As fall sports begin to wrap up, the first to end was the girls tennis squad. The team ended their year in the Section 7AA tournament first with a win against Forest Lake, and then a loss against Chisago Lakes.
The girls would go on to win 5-2 over a tough and athletic section rival in Forest Lake. The Jackets swept the doubles matches, with Chloe Hajek and Natalie Randall earning singles wins.
The section individual tournament began on Tuesday, Oct. 8, with two individuals and two doubles teams from each school set to compete.
Cross country had a very muddy meet on Tuesday, Oct. 1, at the Grand National Golf Club. C-I had three out of the top five finishers for the boys: Jaxon Jones got second, Henry Abraham finished third, and Blake Roberts finished fifth.
The girls had four out of the top six, including Jordan Merwin in first, Cierra Johnshoy fourth, Britt Erickson fifth, Kendyl Izzo sixth.
Cambridge-Isanti would go on to finish first out of eight teams in both boys and girls.
Those same muddy conditions were again experienced by the Jackets as they ran in the Swain Meet hosted by Duluth East on Saturday, Oct. 5.
Jones was again the top C-I finisher, coming in sixth in the 2A division. For the girls, Merwin came in with the best Jacket time, coming in 32nd. The boys came in sixth and the girls came in seventh as teams.
The Jackets squad had a lone match last week on Tuesday, Oct 1, against Andover at Andover High School. The C-I girls kept the first couple sets close, losing by two points in each. C-I won the third set 25-18, but couldn’t quite complete the rally, falling to the Huskies 3-1.
Makenzie Coplan led the Jackets with 11 kills, followed closely by Allyson Treichel’s 10.
The Jackets took on Elk River on Friday, Oct 4, at home. After losing big against Andover last week, the Jackets looked to come back and prove their worth against the Elks.
C-I was down 6-14 after some first-quarter mistakes, and at halftime it was 18-38 with the Jackets not being able to stop the Elk River rushing onslaught.
The game was a showcase for the offense of both teams with Elk River winning 61-30.
Connor Braaten had 173 yards and two touchdowns through the air, Gaven Ziebarth ran for 172 yards and Logan Henderson had 102 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
The Jackets’ next game is on Friday, Oct 11, at home against Buffalo, where they hope to improve on their 1-5 record.
On Wednesday, Oct 2, the C-I boys soccer team had a game against St. Francis, coming off a three-game winning streak. The boys lost against the Saints, going scoreless in a 0-3 loss.
On Saturday, Oct 5, the boys took on Grand Rapids. C-I was down 1-0 at half, with the team trying to mount a comeback, but they couldn’t. They ended up only matching Grand Rapids’ one goal in the second half, losing 1-2.
The boys finished the regular season with a 5-10 record, resulting in a #8 seed for the playoffs. They faced #1 seed Andover on Tuesday, Oct. 8. C-I lost that game 8-1, ending their season.
On Wednesday, Oct 2, the girls soccer squad took on St. Francis after winning four games straight.
Both teams remained scoreless in the first half, with St. Francis scoring a second-half goal to ice the game and spoil the C-I win streak. The final score was 0-1.
On Saturday, Oct 5, C-I would take on Grand Rapids at home for the last regular season game. C-I would have the same fate of falling in the second half and going scoreless, losing 0-1 to the Thunderhawks.
The Jackets received the #7 seed for the section playoffs, going up against section newcomer Centennial, who received the #2 seed, on Tuesday, Oct. 8. The Jackets wound up losing that game 8-0, ending their season.
Girls swimming and diving
The Jackets saw their home undefeated streak come to an end against perennially strong Forest Lake on Tuesday, Oct. 1.
C-I had the script flipped from their previous home meets, with the Rangers taking first in every event except for Payton Larkin’s win in the 50 free. Forest Lake built up enough of a lead to swim the final two events as exhibition only en route to a 102-79 Jacket defeat.
On Saturday, Oct. 5, the Jackets hosted the annual Scott Sholund Invitation, with C-I coming in third out of seven schools.