The Bluejackets’ offense completely shut down for most of the game against St. Francis on Friday, Sept. 23, resulting in a 41-12 win for the Saints. For the game, C-I’s usually solid running game was held to a mere 11 yards.
St. Francis jumped out to a 34-0 lead before the Jackets could break the goal line on a “pick six” by Austin Schlenker. The Jackets followed that up with a long touchdown pass from Schlenker to Ryley Nelson. The 88-yard pass accounted for a majority of C-I’s 135 total yards.
The Jackets now go from the frying pan into the fire as they travel to St. Michael-Albertville, who was ranked #1 in the state before their loss to Elk River last week.
In their lone action of the week, the Jackets had an up and down game against Buffalo, but came away with a 3-1 win over the Bison. The win keeps the Jackets’ undefeated conference record intact.
In the Bison win, Claire Sheehan came away with 28 kills, breaking the 2,000 career kill mark (see full story in this issue). Paige Sheehan also collected 36 assists. Defensively, five players had double-digit digs in the game.
C-I collected two more conference wins by beating Rogers 4-3 and St. Francis 6-1. The team also did finally complete the Princeton match, falling to the Tigers 4-3.
Collecting wins in the Rogers match were Annie Fredlund at second singles, Lili Marlton at third singles, Abby Bensen at fourth singles and the third doubles team of Kayla Leibel and Maysen Edlund.
The Bluejacket boys team came away with a first place finish in the Chisago Lakes Invite on Tuesday, Sept. 20. C-I had three runners finish in the top 10 with Jack Nelson coming in first, Dylan Larson right behind in second and Mason Friesz coming in sixth.
The girls team also had an excellent day in Chisago Lakes, coming in second place as a team. The girls also featured three runners in the top 10, with Abbey Berg coming in second, Abberly Smith in fourth and Jessica Illg in eighth.
On Thursday, Sept. 22, the teams traveled to Rocori. The top boys finishers came in the same order as the Chisago Lakes meet, with Nelson and Larson’s 16th and 17th places being decided by a “photo finish.” Friesz also cracked the top 25, coming in 24th.
For the girls, it was Smith taking the top spot for the Jackets in 13th place. Illg came in 21st and Berg also cracked the top 25 with her 24th place finish.
Girls Swimming and Diving
Despite a completely revamped lineup due to several swimmers and divers being out with an illness, the Jackets still pulled out a 96-82 win over Princeton. The Jackets gathered first place finishes in each event, except for the 200 freestyle relay and the 100 backstroke. C-I also competed the last two events as exhibition races only.
After a fast start to the season, the Jackets have fallen on some tough times lately, falling 6-1 to St. Michael-Albertville and losing 3-0 to Buffalo.
The Jackets took three losses for the week, falling to STMA 3-1, Buffalo 4-0 and Duluth Marshall 3-0.