April 14, 2011 at 9:09 a.m.
With the recent resurgence of the Chisago Lakes tennis program, Vikings/Wildcat rivalry has turned a bit one-sided.
That was more than evident in their match last week. The teams opened their North Suburban Conference schedule against each other, and Chisago Lakes came away with the sweep.
In fact, North Branch was only able to score nine total team points against the deep and talented Wildcats.
German foreign exchange student and younger brother of last year's state tourney entrant David Rau, Johannes Rau won at first singles over John Jakubowski 6-0, 6-0.
Seventh grader Blake Lizotte also won in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0, over Tanner Cosgrove at fourth singles.
Joe Turnquist and Vinny Gorski won their second and third singles matches by similar scores of 6-1, 6-0.
At doubles, the Wildcats cruised in straight sets again. Brett Lizotte and Brian Hynes won 6-1, 6-1 over Brandon Johnson and Devon Quam.
Albin Anner, a Swedish foreign exchange student, teamed with eighth grader Will Gillach to win 6-1, 6-4 at second doubles.
Hogan Haas and Jake Sells finished the sweep with a 6-0, 6-0 victory at third doubles.
Although it was a rough go around for North Branch, Chisago Lakes Head Coach Corey McKinnon related with North Branch's head man Chad Brusky. "North Branch is where we were about three years ago, but Chad is working hard to build that program," McKinnon said. "They may be down now, but they'll keep working, and they'll come around."