HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS ROUND-UP: The Cambridge-Isanti gymnasts improved to 2-0 in dual meets by defeating visiting Chisago Lakes 134.6-128.4 Jan. 3. Kaeli Kortan worked for the Bluejackets’ best event score with a 9.35 on the Bars, adding an 8.9 on the Vault. Morgan Urness had C-I’s top Vault score at 8.925, and Nicole Morgan’s 8.475 was the leading score on the Beam.
On Jan. 5, the Bluejackets placed 8th out of 17 teams at the MGJA Invite hosted in Faribault. Before battling an illness, Kortan placed 9th with a career-best 9.3 Vault and flew to an 8.4 on the Bars. Hannah Haight led C-I with an 8.9 on the Bars, and Morgan scored an 8.95 on the Beam.
C-I Boys Swim & Dive tops Tigers
Cambridge-Isanti won a n0n-conference road meet at Princeton 95-83 Jan. 3, evening the season dual record at 2-2. The Bluejackets began with a huge lead after sweeping the top two spots in the 200 Freestyle (Joe Lewis and Peter Edblad), 200 IM Patrick Jones and Josh Minnihan) and the 50 Free (Darren Codner and Chase Griffin). Parker Brown rang up another 1st in Diving with 194.7 points.
Codner in the 100 Free, John Solberg in the 100 Backstroke and Calvin Cicha in the 100 Breaststroke added best times in their events later in the meet.
• On Jan. 5, the Bluejackets competed at the Spring Lake Park Invite. Cicha led the performances with a 2nd in the Breaststroke (1:06.3), and Brown was 3rd in Diving (323.7). More C-I highlights were: Codner 4th in the 50 Free (24.3) & 6th in the 100 Free (53.9); Adam Baxter 6th in the 100 Breaststroke (1:10.9); and Cody Hemmelgarn 8th in Diving (264.9).
Warrior Girls 2nd at SFC Tourney
Cambridge Christian girls basketball went 1-1 to place 2nd at the Jan. 5 St. Francis Christian Invite. The Warriors (6-2) opened the tourney with a 54-46 win over the hosts when Kristin Bergman scored 15, Seble Doble had 13 points, and both Caitlin Walburg and Kellie Pedersen added 6 points.
In the finals, the CCS girls were defeated 61-42 by Lakes Region out of Baxter. Shelby Doble paced the Warriors with 10 points, with Walburg scoring 8, Karly Wiek 6 and Jerusalem Solomon 6.
“Lakes had two nice, tall players that we had a hard time with. We got into foul trouble early which left our defense not very aggressive,” commented CCS Coach Brian Bergman. “We were down 16-0 in the first five minutes. After that, we played pretty well and closed the gap, but could never totally get back in the game.”
• On Jan. 8, the Warrior teams swept close battles at Rosemount Baptist. The CCS boys won 69-67, and the Warrior girls prevailed 38-33.
Braham hoops teams keep rolling
Both Braham basketball squads maintained control of the Great River Conference with victories in their last two games. On Jan. 4, the Bomber boys defeated a feisty Pine City squad 85-54 with five players scoring in double-figures: Shaun Hollenkamp (18), Zach Dahlman (17), John Larson (17), Connor Tschumper (16) and Chris Olson (13). Tschumper and Dahlman led on the boards with 8 and 7 rebounds.
On Jan. 8, Braham handled visiting Aitkin 84-33. Again, the Bombers spread out the scoring with the following point totals: Larson 22, Dahlman 16, Hollenkamp 14, Olson 12 and Sam Stigen 11. Larson doubled up with 11 assists & added 5 steals. Dahlman led with 7 rebounds. The Bombers finished with 21 steals and forced 28 Gobbler turnovers.
• The Bomber girls stayed tied with Isle at the top of the GRC by blitzing Pine City 77-9 on Jan. 3 and defeating host Aitkin 86-58 Jan. 8. Braham travels to Isle Jan. 17.
Great River Boys Basketball: Braham 5-0, 9-2; Onamia 5-1, 6-4; Hinckley-Fin. 4-1, 7-2; Rush City 4-2, 5-4; Isle 2-3, 6-3; Aitkin 2-4, 3-6; Pine City 2-4, 3-6; East Central 0-5, 1-7; Ogilvie 0-5, 0-7.
Great River Girls Basketball: Braham 5-0, 12-0; Isle 5-0, 7-3; Aitkin 3-2, 10-3; East Central 3-2, 5-4; Rush City 3-3, 4-5; Ogilvie 2-3, 3-7; Hinckley-Fin. 1-4, 3-7; Pine City 2-4, 4-7; Onamia 0-6, 0-10.
Jacket girls BBall beats Brainerd
The Cambridge-Isanti girls basketball team earned a 78-45 road win at Brainerd on Saturday. Brynn Liljander scored 15 to lead the Bluejackets, with Amanda Hanson (12) and Brooke Olson (10) also scoring in double digits. Shelby Swanson (9) and Paige Muehlhauser (8) added depth scoring.
On Jan. 7, host Champlin Park defeated the C-I girls 66-57. Liljander nailed 5 three-pointers to score 30 points against the Rebels. Lily Porta and Justine Larson both added 8 points and 5 rebounds.
Mississippi 8 Girls Basketball: Monticello 12-2 all; St. Michael-Alb. 9-3; Rogers 8-5; Cambridge-Isanti 6-4; Big Lake 6-5; Buffalo 5-7.
C-I Boys 72, Duluth Denfeld 61
Bluejacket boys hoops got back in the win column by defeating the visiting Hunters Jan. 8. Nate Cox popped for 22 points, with Kyle McDonald (18), Jake Johnson (11) and Matt Swanson (9) aiding the non-conference win.
Mississippi 8 Boys Basketball: Big Lake 5-3 all; Buffalo 5-4; St. Michael-Alb. 6-6; Monticello 4-7; Rogers 4-8; Cambridge-Isanti 3-7.