The Isanti County News » Sports http://isanticountynews.com The Isanti County News covers community news, sports, current events and provides advertising and information for the cities of Cambridge, Isanti, and Braham, Minnesota and their surrounding areas. Fri, 06 Mar 2015 01:10:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Blaine stops C-I Girls in playoffs http://isanticountynews.com/2015/03/05/blaine-stops-c-i-girls-in-playoffs/ http://isanticountynews.com/2015/03/05/blaine-stops-c-i-girls-in-playoffs/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:46:13 +0000 http://isanticountynews.com/?p=119360 C-I junior Lauryn Swanson  scored 11 first-half points and closed with 20 in the March 4 section quarters at Blaine.  Photo by Greg Hunt

C-I junior Lauryn Swanson scored 11 first-half points and closed with a team-high 20 in the March 4 section quarters at Blaine. Photo by Greg Hunt

After a slow start, No. 2 seed Blaine caught fire in the second half to defeat No. 7 Cambridge-Isanti 77-54 at home in the March 4 Section 7AAAA quarterfinals. The victory advances the Bengals (14-13) to face No. 3 Anoka (12-15) in Saturday’s semifinals at North Branch.

The other semis will see top-seed Andover (17-10) take on No. 4 Forest Lake (12-15).  Games are at 6 and 8 p.m. March 7.

A Blaine Wednesday evening, the Bluejackets bolted out to a 12-2 lead, with Lauryn Swanson scoring eight of those points. Swanson finished with 20 in the game, and Lily Porta scored 12. Maria Vavra and Jana Swanson added 5 points each for the C-I girls (13-14).

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C-I boys go 1-1 in two tight playoff battles http://isanticountynews.com/2015/03/04/c-i-boys-go-1-1-in-two-tight-playoff-battles/ http://isanticountynews.com/2015/03/04/c-i-boys-go-1-1-in-two-tight-playoff-battles/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 00:14:28 +0000 http://isanticountynews.com/?p=119355 Cambridge-Isanti boys basketball had two very entertaining playoff games within a short span when the Section 7AAAA tournament got under way. The Bluejackets, seeded No. 6, opened with a 52-51 victory at No. 3 Forest Lake on Feb. 26.

C-I senior Nate Cox finished a good cut to score against Andover in the March 3 7AAAA semifinals at North Branch.

C-I senior Nate Cox finished a good cut to score against Andover in the March 3 7AAAA semifinals at North Branch.

Kyle McDonald drove, was fouled and made two free throws with a half-second left on the clock for the winning difference. The Bluejackets led throughout much of the game as they hounded the Rangers with good defense. Collin Terwilliger popped five three-pointers to lead C-I scoring with 15 points. Nate Cox scored 12, Jake Harding nine, and McDonald had seven points and 11 assists.

• The win advanced the Bluejackets to the March 3 semifinals in North Branch against No. 2 Andover. The Huskies, paced by the outside gunning of Nick Eliason (31 points), slipped past the C-I boys 76-69.

The Bluejackets owned the lead throughout much of the first half which had them ahead 35-31 at the break. Cox popped for a couple of ‘3s’ and finished off nice cut plays with good passes from Grant Lillemoen. Jake Harding and Evan Dunbar did a great job at the other end taking charges which slowed the Huskies’ penetration.

Luke Johnson was an early spark in the second when he finished off a three-point play and spun for another bucket. McDonald mixed his long-range bombs with sweet touches off floaters as he traded points in bunches with Eliason. Andover’s Jake McNallan then followed an offensive rebound putback with a ‘3’ and a steal which helped create a 68-61 edge with three minutes to play.

Kyle McDonald scored 30 against the Huskies after hitting the winning FTs against Forest Lake.

Kyle McDonald scored 30 against the Huskies after hitting the winning FTs against Forest Lake.

Andover elected to keep attacking down the final minute to offset the free throws made by C-I. McDonald finished with 19 second-half points and 30 in the game for the Jackets. Cox (14), Terwilliger (10), Johnson (7) and Harding (4) were next in points.

C-I Girls open at Blaine

The Section 7AAAA girls basketball tourney kicks off this week when No. 7 seed Cambridge-Isanti (13-13) will travel to No. 2 Blaine (13-13) for the March 4 quarterfinals (7 p.m.).

A victory would advance the Bluejackets to Saturday’s semifinals in North Branch for an 8 p.m. game against either defending champ No. 3 Anoka (11-15) or No. 6 St. Francis (11-15). Andover (16-10 is the No. 1 seed in the other half of the brackets. The 7AAAA finals will be March 12 back in North Branch.

The Bluejackets split their final two regular season games. Lily Porta scored 26, and the Maria Vavra and Lauryn Swanson both added eight points in a 61-47 loss to North Branch Feb. 24. C-I then defeated Kimball 56-45 Feb. 27 when Porta (19), Vavra (11), L. Swanson (11) and Jana Swanson (10) led the team in scoring.

Mississippi 8 Girls Basketball

FINAL EAST) Princeton 8-5, 18-8; North Branch 7-6, 14-13; Cambridge-Isanti 5-8, 13-13; St. Francis 5-8, 11-15; Chisago Lakes 4-9, 11-16. WEST) St. Michael-Alb. 13-0, 22-3; Rogers 11-2, 19-7; Buffalo 8-5, 15-11; Big Lake 4-9, 9-17; Monticello 0-13, 4-22.

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Irish tip Bombers in matinee thriller http://isanticountynews.com/2015/03/04/irish-tip-bombers-in-matinee-thriller/ http://isanticountynews.com/2015/03/04/irish-tip-bombers-in-matinee-thriller/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 00:07:40 +0000 http://isanticountynews.com/?p=119348 Junior Chris Olson drove hard late in the game and finished with 30 points for Braham. David Stokman (11) countered with 45 points for Maple Lake, including delivering a three-point play with :05 left in OT.  Photos by Greg Hunt

Junior Chris Olson drove hard late in the game and finished with 30 points for Braham. David Stokman (11) countered with 45 points for Maple Lake, including delivering a three-point play with :05 left in OT. Photos by Greg Hunt

Fans who filled the St. Michael-Albertville gym on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 28, were treated to a wild Section 5AA battle between 4th-ranked Braham and 5th-ranked Maple Lake. The  Irish, led by 45 points from David Stokman, advanced with an 85-83 overtime victory.

The game began with both teams attacking the interior, then the three-pointers began falling. Alec Olson and Chris Olson combined for five ‘3s’ for the Bombers which helped keep the team within 36-34 of the Irish at the break.

The game stayed tight until Maple Lake built a 66-56 spread with under three minutes to go. C. Olson and Ryan Larson sliced to the hole at Braham’s end, and quick fouls mixed with just enough free throw misses by the Irish had the Bombers whittling the lead.

R. Larson’s step-back three-pointer moved Braham within 72-71 with :45 left, then the freshman came through again with a ‘3’ with 2.2 seconds left to tie it at 74-74 as the game headed into OT.

Braham's Connor Tschumper scoring inside in OT against the Irish.

Braham’s Connor Tschumper scoring inside in OT against the Irish.

C. Olson hit a ‘3’ and scored seven straight points, then his feed to Connor Tschumper had Braham ahead 83-82. But Stockman’s last move was a three-point play with :05 left, and R. Larson’s long jumper in traffic just grazed off the back iron. C. Olson (30), R. Larson (19), John Larson (17) and A. Olson (10) were Braham’s top scorers.

• The Bombers’ final home game of the season saw them pull away in the second half from No. 6 seed Foley to win 76-47 in the 5AA opener. J. Larson led that night with 22 points, followed by R. Larson (19), C. Olson (16) and Tschumper (11).

• In the 5AA North finals it was defending section champ Annandale getting past Maple Lake 67-51 March 3. The Cardinals (19-10) take on Breck (21-8) in the March 6 championship at SCSU.

 

Ryan Larson (left) pumps it up with Randy Braund after he hit the game-tying three-pointer to send the 5AA game into overtime.

Ryan Larson (left) pumps it up with Randy Braund after he hit the game-tying three-pointer to send the 5AA game into overtime.

Braham Girls open 5AAs against Crusaders

The Bombers were seeded fifth in the North subsection of Section 5AA girls basketball. Braham will travel to No. 4 St. Cloud Cathedral (9-16) for the opening round on Thursday, March 5 (7 p.m.).

The victor will get the 10 a.m. quarterfinal matchup on Saturday against either top-seed Annandale (19-6) or No. 8 Spectrum (7-18) at St. Michael-Albertville H.S. Foley (19-6) and Milaca (14-10) are the North’s Nos. 2 and 3 seeds.

Subsection finals will be March 10 back at STMA (6/8 p.m.). Watertown-Mayer (19-6) is the 5AA South No. 1 seed.

• The Bombers split their final two regular season games. They defeated Aitkin 54-45 at home Feb. 24 then fell at Zimmerman 65-53. Lizzie Altendorf led with 22 against the Thunder, followed by Angela Bendickson (11) and Amelia Fiedler (7).

Great River Girls Basketball

FINAL Rush City 15-1, 18-4; Aitkin 13-3, 18-6; Braham 12-4, 15-11; Isle 9-7, 11-15; East Central 7-9, 11-13; Pine City 6-10, 7-19; Ogilvie 6-10, 8-16; Onamia 3-13, 6-17; Hinckley-Fin. 1-15, 3-21.

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Warriors head to CAL tourney this weekend http://isanticountynews.com/2015/03/04/warriors-head-to-cal-tourney-this-weekend/ http://isanticountynews.com/2015/03/04/warriors-head-to-cal-tourney-this-weekend/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 00:01:48 +0000 http://isanticountynews.com/?p=119342 Jerusalem Solomon ran the point in the Warrior girls Feb. 27 win over Foreston.

Jerusalem Solomon ran the point in the Warrior girls Feb. 27 win over Foreston.

Joining the playoff parade of action  will be the teams of the Christian Athletic League when the season-ending tourney is held in Mankato this week. The Cambridge Christian girls were seeded No. 3 and the Warrior boys are the No. 5 seed for their tourneys hosted by Immanuel Lutheran.

The CAL girls tourney will be split into pool play, with the Warriors opening March 5 against the RAHS Defenders (9:30 a.m.). Next will be Immanuel on March 6 (11:15 a.m., with placing games determined from those outcomes.

The Warrior boys get No. 4 seed Coulee Region for their March 5 opener (6:15 p.m.). A victory will advance them against top-seed St. Cloud Christian for a 6:15 p.m. game on Friday. Games will be held both at Immanuel Lutheran and Mankato East, capped by the championship games on Saturday afternoon.

• It was “Seniors Night” when the Warriors closed the regular season with a double-dip with neighboring Faith Foreston on Friday night at the Cambridge AFRC. The Warrior girls began their game with a large lead before the Saints chipped away to make it 35-28 at the half. Foreston was within 42-36 in the second half when a key bucket by CCS’ Amelia Cole was followed by a three-point play from Kristin Bergman, and the Warriors went on to put away a 59-49 win.

“This was like a playoff game because the outcome affects the seeding for next week’s CAL tourney. This was a great atmosphere, and Foreston beat us the first time we played, so the girls were hungry,” said CCS Coach Brian Bergman. “We’re finally getting healthy again after a tough winter. Our defense came through by holding Foreston’s quick leading scorer to eight points.”

Bergman scored 21, Cole 19 and Emily Fridberg 15 points with their tough inside play to lead the Warriors, and Jerusalem Solomon added five points.

The Warriors' Syfah Doble scored off a fast break against Foreston.

The Warriors’ Syfah Doble scored off a fast break against Foreston.

The Warrior boys reversed an earlier 16-point loss to the Saints by finishing the evening with a 49-47 victory. Foreston was beginning to create a large lead down the final minutes of the first half, but CCS’ Ethan Tastsides hit a couple of big three-pointers to make it 27-21 at the half. Micah Bonkoski added tough play in the second half to finish with a game-high 25 points, with Tastsides scoring nine, Syfah Doble six and Jacob Tschumper five.

CAL Boys Basketball

FINAL: St. Cloud Christian 8-0, 15-1; RAHS 8-1, 17-7; Immanuel Lutheran 4-3, 10-13; Coulee Region 3-3, 13-13; Cambridge Christian 4-6, 7-19; Faith Foreston 2-7, 6-18; Hope Christian 0-9, 0-12.

CAL Girls Basketball

FINAL: Coulee Region 6-1, 9-13; Immanuel Lutheran 5-1, 11-5; Cambridge Christian 6-3, 13-13; Faith Foreston 4-3, 11-9; RAHS 1-7, 9-14; Hope Christian 0-7, 5-8.

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Hemmelgarn makes State Diving return trip http://isanticountynews.com/2015/03/04/hemmelgarn-makes-state-diving-return-trip/ http://isanticountynews.com/2015/03/04/hemmelgarn-makes-state-diving-return-trip/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 23:58:13 +0000 http://isanticountynews.com/?p=119336 Cody Hemmelgarn will compete in his third-straight Class AA Diving meet this week.

Cody Hemmelgarn will compete in his third-straight Class AA Diving meet this week.

Cambridge-Isanti senior Cody Hemmelgarn, coming back from a broken foot early in the season, secured this third-straight State berth with a good day of diving at the Section 7AA Finals last weekend.

At the Northdale M.S. pool in Coon Rapids on Friday, Hemmelgarn was in third place after the first two rounds of diving, then he climbed past Blaine’s Erickson to finish in second place with 363.5 points. Forest Lake’s Taylor won the section title with 421.7 points.

Hemmelgarn will return to the U of M Aquatics Center the evening of March 5 to compete in the Class AA Diving prelims and semis. A good night will advance him to Saturday’s finals back.

The distance events were a swimming strength for Cambridge-Isanti at sections. In the 500 Freestyle on Saturday, Joe Lind placed eighth at 5:23.1, with Alex Heinen placing 13th at 5:31.0. The 200 Freestyle saw Peter Edblad lead the team with a 10th-place time of 1:56.2, followed by Lind (13th, 1:58.1) and Heinen (2:02.8).

C-I seniors Alex Heinen (left) and Peter Edblad caught their breath after racing in the 200 Freestyle. Those two placed 10th and 16th in that event in Saturday’s finals.

C-I seniors Alex Heinen (left) and Peter Edblad caught their breath after racing in the 200 Freestyle. Those two placed 10th and 16th in that event in Saturday’s finals.

C-I’s top relay at sections was the 200 Free of Jared Zacharias, Hemmelgarn, Heinen and Edblad who placed sixth at 1:36.3. The Bluejackets, who finished in eighth place in the team standings, were led in more events by the following:

200 IM– Thomas Cameron (17th, 2:22.3), Zach Toms (25th, 2:31.5); 50 Free– Zacharias (13th, 24.1), Gage Maas (19th, 24.9), Even Lundeen (22nd, 25.2); 100 Butterfly– Justin Bailey (24th, 1:07.8), Toms (27th, 1:12.0);  100 Freestyle– Edblad (11th, 52.6), Maas (19th, 54.9), Lundeen (23rd, 56.9);  100 Backstroke– Collin Perra (13th, 1:02.5), Cameron (14th, 1:02.7), Bailey (23rd, 1:07.2);  100 Breaststroke– Jed Bingham (12th, 1:09.8), Adin Nelson (15th, 1:10.5), and Zacharias (22nd, 1:12.0).

Forest Lake ended Anoka’s eight-year string of winning the Section 7AA title with a 41-point differential  in the final team standings.

Section 7AA Boys Swim/Dive

Forest Lake 433, Anoka 392, Andover 293, Centennial 226, Blaine 226, Champlin Park 193, Duluth East 146, Cambridge-Isanti 138, Coon Rapids 90.

C-I's Jared Zacharias checked his time in the 50 Free sprint. He went on to place 13th at sections in that event.

C-I’s Jared Zacharias checked his time in the 50 Free sprint. He went on to place 13th at sections in that event.

 

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State medal for Bluejackets’ Kent http://isanticountynews.com/2015/03/04/state-medal-for-bluejackets-kent/ http://isanticountynews.com/2015/03/04/state-medal-for-bluejackets-kent/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 23:52:13 +0000 http://isanticountynews.com/?p=119331 Bluejacket senior David Kent (left) ran into Lakeville South’s Dalton Peterson in the 170AAA opener, and the two met again in Saturday’s third-place match. Photo by Jason Olson, ECM Publishing

Bluejacket senior David Kent (left) ran into Lakeville South’s Dalton Peterson in the 170AAA opener, and the two met again in Saturday’s third-place match.
Photo by Jason Olson, ECM Publishing

Cambridge-Isanti’s David Kent ran off three straight wins to come home with a fourth-place medal at last weekend’s State Wrestling Tourney inside the Xcel Center. His individual medal was the 66th won by a Bluejacket at State over the years.

Wrestling in the Class AAA 170 lb. brackets, the Bluejacket senior opened against Lakeville South’s Dalton Peterson on Feb. 27, with the 2nd-ranked Cougar prevailing 11-5. That evening, Kent stayed alive by decisioning Roseville’s Graham 4-2.

On Saturday morning, Kent broke into medal contention when he pinned Maple Grove’s Doe in 2:05. His next match was an 8-4 decision over St. Cloud Tech’s Schroeder which got him to the third-place match late Saturday afternoon. There, he faced Peterson again who won by a 7-0 decision. Kent closed his season with a 31-9 record.

The Bluejackets’ other State entry was junior Monty Frederiksen in the 132 brackets. He began with a tough 3-2 loss to 6th-ranked Brad Osatiuk. On Friday night, Frederiksen closed with a 30-8 record this winter when Willmar’s Walkow stayed alive with a 5-4 decision.

C-I junior Monty Frederiksen worked to get away from Maple Grove’s Osatiuk in his 132AAA opening match. Photo by John Sherman, ECM Publishing

C-I junior Monty Frederiksen worked to get away from Maple Grove’s Osatiuk in his 132AAA opening match.
Photo by John Sherman, ECM Publishing

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State Wrestling medal and basketball nail-biters http://isanticountynews.com/2015/03/02/state-wrestling-medal-and-basketball-nail-biters/ http://isanticountynews.com/2015/03/02/state-wrestling-medal-and-basketball-nail-biters/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 21:30:48 +0000 http://isanticountynews.com/?p=119265 WINTER PLAYOFF UPDATES – Cambridge-Isanti senior David Kent came home with a 4th-place medal from last weekend’s State Wrestling tournament. Kent went 3-2 in the Class AAA 170 lb. brackets, getting a pin and two decisions in his match victories.  Teammate Monty Frederiksen had an 0-2 showing at State.

Kyle McDonald sends the go-ahead free throw to the hoop in the quarterfinal win at Forest Lake.  Photo submitted

Kyle McDonald sends the go-ahead free throw to the hoop in the quarterfinal win at Forest Lake. Photo submitted

BLUEJACKET BOYS HOOPS WINS AT LINE

Cambridge-Isanti, seeded No. 6 for the Section 7AAAA playoffs, knocked off No. 3 Forest Lake 52-51 in the Feb. 26 quarterfinals. Kyle McDonald sunk a pair of free throws with 0.5 seconds left, and the Rangers’ final shot from the baseline bounced off the front rim. Collin Terwilliger hit five three-pointers to lead C-I with 15 points.

The Bluejackets (14-13) will next face No. 2 Andover (15-12) in the Tuesday, March 3 semifinals at North Branch in the 8 p.m. game. The first semis will have No. 1 seed St. Francis (19-8) taking on No. 5 Duluth East (15-12). The 7AAA championship will then be held March 6 back at North Branch.

 

BOMBER BOYS FALL TO MAPLE LAKE IN OT

Braham freshman Ryan Larson dropped in two late three-pointers to forge a tie in regulation, but it was Maple Lake advancing in the Section 7AA boys basketball playoffs with an 85-83. Pacing the Irish attack David Stokman who scored 45 points, including the final two free throws with :05 remaining in OT to seal it.

Ryan Larson hit two key three-pointers in regulation against Maple Lake Feb. 28.  Photo by Greg Hunt

Ryan Larson hit two key three-pointers in regulation against Maple Lake Feb. 28. Photo by Greg Hunt

The No. 2 seed Irish (26-1, ranked 5th in Class AA) will take on No. 4 Annandale (18-10) in the Section 5AA North Subsection finals March 3 at St. Michael-Albertville. Alive in the other bracket half are South top-seed Breck (20-8) and Providence Academy (16-11).  Braham finished the season with a 24-3 record).

 

C-I GIRLS B-BALL PLAYOFFS

The Cambridge-Isanti girls were seeded No. 7 for the Section 7AAAA playoffs. The Bluejackets travel to No. 2 Blaine for the Wednesday, March 4 quarterfinals (7 p.m.). Andover is the No. 1 seed in that half of the brackets.

 

BRAHAM GIRLS B-BALL PLAYOFFS

The Braham girls got the No. 5 seed in the Section 5AA North, sending them to No. 4 St. Cloud Cathedral for a 7 p.m. game on Thursday, March 5 when their 2015 playoffs begin. The Crusaders (9-16) clipped the Bombers (15-10) in their regular-season meeting back on Feb. 7. Annandale (19-6) is the top seed in the 5AA North and a likely second-round foe when the tournament continues March 7 at St. Michael-Albertville H.S.
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Bombers, Bluejackets win playoff openers http://isanticountynews.com/2015/02/27/bombers-bluejackets-win-playoff-openers/ http://isanticountynews.com/2015/02/27/bombers-bluejackets-win-playoff-openers/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:55:47 +0000 http://isanticountynews.com/?p=119215 BASKETBALL UPDATES:  Braham, seeded No. 3 in the Section 5AA North, opened the 2015 boys basketball playoffs by downing No 6 Foley 76-47 at home Feb. 26. The Bombers will have a hard battle in the next round as they take on No. 2 seed Maple Lake on Saturday, Feb. 28 (3 p.m.) at the St. Michael-Albertville gym. The Irish knocked off Mora 75-42 Thursday night.

More winners in the 5AA North were top-seed St. Cloud Cathedral (79-42 over Spectrum) and No. 4 Annandale (68-57 over Milaca).

C-I BOYS BEAT RANGERS

With a solid shooting night from the arc, No. 6 seed Cambridge-Isanti defeated No. 3 Forest Lake 52-51 in when the Section 7AAAA boys basketball quarterfinals were played Feb. 26. Nate Cox scored 14 for the Bluejackets, with Collin Terwilliger scoring 12, Kyle McDonald 10 and Jake Harding 9.

The Bluejackets advance to the Tuesday, March 3 section semifinals, with an 8 p.m. game against No. 2 seed Andover at the North Branch gym. The 6 p.m. semis will see No. 1 seed & defending champ St. Francis against No. 5 Duluth East. The Saints beat Coon Rapids 92-62, and the Greyhounds worked past Blaine 60-53 in their quarterfinal wins.

BRAHAM GIRLS SEEDED NO. 5 IN 5AA

The Braham girls basketball squad (15-10) was seeded in the No. 5 slot for next week’s Section 5AA North tournament. The Bombers will open at No. 4 St. Cloud Cathedral (9-16) at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 5.

The winner moves on to the March 7 North semifinals at STMA against either No. 1 seed Annandale (19-6) or No. 8 Spectrum (7-18). In the other bracket half, Foley (19-6) is the No. 2 and Milaca (14-10) is the No. 3 seed.

The 5AA South top seeds are Watertown-Mayer (19-6), Providence Academy (14-9) and Minneapolis Patrick Henry (14-12).

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State wrestling berths for two Bluejackets http://isanticountynews.com/2015/02/25/state-wrestling-berths-for-two-bluejackets/ http://isanticountynews.com/2015/02/25/state-wrestling-berths-for-two-bluejackets/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:59:22 +0000 http://isanticountynews.com/?p=119116 Cambridge-Isanti’s David Kent and Monty Frederiksen took the long routes by working through True Second matches at sections, but the extra labor paid off for both Bluejackets with a ticket punched to this week’s State Wrestling Individuals tourney on the Xcel Center floor.

Bluejacket senior David Kent battled well against St. Michael’s Ronsen before the Knight won 3-2 in the Section 7AAA 170 lb. finals. But Kent got his return trip to State by defeating St. Francis’ Kirpach 9-1 in the True Second match Feb. 21 at CIHS (above).   Photos by Greg Hunt

Bluejacket senior David Kent battled well against St. Michael’s Ronsen before the Knight won 3-2 in the Section 7AAA 170 lb. finals. But Kent got his return trip to State by defeating St. Francis’ Kirpach 9-1 in the True Second match Feb. 21 at CIHS (above). Photos by Greg Hunt

The Bluejackets hosted the high-energy Section 7AAA Individuals Feb. 20-21 and finished with 11 members placing in the top six of their weights. Kent, a senior captain, opened the 170 lb. tourney with a pin, then he also stuck Forest Lake’s Norem in the semifinals. The championship match pitted 4th-ranked Kent against St. Michael-Albertville’s 3rd-ranked Evan Ronsen who led in the face-to-face season series 2-1.

Ronsen got in a takedown with a double-leg early in the first period which was essentially the difference in the 3-2 final score. After getting an escape in the third, Kent was the aggressor to the finish.

“This was our fourth meeting of the year. He’s got a strong power double, so I knew I had do my best to keep my hands down so he couldn’t get in on my legs,” said Kent.   “So my whole approach was to keep a low stance, keep my head in the way, work my set-ups, set up angles.”

The 170 True Second battle for State matched Kent with St. Francis’ Cole Kirpach. The Bluejacket used a power lift for a takedown and tilted Kirpach for a three-point nearfall for a quick 5-0 lead. A reverse in the second was followed by a good fight off of a throw attempt in the third which Kent turned into one last takedown for a 9-1 victory.

“I knew if I wrestled smartly, stayed aggressive, I would get him,” said Kent. “I’m very excited to get back to State. It’s kind of like the whole thing I’ve been building up over my wrestling career. I’ve been wrestling since I was three (years old), and it’s just nice to make that goal of reaching State– knowing all the work I put in has paid off.”

At 132, Frederiksen began his tourney with a 16-1 tech fall and a 12-9 decision over Andover’s Board in the semis. He then scrummed with Jarod Julkowski through three periods and three overtime sessions before the Cardinal won 2-1 in the finals.

Taking on the Saints’ Mason Hall in the True Second, Frederiksen rallied back from an early 2-0 deficit by wrapping up Hall for a takedown with 10 seconds left in the first period for a 3-2 edge. His escape in the second stood up as the winning point after he fought through the third period to win 4-3.

C-I junior Monty Frederiksen held for a tough 4-3 decision over the Saints’ Hall in the 132 True Second match.

C-I junior Monty Frederiksen held for a tough 4-3 decision over the Saints’ Hall in the Section 7AAA 132 True Second match in the home gym Feb. 21.

“I knew I could beat him– had to go out there and wrestle my best. He’s a really good leg rider, so I had to watch out for his legs. Worked on that a lot in the match, along with scrambling well against him,” said Frederiksen about the True Second battle. On making State after close calls in recent seasons, he added, “It means a lot. Definitely a special feeling– really kind of an unexplainable feeling because you want to do this for years, and finally to make it. This is such a tough section to get through.”

At 106, Tate Torgerson (31-8 on season) went 3-1 to place third for the Jackets, taking his last match 5-2. At 195, Jake Olson (22-14) also reached the third-place match which was won 6-3 by Anoka’s Vaillant. At 126, James Brown (10-12) added a fourth place after the Saints’ Wasche held for a 5-2 decision in the third-place bout.

Placing fifth for C-I were Ryan Droubie at 113 (6-5), Casey Schlickenmayer at 120 (18-21), senior Caleb Brennan at 152 (28-13) and senior Mike Seafolk at 220 (27-12). Adding sixth places were Luke Rambow at 160 (8-15) and Drake Frikken at 182 (27-13).

State Outlook

For his second State tourney, Kent (28-7) has a rugged 170 opening match when he drew 2nd-ranked Dalton Peterson of Lakeville South (35-3). A win would send him to the quarterfinals against either 6th-ranked Avery Garski of Minnetonka (33-5) or 8th-ranked Tyler Graham of Roseville (34-6).

Frederiksen (30-6) will open 132 State against 6th-ranked Brad Osatruk of Maple Grove (38-4). The quarterfinal foe  would be either 9th-ranked Logan Walkow of Willmar (30-12) or 10th-ranked Dylan Sogge of Prior Lake (23-7).

Class AAA Individuals begin at 9 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 27 at the Xcel, with quarterfinals at 4:30 p.m. and wrestlebacks at 7:30 that night. Wrestling in consolation brackets resumes at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. Third and fifth-place matches will be start at 4:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon, and the championship matches begin at 7 p.m.

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Boys basketball playoffs open this week http://isanticountynews.com/2015/02/25/boys-basketball-playoffs-open-this-week/ http://isanticountynews.com/2015/02/25/boys-basketball-playoffs-open-this-week/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:55:46 +0000 http://isanticountynews.com/?p=119114 BASKETBALL UPDATES:  The Braham boys will challenge the tough Section 5AA field for the second year when the basketball playoffs begin this week. The Bombers (24-2) were seeded No. 3 in the 5AA North, earning them a Feb. 26 home game against No. 6 Foley (6-20) for the opener.

A win that night would advance Braham to the 3 p.m. sub semifinal game on Saturday, Feb. 28 against either the formidable No. 2 seed Maple Lake Irish (24-1) or No. 7 Mora (5-21) at St. Michael-Albertville H.S. St. Cloud Cathedral (22-4) is the top-seed in the 5AA North, and defending champ Annandale (16-10) is the No. 4.

The North Subsection finals will be the 6 p.m. game on March 3 back at St. Michael, with the South finals to follow. Breck (18-8) is the top seed in the South, with Watertown-Mayer No. 2 (18-8) and Providence Academy (17-9) in the No. 3 slot.

The Bombers closed the regular season with a wild 78-75 win at Pierz Feb. 23, paying back an earlier loss to the Pioneers. Braham held a 10-point throughout much of the game until Pierz got close down the stretch. A big bucket from John Larson (26 points) and two final free throws from Chris Olson (27 points) sealed it. Ryan Larson added 13 points, and J. Larson doubled up with 10 boards.

Back on Feb. 17, the Bombers gave Barnum its first loss of the year with a 67-52 effort. R. Larson scored 26 to go with eight assists; J. Larson scored 15 and Olson 13.

Great River Boys Basketball FINAL: Braham 16-0, 24-2; Pine City 14-2, 19-7; Hinckley-Fin. 12-4, 14-10; Rush City 10-6, 11-10; East Central 7-9, 9-14; Aitkin 5-11, 6-20; Isle 4-12, 7-19; Onamia 2-14, 4-19; Ogilvie 2-14, 3-19.

 

Jacket Boys No. 6 in 7AAAA

The Section 7AAAA boys hoops playoffs get rolling this week with quarterfinal battles. Cambridge-Isanti (13-13) was seeded No. 6 which sends the team to No. 3 Forest Lake (11-15) for the Feb. 26 opener. A victory will land the Bluejackets in the late semifinals on Tuesday, March 3 against either No. 2 Andover (14-12) or No. 7 Anoka (3-23) in the North Branch gym.

St. Francis (18-8) is the top seed in the other bracket half, with Blaine (11-15) and Duluth East (14-12) in the Nos. 4 and 5 spots. The finals will be March 6 back at North Branch.

The Bluejackets closed the regular season with a thrilling 57-55 win at Buffalo in the Mississippi 8 crossover game Feb. 20. Collin Terwilliger (16 points) hit a game-winning shot from the corner at the buzzer to win the game. Kyle McDonald’s 18 points gave him 1,400 for his C-I career. Nate Cox popped for 10 points in the victory.

Mississippi 8 Boys Basketball FINAL: EAST) St. Francis 11-3, 18-8; Chisago Lakes 9-5, 18-8; Cambridge-Isanti 7-7, 13-13; North Branch 3-11, 7-19; Princeton 2-12, 5-21.  WEST) St. Michael-Alb. 12-2, 21-5 all; Rogers 10-4, 17-9; Buffalo 7-7, 12-14; Monticello 6-8, 15-11; Big Lake 2-12, 3-22.

 

C-I Girls fall to ’Cats

Lily Porta scored 18, Brooke Olson 14 and Maria Vavra had 10 points in a 68-50 Cambridge-Isanti girls hoops’ loss to Chisago Lakes Feb. 17. The Bluejackets will close the regular season with a Mississippi 8 crossover home game on Friday.

The Section 7AAAA playoffs will follow with the March 4 quarterfinals. It’s looking like the Bluejackets could be seeded somewhere between the Nos. 4 and 6 slots

Mississippi 8 Girls Basketball EAST) Princeton 8-5, 17-8; North Branch 6-6, 12-12; Cambridge-Isanti 5-7, 12-12; Chisago Lakes 4-8, 10-14; St. Francis 4-7, 9-15. WEST) St. Michael-Alb. 12-0, 21-3 all; Rogers 10-2, 17-7; Buffalo 8-5, 15-10; Big Lake 4-8, 9-16; Monticello 0-12, 4-20.

 

Braham Girls beat Jags

Braham girls basketball picked up a 62-48 road win over Hinckley-Finlayson Feb. 20. The Bombers’ final tune-up before the March 5 section playoff opener will be at Zimmerman Feb. 26.

Great River Girls Basketball Rush City 14-1, 17-3; Aitkin 13-2, 18-6; Braham 11-4, 14-10; Isle 7-7, 8-14; East Central 7-9, 11-12; Pine City 6-8, 7-17; Ogilvie 6-9, 7-15; Onamia 3-12, 6-15; Hinckley-Fin. 0-15, 1-20.

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