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December 7, 2022

Chisago Lakes escapes with a thrilling 43-42 victory over Fridley for their second state berth in four years
Chisago Lakes 43, Fridley 42
After Fridley Tiger quarterback MJ Newton had scored on a 75-yard touchdown run with 35 seconds left in the Section 4AAAA championship game to pull the Tigers within one point of the Wildcats at 43-42, the Tigers decided to go for two rather than kick the extra point and likely go into overtime.  Newton, Fridley’s leading rusher for the game, took the shotgun snap and ran to the right.  He was still behind the line of scrimmage when he was confronted by three Wildcat tacklers, so he spun right and raced back and to the left.  When he got back to the 25, he started to weave his way forward.  But the Wildcats swarmed him under at the 16, preserving their one-point lead.  After a nearly successful onside kick that was recovered by the Wildcats, Wildcat quarterback Gavin Lewis had to kneel the ball down once to run out the clock, and the third-seeded Wildcats were on their way to the state tournament for the second time in the last four years.  The loss ended the season for the top-seeded Tigers.  The game was played last Friday, November 4 at Fridley High School.  The Wildcats will face the Simley Spartans in the quarterfinals of the state tournament tonight at 7 p.m. at Forest Lake High School.

Friday, November 11, 2022

Both volleyball teams bow out in the section semifinals to top seeds
Both the Chisago Lakes and North Branch volleyball teams had drawn the fourth seed in their respective sections, and both took care of business easily in the first round over their fifth-seeded counterparts.
Friday, November 11, 2022

North Branch football crushes Cloquet and advances to the first state tourney in school history

North Branch 34, Cloquet 6
A trick play executed perfectly and at the perfect time  by North Branch put one of the final nails in the coffin of the Cloquet football season and helped propel the Vikings to their first ever state tournament berth in football on Friday, November 4.

Friday, November 11, 2022

Powerful running game and timely defense propel CL to section finals
Chisago Lakes 35, St. Anthony 32
Maddox Olson’s interception with 1:43 remaining in the game sealed the Wildcats’ 35-32 win over the St. Anthony Huskies in the Section 4AAAA semifinals last Saturday, October 29 at St. Anthony High School.  The win sends the third-seeded Wildcats to the section championship game against the top-seeded Fridley Tigers tomorrow night at 6 p.m. at Fridley High School.  The loss ended the season for the Huskies.

Friday, November 4, 2022

North Branch exacts revenge against Hawks, moves on to 7AAAA finals
Revenge was on the mind of the North Branch football team when they went up to Hermantown on Saturday, October 29 to take on the Hawks in the section semifinals.
Friday, November 4, 2022

CL girls X-country team makes history with first state meet berth
The top two teams in each section make it to the state cross country meet each year, but there’s a bit of extra prestige to capture the championship, and the Chisago Lakes girls team accomplished that on Wednesday, October 26 at the Section 4AA meet at Highland Golf Course.
Friday, November 4, 2022

Wildcats win first round, onto semis against St. Anthony
Hutchinson 48, Chisago Lakes 20
The Hutchinson Tigers, last year’s Class 4AAAA state champions and currently ranked second in the state, beat the Wildcats 48-20 in the final game of the regular season Wednesday, October 19 at Chisago Lakes High School.

Friday, October 28, 2022

Croal's big day and a Hail Mary propel North Branch to win and first round bye
North Branch’s late surge separated them from Cloquet in the Vikings’ 40-27 win on Wednesday, October 19, and it also separated them from the Lumberjacks in section standings and earned them a bye in the first round of playoffs this week.
Friday, October 28, 2022

Section Preview for area volleyball squads
Chisago Lakes will be looking to defend their Section 4AAA championship begining this week on Wednesday, October 26.

Friday, October 28, 2022

Tennis seasons end for NB & CL in individual section tournament
Chisago Lakes’s Emily Erickson and Addie Carlson had the deepest run of anybody in the Individual Section 7AA tourney, but they eventually fell to a state qualifying tandem from Elk River.
Friday, October 28, 2022

Wildcats upend Willmar in massive upset
Chisago Lakes 48, Willmar 42 (2 O.T.)
With the score tied 42-42 in the second overtime against the Willmar Cardinals, Wildcat defensive end Stephen Weiss intercepted a  pass at the ten-yard yard line to stop the Cardinals’  overtime series.  The game ended two pays later when fullback Evan LaValle scored on a nine-yard run to give the Wildcats a 48-42 win on Friday, October 14 at Chisago Lakes High School.

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Chisago Lakes soccer teams both win one before having their seasons ended
Both the Wildcats boys’ and girls’ soccer teams ended their seasons in semifinal matchups in Section 4AA against teams ranked number one in the state.
Thursday, October 20, 2022

North Branch loses another late lead, falls 21-18 to Hermantown
After rebounding from their first loss of the season with a dominating win over Duluth Denfeld last week, the North Branch football team continued into the teeth of their schedule with an away contest at Hermantown on Friday, October 14.
Thursday, October 20, 2022

Wildcats can't break through in low-scoring affair with C-I
Cambridge-Isanti 13, Chisago Lakes 7
Fall was in the air on Homecoming night last Friday at Cambridge-Isanti High School. The Wildcats trailed the Bluejackets 13-7 with 1:59 to go in the game and faced fourth and four on the Bluejacket nine-yard line.  Quarterback Gavin Lewis dropped back and launched a pass into the end zone, just feet from the right sideline.   Josh Byrne made a diving attempt for the ball, and got his hand on it, but it was a few inches too far for him to get his fingers around it and the ball slid to the ground incomplete with 1:51 left.  The Wildcats used all three of their timeouts, hoping to get the ball back one more time.  They called their last timeout with 1:37 left and the Bluejackets facing third and three from the 16.  The Bluejackets ran for eight yards and a first down, sealing the win.

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Vikes take care of 'Cats, but lose conference title in Monticello duel
North Branch 3, Chisago Lakes 0
The Chisago County rivalry was renewed last year when the Wildcats of Chisago Lakes beat North Branch for the first time in a while, but the Vikings quickly regained the upper hand this year by dominating the annual match up.

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Even with some key injuries, North Branch rolls Denfeld
Every football team has to weather some key injuries throughout the season, but North Branch’s seemed to all stack up this week in their match up against Duluth Denfeld, but it didn’t matter. The Vikings still rolled the Hunters 40-8 and improved their record to 5-1 on the season.
Tuesday, October 18, 2022

'Cats start strong but fade against St. Francis at homecoming
St. Francis 44, Chisago Lakes 14
Everything was perfect when last Friday’s homecoming game started against the St. Francs Fighting Saints at Chisago Lakes High School.  The weather was beautiful – a little cool, dry, not much wind.  Over 2,000 fans showed up to dine from the food trucks outside the gates and cheer on the Wildcats.

Friday, October 7, 2022

CL goes 1-1 in Mississippi 8, beating C-I and losing to Magic
Chisago Lakes 100, Cambridge-Isanti 81
Chisago Lakes flexed their swimming and diving muscle in a blowout win over Cambridge-Isanti in late September.

Friday, October 7, 2022

'Cats go 2-2 at home invite
The Wildcats split their four matches at the Chisago Lakes Invite on Saturday, October 1, but the two losses were to some prime section opponents that CL may see later this year.
Friday, October 7, 2022

NB wins five of six matches
After suffering a sweep at the hands of Rush City on Thursday, September 22, North Branch proceeded to rip off five wins in their next six matches, including a 3-1 mark against big schools in the Centennial Tournament.
Friday, October 7, 2022

CL spoils Monti's perfect M8C season with a draw
Zimmerman 3, Chisago Lakes 1
The Zimmerman Thunder scored three times in the first half and cruised to a 3-1 win over the Wildcats Tuesday, September 27 at Chisago Lakes High School.  Addyson Barrett scored in the second half for the Wildcats to spoil the shutout.

Friday, October 7, 2022

'Cats second in conference
Monticello 1, Chisago Lakes 0
The Wildcats dominated play against the Monticello Magic, spending most of the game in their own end.   Monti scored the game’s only goal five minutes into the contest and held on for a 1-0 win.  The game was played Thursday, September 29 at Monticello High School.

Friday, October 7, 2022

Last second Hail Mary dooms Vikings in battle of unbeatens
Grand Rapids and North Branch have battled in some classic football games over the past two years.
Friday, October 7, 2022

Vikings learning to win with a target on their back
North Branch had to battle quite a bit to take out Mora on Friday, September 16, but they eventually came out on top 22-16 over the Mustangs and moved their record to 3-0 on the season.
Friday, September 23, 2022

'Cats lament another tough loss to Becker after late missed FG
Becker 14, Chisago Lakes 13
Trailing 14-13 to the Becker Bulldogs, the Wildcats went on an epic 23-play, 84-yard drive that took up more that half of the fourth quarter.  They were in a position to win with a 25-yard field goal attempt with 14 seconds remaining, but kicker Bryce Morley’s attempt sailed wide right, and the Wildcats fell 14-13.  The game was played Friday, September 16 at Becker High School.

Friday, September 23, 2022

Detzler shines on offense as NB wins two games
North Branch 3, Big Lake 2 (O.T.)
Drew Detzler had a hat trick on a soggy night, including the game winner in overtime, to lead the Viking boys’ soccer team to a 3-2 win over the Big Lake Hornets Thursday, September 15 at Big Lake.  Jose Flor was solid in the net, making 27 saves to help keep the Vikings in the game.

Friday, September 23, 2022

'Cats clobber Princeton before two losses
Chisago Lakes 6, Princeton 0
Addyson Barrett scored three goals in a seven-minute span straddling halftime to lead the Wildcats to a 6-0 shutout win over the Princeton Tigers Thursday, September 15 at Princeton.

Friday, September 23, 2022

Vikings top Islanders and Bulldogs in two game win streak
Big Lake 2, North Branch 0
The Big Lake Hornets scored once in each half to shut out the Viking girls’ soccer team 2-0 Thursday, September 15 at Big Lake High School.  The Hornets scored once in each half - off a corner kick in the first half and from a free kick in the second half.  Viking head coach Josh Kopp said “This game was pretty typical for our season.  We did well moving the ball and dominated possession, but we just couldn’t score.”

Friday, September 23, 2022

Wildcats battling for playoff position in tough Mississippi 8 Conference
Chisago Lakes 5, St. Francis 2
Strength in the singles lineup carried Chisago Lakes to a nice Mississippi 8 Conference win over St. Francis on Thursday, September 8.

Friday, September 23, 2022

Wildcats get on a roll with three straight wins
Princeton 3, Chisago Lakes 0
The Princeton Tigers scored three goals in the first half and shut out the Wildcats boys’ soccer team 3-0 Thursday, September 15 at Princeton High School.  Wildcat head coach Matt Koehn said “We came out slow and couldn’t recover and that was kind of it.  They outplayed us, outworked us and, most importantly, put the ball in the back of the net.”

Friday, September 23, 2022

Swimmers fall in first match up against Becker
The Chisago Lakes girls swim and diving team put up a good fight in their season opener against Becker on Thursday, September 8, but they fell short to the Bulldogs  104-82.
Friday, September 23, 2022

Chisago Lakes sweeps boys and girls soccer doubleheader
A combination of youth and experience lifted the Wildcats to a 3-0 win over the Vikings Monday, September 12 at Chisago Lakes High School.  Eighth-grader Emma Knabe, freshman Ella Perrault and senior Ruby Dircks scored the goals for the Wildcats, with juniors Addyson Barrett and Madelyn Anderson picking up the assists.
Friday, September 16, 2022

Vikings hang on for close 30-27 win over East
A fast start and late comeback were the catalysts for the North Branch football team to move to 2-0 on the year as they beat Duluth East 30-27 Friday, September 9.
Friday, September 16, 2022

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