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. Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:45:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Vaughan and Dragon basketball rolls in NCAA D-II tourney http://isanticountynews.com/2015/03/18/vaughan-and-dragon-basketball-rolls-in-ncaa-d-ii-tourney/ http://isanticountynews.com/2015/03/18/vaughan-and-dragon-basketball-rolls-in-ncaa-d-ii-tourney/#comments Thu, 19 Mar 2015 00:05:13 +0000 http://isanticountynews.com/?p=119774 COLLEGE SPORTS

Braham grad Tyler Vaughan and the Minnesota State-Moorhead men’s basketball team defeated Pittsburg State (Kan.) 80-68 and Central Missouri 71-60 in last weekend’s opening rounds of the NCAA Div. II tournament. The Dragons next take on Northwest Missouri State in the March 17 Central Region championship in Sioux Falls. Vaughan, a junior guard, is averaging 10.8 points/game and 4.1 rebounds with 72 three-pointers and 97 assists while being named to the NSIC All-Tournament team for the Dragons (34-3).

• Cambridge-Isanti grads Clayton Jennissen, Travis Holt and Travis Swanson are teammates on the St. Cloud State wrestling team which won its first NCAA Div. II national championship last weekend in St. Louis. Jennissen is a Huskie captain at 174 lbs., Holt wrestled at 157 lbs., and Swanson wrestled at 141 lbs. this season.

• Cambridge native Jalen Schulz signed a scholarship commitment to the University of Nebraska-Omaha men’s hockey program earlier this winter. Schulz is playing this season for the Tri-City Storm of the USHL which is based in Kearney, Neb. He has 2 goals and 6 assists for the Storm as an assistant captain on defense. UNO is 18-12-6 this season and hoping for a berth in the NCAA tourney after getting swept by St. Cloud State in last weekend’s NCHC playoffs. The Mavericks will move to a new on-campus arena next season.

• Braham grad Rebekah Dahlman finished a strong season for Vanderbilt University women’s basketball and was named to the SEC All-Freshman team as a red-shirt freshman. Dahlman averaged 10.3 points/game while sinking 43 three-pointers for the Commodores to go with 124 rebounds, 54 assists and 36 steals. Vanderbilt was 15-16 this season, finishing with a close loss to Kentucky in the SEC tourney.

• Cambridge Christian grad Peter Maring was a sophomore forward in the University of Northwestern (St. Paul) men’s basketball program this winter. The Eagles (20-10) won the UMAC with a 14-0 record, then they won two NCAA Div. III tournament games before falling to East Texas Baptist University in the March 13 regional round.

• Cambridge-Isanti grad Mark Volker is having another banner year for Hamline University men’s track and field. The Pipers senior cleared 15 1-1/2 feet to repeat as MIAC Indoor champion in the Pole Vault. He was named MIAC Indoor Men’s Field Athlete of the Week for the prior week after clearing 15-5.75 to take first at the Macalester Kilt Classic.

• Cambridge-Isanti grad Matt Swanson is averaging 77.2 strokes per round with a low of 70 as a freshman for the University of South Dakota men’s golf team. The Coyotes tied for first place at the Atchafalaya at Idlewild invite in Louisiana at the end of February.

• Cambridge-Isanti grad Jake Johnson has logged 15.3 innings in three starts as a freshman pitcher on the University of Mary (N.D) baseball squad this spring. Johnson has 14 strikeouts and a 5.40 ERA for the Marauders who play at Minnesota State-Mankato this weekend.

• Catching up from last fall, Braham grads Cory Ambrose and Shawn Hollenkamp were teammates on the Minnesota State-Moorhead football squad. Ambrose had 40 receptions for 486 yards and 7 touchdowns as a junior wide receiver. Hollenkamp finished with 3 receptions for 40 yards as a junior tight end for the Dragons.

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Bomber girls fend off Crusaders in playoffs http://isanticountynews.com/2015/03/11/bomber-girls-fend-off-crusaders-in-playoffs/ http://isanticountynews.com/2015/03/11/bomber-girls-fend-off-crusaders-in-playoffs/#comments Wed, 11 Mar 2015 19:45:58 +0000 http://isanticountynews.com/?p=119565 With just one senior and one junior on board for the playoffs, the Braham girls basketball squad played heady hoops while knocking out St. Cloud Cathedral 66-57 in the opening round of the Section 5AA South tournament March 5.  The win paid back the Crusaders who beat the Bombers by 16 points a month earlier.

A trio of Braham’s young players– l-r) Emily Lindquist, Sierra Giffrow and Taylor Boeck– weren’t afraid to battle for a loose ball during the March 5 playoff scrum at St. Cloud Cathedral. Photos by Greg Hunt

A trio of Braham’s young players– l-r) Emily Lindquist, Sierra Giffrow and Taylor Boeck– weren’t afraid to battle for a loose ball during the March 5 playoff scrum at St. Cloud Cathedral. Photos by Greg Hunt

“We really played better than that first meeting. Tonight, we were ready, we were prepared, and it made a difference,” said Coach Brittany Lakeberg, collecting her first playoff win as Braham head coach. “(Senior) Natalie (Bacon) played really well tonight, stepping up as a leader down the stretch of the season. All of our guards that have had experience bring a lot to the table. They know how to play under pressure, and with our young team that really helps.”

Drives by Angela Bendickson and buckets from Emily Lindquist kept Braham close in the early going at Cathedral. Fouls began piling up on the hosts, and when Sierra Giffrow grabbed an offensive board and fed Amelia Fiedler who knocked down a pair of free throws, surprising Braham was leading 23-15. SCC finished with a burst in the first half to take a 27-26 edge into the break.

Senior Natalie Bacon pulled up for a shot over SCC’s Bristow in the early going of the second half of the playoff victory.

Senior Natalie Bacon pulled up for a shot over SCC’s Bristow in the early going of the second half of the playoff victory.

Lindquist, who went on to lead Braham with 20 points, found just enough openings in the Crusaders’ defense to hit from the outside in the second half. Bacon worked for two quick hoops, and Liz Altendorf (18 points) broke past her defender for either a layup or trip to the line. When Lindquist popped her last three-pointer followed by an Altendorf bucket, the Bombers forged a 56-46 lead with 5:27 to play. The team kept attacking the interior down the final minutes, too.

“There was a lot more focus on driving because we realized they had so many fouls, so we tried to take advantage of that,” said Altendorf. “As such a young team, we have so much more confidence now where we just beat a tall team that was mainly juniors and seniors.”

Bendickson (12), Bacon (6) and Fiedler (4) were next in scoring for the Bombers in the victory.

• On Saturday at St. Michael-Albertville H.S., the Bombers’ season came to a close with a 67-27 loss to 5AA North top seed Annandale. Fiedler hit a pair of three-pointers and led Braham with 10 points. Braund (5), Bacon (4) and Altendorf (4) were next in scoring. Bendickson led on the boards with five rebounds for Braham (16-12).

The Cardinals (21-7) faced No. 2 Foley (22-6) in the 5AA North finals March 10. Watertown-Mayer (21-6) and Providence Academy (17-9) were 5AA South finalists. The section championship will be March 13 at St. Cloud State.

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Bengals muscle past C-I girls for 7AAAA win http://isanticountynews.com/2015/03/11/bengals-muscle-past-c-i-girls-for-7aaaa-win/ http://isanticountynews.com/2015/03/11/bengals-muscle-past-c-i-girls-for-7aaaa-win/#comments Wed, 11 Mar 2015 19:40:19 +0000 http://isanticountynews.com/?p=119561 The Section 7AAAA playoff opener started promising for the Cambridge-Isanti girls, but host Blaine grabbed control before the first half ended and kept cruising to a 77-54 win on the home court March 4. The Bluejackets closed the 2015 season with a 13-14 overall record.

C-I senior Maira Vavra followed the flight of her three-point shot during the March 4 Section 7AAAA game at Blaine.    Left) Senior Lily Porta grabbed a defensive rebound and pushed the ball upcourt against Blaine in the section quarterfinals won by the Bengals. Photos by Greg Hunt

Senior Lily Porta grabbed a defensive rebound and pushed the ball upcourt against Blaine in the section quarterfinals won by the Bengals. Photos by Greg Hunt

The outside shooting of Lauryn Swanson and Maria Vavra pushed the C-I girls out to an early 14-2 lead on the Bengals, seeded No. 2 in the section. Blaine began forcing more Jacket turnovers as the first half wore on, then they tied the score at 17-17 with seven minutes left in the half. Second chances off offensive rebounds and a pair of three-pointers had Blaine taking a lead. When C-I’s Lily Porta spun for a bucket with two seconds left in the half, the score stood 33-27.

The Bengals’ height and strength on the boards took control in the second half, and they spread the ball well with six players scoring nine points or better for the game.

“They were definitely relentless on the boards. We knew that coming in and still didn’t manage to control them like we wanted,” C-I Coach Jody Ledahl said of Blaine.

C-I senior Maira Vavra followed the flight of her three-point shot during the March 4 Section 7AAAA game at Blaine.

C-I senior Maira Vavra followed the flight of her three-point shot during the March 4 Section 7AAAA game at Blaine.

Audra Weigand and ShaRon Miller scored 13 each to lead Blaine. Swanson finished with a game-high 20 points for the Bluejackets, followed by Porta (12), Vavra (5) and Jana Swanson (5). Sydney Larkin and Porta both had six rebounds, and L. Swanson led with four steals.

• In the March 7 section semifinals, Blaine (15-13) kept advancing by defeating No. 3 Anoka 73-59, and top-seed andover (18-10) held off Forest Lake 59-58. The Bengals and Huskies square off March 12 at North Branch for the section championship and Class AAAA State berth.

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C-I’s Hemmelgarn competes against State divers http://isanticountynews.com/2015/03/11/c-is-hemmelgarn-competes-against-state-divers/ http://isanticountynews.com/2015/03/11/c-is-hemmelgarn-competes-against-state-divers/#comments Wed, 11 Mar 2015 19:36:03 +0000 http://isanticountynews.com/?p=119557 Cambridge-Isanti senior Cody Hemmelgarn had the judges and fans’ eyes upon him while he competed on one of his dives at the Class AA State prelims March 5 at the U of M Aquatics Center. This is the third-straight season Hemmelgarn reached State, and he finished placing 27th with a 143.1 points in the opening round. Photo by Kat Ladwig, Forest Lake Times

Cambridge-Isanti senior Cody Hemmelgarn had the judges and fans’ eyes upon him while he competed on one of his dives at the Class AA State prelims March 5 at the U of M Aquatics Center. This is the third-straight season Hemmelgarn reached State, and he finished placing 27th with a 143.1 points in the opening round.
Photo by Kat Ladwig, Forest Lake Times

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Warriors finish with energy at CAL tourney http://isanticountynews.com/2015/03/11/warriors-finish-with-energy-at-cal-tourney/ http://isanticountynews.com/2015/03/11/warriors-finish-with-energy-at-cal-tourney/#comments Wed, 11 Mar 2015 19:32:59 +0000 http://isanticountynews.com/?p=119555 The Cambridge Christian basketball squads traveled to Mankato for last weekend’s Christian Athletic League season-ending tournament. With positive energy seen from both squads, the Warrior girls placed fourth and the boys were consolation champions in the brackets.

The No. 5 seed Cambridge boys opened with a 75-54 loss to No. 4 Coulee Region on March 5. Micah Bonkoski scored 21, Syfah Doble 13 and Ethan Tastsides had nine points against Coulee, with Doble (7) and Bonkoski (6) leading in rebounds.

“I was pleased we played much better against them than we did last time we played them. The fact we played a very consistent game was encouraging,” said CCS Coach Jeff Bonkoski.

The Warriors received a bye into Saturday’s consolation finals and matched up against Faith Foreston who had two close games with CCS in the regular season. Cambridge was up by as many as 18 in the second half and held off a late Saints’ run to win 52-42.

“It was 22-18 at halftime, and we went on a big run to start the second half. Syfah and Araya (Doble) had eight and six second half points, respectively, and Micah went 4-for-4 on the line down the stretch to seal the game. I was very proud of the boys for how strongly they finished the season. It was a very satisfying ending to the year to be able to walk away with the CAL Consolation trophy,” said Coach Bonkoski.

M. Bonkoski led the way with 22 points, 14 rebounds, and four steals while being named to the All-Tourney team. S. Doble had eight points, five rebounds, and seven steals, and Jordan Roble finished with 10 points and five steals for the Warriors.

• The No. 3 seeded Cambridge girls opened the tourney with a 52-33 win over No. 5 Rochester Area (RAHS). Kristin Bergman paced the team with 23 points and 18 rebounds. Jerusalem Solomon added 14 points and five assists, Emily Fridberg nine points and nine boards, and Amelia Cole closed with four points and four steals.

In the second pool game on Friday against No. 2 Immanuel Lutheran, Bergman took a hard foul early and broke her arm, changing the Warriors’ attack.

“We went into halftime down 31-18. Without Kristin, and a couple of my other starters in foul trouble,  I decided to try something totally different in the second half. I put in my quick little seventh graders and did a full court press for an up-tempo game,” described CCS Coach Brian Bergman. ‘They continually chipped away at the lead until we were only down by two with less than a minute to go. We had to foul, and Immanuel was able to make their free throws, so we ended up losing 58-53.  It was one of the most fun halves of basketball I have coached in my 20 years of coaching!”

Senior Fridberg shouldered the scoring with 17 points, followed by Solomon with 15. Seventh graders Sebla Swenson and Emma Pankan added 10 and 6 points. Immanuel went on to win the girls CAL title.

The Warriors took on Faith Foreston in the third-place game on Saturday which was won by the Saints 56-44.

“We struggled at the offensive end of the floor and went into halftime down 28-13. We went with the younger, quicker lineup in the second half again and out-scored the Saints 31 – 28, but it was not enough to win,” said Coach Bergman.

Solomon played a fantastic game, leading all scorers with 26 points and led the team in rebounds, steals and assists. Fridberg added nine points and six rebounds.  Pankan scored four points, and Julia Newton added three points and six rebounds. Swenson also had six rebounds for CCS.

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Bombers drive past Crusaders in 5AA playoffs http://isanticountynews.com/2015/03/06/bombers-drive-past-crusaders-in-5aa-playoffs/ http://isanticountynews.com/2015/03/06/bombers-drive-past-crusaders-in-5aa-playoffs/#comments Fri, 06 Mar 2015 15:57:05 +0000 http://isanticountynews.com/?p=119406 Braham sophomore Lizzie Altendorf pushed the offensive play inside against SC Cathedral, scoring 18 in the 66-57 victory March 5.  Photos by Greg Hunt

Braham sophomore Lizzie Altendorf pushed the offensive play inside against SC Cathedral, scoring 18 in the 66-57 victory March 5. Photos by Greg Hunt

The Braham girls went took an attacking mindset west for the Section 5AA South basketball opener March 5, and their tough attitude had them springing a 66-57 upset on host St. Cloud Cathedral in the Nos. 4 and 5 seed match. The Crusaders defeated the Bombers 64-48 a month earlier in the regular season.

This time, Braham hung with the taller Crusaders in a 27-26 tight first half, not afraid to take it inside as the fouls began accumulating on the hosts. Angela Bendickson scored 10 of Braham’s points in those 18 minutes.

The team kept working to the rim in the second half, with Lizzie Altendorf scoring 18 and Natalie Bacon 6 points inside. Emily Lindquist’s deft outside shooting where she finished with 20 points complemented the inside play greatly.

“We had a lot more focus on driving because we realized that they had so many fouls, so we took advantage of that and tried to drive as much as possible,” said Altendorf.

Freshman Emily Lindquist found a nice shooting groove to create distance from the Crusaders. Lindquist led all scorers with 20 points in the playoff opener.

Freshman Emily Lindquist found a nice shooting groove to create distance from the Crusaders in the second half. Lindquist led all scorers with 20 points in the playoff opener.

The Bombers (16-11) advance to play No. 1 North seed Annandale (20-6) in the 10 a.m. North semifinals on Saturday, March 7 in the St. Michael-Albertville H.S. gym. The Cardinals blew past Spectrum 51-17 Thursday night.

No. 2 Foley (63-49 over Maple Lake) and No. 3 Milaca (55-51 over Mora) are in the other North semis.

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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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