The first game this week on Tuesday, Sept. 3, against Anoka was a hard-fought nail-biter. After going up 2-1, the squad was looking good, then Anoka pulled out the fourth set and managed to squeak by in the fifth set.
In that deciding set, Anoka jumped out to about a 6-point lead, but Cambridge rallied to tie it up. Anoka went ahead again to gain another lead, with the Jackets again tying it up. But C-I couldn’t quite get the lead in the fifth set with Anoka leaving with the W by scores of 20-25, 25-18, 25-17, 22-25, 13-15.
Freshman Ada Schlenker and sophomore Makenzie Coplan had huge offensive matches for the Jackets, recording 31 and 21 kills, respectively.
Two days later, the Jackets picked up another conference win by downing visiting Chisago Lakes 3-0.
The tennis girls had a home invitational on Saturday, Sept. 7, against Anoka, Blaine and Chisago Lakes. The Jackets would first take on the Blaine Bengals and win every singles match and continued with a 1-2 record in doubles.
“This was a really big win for our team against a strong Section 7AA opponent,” said head coach Lee Orvik. “All of the girls played well. It was a great team win.”
The match against Anoka wound up getting postponed due to a light but persistent rain that caused the courts to become too slippery to play on.
Also last week, the Jackets topped neighbor North Branch 6-1. The team currently sits at a 6-2 record.
The boys’ first game this week came on Thursday, Sept. 5, against North Branch. The Jackets couldn’t get it done and put up a goose egg in a 0-2 loss against the Vikings.
They also had a game on Saturday, Sept. 7, against Becker. Being 0-5 going into this game, the boys were thirsty for a “W” in the standings. Tahtan Kassa and Chase Christiansen each put in a goal to help the boys get their first win by a score of 2-1.
The only game the girls had this week has at home against North Branch on Thursday, Sept. 5. They were coming into the game 3-2 against a North Branch team that was 1-4. The girls handedly took care of the Vikings, winning 5-1.
C-I scored in the first minute of both halves to set the pace for the rest of the game. Jaden Wilkinson would pick up the hat trick for the Jackets.
The Norm Ayen Bluejacket Invite was held at Isanti Middle School on Friday, Sept. 6. C-I and 15 other schools would go toe-to-toe against each other.
For the boys, C-I placed third as a team. They were led by Jaxon Jones, who finished 13th with a time of 18:14.20.
On the girls side, the Jackets finished in sixth place as a team. Senior Jordan Merwin was able to crack the top 10 in a loaded race that featured section favorites Andover and Forest Lake, placing 8th with a time of 20:39.30
On Friday, Sept. 6, the football squad went away to war again, this time in Monticello. Coming off a strong performance in Duluth, the Jackets had their heads held high, and were looking to improve on their winning record.
However, the Jackets would go on to be scoreless throughout the first three quarters, down 41-0 going into the fourth quarter. The Jackets wouldn’t end up with a goose egg, though, the final score would be 48-7 in the Magic’s favor.
Girls swimming and diving
In their first regular meet action of the season, C-I traveled to Chisago Lakes where they topped the Wildcats. Kendra Fanth was a double individual winner for the Jackets, who built up enough of a team points lead to swim the final event as an exhibition only.