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September 22, 2021

Bulldogs fall to Bandits, season comes to end
East Bethel 10, Chisago Lakes 5
In the Region 1C play-in game, the East Bethel Bandits broke open a close game with six runs in the seventh inning and went on to beat the Bulldogs 10-5 Thursday, August 5 at Solheim Field in Princeton. The loss ended the season for the Bulldogs and the Bandits moved on to the double-elimination portion of the tournament.

Friday, August 13, 2021

Rescued racehorse and lapsed equestrian find each other and win Kentucky eventing contest
Grit and horses. What could make a better story? Grit, the courage and resolve to push through all difficulties to achieve a goal, is certainly what it took for local rider, Cecilia Emilsson (Cissi) to negotiate all the phases of the American Eventing Championships contest, winning the Novice Division September 4 in Lexington, Kentucky. Emilsson did this top a former race horse, Blazing Angel.
Friday, September 17, 2021

Shafer Council grants new business a liquor license
Shafer City Council met Sept 7 for a regular meeting.  All members were present.
Friday, September 17, 2021

Center City Council tables First Street vacate; hears light pollution complaints, adopts levy
Center City Council tackled a number of items last week as thunder shook city hall last when an unexpected front moved through.  Citizens were making some noise of their own,  asking about everything from too bright lighting at the mall to opposing the fishing pier location over winter.
Friday, September 17, 2021

Vikings beat up on Greyhounds, move to 2-0
North Branch and Duluth East came into their game on Friday night after both dominated in their season opener, but North Branch proved to be the stronger of the two, beating East 34-19 and moving to 2-0 on the year.
Friday, September 17, 2021

'Cats dispatching best the M8C has to offer
Chisago Lakes 4, St. Francis 3
In what came down to one match and turned into an “instant classic” according to Head Coach Jon Erickson, the Chisago Lakes girls tennis team edged St. Francis 4-3 in their Mississippi 8 Conference opener.

Friday, September 17, 2021

Despite loss, CL swim team thrilled to have fans back
Becker 104, Chisago Lakes 80
The Wildcat girls swim and dive team couldn’t have gotten a worse draw to start their Mississippi 8 Conference schedule when they took on Becker last week.

Friday, September 17, 2021

North Branch stays unbeaten, looking to enter state rankings
North Branch 0, Grand Rapids 0 (OT)
The Viking girls’ soccer team outplayed and outshot the Grand Rapids Thunderhawks at home on Tuesday, August 31, but when it was all over the teams settled for a 0-0 overtime tie.  Viking head coach Josh Kopp said “We outshot them 30-10, including about 18-4 in shots on goal.  We had eight corner kicks but couldn’t finish any of them.  It was one of those games where we found everything but the back of the net.”

Friday, September 17, 2021

Wildcats grab their first wins with shutouts over Marshall and FL
Cloquet-Carlton 1, Chisago Lakes 0
The Cloquet-Carlton Lumberjacks scored in the first half and held off the Wildcat girls’ soccer team for a 1-0 victory Wednesday, September 1 at Chisago Lakes High School.  Wildcat head coach Wayne Kugel said “This was our best outing to date.  We held the Lumberjacks scoreless in the second half and started to make significant strides with our overall game.  We competed.  We are starting to get our game plan rhythm. The girls were fantastic.  We expect to continue to get better with each match.”

Friday, September 17, 2021

LaBelle and Vikings steamroll Pine City 32-6
North Branch 32, Pine City 6
After what felt like an eternity of no football—without sections and state last year— the North Branch football team kicked off the 2021 season Friday, September 3 in front of the home crowd against Pine City.

Friday, September 10, 2021

Wildcats defense creates havoc in 33-6 drubbing over Big Lake
Chisago Lakes 33, Big Lake 6
The Wildcats turned three Big Lake turnovers into touchdowns in the first half and went on to beat the Hornets 33-6 Thursday, September 2 at Big Lake High School.  Quarterback Nick Wasko led the Wildcats’ offensive dominance with 28 carries for 184 yards and three touchdowns as the Wildcats piled up 325 yards on the ground.  Fullback Ashton Pearson took care of most of the rest of the workload, carrying the ball 13 times for 94 yards and two touchdowns.

Friday, September 10, 2021

Bulldogs advance in playoffs after upsets over Rum River
Eastern Minny League Central Playoffs
The Eastern Minny League Central playoffs were played in a double-elimination format.  The first place Isanti Redbirds were given an automatic bid into the Region 1C playoffs, leaving three teams – the Bulldogs, the North Branch Nighthawks, and the Rum River Bandits – to fight it out for the remaining two bids to regions.  The league decided to play all three playoff games in one day.  The Bulldogs hosted the playoff tournament at Pat Collins Field at Chisago Lakes High School on Saturday, July 31.

Friday, August 6, 2021

The couple that runs together, wins together
In only his second triathlon ever, Karl Nygren crossed the finish line in front 305 other competitors to take top honors at the 2021 Chisago Lakes Triathlon on Sunday, July 25.

Friday, July 30, 2021

Bulldogs crush Cubs in finale
Braham 13, Chisago Lakes 10
The Bulldogs lost a wild one to the Braham Snappers 13-10 at home on Friday, July 16.  The strange game included three four-strikeout innings, four Bulldogs hit by pitches – including the same player three times – five Bulldogs reaching first on dropped third strikes, a bad call that led to two Snapper runs and a bizarre play that stopped a Bulldog rally.

Friday, July 30, 2021

Bulldogs close to grinding out tight games
East Bethel 3, Chisago Lakes 2
Tyler Stilp pitched well against the East Bethel Bandits, but the Wildcats only scored twice and lost to the Bandits 3-2 Wednesday, June 9 at Chisago Lakes.  Stilp allowed three tuns – two earned – on eight hits, walked one, hit one and struck out five.

Friday, July 2, 2021

Wildcats give Prior Lake a scare in first round of state
If Chisago Lakes’ section run against Anoka, Centennial and Blaine felt like David versus Goliath every game, the first round playing Prior Lake at state might as well have been billed as the mouse versus the elephant.
Friday, June 25, 2021

Bistodeau and Erickson perform well at Bunker Hills and Sand Creek
Chisago Lakes’ senior Jill Erickson finished in a tie for 41st place at her first state golf tournament at Bunker Hills Golf Course on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 15-16.
Friday, June 25, 2021

State tourney participants represent Chisago County well in track
Competitors from the boys side of things were the first to take to the courses and pits at the state track and field tournament on Saturday, June 19.
Friday, June 25, 2021

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