game performance out of starting pitcher Augie Brown.  He allowed just two runs – one earned – on four hits, walked one and struck out three.  But those two runs were enough for the Hunters, as starting pitcher Nate Johnson shutout the Wildcats 2-0 on four hits, no walks and six strikeouts  The game was played Thursday, May 30 at Chisago Lakes High School.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Wildcat girls complete another successful softball season
Chisago Lakes 2, Cloquet 0
Chisago Lakes senior pitcher Trinity Junker came up big in the late stages of the Section 7AAA softball tournament.  With the Wildcats facing elimination against the top-seeded Cloquet Lumberjacks, Junker threw a no-hitter, striking out 14, to lead the Wildcats to a 2-0 win and another shot at Cloquet in the true section championship game.  The only baserunners Junker allowed were on walks in the first and sixth innings and a hit batter in the sixth inning.  Junker had eight strikeouts in the first three innings.  The game was played Thursday, May 30 at Chisago Lakes High School, the host site for this year’s Section 7AAA tournament.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

CL can't get the timely hit, fall 3-1 to Cloquet and will have to win two
Section 7AAA Playoffs
The second-seeded Wildcats have had an exciting run in the Section 7AAA playoffs so far.  They opened with a win over Princeton in extra innings, came from behind in the bottom of the seventh to beat Hermantown, lost a tough one to top-seeded Cloquet and showed some offense in a shutout of Grand Rapids.  Tonight, the 3-1 Wildcats will take on 3-0 Cloquet for the section championship at Chisago Lakes High School at 3:30 p.m.  Since Cloquet is undefeated at this point in the double elimination tournament, the Wildcat will have to beat Cloquet twice in a row today to win the section.  Wildcat head coach Brenda Carlson said “The number one and number two seed facing off is what you want.  We are pretty well matched.  It all comes down to who makes plays, who doesn’t make plays and who gets the big hit.  We are looking forward to it.”

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Chisago Lakes squeezes by North Branch to open sections
Chisago Lakes 7, North Branch 6
With the Wildcats and Vikings tied 6-6 in the bottom of the sixth inning of the Section 7AAA opener, Wildcat Dylan Tashjian doubled to drive in Logan Bjorkman with the go-ahead run.  In the bottom of the inning, Viking pinch-hitter Cole Olson lined into a game-ending double play.  The win for the Wildcats sends them to the winner’s bracket in the double elimination tournament, with a home game against Duluth Denfeld tonight at 7 p.m. at Chisago Lakes High School.  The loss sends the Vikings to the elimination bracket and a game at Princeton at 7 p.m.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Vikings can't replicate last season's success on the diamond
With so many graduations from last year, it was tough all season to capture last year’s magic for the North Branch softball team, and their dream of getting back to the state tournament was dashed over Memorial Day weekend with losses to Cloquet and Grand Rapids.
Thursday, May 30, 2019

Track teams get nice solo performances at conference
The North Branch team didn’t get any conference championships, but they had some nice finishes, highlighted by Paige Bauer’s second place in the girls pole vault. Bauer also came in fourth place in the high jump.
Thursday, May 30, 2019

Wildcats grab fifth-seed in sections; Andover up next after first round win
Chisago Lakes boys lacrosse played three games in four days with a win over Buffalo last week and then a loss to White Bear Lake and  a win over Brainerd.  

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Chisago Lakes takes another from NB in county rivalry
In the Tuesday, May 14 matchup at North Branch, the Wildcats and Vikings each scored single runs in the first three innings, and the game was tied 3-3.  The Wildcats kept going, scoring single runs in the fourth and fifth innings, as well.  They added three more in the top of the seventh and limited the Vikings’ rally in the bottom of the seventh to one run, coming away with an 8-4 win.  Ethan Prokosch started and went five innings for the Wildcats to pick up the win.  He allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits, walked three and struck out five.  Ben Huth took the loss in relief for the Vikings.  Logan Bjorkman had two triples and two RBIs for the Wildcat and Connor Bleymeyer drove in three runs.  Justin Axberg led the attack for the Vikings, driving in two runs with a double and a home run.
Thursday, May 23, 2019

CL boys tennis team claims a share of the conference title
After a 6-11 season last year for the Chisago Lakes boys tennis team, the seniors, all of which were back from a team that didn’t graduate any from the starting lineup, made a commitment to play for the Mississippi 8 Conference championship this year.
Thursday, May 23, 2019

North Branch gains revenge, beating CL 6-2 at their park
North Branch 6, Chisago Lakes 2
Viking Sophie Smith drove in three runs with a pair of doubles and Kristi Pilz allowed just two runs on five hits, walked two and struck out nine to lead the Vikings to a 6-2 win over the Chisago Lakes Wildcats on Tuesday, May 14 at North Branch High School.  Wildcat pitcher Trinity Junker struck out 14 Vikings, but allowed nine hits and walked five.  One of the six runs allowed by Junker was unearned.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Boys lacrosse team fighting for every win they can get
Chisago Lakes 8, Forest Lake 6
“We needed this win to get our team headed in the right direction again.  We had several close games and that starts to wear a team down so to go to Forest Lake and secure the win was good,” Head Coach Mark Nordby started with. 

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Both girls golf teams hoping to make second day of sections
Both North Branch and Chisago Lakes have had some nice spots during the 2019 golf season.
Thursday, May 23, 2019

Chisago Lakes posts a school record 292 in boys golf
Princeton Golf Course proved to be a charitable course on a beautiful Monday afternoon earlier this week.
Thursday, May 23, 2019

CL baseball wins three straight
Timing is everything  The Wildcat baseball team had a 5-9 record just over a week ago, seemingly scuffling toward the end of a tough season.  But, despite some questionable defensive play, they have caught fire since then, winning five in a row starting with last week’s win over North Branch.  With the section playoffs looming,  they seem to have put it all together and are hopefully poised for a long run in the postseason.
Thursday, May 23, 2019

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