Jacket girls fight hard, but Elks advance

Thursday Night Sports: CIMPC falls 3-0 in first round of 7AA Playoffs; Braham Boys beat Onamia 89-31; C-I Girls Hoops holds off Tigers; Jacket Wrestlers close regular-season with romp

Coming into the Section 7AA hockey playoffs as the 8th seed, Cambridge-Isanti-Mora-Pine City put up a good fight before bowing to top-seed Elk River 3-0 on the road Feb. 10. The Jackets created good scoring chances in each period which were thwarted by the quick Elk defense.

Junior Taylor Bowker fought for space near the Elk net in the Feb. 10 playoff game (Photo by Greg Hunt).

The Elks put up a goal in each period, with junior Jonna Curtis scoring their first and last goal on breakaways.CIMPC senior goalie Elizabeth Hafner finished with 27 saves, and Elk goalie Tori Herrmann was called on for 20 saves in the shutout.

"We played very well in both ends of the rink and had several ‘just missed’ opportunities in the offensive end where the girls made several nice plays but just missed finishing them off or couldn’t get a stick on the puck when the rebound sat right on the edge of the crease.  We needed just one of those chances to go in along the way to put a little pressure on the Elks and see what might have happened," said Jacket Coach Jeff McCann.

Elk River will host No. 4 seed Proctor-Hermantown-Marshall in the Feb. 12 semifinals. Also advancing in Section 7AA are No. 2 Cloquet and No. 3 Grand Rapids.

Braham Boys 89, Onamia 31

Ben Thiry continued his hot shooting from the arc, sinking 5-of-7 three-pointers to finish with 25 points, when Braham defeated Onamia 89-31 at home Feb. 10. Tyler Vaughan scored 21 points and dished 9 assists to set a new career assist record for the Bombers. Erik Vavra (13) and Anthony Bias (10) added key points.

Cambridge-Isanti Girls 46, Princeton 41

Whitney Olson scored 22 points when the Bluejackets improved to 10-3 in Mississippi 8 girls basketball with a win at Princeton Feb. 10. C-I led 26-20 in the first half and extended the lead in the second half before the Tigers fought back to make it an exciting final minute of play.

Darah Olson and Paige Muehlhauser both scored 7 points for the Jackets, with Natalie Larson grabbing 9 rebounds. Amanda Olson added 6 rebounds and 2 points.

C-I Wrestlers 63, Becker 9

The Bluejackets closed the regular season with a convincing win on "Seniors Night" at CIHS. Earning falls for Cambridge-Isanti were David Kent (112), Travis Holt (140), Cody Glines (160), Clayton Jennissen (171) and Derek Swanson. Picking up tech falls were Landon Chumley (125), Ty Torgerson (130) and Cody Skog (145).

The Bluejackets’ next action will be the Section 7AAA Team Tourney hosted at Blaine Feb. 17-18.