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. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:07:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Minneota muscles past Bombers in State semis http://isanticountynews.com/2014/11/17/minneota-muscles-past-bombers-in-state-semis/ http://isanticountynews.com/2014/11/17/minneota-muscles-past-bombers-in-state-semis/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 16:12:45 +0000 http://isanticountynews.com/?p=116789 Junior Garrett Hennen scored the fourth of his touchdowns against Braham on this run. Hennen led the Vikings with 170 yards on 19 carries on Prior Lake's new turf field.  Photos by Greg Hunt

Junior Garrett Hennen scored the fourth of his touchdowns against Braham on this run. Hennen led the Vikings with 170 yards on 19 carries on Prior Lake’s new turf field. Photos by Greg Hunt

Minneota will be gunning for a fifth State championship after hammering Braham 52-14 in the Nov. 15 Class A semifinals held on Prior Lake’s turf in winter conditions. The Vikings (12-0) will take on Little Sioux Conference partner Dawson-Boyd (12-1) in the 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 22 title game at TCF Bank Stadium. Minneota defeated the Blackjacks 33-21 in the regular season battle between the teams.

Against Braham in the semis, Minneota bolted to a 21-0 lead after one quarter and extended the advantage to 45-0 by halftime. The Vikings used their size and speed to finish with a 502-170 differential in total yards as Braham ended its season with a 10-1 overall mark.

Braham broke up the shutout with 6:47 remaining in the game when John Larson ran it in from 12-yards out. Larson connected with Quinn Richmond on an 12-yard TD pass for the final score of the game two minutes later.

Senior Cole Hennen had 99 receiving yards and 33 rushing yards for Minneota in the Nov. 15 victory.

Senior Cole Hennen had 99 receiving yards and 33 rushing yards for Minneota in the Nov. 15 victory.

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C-I diver Leibel returns to State http://isanticountynews.com/2014/11/12/c-i-diver-leibel-returns-to-state/ http://isanticountynews.com/2014/11/12/c-i-diver-leibel-returns-to-state/#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 17:24:13 +0000 http://isanticountynews.com/?p=116715 Bluejacket senior diver Maria Leibel pictured with diving coach Diane Solbrack after she placed 4th at sections to reach State.  Photo submitted

Bluejacket senior diver Maria Leibel pictured with diving coach Diane Solbrack after she placed 4th at sections to reach State. Photo submitted

Stretching the Cambridge-Isanti Fall 2014 season into one more snowy week, senior Maria Leibel qualified for the Class AA diving competition with a strong showing at last weekend’s Section 7AA gathering in Coon Rapids.

Leibel held down the fourth-place position among the tough 7AA divers from the preliminary round, through semis and the final round on Nov. 7 at the Northdale M.S. pool. She finished with 390.7 points over the 11-dive sequence to lock in a second State berth after she also qualified her sophomore season.

Blaine’s Abigail Egolf-Jensen won the 7AA diving title with a section-record 471.8 points. Bluejacket senior Michaela Pasch was 10th in diving with 315.5 points, and freshman Sydney Crocker was 14th at 301.3.

Leibel will next compete in the Nov. 12 Class AA diving prelims at the U of M Aquatics Center (6 p.m.). Finalist divers will return for the Nov. 14 portion of the meet.

• Overall, the Bluejackets closed in eighth place behind section champ Anoka. Swimming highlights for the C-I girls were the following:

• Senior Brooke Olson competed in the 100 Backstroke event only once during the regular season but had an incredible race at sections with a time of 1:03.54, and earned 4th place. Brooke also swam the 50 Freestyle with time of 26.24 and earned 6th place.

C-I's Brooke Olson

C-I’s Brooke Olson

• Senior Maria Vavra also swam the 50 Free with a time of 27.42 and earned 14th place. She led the Jackets with a 17th-place time of 1:08.5 in the 100 Butterfly.

• Senior Megan Scheiller swam the 100 Breaststroke and earned 13th place at 1:18.37.

• The Bluejacket 200 Medley Relay of Olson, Scheiller, Sadie Baxter and Vavra finished in 5th place at 1:59.57.

• The 200 Free Relay of Olson, Crocker, Lia Zagars and  Vavra earned 7th place at 1:49.24.

• The 400 Free Relay of Tristen Dooley, Sydney Manke, Addie Smrekar and Zagars earned 8th place at 4:08.31.

• Hannah Beaufeaux had the team’s low time in the 200 Freestyle at 2:15.2.

• Manke’s 1:02.7 mark was C-I’s fastest time in the 100 Free.

Section 7AA Swim & Dive Finals

Anoka 420, Andover 332, Blaine 328, Forest Lack 280, Duluth East 249, Champlin Park 219, Coon Rapids 138, Cambridge-Isanti 134.

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Bombers keep rolling into State semis http://isanticountynews.com/2014/11/10/bombers-keep-rolling-into-state-semis/ http://isanticountynews.com/2014/11/10/bombers-keep-rolling-into-state-semis/#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 22:23:39 +0000 http://isanticountynews.com/?p=116677 Braham QB John Larson broke off two long scoring runs at the end of the second quarter and first play of the third quarter against Upsala-Swanville Nov. 8.  Photos by Greg Hunt

Braham QB John Larson broke off two long scoring runs at the end of the second quarter and first play of the third quarter against Upsala-Swanville Nov. 8. Photos by Greg Hunt

NOV. 15 GAME MOVE TO PRIOR LAKE:  Braham stormed out to a 24-0 lead at halftime, then held on during a wild second-half shootout to defeat Upsala-Swanville Area 44-28 in the Class A football quarterfinals Nov. 8 on Brainerd’s new Adamson Field.

The victory sends the 9th-ranked Bombers into the Nov. 15 semifinal match against 3rd-ranked Minneota– game time is 3 p.m. at Prior Lake H.S. (changed from original schedule). The Vikings bring a strong football tradition into their 11th State tourney which includes four State titles and a runner-up finish in Class AA last autumn.

Against USA, the Bombers broke a scoreless scrum 2:23 into the second quarter on John Larson’s short TD toss to Quinn Richmond. Randy Braund recovered the squib kick and he scored the next TD on 2-yard run. With less than a minute left in the half, Larson broke off a 60-yard scoring sprint for the 24-0 edge.

Larson began the second half with a mirror of that play when his 67-yard run quickly made it 30-0. The Patriots came to life with two touchdown receptions in a row to get their fans cheering again. But Braham’s Braund took a key 3rd-down screen pass for 87 yards before the third quarter ended to rebuild a 36-16 lead. Noah Bone added the Bombers’ final TD on a five-yard scoring catch from Larson.

Ryan Reising  stopped a promising Patriot drive with an interception in the flats.

Ryan Reising stopped a promising Patriot drive with an interception in the flats.

Shawn Huckbody (65) and Cody Carlson team for a sack of the Patriot QB when the Braham defensive line had an impressive State quarterfinal showing.

Shawn Huckbody (65) and Cody Carlson team for a sack of the Patriot QB when the Braham defensive line had an impressive State quarterfinal showing.

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Jackets at State: Eagan wins opener 3-0 http://isanticountynews.com/2014/11/07/jackets-at-state-eagan-wins-opener-3-0/ http://isanticountynews.com/2014/11/07/jackets-at-state-eagan-wins-opener-3-0/#comments Fri, 07 Nov 2014 15:50:45 +0000 http://isanticountynews.com/?p=116653 Claire Sheehan ripped the first Bluejacket volleyball kill at State in the Nov. 6 opener against Eagan.  Photos by Greg Hunt

Claire Sheehan ripped the first Bluejacket volleyball kill at State in the Nov. 6 opener against Eagan. Photos by Greg Hunt

Eagan returned several players from last year’s Class AAA volleyball championship, and the Wildcats showed their “big show” experience with a 25-12, 25-21, 25-22 win over Cambridge-Isanti in the Nov. 6 quarterfinals on the Xcel Center floor. The Bluejackets, making their first-ever State trip, will next play Rochester Mayo in the 11 a.m. consolation semifinals on Nov. 7 back at the Xcel.

Leading Cambridge-Isanti in stats categories against the Wildcats:  Kills) Claire Sheehan 12, Greta Holt 5.  Assists) Sydney Larkin 30.  Blocks) Chloey Sheehan 2.  Digs) Claire Sheehan 15, Korbyn Felde 11, Shelby Sjodin 8, Sydney Larkin 7, Elle Larkin 7.

No. 3 seed Eagan faces No. 2 Eden Prairie in the Nov. 7 semifinals. In the other semis its’s No. 1 Chaska against No. 4 Roseville.

Saturday’s Class AAA schedule at the Xcel:  Consolation Finals 9 a.m. – Third-place match 3 p.m.  Championship 5 p.m.

Eagan's tall line put up 17 blocks against the Jacket hitters in the AAA quarterfinals.

Eagan’s tall line put up 17 blocks against the Jacket hitters in the AAA quarterfinals.

Super fans chasing the Jackets at the State volleyball tourney (above and below).

Super fans chasing the Jackets at the State volleyball tourney (above and below).

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First State berth for Bluejacket Volleyball http://isanticountynews.com/2014/11/05/first-state-berth-for-bluejacket-volleyball/ http://isanticountynews.com/2014/11/05/first-state-berth-for-bluejacket-volleyball/#comments Wed, 05 Nov 2014 18:09:05 +0000 http://isanticountynews.com/?p=116565 Claire Sheehan attacked the Vikings with 39 kills in the Nov. 1 section finals.  Photos by Greg Hunt

Claire Sheehan attacked the Vikings with 39 kills in the Nov. 1 section finals. Photos by Greg Hunt

FULL STORY W/ CLASS AAA OUTLOOK:  Match point looked pretty familiar to Cambridge-Isanti volleyball fans. A strong Sydney Larkin serve kept the foes off-balance, allowing the Jacket offense to get in the groove. A good pass back to Larkin had her, in turn, finding Claire Sheehan with a good set. The booming spike found the floor.

But this single point ignited a huge celebration since a mighty big goal was realized: the Bluejackets were on their way to State. The roller-coaster ride that was the Section 7AAA championship Nov. 1 on the Chisago Lakes court ended with Cambridge-Isanti rallying past North Branch 25-17, 20-25, 26-28, 25-19, 15-10.

Coach Vicki Courts replayed the huddle talk after Set 3: “I just told them to keep working hard to get us to that fifth set. I said, ‘North Branch doesn’t want to be done. We’re fighting for a chance to be alive on Monday. You’ve got to find it. You’ve got to relax. You’ve got to figure it out.’”

“And then when we got to that fifth set, I said, ‘We’re real good to 15. We’ve been real good to 15 tonight. And so this is in our favor. Embrace it, and get out there and make it happen. We did it! I’m so glad.”

“This is so wonderful, making State. This is my ninth year as head coach, and I’ve thought about it and thought about it and thought about it. I’ve worked for this all those nine years, and it’s so, so special. And I couldn’t be happier for the school and the community, and all these kids,” as she looked out on the mob hug taking place on the floor.

Sydney Larkin dialed in the Jacket offense with 55 set assists in the championship.

Sydney Larkin dialed in the Jacket offense with 55 set assists in the championship.

The Saturday night match began with a fairly easy C-I win in the opener– the team’s seventh-straight set won in the playoffs. Kills from Sheehan, Greta Holt, Korbyn Felde and Mackenzie Torgerson pushed the Jackets out to an 11-5 lead which was never threatened. It looked like an early night was in store when the Jackets bolted out to a 10-3 lead in Set 2, then the Vikings got it together.

Courtney Selbitschka, Maddy Kunshier and Katy Trunk stacked up kills as North Branch forged a tie at 19-19, then Selbitschka served in two aces in her points string for the win. Set 3 mirrored that pace when the Jackets were out to a 17-10 lead, but again the Vikings fought back to force the extra points. Selbitschka’s ace made it 27-26, and tall Kelsey Allaman ripped the next kill to have her team sitting pretty at 2-1 in sets.

“We knew that we were a better team because we beat them earlier in the season,” said Claire Sheehan. “We just didn’t play our game in those two sets we lost– just nervous and everything. We told ourselves to be calm and play our game, and we know that we can do it.”

Solid serving from Felde and Torgerson (two aces between them) pushed the Jackets ahead 8-1 in Set 4. More Sheehan kills and two Holt quick-hitters made it 13-7, then Sheehan worked the back corner again for set point.

Chloey Sheehan challenging the North Branch blocking line with a spike in Set 4.

Chloey Sheehan challenging the North Branch blocking line with a spike in Set 4.

We just had to keep the hits more to the line on this team because they block the crosses all the time,” she said. Even though the defensive player is there, we just moved our shots in a little from the line, then we’ll get a kill.”

In the pivotal Set 5, Sheehan knocked down the team’s first three points, and Chloey Sheehan beat the block to make it 5-4. Felde then mixed an knuckling ace amid three straight points-off-serve to create distance at 10-8. Torgerson and Elle Larkin’s back row saves were key in Claire ripping the last five points needed for the State trip.

“It feels really good because we worked our butts off every day in practice, and here we are,” said Chloey Sheehan. Last year during this time we lost, so we came back with the goal to win sections, and now we’ve got it! We just had to get up there to the net, get feisty and nail it down!”

Added Felde as the celebration continued on the gym floor, “We were just really determined tonight because we did not want to lose again. Ever since that last ball dropped in Elk River (in last year’s section finals), that was our team goal. And we have these little goal sheets, so on Monday we can cross off ‘Go to State.’ I think it’s going to be so cool at the Xcel.”

  Jacket stats vs. North Branch: Kills) Cla. Sheehan 39, Holt 10, Felde 6, Torgerson 3, Chlo. Sheehan 3, S. Larkin 1.  Assists) S. Larkin 55, Cl. Sheehan 3, Felde 1.  Digs) Felde 28, Cl. Sheehan 20, E. Larkin 13, S. Larkin 13, Torgerson 12, Sjodin 9, A. Glotzbach 7, Chlo. Sheehan 5.  Blocks) Holt 3, Cl. Sheehan 3, Torgerson 1.

Semis win over F. Lake

In their final home match Oct. 22, Cambridge-Isanti defeated a no-quit Forest Lake team 25-11, 26-24, 25-20 in the 7AAA semifinals.

“We were really excited to take the court tonight, the last time we seniors play here at home,” said Sydney Larkin. “We were pretty focussed the whole week at practice, and we came in with a lot of intensity tonight.”

Shelby Sjodin and the C-I back row of defense moved well against the strong hitters from North Branch.

Shelby Sjodin and the C-I back row of defense moved well against the strong hitters from North Branch.

Claire’s early rips, combined with Torgerson blocks, had the Jackets up early in Set 1. S. Larkin served in five straight points, then she made a hustling running save which culminated in a Chloey Sheehan block for point as C-I was in control at 18-11.

The Jackets gave away a nine-point lead in Set 2 when the Rangers rallied with an 11-1 run to tie things at 23-23. A Felde kill, a missed FL serve and a Claire Sheehan kill down the line finished off the win.

Holt and Felde put up points in the early going of the tight Set 3, including Holt finishing off a perfect backset from S. Larkin to knot it at 12-12. Felde’s kills worked the Jackets ahead, then Claire got three chances to pound down a spike to make it 22-20. Torgerson served in the final three points needed to send the Jackets to Saturday night’s finals.

“We just really tried to work defending the outside hitters because we knew they were going to come strong, especially their tips,” said Holt. “We just needed to be on our toes and be able to turn and pass real well. That wins the game– serving and passing.”

During the match, it was announced that the Bluejackets’ Vicki Courts was selected as the Section 7AAA Coach of the Year.

“Vicki has been working with me since I was, like, a sixth-grader, working with me in the winter and off-seasons. Then I started playing for her when I was an eighth-grader, so this is my fifth year with her,” explained S. Larkin. “I don’t know…she is just the most amazing person I know. She’s definitely my role model. Every day she came in and got us focussed. We’ve gone through the drills. She comes with a good attitude every day to make sure we get better. She’s really about making the team better, and that’s really great.”

Jacket stats vs. Forest Lake: Kills) Cla. Sheehan 28, Felde 6, Holt 5, Chlo. Sheehan 2.  Assists) S. Larkin 31, Sjodin 2.  Digs) S. Larkin 16, Cl. Sheehan 15, E.Larkin 13, Felde 11, Torgerson 6, A. Glotzbach 5, Sjodin 5.  Blocks) Cl. Sheehan 2.

Class AAA tourney

The Bluejackets (27-4) will open State against defending AAA champ and No. 3 seed Eagan (24-5) in the 11 a.m. quarterfinals Nov. 6 at the Xcel Energy Center. A win will send C-I to the 11 a.m. semifinals on Nov. 7 against either No. 2 seed Eden Prairie (27-3) or Rochester Mayo (26-3). The finals will be 5 p.m. Saturday night.

In the other bracket half, top-seed Chaska (27-3) opens against Bemidji (19-11), and No. 4 Roseville (25-4) gets No. 5 Champlin Park (24-7). Consolations will be 9 and 11 a.m. Nov. 7, with the consolation finals at 9 a.m. on Saturday.

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Shutout sends Bombers back to State http://isanticountynews.com/2014/11/05/shutout-sends-bombers-back-to-state/ http://isanticountynews.com/2014/11/05/shutout-sends-bombers-back-to-state/#comments Wed, 05 Nov 2014 17:51:44 +0000 http://isanticountynews.com/?p=116554 Randy Braund (5) hitting and spinning his way into end zone for Bomber's first TD against Eagles Oct. 30.  Photos by Greg Hunt

Randy Braund (5) hitting and spinning his way into end zone for Bomber’s first TD against Eagles Oct. 30. Photos by Greg Hunt

FULL STORY W/CLASS A OUTLOOK:   On the drive into Duluth the afternoon of Oct. 30, a vibrant rainbow was visible over the St. Lawrence River mouth. The Braham football squad earned the pot o’ gold at the other end of that arc by shutting out East Central 36-0 in the Section 7A championship.

“This is one of the best feelings in the world, being out here and defending our section championship,” said senior co-captain Randy Braund. “We came in just playing hard– not, like, expecting to win– and I think it showed out on the field.”

Braham went with the stiff wind to start the game, but the offense stuck to the ground on its opening possession when quarterback John Larson and Braund ripped off chunks of yardage. Braund rammed in from five yards out for the opening score, and Jacob Ambrose alertly grabbed a deflected pass for the two-point conversion.

The Eagles answered back with a drive into Braham territory, but a stop by linemen Drake Held and Cody Carlson was followed with a sack by teammate Brian Nelson to force a punt. The Eagles threatened again on their next drive, reaching the Braham 30, but J. Larson stepped up with two big hits to turn the ball over on downs.

Following a long, weaving Larson run to midfield, a hold and a sack was close to stopping that march. But Larson found brother, Ryan Larson, on a sideline route to pick up the first down. A minute later, the two hooked up again on a 21-yard spinning, scoring pass for a 14-0 lead.

Again, EC moved inside Braham territory, but on 4th-and-6, Braund knocked down a pass at the goal line to quell that threat. He then ran through a couple tackles to get the ball out a ways, and two R. Larson receptions moved it to midfield. J. Larson next hit Quinn Richmond in stride for a 48-yard bomb for a 20-0 edge. With less than a minute in the half, the Eagles came close again, but Noah Bone picked off a pass at the goal line.

Freshman receiver Ryan Larson hit the pylon while scoring the Bombers’ second touchdown on a reception against the Eagles.

Freshman receiver Ryan Larson hit the pylon while scoring the Bombers’ second touchdown on a reception against the Eagles.

When the boys returned for the second half, the weather shifted from sunshine to a wind-driven sleet & snow mix. J. Larson reversed field and took the kickoff all the way to the EC 21 yard line. Two runs from Braund and Larson got it to the 10, a Bone reception moved the ball to the 3, then J. Larson bulled in for the TD and 28-0 lead after Richmond caught the two-pointer.

As conditions worsened, the Bomber defense forced a fumble recovered at the EC 13. Richmond slammed it home from two yards out for the final score with 7:14 still remaining in the third quarter. The Eagles threatened to crack the shutout on their final possession, but reserve linebacker Avery Nystel made the pick in the end zone.

“The D-line did a heckuva job tonight. We were good on the outside. The linebackers, we’ve got to give them credit, too. They played a heckuva game. We just stopped ’em at their own game, you know,” said Held, whose team improved to 9-1 on the season. “Second section championship in a row feels great. You know, I’ve got one more year left– hopefully we can make it three years in a row.”

A chilled Coach Shawn Kuhnke spoke right after the trophy presentation, “Our kids played hard; they’re very disciplined. We had a pretty good game plan coming in. Our guys watch a lot of film, studying the other team, so they have a pretty good idea on what they’re going to do. We bent a little bit tonight, but we never broke. So credit to our kids– they just kept on playing hard, kept on battling. I’m so proud of those guys.”

Bomber D-linemen Brian Nelson (68) and Cody Carlson "meeting at the quarterback" to rush an Eagle throw in the first quarter.

Bomber D-linemen Brian Nelson (68) and Cody Carlson “meeting at the quarterback” to hurry an Eagle throw in the first quarter.

Class A Tourney

Braham football’s seventh State trip sends them to Brainerd for the Saturday, Nov. 8 Class A quarterfinals against Upsala-Swanville (11-0), with the game starting at noon. The Patriots held on to defeat Royalton 20-14 in the Oct. 31 Section 6 finals. The 4th-ranked Patriots also qualified for State last season, falling in the quarterfinals 28-12 to eventual-champion Mahnomen.

Also in that half of the brackets are 2nd-ranked Minneota (10-0) and 3rd-ranked New Ulm Cathedral (11-0) who play Nov. 8 at Southwest Minnesota State. Top-ranked Mahnomen (11-0, 39-game win streak) is in the other bracket half and opens against 8th-ranked Dawson-Boyd in a rematch of last year’s Class A finals.

  Bomber stats vs. East Central: Rushing) Braund 11/72, TD; Q. Richmond 6/53, TD; J. Larson 13/43, TD.  Passing) J. Larson 16/10/0- 159 yards, 2 TD.  Receiving) R. Larson 6/79, TD; Q. Richmond 1/40, TD; J. Ambrose 1/27; N. Bone 1/7; Braund 1/6.  Tackles) Braund 12, Held 11, J. Larson 11, B. Nelson 8, Foote 5, C. Carlson 3. Punts) J. Larson 3, 41.0 avg.

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State CC run for C-I’s Boettcher & Marshall http://isanticountynews.com/2014/11/05/state-cc-run-for-c-is-boettcher-marshall/ http://isanticountynews.com/2014/11/05/state-cc-run-for-c-is-boettcher-marshall/#comments Wed, 05 Nov 2014 17:42:17 +0000 http://isanticountynews.com/?p=116549 Bluejacket senior Henry Boettcher (above) and junior Nick Marshall (below) hitting their strides at the Nov. 1 Class AA boys race at St. Olaf.  Photos by Jason Olson, Anoka Co. Union

Bluejacket senior Henry Boettcher (above) and junior Nick Marshall (below) hitting their strides at the Nov. 1 Class AA boys race at St. Olaf. Photos by Jason Olson, Anoka Co. Union

SPORTS ROUND-UP:  Running personal-best times on the State cross country course set up at St. Olaf’s College, Henry Boettcher and Nick Marshall represented the Bluejacket program well on a sunny Nov. 1.

Boettcher placed 59th at 16:27.4, and Marshall cruised to a 16:48.0 mark for 87th place among the 176 harriers in the Class AA boys race. The Wayzata boys and girls swept the AA team titles on Saturday. In Class A, the Mora boys out of Braham’s Section 5A claimed the team championship in a tight battle with Martin Co. West.

“It is safe to say that these two showed that they could compete at this level. Their success is certainly a testament to their long miles and dedication over the summer months. It is always rewarding to see an athlete’s hard work pay off, and we hope that others in the program will see what it can bring by devoting themselves in much the same manner,” said C-I Coach Josh Lowman. “Great job, Henry and Nick!”

• The Bluejacket girls swim & dive crew heads to sections this week at Northdale Middle School in Coon Rapids. Swim prelims are 6 p.m. Nov. 6, dive prelims & finals begin 6 p.m. Nov. 7, and swim finalists return for the 2 p.m. meet on Saturday.

• Proving that winter is truly knocking on the door, Bluejacket girls hockey opens the new season Nov. 8 at home against New Prague with a 3 p.m. matinee. The CIMPC girls will then host Duluth Denfeld 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 11.

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Warriors defend CAL title with three victories http://isanticountynews.com/2014/11/05/warriors-defend-cal-title-with-three-victories/ http://isanticountynews.com/2014/11/05/warriors-defend-cal-title-with-three-victories/#comments Wed, 05 Nov 2014 17:38:00 +0000 http://isanticountynews.com/?p=116543 Senior Kim Walburg closed out a long setting career for the Warriors

Senior Kim Walburg closed out a long setting career for the Warriors

Cambridge Christian volleyball lived up to its No. 1 seed and finished off a great season by winning its second-straight Christian Athletic League championship with a strong tourney run in St. Croix Falls, Wis.

The Warriors began action with a 25-8, 25-10, 25-8 win over No. 9 Hope Christian. In the semifinals, things heated up when No. 4 seed Valley Christian took CCS to three sets before the Warriors prevailed 25-12, 21-25, 25-13. Leading in points against the host Jaguars were Kristin Bergman (14), Roman Schmaltz (11), Amelia Cole (8), Bailey Janes (7) and Whitney Ammerman (6), with Kim Walburg racking up 20 assists.

The Oct. 25 championship match had CCS facing No. 2 seed St. Cloud Christian, a tough team with two hitters over six-feet tall. The Warriors came out strong for a 25-12 win in the opening set and backed it up 25-23 for a 2-0 lead. St. Cloud rallied with aggressive play in a strong 25-15 win in Set 3.

“The next set, we started with a good head start of 9-2. St. Cloud fought back, and we went back and forth on each point, with us eventually taking it 26-24 in an exciting win for the CAL championship,” said Warrior Coach Rachel Newton. “I was so proud of my team. They played so well together, stayed focussed on being smart strategically, and overcame deficits to persevere for the win!”

Walburg again had 20 assists for the Warriors. Bergman led with 12 points, and 10 points came from Janes, Amelia Cole and Ammerman. Janes led with 5 aces, and Bergman finished with 7 blocks against St. Cloud.

Junior Kristin Bergman totaled 14 points in the semis and 12 more in the championship match for CCS Volleyball.

Junior Kristin Bergman totaled 14 points in the semis and 12 more in the championship match for CCS Volleyball.

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Bluejackets clinch first State berth http://isanticountynews.com/2014/11/03/bluejackets-clinch-first-state-berth/ http://isanticountynews.com/2014/11/03/bluejackets-clinch-first-state-berth/#comments Mon, 03 Nov 2014 18:47:21 +0000 http://isanticountynews.com/?p=116451 C-I's Claire Sheehan lining up a kill for the Jackets' 14th point in Game 5 of the Section 7AAA championship against North Branch.  Photos by Greg Hunt

C-I’s Claire Sheehan lining up a kill for the Jackets’ 14th point in Game 5 of the Section 7AAA championship against North Branch. Photos by Greg Hunt

A Chisago Lakes H.S. gym packed with energy for the Section 7AAA volleyball championship witnessed Cambridge-Isanti rallying to claim a first State tourney berth in the program’s history on Saturday night, Nov. 1. Down 2-1 in games, the Bluejackets battled back to win the title 25-17, 20-25, 26-28, 25-19, 15-10.

Senior court leader Sydney Larkin served in the final point needed, and leading hitter Claire Sheehan drilled 8 kills alone in the pivotal Game 5.

The Bluejackets (27-4) next head to the Xcel Energy Center for the Class AAA quarterfinals, 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6 against No. 3 seed Eagan (24-5).  The winner of that match plays in the 11 a.m. semifinals back in the Xcel Center. The loser enters the consolation brackets for an 11 a.m. match, also in the Xcel.

 

 

 

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Bombers defend 7A championship with shutout http://isanticountynews.com/2014/10/31/bombers-defend-7a-championship-with-shutout/ http://isanticountynews.com/2014/10/31/bombers-defend-7a-championship-with-shutout/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:43:58 +0000 http://isanticountynews.com/?p=116442 Only in Duluth can go from Quinn Richmond catching a bomb TD in sunny weather…

Only in Duluth can you go from Quinn Richmond catching a bomb TD in sunny weather…

On a crazy night of weather in Duluth, Braham football took care of business with a 36-0 shutout over East Central in the Section 7A championship to earn a second-straight berth in the State tournament. The Bomber defense did a great job swarming to the ball to limit the damage by the Eagles while gathering three turnovers.

Senior co-captain Randy Braund: “This is one of the best feelings in the world, being out here and defending our section championship. We came in just playing hard– not expecting to win– and I think it showed out on the field.”

Braund capped off Braham’s first possession with a 5-yard touchdown run, with Jacob Ambrose making a heads-up deflected catch for the two-pointer. Ryan Larson spun and ran on a reception for the Bombers’ next touchdown, then Quinn Richmond converted a perfect John Larson throw into a 48-yard TD for a 20-0 edge just before halftime.

When the sleet and snow began coming down in the third quarter, Braham added scores on a J. Larson muscling run and Richmond slamming in a TD run following a recovery of an Eagle fumble.

The Bombers will open Class A State at noon on Saturday, Oct. 8 on Brainerd’s new Adamson Field turf against the Section 6A champ– either Upsala-Swansville or Royalton.

…to the Braham and East Central teams playing in a ice-pellet shower a half-hour later. The Bomber defense picked off two passes and forced an Eagle fumble in the 36-0 section championship victory.

…to the Braham and East Central teams playing in an ice-pellet shower a half-hour later. The Bomber defense picked off two passes and forced an Eagle fumble in the 36-0 section championship victory.  Photos by Greg Hunt

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