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From the coach:  I nominate Ava Lowman for girls’ tennis. She has started this season 3-0 against some tough opponents. She is someone who fights for every point. She is a bulldog on the court always giving 100% effort. Ava is also a great teammate. She is a positive and encouraging voice fo…

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From the coach:  Chloe is a senior leader on the team and has been with the varsity squad since 9th grade.  She has played both singles and doubles, and has grown into each position.  She works incredibly hard and has shown such improvement over the years, and is now our number one singles p…

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The City of Isanti will be abuzz with BMX racers this weekend for three different races – the annual Race for Life, the Gold Cup qualifier, and the Rum River BMX state qualifier will take place Aug. 28, 29, and 30 at Rum River BMX.

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After a 163-day hiatus, a Bluejacket varsity team finally saw official game action in the form of the C-I girls tennis team hosting Princeton on Tuesday, March 25. The Jackets’ return was a successful one as they defeated the Tigers 4-3. Pictured here is Chloe Hajek during her first singles match.

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Due to capacity restrictions mandated by the state in an attempt to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, local high school sports will be played in front of little-to-no spectators this fall season.

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The Isanti Redbirds and the Mora Blue Devils will represent the Eastern Minny League and Region 1C at the Minnesota Baseball Association’s state amateur baseball tournament.

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For fans of high school sports, the news coming from Tuesday’s Minnesota State High School League Board of Director’s meeting was mixed as the MSHSL voted to allow boys and girls soccer, boys and girls cross country, girls tennis, and girls swimming and diving to be competed as scheduled thi…

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Shawn Motl of the Rum River Bandits slides into second base while trying to break up a double play by North Branch Nighthawk’s Nick Solberg during the first game of a double-header between the two teams. Rum River would sweep North Branch, winning 11-4 and 10-1.

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North Branch Area Public Schools (NBAPS) is pleased to announce the hire of Andrea Schmidt for the position of Activities Director. Schmidt will replace Matt Lattimore, who accepted the role of North Branch Area Middle School Assistant Principal for the 2020-21 school year.

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North Branch Area Public Schools is excited to announce that Mikayla Johnson has been named head gymnastics coach for North Branch Area Public Schools. Johnson is a 2016 graduate of North Branch Area High School and a multi-sport athlete in high school; competing in both gymnastics and track…

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Isanti Redbird Wyatt Soderquist slides safely into third ahead of a tag by the Andover third baseman. Despite the Eastern Minny League still in the process of putting together an abbreviated schedule, the Redbirds are managing to play a few “exhibition” games with other teams willing and abl…

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On Thursday, May 28, Cambridge-Isanti High School conducted their second-ever virtual signing ceremony, this time featuring four female athletes who were signing to continue competing at the collegiate level. Myranda Brogger (first photo, with parents) has signed with the University of Minne…

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They say “keep your friends close and your enemies closer.” Beginning with the 2020-2021 season, this is pretty much what the Cambridge-Isanti girls hockey program will be doing, although it is more out of necessity than animosity.

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North Branch Area Public Schools is pleased to announce Jacob Mars has accepted the position of head coach for the varsity hockey program at North Branch Area High School.

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During any other spring sports season, one of the biggest concerns for coaches and athletes is what the weather will be every single day. A late snow melt or snowstorm. Heavy rains. Even just really cold temperatures. All of them are their biggest fears for causing delays and chaotic schedul…

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The April 15 Cambridge-Isanti High School college signing ceremony was noteworthy for a number of “firsts.” Not only did the traditional ceremony feature the first Bluejacket boys basketball player to sign a National Letter of Intent to compete for a Division I school, but because of the sta…

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The Bluejacket boys basketball team might have finished their season on an extremely disappointing note with the state tournament being canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but there was plenty for the team to be proud of, including back-to-back section championships and a school-record nu…

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They say there is no such thing as a moral victory. The Bluejacket girls basketball team proved them wrong. While C-I went winless in two games at state, the team received a number of accolades for not backing down against long odds.

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Emotions were riding high during the Section 7AAAA championship game in Elk River on Thursday, March 12. Friendly but fierce rivals Cambridge-Isanti and Duluth East fought tooth-and-nail in front of a packed, raucous crowd for the section crown and what both teams hoped to be a trip to Targe…

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Rum River wrestling had 46 kids qualify for The MN/USA state tournament in Rochester, with 12 of them walking away with medals. Lennox Gilbert (pictured on top of podium) took 1st, Everett Erickson took 2nd, Leo Edblad took 2nd, Brody Brown took 3rd, Shelby Howard took 3rd, Cruz Collison too…

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Back in 1999, a core group of six seniors, plus a talented underclassman starter, who had been playing together for almost their entire basketball lives made history by winning Cambridge-Isanti’s first-ever section championship and state tournament berth in girls basketball.

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The Cambridge-Isanti Bantam A team took third place in the District 10 tournament recently and earned a berth to the Regions tournament held in Alexandria on Feb. 28-March 1. 

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With just under 30 seconds remaining in the first half of Cambridge-Isanti’s Section 7AAAA girls basketball semifinal game, Bluejacket head coach Jody Ledahl called out to his team to make “one shot” – a tactic employed by almost every team as time runs out in the first half of a close game.

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In the virtually never-ending debate on the best way to seed teams for section tournament play – strictly computer-based rankings or by a vote among section coaches – the Cambridge-Isanti Bluejacket boys basketball team has provided some pretty compelling evidence in favor of the latter.

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From the coach:  Drew VanEerden had an incredible rivalry week, facing Chisago Lakes and Cambridge-Isanti. Between the two games he averaged 21.5ppg and was 10-16 from beyond the arc. Drew brings an edge to our team, and when he is going well, the rest of the players feed off of him. Off of …

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In order for the Cambridge-Isanti Bluejacket gymnastics team to earn their 11th-straight section championship and state meet berth, the team relied on winning the battle for earning every tenth of a point they could. At the following week’s state meet, however, the Jackets found themselves o…

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From the coach:  Connor has been instrumental to our success this year. His improvement from last year to this year has been phenomenal, due to his time spent in the gym, but also his dedication to the weight room in the offseason and during the season. In our victory over Princeton, Connor …

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Going into the Section 7AA gymnastics meet, the scenario was the same as it’s been almost every year for the last 20 years. To knock Cambridge-Isanti off the top of the podium, a team would have to put together the best meet of their season, and they would have to hope C-I made a major mistake.

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From the coach:  Amme is having a standout senior season and impacts the game in so many ways on the court. In two Bluejacket wins last week, Amme scored 35 points, pulled down 19 rebounds, had four steals, four blocks, and three assists. In addition to being a standout player, Amme is also …

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From the coach:  I nominated Megan because she is an outstanding student-athlete who excels on the basketball court and in the classroom. Megan chose to stick with basketball despite most of her classmates quitting a few years ago. Her decision to continue playing showed a tremendous amount …

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From the coach:  Laci is a very determined athlete and is constantly striving to not only learn new skills, but to also perfect her form and technique with them. She earned career-high all-around scores in three out of four meets recently. She has a bubbly and positive personality that alway…

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From the coach:  I nominated Paige Bauer for athlete of the week because she leads by example. As a team captain and fifth-year veteran on the team, Paige really knows her teammates’ strengths and challenges them to try new things in an effort to build up our team’s scoring potential and pus…

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It was just one of those weeks for North Branch sports teams, as the school’s five teams went a collective 1-8 on the week.