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, 19 Dec 2014 20:14:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 500-win mark for Coach Jennissen http://isanticountynews.com/2014/12/17/500-win-mark-for-coach-jennissen/ http://isanticountynews.com/2014/12/17/500-win-mark-for-coach-jennissen/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:42:44 +0000 http://isanticountynews.com/?p=117413 Bluejacket coach Neil Jennissen looked over the crowd before the start of Friday night’s home match with Princeton. The Cambridge-Isanti boys won three matches over the weekend to help Coach Jennissen reach win No. 500 for his long career teaching wrestling.Photos by Greg Hunt

Bluejacket coach Neil Jennissen looked over the crowd before the start of Friday night’s home match with Princeton. The Cambridge-Isanti boys won three matches over the weekend to help Coach Jennissen reach win No. 500 for his long career teaching wrestling.  Photos by Greg Hunt

Closing out a day of wrestling Dec. 13 at the Park of Cottage Grove Invite, the Bluejackets just handled Tartan 60-15 in the fifth-place match. A large banner was unfurled to commemorate the 500th win as head coach for Cambridge-Isanti’s Neil Jennissen.

“You know, I get credit for the wins. And I put my share of time in– no question about it. But we have the assistant coaches, the wrestlers, the managers, the parents, and all the cheerleaders showing up to support you. Everybody’s done their own part to make that win thing grow,” said Jennissen in an interview on Monday.

“Within that line, the fantastic part of wrestling is there’s just so many people involved. Wrestling is very personal because you end up spending so much time together,” he continued. “We are out nearly every weekend because we have a big squad. We want everyone to get matches in. Some of our conference opponents don’t have full lineups, which means some of our guys don’t get to wrestle that night. So that means on the weekend the big wrestling family is out venturing again together.”

Last weekend, the Bluejackets went 2-2 at the Park Invite, defeating Stillwater 43-24 in the opener for win No. 499.  Earning falls for C-I were Caleb Brennan, David Kent, Justin Rosnow and Drake Frikken, with tech falls stacked up by Tate Torgerson and Kaleb Bucks.

Chatfield, last year’s Class A State champ, got past the Bluejackets 36-30. Blue Earth, another tough Class A team, then held off the Jackets 38-32. But the C-I boys got pins from Kent, Frikken and Jake Olson to go with five Titan forfeits in the milestone victory that afternoon. Brennan added another tech fall in the win.

Coaching challenges at the start

Neil Jennissen hailed from the Staples wrestling factory  that was a Class A power in the late 1970s and through the 1980s. He went on to wrestle at St. Cloud State while pursuing his teaching and coaching degrees.

Jennissen took on his first head coaching job at St. Cloud Apollo when the Eagles were having a tough run. He still fondly remembers that first win on his career list.

Freshman Kaleb Bucks got a late takedown and three-point nearfall to rally for a 9-7 decision in his 138 lb. match against Princeton Friday night.

Freshman Kaleb Bucks got a late takedown and three-point nearfall to rally for a 9-7 decision in his 138 lb. match against Princeton Friday night.

“I think they had lost 42 or 43 straight at the time I was hired, and the program was definitely struggling. It was me and (fellow SCSU wrestlers) Joel Toedter and Phil Corbett coaching that first year. We just brought a lot of enthusiasm. We knew how to wrestle, and we knew how to work hard, and so we got the kids to believe that, ‘hey, we’re okay.’

“So we took on Princeton one night and got the dual meet win, their first win in years. The kids were pumped. They threw me up on their shoulders because they finally broke the streak– big fun!”

The move to Cambridge occurred in the 1989-90 school year.

“Lyle Clem, who I took over from, said to me something along the line of, ‘The cupboard’s not very full, but it’s not empty.’ We only had 17 total wrestlers, and six in the middle school,” continued Jennissen. “There were just three coaches total– one never wrestled a day in his life. He was a Tae Kwon Do instructor. And our middle school coach got fired before the season started, so we had to find a guy. And he came riding in from California on a Harley-Davidson. (Then-AD) George Larson said to him, ‘Well, you can coach, but you’ve got to get a haircut.’

“That was Rob Breault and Paul Weseman (from California). Great guys, and they did a fantastic job at helping out. But it was humble beginnings, for sure.”

This year’s Bluejacket wrestling coaching staff numbers six at the varsity and five more for the middle schoolers. Then there are more coaches working with the youth program.

“That’s kind of the key,” said Jennissen. “You can’t do all this by yourself. And the kids started to figure out what it took.”

Jennissen left in the 1990-91 school year for a couple different National Guard training routes. Neil’s brother, Dean Jennissen, helped a ton by taking over Cambridge wrestling that year.

Coach Neil was back for the 1992 season, and that team knocked off Foley at home to secure a first conference championship in 18 seasons. His first State tourney trip as head coach came two years later when the Bluejackets beat Grand Rapids in the Section 7AA finals.

Since then, Bluejacket wrestling has won 20 or more matches 16 of the past 17 seasons. The 500 victories is ninth all-time on the Minnesota wrestling coaches list.

“What’s probably the coolest thing is the steady performance by the kids. I was thinking back, and I don’t know when we last lost to a team that wasn’t state-ranked. It’s been a long time. Even this year– all our losses were to teams that are state-ranked.”

Senior Justin Rosnow won a tight 7-6 scrum at 182 against Princeton.

Senior Justin Rosnow won a tight 7-6 scrum at 182 against Princeton.

M-8 win over Princeton

The big weekend began at home Friday night when the Bluejackets pounced on Princeton 43-18 for win No. 498 in the string. Torgerson, Casey Schlickenmayer and Jimmy Brown earned fast pins for C-I, with Jared Doty and Bucks making it 30-0 by gutting out decisions. Brennan pulled off a major decision with two seconds left in his match, and Rosnow added a tight decision at 182.

“Our young guys came out buzzing which made a big difference,” said Coach Jennissen.

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High School Sports schedule Dec. 18-22 http://isanticountynews.com/2014/12/17/high-school-sports-schedule-dec-18-22/ http://isanticountynews.com/2014/12/17/high-school-sports-schedule-dec-18-22/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:39:31 +0000 http://isanticountynews.com/?p=117411 BRAHAM BOMBERS

Boys Basketball

Thursday, Dec. 18 • 7:30 p.m.

Hinckley-Fin. HOME

Monday, Dec. 22 • 7:30 p.m.

Grantsburg, WI HOME

Girls Basketball

Friday, Dec. 19 • 7:30 p.m.

Legacy Christian AWAY

Wrestling

Friday, Dec. 19 • 4:00 p.m.

Chisago Lakes Invite AWAY

 

CAMBRIDGE-ISANTI BLUEJACKETS

Boys Basketball

Friday, Dec. 19 • 7:15 p.m.

North Branch HOME

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 20 • 3:00 p.m.

St. Cloud Tech HOME

Monday, Dec. 22 • 7:15 p.m.

Blaine HOME

Gymnastics

Thursday, Dec. 18 • 6:30 p.m.

St. Francis HOME

Boys Hockey

Thursday, Dec. 18 • 7:00 p.m.

Duluth East AWAY

Boys Swim/Dive

Thursday, Dec. 18 • 6:00 p.m.

Buffalo AWAY

Monday, Dec. 22 • 5:00 p.m.

Duluth East AWAY

Wrestling

Fri-Sat, Dec. 19-20 •

MN Christmas Tourney @ Rochester AWAY

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Jacket boys skate past Vikings 8-3 http://isanticountynews.com/2014/12/17/jacket-boys-skate-past-vikings-8-3/ http://isanticountynews.com/2014/12/17/jacket-boys-skate-past-vikings-8-3/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:37:20 +0000 http://isanticountynews.com/?p=117407 SPORTS ROUND-UP:   Cambridge-Isanti boys hockey enjoyed spreading the scoring around in a Dec. 13 matinee game, posting an 8-3 road victory over North Branch in Mississippi 8 action.

Brennon Shelton, Austin Schlenker, Caleb Wessel and Collin Anderson collected goals in the first period when the Bluejackets led 4-1. A short-handed goal by Jack Goodmanson and Anderson’s second goal kept C-I ahead 6-2 in the second. Another Goodmanson goal and a short-handed effort by Dan Risch finished off the afternoon. Nate Muehlberg stopped 20 shots in the victory.

Mississippi 8 Boys Hockey: Buffalo 2-0, 3-4 all; St. Michael-Alb. 2-1, 3-2; Monticello-Moose 2-1, 3-5; Chisago Lakes 1-0-1, 1-4-1; Princeton 1-1-1, 3-2-1; Cambridge-Isanti 1-1, 2-3; Rogers 1-2, 3-4; North Branch 0-2, 3-4; St. Francis 0-2, 0-6.

CIMPC Girls drop OT game

Visiting North Metro scored 7:14 into overtime to get past Cambridge-Isanti-Mora-Pine City hockey 4-3 Dec. 11. Aly Niebur got the Bluejackets on the board in the second period. In the third, Ashley Schintz and Kallee Swenson scored just over a minute apart to forge the tie in regulation. Paige Anfinson made 20 saves, and the Jackets finished with 31 shots.

• The Bluejackets got back into Mississippi 8 competition on Dec. 12 when host Chisago Lakes won 5-1. Kylie Guimont’s goal had the Jackets up 1-0 in the first, but the Wildcats finished with four goals in the third.

Mississippi 8 Girls Hockey: Buffalo 5-0, 8-2 all; Princeton-Big Lake-Becker 3-0, 9-2-1; North Wright Co. 2-1-1, 5-5-2; Chisago Lakes 1-1-3, 3-5-3; Rogers 1-2-2, 1-5-3; St. Francis 0-4-1, 3-8-1; Cambridge-Isanti-Mora-Pine City 0-4-1, 1-10-1.

Jacket Gymnasts beat Magic

Cambridge-Isanti out-scored host Monticello 137.7-134.8 for a Mississippi 8 gymnastics dual meet victory Dec. 11. The Bluejackets took four-of-five placings on the Bars, led by Kaeli Kortan’s career-high 9.5. Scoring behind her on the event were Hannah Haight (9.15), MollyAnn Harvey (8.675) and Madi Douglas (8.2). Douglas led C-I on the Vault (9.125), Kayla Rakowiecki led on Beam (8.35) and Harvey had the high Floor team score (8.6).

• On Saturday, the Bluejackets scored a season-high 139.3 while placing 7th at the St. Cloud Tech Invite won by the host Tigers at 145.7. Madi Douglas scored a 9.5 on the Vault and a 9.3 on the Floor.

Rangers tip C-I Girls hoops

Tall Forest Lake caught the Cambridge-Isanti girls on an off shooting night, winning 51-48 on the road Dec. 11. Lily Porta and Brooke Olson led the Bluejackets with 16 and 14 points. Maria Vavra (seven), Marsha Porta (six) and Lauryn Swanson (five) added points for C-I.

Bomber Girls win two on hard court

Braham raised its overall record to 5-0 with a pair of victories over a four-night stretch. On Dec. 12 the Bombers downed Mora 69-25. Leading the way were Emily Lindquist (16 points), Jaclyn Hollenkamp (13 points / 7 steals), Amelia Fiedler (11 points) and Lizzie Altendorf  (11 points).

Braham is now 4-0 in the Great River following a 69-30 win over Ogilvie Dec. 16. Hollenkamp totaled 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 steals on the Lions. Lindquist  add 15 points.

RC-B Wrestlers 6th at Big Lake

Rush City-Braham finished in 6th place at the Big Lake Invitational. Top Tiger placers at the tourney were Hunter Hermanson (3rd at 106), Dylan Martin (4th at 120) and Stephen Youngberg (4th at 126).

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1,000  points for CCS’ Kristin Bergman http://isanticountynews.com/2014/12/17/1000%e2%80%89-points-for-ccs-kristin-bergman/ http://isanticountynews.com/2014/12/17/1000%e2%80%89-points-for-ccs-kristin-bergman/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:22:31 +0000 http://isanticountynews.com/?p=117402 Cambridge Christian junior Kristin Bergman poses with coach (and father) Brian Bergman after she eclipsed the 1,000th-point mark of her basketball career. Kristin drove and scored on this layup shot (left) to reach the milestone for the Warriors.  Photos submitted

Cambridge Christian junior Kristin Bergman poses with coach (and father) Brian Bergman after she eclipsed the 1,000th-point mark of her basketball career (below). Kristin drove and scored on this layup shot (above) to reach the milestone for the Warriors. Photos submitted

An early highlight to the Cambridge Christian girls basketball season came in a Dec. 15 road game when junior Kristin Bergman eclipsed the 1,000-point mark of her career.

Going against the Minnesota School for the Deaf that evening, Bergman was 13 points shy of the mark. She knocked down 12 in the first half, then went over the milestone on a driving layup early in the second half, finishing with 27 points.

“Kristin has brought a positive and determined attitude to the Warriors. She always has a ‘can do’ attitude. She is fiercely competitive, but also very much wants to help her team be the best they can be,” described Coach Brian Bergman. “Some may think that because she scored 1,000 points, that she only looks to score, but that is just not true.  She gets many of her points off of offensive rebounds. She is a complete team player and is always looking for ways to help her teammates improve.”

MSAD ended up slipping past the Warriors 52-50 in the non-league game. Emily Fridberg added 11 points for CCS with Kristina Gerard adding four.

• On Dec. 11, the Warriors, playing without an injured Bergman, defeated host Rosemount Baptist 37-20. Amelia Cole and Fridberg both scored eight, Sebla Swenson had seven and four points each came from Jerusalem Solomon, Kristen Filetti and Gerard.

The team’s busy week continued with a 46-30 loss to Christian Life on Dec. 12. Bergman led with 12 points, and Fridberg scored eight.

On Dec. 15, Solomon worked for 14 points, five steals and four assists in a 48-41 loss to North Metro. Fridberg finished with nine points and four rebounds, and Cole added eight points and four boards.

“Jerusalem really stepped up and played well.  She led us in scoring,and did her job as point guard, getting everyone else involved,” said Coach Bergman. “The girls are improving each game, and the younger ones are gaining very valuable knowledge in playing these close games.”IMG_3380

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Bluejackets top Cardinals as McDonald scores 1,000 th point http://isanticountynews.com/2014/12/17/bluejackets-top-cardinals-as-mcdonald-scores-1000%e2%80%89th-point/ http://isanticountynews.com/2014/12/17/bluejackets-top-cardinals-as-mcdonald-scores-1000%e2%80%89th-point/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:19:38 +0000 http://isanticountynews.com/?p=117396 The Cambridge-Isanti boys basketball squad put together a strong overall game while downing visiting Coon Rapids in a Dec. 13 matinee game. A milestone was reached in the victory when senior guard Kyle McDonald surpassed the 1,000th-point mark of his varsity career.

Senior Kyle McDonald lined up and drained this three-point shot over the Coon Rapids defense to hit the 1,000th career point mark right on the snide in the Dec. 13 afternoon game.  Photos by Greg Hunt

Senior Kyle McDonald lined up and drained this three-point shot over the Coon Rapids defense to hit the 1,000th career point mark right on the snide in the Dec. 13 afternoon game. Photos by Greg Hunt

Needing five points to reach it, McDonald hit a pull-up jumper, then on the next trip down he swished a three-pointer at the 13:24 junction of the first half, pushing C-I’s early lead to 8-2. A quick acknowledgement break was taken, then the Jackets went back after the Cardinals.

“It means a lot. It’s a big thing having my family here to see my 1,000th (point), and I couldn’t be more proud to be a McDonald,” said Kyle after the win. “I haven’t been shooting my three-pointers that well this season, so to have my 1,000th come on a ‘3’ is really great.”

CR guard Chris Buckley sparked a run at the other end of the court to create a 17-12 edge for the visitors. But a ‘3’ by Grant Lillemoen sparked a Bluejacket answer. Collin Terwilliger gunned in four three-pointers in the half to build a 29-25 lead. In the last minute, he fed Luke Johnson for a bucket, then Dunbar’s steal and bounce feed to Devin Malik gave C-I a 33-25 lead at the break.

Coon Rapids whittled the lead down to 38-34 early in the second half, then Dunbar knocked down another shot from the arc. The Jackets followed that with a 10-0 run by attacking the Cardinals’ interior with strong cuts, teamed with quick steal-swiping hands at the other end. When McDonald finished off a three-point play, the lead stood at 60-42.

Collin Terwiliger dropped in four '3s' four 14 points to go with 6 rebounds against the Cardinals.

Collin Terwiliger dropped in four ‘3s’ four 14 points to go with 6 rebounds against the Cardinals.

“I think this was probably the best game we’ve played this season. Coon Rapids is a good team, but we played well today. Collin had a good game hitting those ‘3s’ and we just had guys that knew their role and got the ‘W.’”

“I thought early on we were a little bit tight, but after we settled down, especially in the second half, we did what we needed to do,” said Coach Mike McDonald. “The boys did well in the matchup defense. I thought when we adjusted to the high-ball screen action, we did a better job…honors go to Coach Baumann on the bench because he made the last adjustment that really kind of frustrated them down the stretch.”

K. McDonald finished with 20 points and eight assists. Malik doubled up with 17 points and 13 rebounds, adding five steals. Terwilliger totaled 14 points, Dunbar eight and Jake Harding six.

On son Kyle’s milestone accomplishment to keep the family tradition rolling on the hardcourt, Coach McDonald said, “That’s just the culmination of a lot of hard work being in the gym most of his life. It’s a credit to all the teammates Kyle has had, too.”

Senior Devin Malik had a strong overall game in the win against Coon Rapids by doubling up with 17 points and 13 rebounds while adding five steals.

Senior Devin Malik had a strong overall game in the win against Coon Rapids by doubling up with 17 points and 13 rebounds while adding five steals.

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Bomber Boys beat Rangers at Tip-Off http://isanticountynews.com/2014/12/17/bomber-boys-beat-rangers-at-tip-off/ http://isanticountynews.com/2014/12/17/bomber-boys-beat-rangers-at-tip-off/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:16:25 +0000 http://isanticountynews.com/?p=117392 Chris Olson netted five '3s' and 27 points in the win over 10th-ranked Crosby-Ironton.

Chris Olson netted five ‘3s’ and 27 points in the win over 10th-ranked Crosby-Ironton.

Behind a strong second-half rally, Braham defeated Crosby-Ironton 62-58 at the Tip-Off Boys Basketball Classic hosted at Minnetonka on Saturday. Chris Olson popped five three-pointers to lead the Class AA 4th-ranked Bombers with 27 points over the 10th-ranked Rangers.

“Crosby is a really good team and well-coached; we were fortunate to get past them,” described Bomber Coach Bob Vaughan. “Dan Hudrlik is a man out on the court, and they have one of the best sophomore classes in the state which includes a 6’6” kid (Noah Gindorf).”

The Rangers led by as much as 14 points in the first half before Braham got it down to a 37-29 deficit at the break.

“In the second half, we improved our defense greatly and got the game moving,” said Coach Vaughan. “We started hitting some outside shots with Chris getting a few, Kyle Johnson hitting a big one, and Ryan Larson sinking one from the corner. John (Larson) and Connor (Tschumper) also got going inside when we were finally able to penetrate on them.”

J. Larson finished with 17 points, nine rebounds and four assists, with Tschumper scoring 10 to go with five rebounds. R. Larson had seven assists and four steals to go with his five points. Olson and R. Larson each hit two free throws down the stretch, and C-I knocked in a ‘3’ at the buzzer to close the gap.

“It’s always an honor to be invited to the Tip-Off; we saw some of the best teams in the state down there,” said Coach Vaughan.

• Also last week, the Bombers defeated host Mora 104-60 in more non-conference action. C. Olson drilled five more ‘3s’ for 27 points, R. Larson scored 20 and Alex Olson scored 15 with three ‘3s’ while Braham shot 67.3 percent from the floor on the Mustangs. R. Larson doubled-up with 12 assists, and J. Larson fed nine assists while scoring 14. Adding more points were Tschumper (10) and K. Johnson (six).

Great River Boys Basketball: Braham 3-0, 5-0; Pine City 3-1, 3-2; Rush City 2-1, 3-2; Hinckley-Fin. 2-1, 2-3; Onamia 2-1, 2-3; Isle 1-2, 4-3; East Central 1-3, 2-3; Aitkin 1-3, 1-5; Ogilvie 0-3, 1-4.

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Hockey rivalry continues with Princeton getting past Jacket Girls http://isanticountynews.com/2014/12/10/hockey-rivalry-continues-with-princeton-getting-past-jacket-girls/ http://isanticountynews.com/2014/12/10/hockey-rivalry-continues-with-princeton-getting-past-jacket-girls/#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 18:27:29 +0000 http://isanticountynews.com/?p=117221 Aly Niebur, one of the young forwards returning for CIMPC this season, pushed up ice for the game’s first shot on goal against Princeton.

Aly Niebur, one of the young forwards returning for CIMPC this season, pushed up the ice well for early shot opportunities against Princeton-B-BL.

The spirited ice rivalry between Cambridge-Isanti-Mora-Pine City and Princeton continued Friday night at the Isanti Arena with the Tigers leaving town with a 5-2 win in the Mississippi 8 match up.

The quick flow of the game began right out of the gate when Bluejacket freshman Aly Niebur skated with the puck after the face-off and snapped a quick shot from the side angle on the Tiger net. Then two minutes later, Princeton’s Maggie Peterson wristed a high bullet over CIMPC goalie Paige Anfinson’s stick for an early 1-0 edge.

Maria Carpenter set up a nice one-time shot by Ally Eustice shortly after. Shelby Bosell took advantage of the next Bluejacket opportunity when she broke up the right side and sent home a high wrister to knot the score at 1-1.

Anfinson stopped two close-in shots as the period continued. At the other end, Kylie Guimont and Addie Smrekar sent good chances on net.

Princeton regained control with two Larkin Walter goals in the second period, then they upped the advantage to 4-1 early in the third when Walter completed the natural hat trick.

Maddie Swenson collided with Princeton’s Jordan Blomquist as goalie Paige Anfinson covered the puck during the action in the Dec, 5 conference game.

Maddie Swenson collided with Princeton’s Jordan Blomquist as goalie Paige Anfinson covered the puck during the action in the Dec. 5 conference game.

With six minutes left to go, Bluejacket freshman Haley Price scored to cut the Tiger lead to 4-2. Ashley Schintz picked up the puck in the neutral zone, skated around the net and zipped a tape-hitting pass which Price buried on a pretty play. The Bluejackets kept skating hard, but Princeton tacked on an empty-netter for the final difference.

“The creativity was there for our girls; Princeton just had a little more fuel at the end. It was a very clean game, and I’m proud of how we played out there,” said Bluejacket head coach Bob Nelson. “Both teams get up for this rivalry every year.”

Anfinson finished with 24 saves, and the Jackets generated 22 shots on the Tiger net. The rematch will be Jan. 20 at the Princeton Arena. The Bluejackets’ conference stretch of games continues Dec. 12 at Chisago Lakes and Dec. 16 at St. Francis-North Branch.

Mississippi 8 Girls Hockey: Buffalo 4-0, 6-1 all; Princeton-Big Lake-Becker 3-0, 8-2; North Wright Co. 2-1, 5-3-1; Chisago Lakes 0-1-2, 2-5-2; Rogers 0-1-2, 0-4-3; St. Francis 0-3-1, 3-6-1; Cambridge-Isanti-Mora-Pine City 0-3-1, 1-8-1.

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Bomber hoops teams open with three wins http://isanticountynews.com/2014/12/10/bomber-hoops-teams-open-with-three-wins/ http://isanticountynews.com/2014/12/10/bomber-hoops-teams-open-with-three-wins/#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 18:24:34 +0000 http://isanticountynews.com/?p=117216 SPORTS ROUND-UP:  Vaulting to a perfect start in the defense of their Great River title, Braham boys basketball won all three conference battles in its opening week.

Braham hit the road for an 88-52 win on Aitkin Dec. 2. Chris Olson and Ryan Larson both scored 24 to lead the offense, with John Larson adding 14 points and Connor Tschumper 11. J. Larson doubled-up by snaring 11 rebounds, and R. Larson fed seven assists.

Braham next downed East Central 83-45 in the Dec. 4 home opener. Olson (26 pts) and Alec Olson (13 pts) combined for seven three-pointers on the Eagles. Tschumper scored an efficient 19 points while grabbing six rebounds, and J. Larson led with 11 boards and nine assists.

• On Dec. 9, the Bombers rolled past visiting Pine City 85-49. The Dragons are expected to be a key contender in the GRC this winter. Scoring was spread between C. Olson (19), A. Olson (17), J. Larson (13) and Tshcumper (13). Larson doubled-up again with 11 rebounds, plus he made 5 steals. C. Olson fed 7 assists to match his 7 boards.

Braham, ranked 4th in Class AA, takes on 10th-ranked Crosby-Ironton in this Saturday’s Tip-Off Classic hosted at Minnetonka.

Jaclyn Hollenkamp worked for the 12-point/11-rebound double in the GRC win over East Central.

Jaclyn Hollenkamp worked for the 12-point/11-rebound double in the GRC win over East Central.

Bomber Girls open against Pirates

Braham girls basketball earned head coach Brittany Lakeberg a first win in her new role with a 61-22 win at Grantsburg, WI in the Dec. 2 opener. Jaclyn Hollenkamp had 24 points and six rebounds for the Bombers, and Emily Lindquist scored 20 with four rebounds in her first varsity start.

Hollenkamp pulled the double off with 12 points and 11 rebounds when Braham downed East Central 53-35 in the GRC opener Dec. 5. Lizzie Altendorf worked for 11 points and seven steals, and Angela Bendickson scored 10 to go with seven boards.

• Braham made it three roads win in a row by defeating Pine City 75-45 Dec. 9.

Jacket Girls hoops beat Tartan, Ponies

Lily Porta scored 24, and Brooke Olson added 11 points and six rebounds in a 57-32 win over host Tartan Dec. 6. Lainie Cox finished with eight rebounds and five steals.

The Bluejackets pulled away from visiting Stillwater with a strong second half to secure a 58-44 win Dec. 9. Maria Vavra led the scorers with 19 points, followed by Porta (16), Lauryn Swanson (13) and Olson (seven).

 

Bluejacket senior Kyle McDonald drove for two of his 27 points in the Dec. 6 battle at Duluth East. McDonald is within reach of the 1,000-point plateau which could be reached in the Dec. 13 matinee game with Coon Rapids.  Photo submitted

Bluejacket senior Kyle McDonald drove for two of his 27 points in the Dec. 6 battle at Duluth East. McDonald is within reach of the 1,000-point plateau which could be reached in the Dec. 13 matinee game with Coon Rapids. Photo submitted

C-I Boys top Thunder

Bluejacket boys basketball marked its first win of winter by rolling past host Zimmerman 65-46 Dec. 4. Devin Malik hit 11-of-15 field goals to score 22. Kyle McDonald matched with 22 points, adding four assists. Jake Harding contributed to the victory with eight points and four assists.

On Saturday, Rhett McDonald’s Duluth East boys defeated visiting C-I 63-57. K. McDonald led the Jackets with 27 points and eight boards. Harding scored 16.

C-I Wrestlers split 

at Foley Duals

Coon Rapids, ranked 8th in Class AAA, pulled away  from the Bluejacket wrestlers in the middle weights to lock down a 36-22 dual victory Dec. 5. Tom Holmberg marked C-I’s lone pin, with decisions won by Tate Torgerson, Jimmy Brown, Monty Fredricksen, Drake Frikken and Mike Seafolk.

The next day, Cambridge-Isanti grappled its way to a 2-2 day at the Foley Duals. The Bluejackets defeated Sartell 39-27 and Paynesville 64-12 while falling to Pierz 34-33 and Foley 35-22. Torgerson (4-0), Seafolk (4-0) and Matt Plemon (3-0) had perfect days for the Jackets. Going 3-1 were Jared Doty, Fredricksen, Kaleb Bucks and David Kent.

 

Jacket Boys Hockey battles Tigers, defeats Mustangs

A few mental mistakes opened the door for rival Princeton to hold off Cambridge-Isanti boys hockey 5-2 in Saturday night’s Mississippi 8 battle.

Goals by Levi Miller and Collin Anderson spotted the Bluejackets a 2-0 lead six minutes into action. The Tigers’ Chase Wark took advantage of two key turnovers to knot the score by the 5:00 mark of the second period. Princeton followed with two more goals in the second and scored the lone goal in the third.

Nate Muehlberg came through with 35 saves in the C-I nets, and the Jackets sent 32 shots on the Tigers.

• The Jackets scored two goals in each period to defeat Mora-HF 6-3 on the road Dec. 9. Austin Schlenker scored two goals and had an assist. Blaise Fairbanks put up four points on a goal and three assists for the Jackets. Adding solo goals were Anderson, Jack Goodmanson and Jared Konen. Muehlberg was in goal for the victory.

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Jacket girls 3rd at holiday tourney http://isanticountynews.com/2014/12/03/jacket-girls-3rd-at-holiday-tourney/ http://isanticountynews.com/2014/12/03/jacket-girls-3rd-at-holiday-tourney/#comments Wed, 03 Dec 2014 15:41:14 +0000 http://isanticountynews.com/?p=117057 Ashley Schintz scored the hat trick in the Bluejacket Girls' 8-1 win over Albert Lea at the Trojan Thanksgiving Tourney.

Ashley Schintz scored the hat trick in the Bluejacket Girls’ 8-1 win over Albert Lea at the Trojan Thanksgiving Tourney.

The Cambridge-Isanti-Mora-Pine City girls went 1-1 to take third place at last weekend’s Trojan Thanksgiving Tourney in New Prague.

The Bluejackets opened with a 6-4 loss to Holy Angels on Friday. Ashley Schintz had the team up 1-0 in the first period. Goals by Sydney Nuebel and Kylie Guimont had the team tied with the Stars at 3-3 in the second. Guimont’s next goal re-knotted the game at 4-4 in the third before Holy Angels pulled away.

CIMPC finished the tourney with an 8-1 win over Albert Lea when Schintz recorded her first varsity hat trick for the Bluejackets.

“The girls played terrific. With eight games in November, we have had an opportunity to really teach the girls about teamwork and system play,” said CIMPC Coach Bob Nelson. “This last weekend in New Prague was a turning point for the team, and we are moving forward with confidence.”

Mississippi 8 Girls Hockey: Buffalo 2-0, 4-1 all; Princeton-Big Lake-Becker 1-0, 6-2; North Wright Co. 1-0, 3-2-1; Chisago Lakes 0-0-2, 2-2-2; St. Francis 0-1-1, 3-3-1; Rogers 0-1-1, 0-2-2; Cambridge-Isanti-Mora-Pine City 0-2, 1-7.

 

C-I Wrestlers 2-1 at home quad

The Bluejacket wrestlers got rolling with home quadrangular on Saturday, opening the season with a 32-27 win over Rogers. A Casey Schlickenmayer tech fall, Caleb Brennan major and David Kent pin were large point earners against the Royals.

Cambridge-Isanti followed with a 55-18 win over White Bear Lake. Earning falls against the Bears were Tate Torgerson, Jimmy Brown, Brennan, Kent, Drake Frikken, Jake Olson and Mike Seafolk.

The day ended when section-partner Elk River defeated the Bluejackets 50-27. Schlickenmayer, Brennan, Kent and Olson added falls to their perfect day on the mats.

 

Jacket Girls beat Owatonna

The Cambridge-Isanti girls basketball season opened Nov. 29 with a 59-39 home win over Owatonna behind a strong second half. Three Bluejackets scored in double-figures: Lauryn Swanson (16), Lily Porta (13) and Maria Vavra (12). Lainie Cox added 6 points for C-I.

 

Bears tip C-I Boys Hoops

Host White Bear Lake pulled away down the final two minutes to slip past Cambridge-Isanti boys basketball 57-52 Nov. 29. Kyle McDonald (19 points) and Collin Terwilliger (12 points) combined for seven three-pointers in the Jacket offense. Jake Harding added 8 points and 4 rebounds, and Luke Johnson led on the boards with 8 rebounds.

The Bluejackets opened the season Nov. 25 when Andover won 77-71. Pacing the scoring for C-I were McDonald (23), Terwilliger (18), Devin Malik (15), Harding (8) and Grant Lillemoen (7).

Forest Lake got past the Bluejackets 70-58 on Dec. 2 despite 30 points from McDonald. Malik and Johnson added 10 points each for C-I.

 

C-I Boys begin 0-2 on ice

The Cambridge-Isanti boys hockey squad opened the season with a 7-2 loss to Forest Lake. Netting goals for the Bluejackets were Jack Goodmanson and Collin Anderson, with Nate Muehlberg stopping 36 shots in the nets.

On Nov. 25, Cloquet skated past the Bluejackets 8-0; Logan Hyland made 35 saves for C-I.

Jacket Gymnasts 3rd at Perham

Opening the season at the annual Perham Invite Nov. 29, Cambridge-Isanti scored 132.4 points for third place behind Detroit Lakes and the host Yellowjackets. Hannah Haight was third on Bars with an 8.95 and finished fifth in All-Around at 33.75. Morgan Urness took fourth on Beam with an 8.8 and was third on Floor at 9.0. Courtney Durant added an 8.5 on vault.

SFC defeats Warrior Boys

St. Francis Christian defeated Cambridge Christian 46-38 in the Dec. 2 season-opener for the Warriors. Leading scorers for CCS were Jacob Tschumper (13), Ethan Tastsides (8) and Syfah Doble (5).

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2014 Fall All-Conference & team awards for Bombers, Bluejackets, Warriors http://isanticountynews.com/2014/12/03/2014-fall-all-conference-team-awards-for-bombers-bluejackets-warriors/ http://isanticountynews.com/2014/12/03/2014-fall-all-conference-team-awards-for-bombers-bluejackets-warriors/#comments Wed, 03 Dec 2014 15:36:32 +0000 http://isanticountynews.com/?p=117053 Braham Cross Country

Great River All-Conference–  Logan Leavey, Thomas Warner, Pen Sullivan. GRC Honorable Mention– Cody Anderson, Calvin Engberg, Amanda Otto. GRC Boys Coach/Year– Joe Rajkowski. Team awards: MVRunner- Logan Leavey, Amanda Otto.  Most Improved- Christian Patterson, Mackenzie Warner.  Most Dedicated- Thomas Warner, Amanda Otto. Rookie/Year- Brandon Wyganowski, Olivia Olson.

Braham junior Carley Lynch was named the Great River Conference "Setter of the Year" for the second-straight season.

Braham junior Carley Lynch was named the Great River Conference “Setter of the Year” for the second-straight season.

Braham Volleyball

Great River Setter/Year–  Carley Lynch. GRC All-Conference–  Carley Lynch (Season Kills =153, Assists=637, Ace Serves=85), Kaylie Paitl (Kills=274, Blocks= 78), Amelia Fiedler (Ace Serves=45, Digs=274), Emily Lindquist (Kills=187, Ace Serves=70, Blocks=51).  GRC Honorable Mention– Angela Bendickson (Kills=59, Digs=107, Ace Serves=59). Team awards: MVP-Carley Lynch. Most Improved-Emily Lindquist. Best Offense- Kaylie Paitl. Best Defense-Amelia Fiedler. Coaches Award- Angela Bendickson.

Braham Football

GPFA Blue All-Conference–  Randy Braund, Quinn Richmond, John Larson, Drake Held.  GRC Honorable Mention–  Noah Bone, Sonny Foote, Ryan Reising. Team awards: MVP Offensive Lineman- Drake Held. MVP Defensive Lineman:  Brian Nelson. MVP Offensive Back: Randy Braund. MVP Offensive Player- John Larson. MVP Defensive Player- Sonny Foote. MVP Defensive Back/Linebacker- Sonny Foote. MVP Special Teams- John Larson. Most Improved- Ryan Larson.

Cambridge-Isanti Cross Country

Mississippi 8 All-Conference–  Henry Boettcher, Paden Hallman, Nick Marshall, Abbey Berg.

Cambridge-Isanti Football

Mississippi 8 All-Conference–  John Solberg, Cole Crocker, Eli Iglesias, Nate Muehlberg. M-8 Honorable Mention– Ben Boysen, Evan Dunbar, Kyle Porter, Austin Schlenker. M-8 Blue Division Quarterback/Year– John Solberg. Academic All-State– John Solberg.

Cambridge-Isanti Boys Soccer

Mississippi 8 All-Conference–  Jake Harding, Josh Samsa, Ryan Fredlund. M-8 Honorable Mention– Sam Brown, Nate Cox, Carlo Holmberg. Team awards: MVPs- Jake Harding, Josh Samsa. Defender/Year- Ryan Fredlund. Attacker/Year- Josh Samsa. Most Dedicated- Michael Larson. Sharp Shooter/Year- Samuel Brown. Assister/Year- Calvin Thompson. Most Improved- Romeo Mork. Leadership Awards- Josh Samsa, Ryan Fredlund. Team Spirit- Nate Cox.

Cambridge-Isanti Girls Soccer

Mississippi 8 All-Conference–  Thessa Daniels. M-8 Honorable Mention– Melyssa Varsoke, Cassie Galligan, Kali Dawson, Bailey Richards. Team awards: MVPs- Thessa Daniels, Bailey Richards. Strength & Honor- Cassie Galligan. Most Dedicated- Kali Dawson. Defender/Year– Thessa Daniels.  Attacker/Year- Melyssa Varsoke. Team Camaraderie- Lindsey Elmquist. Leading Scorer- Bailey Richards. Leading Assisters– Kali Dawson, Cassie Galligan. Most Improved- Lainie Cox. Iron Lady– Emma Schonecker.

Cambridge-Isanti Girls Swim & Dive

Mississippi 8 All-Conference–  Maria Leibel. M-8 Honorable Mention– Brooke Olson, Megan Scheiller, Maria Vavra, Michaela Pasch.

Cambridge-Isanti Girls Tennis

Mississippi 8 All-Conference–  Emily Baker, Jade Lamb, Jade Newman, Kate Hanson. Mississippi 8 Honorable Mention–  Lili Marlton. Team awards: MVP- Jade Newman. Impact Player- Kate Hanson.  Team Award- Sabrina Willette.  Most Improved- Lili Marlton.  Clincher/Year- Emily Logan. First-Off/Year- Kate Hanson. Academic All-State- Emily Baker, Jade Lamb.

Cambridge-Isanti Volleyball

Mississippi 8 All-Conference–  Sydney Larkin, Korbyn Felde, Claire Sheehan.  M-8 Honorable Mention– Mackenzie Torgerson, Greta Holt.

Cambridge Christian Soccer

CAL All-Conference–  Syfah Doble, Jerusalem Solomon, Araya Doble. CAL Honorable Mention– Micah Bonkoski. CAL All-Tourney–  Syfah Doble, Araya Doble. Team awards: Cornerstone Award– Syfah Doble. Offensive Player/Year– Araya Doble. Defender/Year- Jordan Roble. Character Award– Jerusalem Solomon, Danielle Heiderscheid.  Courage Awards– Isaiah Santele. Overachiever Award– Esther Fryc. Hustle Award– Matthew Newton. Leading scorers– Syfah Doble (26 G/5 A), Araya Doble (13 G/11 A), Micah Bonkoski (13 G/10 A). Keeper saves– Isaiah Santele (260).

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