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January 18, 2022

Vikings keep rolling with balanced offense and timely defense
The magical start to North Branch’s boys’ basketball season doesn’t seem to have an end in sight.
Thursday, December 30, 2021


Wildcats earn much needed dual win against North Branch
Chisago Lakes 57, North Branch 24
There weren’t really any competitive matches when the Wildcats and Vikings clashed last Thursday, January 6 at North Branch High School.  All the Viking points came from forfeits, including wins by Brandt Bombard (160) and Ashton LaBelle (170), the Vikings’ top wrestlers.  Just two Wildcats wins came from forfeits.  There were five pins among the eight Wildcat non-forfeit wins, including pins by Andrew Novack (138), Brycen Morley (152), Reed Bleymeyer (160), Logan Bender (220) and Chuck Gilman (285).  During the 120-pound match between Wildcat Riley Palmer and Viking Evan Pommier, Pommier was injured, and Palmer was awarded the win as injury time expired.

Friday, January 14, 2022

Vikings roll to 10-1 ahead of pivotal week of basketball
Even though this upcoming week may be the most important of the season thus far for the North Branch boys basketball team, it doesn’t mean last week’s 2-0 sweep wasn’t impressive over Big Lake and Grand Rapids.
Friday, January 14, 2022

'Cats struggle to keep up with Monticello
Monticello 93, Chisago Lakes 83
The Monticello Magic are by far the most talented team in the Mississippi 8 Conference in swimming and diving, and they showed it in a drubbing of Chisago Lakes that saw them swim the last four events in exhibition.

Friday, January 14, 2022

Stipe has record-setting week facing tough competition
Chisago Lakes had some of their best scores of the year last week in gymnastics, but it didn’t do them much good in the win-loss column as they were competing against the third ranked team in the state in Big Lake in one meet, and competing at the Big Lake Invitational in the other.
Friday, January 14, 2022

Mora tourney a good learning experience for CL grapplers
Mora Invitational
The Wildcats brought five varsity wrestlers to the ten-team Mora Invitational last Saturday at Mora High School.  Andrew Novack (132) and Logan Bender (195) each placed second in their weight classes.  The Wildcats finished eighth as a team.

Friday, January 14, 2022

Stars win three of four
Princeton 2, Northern Edge 1
Having lost to the Stars 6-3 just eight days earlier, the Princeton Tigers turned the tables and beat the Stars 2-1 Thursday, January 6 at Princeton Ice Arena.  The Tigers scored twice in the first period.  They held the Stars off the scoreboard until just 43 seconds remained in the game, when Ben Baumgardt scored an unassisted goal to cut the Princeton lead to 2-1.  But the Tigers killed off the remaining seconds to seal the win.  Shots were nearly even, with Princeton having a 23-22 edge.

Friday, January 14, 2022

Chisago loses two close games
Forest Lakes 3, Chisago Lakes 2
When the Wildcats and Forest Lake Rangers clashed at Forest Lake Sports Center on Tuesday, December 28, Wildcat Ryan Schmidt scored a power play goal at 2:51 of the third period to pull the Wildcats within one goal.  But the Rangers held off the Wildcats for the rest of the period and came away with a 3-2 win.  The Rangers outshot the Wildcats 30-21 for the game.

Friday, January 14, 2022

Vikings win two, including come-from-behind win over Big Lake
North Branch 54, Little Falls 43
After not playing in a competitive game since before Christmas, the North Branch girls basketball team came out on fire against Little Fall’s 1-3-1 defense on Tuesday, January 4
“They tried to force us to shoot from the outside a little more than we normally do, but we capitalized on that,” Head Coach Alison Trampe said.

Friday, January 14, 2022

Girls finding tough match ups as Mississippi 8 schedule begins
Chisago Lakes’ post Christmas break schedule looked daunting when it was first released, and it lived up to its billing as the Wildcats dropped the first two games back last week against Mahtomedi and Becker.
Friday, January 14, 2022

Burgen breaks assist mark during 13-0 demolition of Red Wing
Chisago Lakes 13, Red Wing 0
The Wildcats scored five goals in the first period and five more in the second period on their way to a 13-0 thrashing of the Red Wing Wingers Thursday, December 30 at Chisago Lakes Arena.  Dani Brunette led the Wildcats in scoring with two goals and four assists.  The Wildcats dominated their overmatched opponent from start to finish, outshooting them 43-8.  Wildcat goalie Brianna Ritter stopped all eight shots she faced to pick up her third shutout of the season.

Friday, January 7, 2022

North Branch sweeps Granite City Classic, moves to 8-1 on the season
It doesn’t matter which way they do it, the North Branch boys basketball team just can’t stop winning. Close games, blowouts, non-conference, conference. They’ve almost all resulted in a ‘W’ for North Branch.
Friday, January 7, 2022

Wildcats top undefeated Proctor; stumble vs Orono at holiday tourney
The Chisago Lakes Wildcat girls basketball team got to compete a bit over their holiday break, and they split two contests at the Monticello Invitational in the Magic’s home city.
Friday, January 7, 2022

Northern Edge starting to turn the corner, double up on Princeton
Northern Edge 6, Princeton 3
Trevor Ripley and Loghan Croal scored two goals apiece to lead the Stars to a 6-3 win over the Princeton Tigers, Wednesday, December 29 at the National Sports Center in Blaine.  The win gave the Stars fifth place in the Herb Brooks Holiday Classic, Silver level.
 

Friday, January 7, 2022

North Branch hangs on against St. Francis
North Branch 48, St. Francis 47
North Branch went into their holiday break on a high note, holding off a hard-charging St. Francis team to win the Mississippi 8 Conference match up, 48-47.

Thursday, December 30, 2021

'Cats conquer Hilltoppers
Chisago Lakes 6, Duluth Marshall 3
Tied 2-2 with Duluth Marshall after two periods, the Wildcats exploded for three goals in the first two minutes of the third period and went on to beat the Hilltoppers 6-3 Tuesday, December 21 at Chisago Lakes Arena.  The Wildcats outshot the Hilltoppers 47-36 for the game.  Wildcat goalie Zach Carlson, making just his second start of the season, stopped 33 of the 36 shots he faced to pick up the win.

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Northern Edge breaks losing streak behind Langevin hat trick
Forest Lake 4, Northern Edge 0
The Rangers scored twice in each of the first two periods and shut out the Stars 4-0 Thursday, December 23 at the East Bethel Ice Arena.  The Rangers dominated play through the game, outshooting the Vikings 30-18 for the game, including a 17-3 edge in the second period.  The Stars comeback attempt in the third period fizzled, as the Rangers held them to just five shots on net for the period.

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Chisago Lakes in some barnburners, but lose first game
Chisago Lakes 2, Pine City 1
Ryan Schmidt scored with 47 seconds left in the game, assisted by Ben Jinks, to give the Wildcats a 2-1 win over the Pine City Dragons Tuesday, December 14 at the Pine City Civic Center.  Nik Jinks had scored early in the first period, with an assist going to Ashton Edson, to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead.  That lead held up until the Dragons tied it up with 3:47 left in the game.  But exactly three minutes later, when the game appeared headed for overtime, Schmidt’s goal won it for the Wildcats.  Pine City outshot the Wildcats 30-28 for the game.  Wildcat goalie Jack Hanson stopped 29 of the 30 shots he faced to pick up the win.

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Lock down defense aiding Wildcats to 4-1 record
The Wildcat girls basketball team had one of the more impressive defensive stretches you’ll see when they opened their Mississippi 8 Conference schedule against St. Francis last week, immediately after playing a non-conference game against Sauk Rapids-Rice.
Thursday, December 23, 2021

North Branch continues hot start on the court
After winning only two games all of last year, the North Branch boys basketball team is on a roll to start their season, as they went 2-0 last year and upped their record to 4-1.
Thursday, December 23, 2021

'Cats top Breck again, but fall to Gentry
Gentry Academy 13, Chisago Lakes 5
Cara Sajevic of Gentry Academy had hat tricks in both the first and third periods, and the Stars crushed the Wildcats 13-5 Tuesday, December 14 at the TRIA rink in St. Paul.  The Stars, ranked sixth in Class AA, outshot the Wildcats 39-22 for the game and scored seven goals on just 12 shots in the third period.   Some of the intensity from last year’s state tournament semifinal matchup seemed to have spilled over into this game, as the teams combined for 17 penalties, including two double minors for roughing on each team midway through the first period.

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Stars lose to Pine City
The outcome of the Stars’ game against the Pine City Dragons boiled down to just 27 seconds.  The Dragons scored two goals just 16 seconds apart in the first period.  They were even quicker in the third period, scoring twice just eleven second apart, and ended up beating the Stars 5-1.  Alex Langevin scored the only goal for the Stars, assisted by Aaron Smith, midway through the second period.  The Dragons outshot the Stars 29-22 for the game.
Thursday, December 23, 2021

Vikes run into section and conference buzzsaws after beating Rush City
North Branch had a great start going into the season, sporting a 4-1 record after topping Rush City Tuesday, December 14, but back-to-back blowout losses to very tough teams from Monticello and Grand Rapids has shown the Vikings they have some work to do to make noise once the postseason rolls around.
Thursday, December 23, 2021

Busy week doesn't turn out well for Wildcats
Cramming three games in a five day stretch didn’t turn out well for the Chisago Lakes boys basketball team last week.
Thursday, December 23, 2021

Wildcats start out with a Mississippi 8 split
The Chisago Lakes boys swimming and diving team was the last one to get going this season, but they jumped right into Mississippi 8 Conference play on December 9 against Princeton.
Thursday, December 23, 2021

NB's Labelle and Pommier win CL Invite, Novack second for 'Cats
Becker 64, North Branch 12
Three Viking wrestlers accounted for the 12 Viking points in their 64-12 dual meet loss to the Bulldogs at Becker High School Thursday, December 16.  Evan Pommier (113) pinned Nolan Jurek at 3:26.  Brandt Bombard (160) squeaked by Mason Doucette 8-7.  And Ashton LaBelle (170) decisioned Adam Jurek 10-5.

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Northern Edge loses 4-3 shootout with Anoka
Northern Edge 8, Becker/Big Lake 2
Tyler Iacono had a hat trick, Isaiah Scarborough had two goals and two assists and playmaker Ben Baumgardt contributed three assists to lead the Stars to an 8-2 win over the Becker/Big Lake Eagles.  The Stars dominated the game from start to finish, outshooting the Eagles 35-15 for the game.  The game was played Tuesday, December 7 at Princeton Ice Arena.

Friday, December 17, 2021

Wildcats' offense firing; run into tough Blaine team
Chisago Lakes 5, Northern Tier 0
Dani Brunette picked up a Gordie Howe hat trick – a goal, an assist, and a fight (well, a roughing penalty, at least) – to lead the Wildcats to a 5-0 shutout of the Northern Tier Stars Tuesday, December 7 at Chisago Lakes Arena.  The Wildcats outshot the Stars 34-25 for the game, and Wildcat goalie Brianna Ritter stopped all 25 shots she faced to earn her first career shutout.

Friday, December 17, 2021

North Branch bests CL after Stipe injury
An untimely injury to Chisago Lakes’ Claudia Stipe turned what may have been a fiercely competitive county rivalry meet into a comfortable win for North Branch when the Wildcats and Vikings squared up on Thursday, December 9.
Friday, December 17, 2021

Two Rivers loss lingers for North Branch
North Branch went into their mini-break of just one game in 10 days with a tough loss to Two Rivers on Tuesday, December 7.
Friday, December 17, 2021

Dynamic duo of Peaslee and Kuhlman lead North Branch to a pair of victories and 3-1 record
Senior forward Paige Peaslee and freshman guard Ella Kuhlman have formed quite the tandem this year, and it was on full display last week as the Vikings went 2-0 against Two Rivers and North St. Paul.
Friday, December 17, 2021

Old NSC foe stings Chisago Lakes
Benilde-St. Margaret’s 61, Chisago Lakes 38
The Wildcats were glad that they are over a half decade removed from having to play Benilde-St. Margaret’s twice a year in basketball on Tuesday, December 7.

Friday, December 17, 2021

Vikings face elite competition
Maple Grove Crimson Invite
Three Viking wrestlers finished second in their respective weight classes at last Saturday’s Crimson Invite at Maple Grove High School – Evan Pommier (113), Brandt Bombard (160) and Ashton LaBelle (170).  The Vikings, who sent seven wrestlers to the individual tourney, finished eighth out of 13 teams, just half a point behind seventh-place Tartan.

Friday, December 17, 2021

Wildcats travel to Brainerd
Paul Bunyan Wrestling Tournament
The Wildcats took five wrestlers up to the Paul Bunyan Wrestling Tournament in Brainerd last weekend.  The only Wildcat to place was Logan Bender, who finished eighth at 195.  Both Bender and Andrew Novack had to forfeit their final match (in Bender’s case, his last two matches) for medical reasons.

Friday, December 17, 2021

Wildcats starting to discover their game, top Minneapolis in overtime
Chisago Lakes 4, Minneapolis 3
Dani Burgen scored on a one-timer on a perfect pass from Rilee Winters at 4:30 of overtime to complete her second hat trick of the season and give the Wildcats a 4-3 win over the Minneapolis Novas Thursday, December 2 at Parade Ice Garden.  The Wildcats outshot the Novas 39-25 for the game, including 5-0 in overtime.

Friday, December 10, 2021

AREA WRESTLING WRAP UP
CHISAGO LAKES
Monticello 44, Chisago Lakes 25
The Wildcats opened the season with a 44-25 dual meet loss at Mahtomedi.  At contested weights, the Wildcats had a 25-20 advantage, showing the team has quality but not depth at this point in the season.  Andrew Novack (138) lost 9-4 in overtime to Nelson Anderson, currently ranked eighth in Class AA at 132.   Wildcat head coach Shawn Frederixon said “Andrew wrestled tough, but got beat by the Monticello kid with whom he has had great matches over the year.  He will learn from it and get better.    He’s wasn’t going to go through the whole season undefeated.  You have to be able to come back from a tough loss and learn from it.”

Friday, December 10, 2021

Hoops Highlights
NORTH BRANCH
North Branch 65, Rockford 60
North Branch opened their season up with a nice non-conference win over Rockford on Thursday, December 2.

Friday, December 10, 2021

BOYS HOCKEY ROUND UP
NORTHERN EDGE
Northern Edge 3, Mora/Milaca 3
In the first boys’ high school hockey game played under the co-op agreement between North Branch and St. Francis, the newly christened Northern Edge Stars, the Stars opened their season and existence by skating to a 3-3 tie with the Mora/Milaca Mustangs Tuesday, November 30 at their home arena, East Bethel Ice Arena.  The Vikings dominated the game, outshooting the Mustangs 35-18.  And the game was intense and chippy, with the teams combining for 16 penalties, including four sets of coincidental minors.  The Stars killed off all five Mustang power plays.

Friday, December 10, 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

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

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


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