2019 Cambridge-Isanti Bluejacket Fall Sports Preview

Volleyball

2019 Cambridge-Isanti Bluejacket Fall Sports Preview

Cambridge-Isanti volleyball: (front row, from left) Ellie Kuznia, Laynie Wood, Sara Katchmark, Abbie Higley, Olivia Graham, Emma Wessel, Hailey Christenson, (back row) head coach Colin Dickey, Faith Nelson, Makenzie Coplan, Ada Schlenker, Amber Paitl, Kelsey Karels, Allyson Treichel and assistant coach Niki Pfutzenreuter.

Head coach: Colin Dickey

Assistant coaches: Ellen Wander, Niki Pfutzenreuter, Christine Steman, Emily Edmond

What was last year’s regular-season record, conference record, and finish in the conference/sections? Regular Season: 3-22-0, Conference Record: 0-9-0

Who are the players to watch this year? I’m counting on Faith Nelson to run our offense and utilize our hard-hitting left side Makenzie Coplan and middle Allyson Treichel.

What will be the keys to the team’s success this year? We need to bring more speed and emotion to our game. Too many times last year we were on the defensive side of the ball. We need to show that we can be a skilled offensive team as well.

What challenges will the team face? We lost a big part of our offense from last year with the graduation of Bridget Witzmann, but I’m confident this year’s seniors will step up.

What are your goals for the 2019 season? Biggest goal is to speed our game up, and in doing so, we’re hoping success should follow.

Who is the opponent to watch for this year in the conference/section? Let’s be honest, we didn’t have a very good record last year, so every opponent will be tough for us.

Football

2019 Cambridge-Isanti Bluejacket Fall Sports Preview

Cambridge-Isanti football: (front row, from left) Cooper Braaten, Carissa Clemente, Beau Becker, Jackson Lindberg, Luke Lund, Easton Parnell, Mason Delgadillo, Joe White, Parker Danielson, Adam Olson, Paul Swanson, Jacob Mujwit, Shelby Keen Ray Lines, Sully Weibel, (second row) Keagen Lowman, FrankieLynn Chamberlin, assistant coach Jody Ledahl, assistant coach Matt Braaten, Jacob Maurer, Adam Hamed, Ari Sullivan, Ethan Kolby, Brayden Berg, Connor Braaten, Easton Johnson, Daniel Muehlberg, Martin Espitia, Colten Deitz, Max Sickler, assistant coach Joe Lakeberg, assistant coach Lance Olson, (third row) assistant coach Kyle groves, Kyle Phillips, Cyrus Mattson, Nathan Jorgensen, Parker Sandquist, Braden Jones, Ethan Hanson, Logan Mulder, Jacob McCabe, Riley Wilson, Rigo Mork, Devin Larson, Joel Patchen, assistant coach Brandon Houtsma, (fourth row) head coach Shane Weibel, Trent Johnson, Taylon Johnson, Terrance Williams, Jayden Peterson, Gaven Ziebarth, Aleck Dee, Zach Larson, Devin Zabel, Logan Henderson, Jake Crain, Ben Huisenga, assistant coach Travis Fuhol, (back row) Gunnar Nelson, Jake Semler, Dominic Mireles, Cooper Laase, Chase Carstensen, Clay Wilking, Trent Beseth, Micheal Noonan, Jordan Sperl, Luke Olson, Andrew Stichley and Austin Otier.

Head coach: Shane Weibel

Assistant coaches: Matt Braaten, Kyle Groves, Brandon Houtsma, Jody Ledahl, Travis Fuhol, Joe Lakeberg, Lance Olson.

What was last year’s regular-season record, district record, and finish in the district/sections?  Regular season - 5-3; district record - 4-3 (4th); section championship; State Quarterfinals

Who are the players to watch this year? Connor Braaten - QB JR, Gaven Ziebarth - RB/S JR, Cooper Laase - LT/SO, Paul Swanson - WR/CB SR.

What will be the keys to the team’s success this year? It’s going to be how fast we mature as a team. We will be very young – graduated 22 seniors last year. We have talent coming up, and though the senior class is small, they continue to grow as leaders. 

What challenges will the team face? Our district opponents are always well-coached, and each week poses a unique challenge. Again, I think it’s going to be how fast we mature and come together as a team. 

What are your goals for the 2019 season? I think it’s the same each year. Uphold the tradition that is Bluejacket football. Our motto this year is “Tradition Never Graduates.” We want to compete for a district, section and state title.

Who is the opponent to watch for this year in the conference/section? Elk River, Andover and St. Francis will be very tough. 

Girls tennis

2019 Cambridge-Isanti Bluejacket Fall Sports Preview

Cambridge-Isanti girls tennis: (front row, from left) Ella Orvik, Emma Skog, Jordan Werth, Elyse Casnin, Ashley Ladd, Chloe Hajek, Natalie Randall, Ava Lowman, Olivia Yaggy, Sierra Goldeman, (second row) Maggie Kurowski, Grace Schoeneck, Natalie Phelps, Kerra Birch, Keziah Bulabon, Mckenzie Rafftery, Madison Lawrence, Leslie Bleess, Emma Cashin, Sienna Herrera-Shanley, (back row) head coach Lee Orvik, Maddie Pynes, Paige Yurczyk, Hayley Gass, Ashleigh Ruppert, Sarah Baker, Christy Haglund, Madeline troolin, Meagan Hernandez, Chloe Shaw, Bryanna Wiebe and assistant coach Bob Miller.

Head coach: Lee Orvik

Assistant coaches: Bob Miller, James Sullivan

What was last year’s regular-season record, conference record, and finish in the conference/sections? 12-10 overall after playoffs; 11-9 regular season; 5-4 in conference play; finished 4th out of 10 teams in the conference. In sections we beat St. Francis in the first round, and we lost to Elk river in the second round.

Who are the players to watch this year? We have several returning varsity members from last year: (alphabetical order) Sarah Baker, Chloe Hajek, Ashley Ladd, Ella Orvik, Maddie Pynes, McKenzie Rafftery, Paige Yurczyk

What will be the keys to the team’s success this year? The key to this team’s success will be our willingness to continue to learn and to grow. These are hardworking athletes who have unlimited potential as long as they continue to develop their tennis skills and their teamwork.

What challenges will the team face? Every year the challenge is accepting new roles on the team, new positions, new doubles partners, etc.

What are your goals for the 2019 season? Our goal for the 2019 season is to continually challenge ourselves to improve as tennis players, as teammates, and as leaders. If we focus on constantly improving ourselves, the season will be a success.

Who is the opponent to watch for this year in the conference/section? Becker is back in the conference, and they have a dynamite team that didn’t lose many of their successful players from last year. Princeton is always strong as well. We have a very competitive conference – every team has the ability to challenge for a win every match. Our section of 15 teams is led by Elk River and Duluth East. They are expected to be powerhouses yet again. Our section constantly has multiple players ranked in the top 10 individually in the state, and we usually have at least two of the top 10 teams in the state as well.

Girls soccer

2019 Cambridge-Isanti Bluejacket Fall Sports Preview

Cambridge-Isanti girls soccer: (front row, from left) Kenall Tweeten, Brianna Schmitt, Deanna Broeen, Jenna Cear, Marisa Carroll, Mykayla Hegferd, Mickayla Wilkinson, Kailey Scheid, Aviendha Faucher, Rihanna Wisen, Haley Van Reese, Marley Reed, (second row) head coach Mike Galligan, Jenna Hari, Jaidan Wilkinson, Payton Danielson, Christiana Smisson, Jorja Brown, Madeline Droubie, Emily Nystrom, Emily Haglund, Anika Larson, Mariah Martin, Kenna Caza, Rachel O’Donovan, Megan Rouse, assistant coach Bailey Hastings, (third row) assistant coach Bob Benes, Cierra Karels, Mable Carlson, Cora Bailey, Kaitlin Wing, Larissa Block, Kayleigh Weidendorf, Sam Landt, Kirsten Ziesmer, Laurna Arends, Ashlyn Simpson, Amelia Schmidt, Sophia Masters, Amelea Criswell, Mckenna Murray, manager Jaden Stevens, (back row) Teresa Rodriguez, Jordan Hillstrom, Madison Cline, Leah Hari, Alayna Aljets, Mahala Gillespie, AnnaGrace Nelson, Shay Zagers, Niki Snedeker, Kylie Venhuizen, Jenessa Bliss, Alexa Davis, Sam Tempesta, Alexa Sutherland and manager Teagan Brown.

Head coach: Michael Galligan

Assistant coaches: Bob Benes, Bailey Hastings

What was last year’s regular-season record, conference record, and finish in the conference/sections? Overall 2018 record: 4-11-1

Who are the players to watch this year? Senior Alexa Sutherland is off to a fast start using her considerable ball-handling skills, she will lead the charge of our attack. Senior Emily Haglund will hold the midfield together with her high energy, never stop moving style of play. Senior McKenna Murray will anchor the defense with her excellent vision and direction. Junior Laurna Arends will protect the goal with her intelligent and well-executed goalkeeping ability. Newcomers already making an impact include freshmen Jaidan Wilkinson and Anika Larson, both of whom inject some high octane into our attack with their exceptional speed and agility.

What will be the keys to the team’s success this year? Experience and skill.

What challenges will the team face? We need to continue our work toward being organized within and between the forward, mid and defensive lines. Our individuals have a lot of talent that they must learn to coordinate with each other.

What are your goals for the 2019 season? Learn to take care of each other on and off the field, improve on last year’s standings.

Who is the opponent to watch for this year in the conference/section? Conference: Monticello coming off an 8-conference win season will be looking to repeat. Section: Blaine found their way to the championship as the #3 seed last year. They always seem to be in the mix.

Boys soccer

2019 Cambridge-Isanti Bluejacket Fall Sports Preview

Cambridge-Isanti boys soccer: (front row, from left) Ethan Stebbins, Alek Loehlein, Nate Hanson, Ty Valland, Edward Madsen, Marcus Hamilton, Josh Foley, Trevor Rettmann, Travis Rasche, (second row) Joe Williams, Logan Kinsey, Reece Valland, Chase Christensen, Alex Thompson, Derek Pohlkamp, Joshua Bauer, Caleb Dyer, Logan Carpenter, Cordell Strombeck, Tristen Oelrich, (back row) James Moran, Carter Thompson, Andrew Head, Nate Larson, Nathaniel Bauer, Tahtan Kassa, Erik Kindem, Jonah Brady, James Hanson and Johnathan Chase. 

Head coach: Joe Kassa

Assistant coach: David Stebbins

What was last year’s regular-season record, conference record, and finish in the conference/sections? Regular Season: 1-12-1; Conference: 1-7-1 (8th); 8th place in sections

Who are the players to watch this year? We have a strong core group of returning juniors and seniors that have played together now for a couple of years.

What will be the keys to the team’s success this year? Communication and ball movement. Both will be key to generating an offensive attack and creating scoring chances, something we’ve struggled with in the past.

What challenges will the team face? The size of our teams. We have a smaller number of players this year, so there isn’t a lot of room for injuries. 

What are your goals for the 2019 season? We always have a goal of having a better result than the year prior. We also are looking to finish in the upper half of the conference, and potentially a home game in Sections.

Who is the opponent to watch for this year in the conference/section? Monticello is a very good team. In our section Duluth East has won the last couple years, and I expect they will put out a very good team again.

Girls cross country

2019 Cambridge-Isanti Bluejacket Fall Sports Preview

Cambridge-Isanti girls cross country: (front row, from left) Saija Harvey, Sofia Harvey, Ella Hasser, Ashton Parnell, Kendyl Izzo, Lily Atkins, Cierra Johnshoy, Bailey Snidarich, (back row) Elizabeth Crawford, Jordan Merwin, Jada Schafer, Anastacia Carpenter, Gabe Foley, Britt Erickson, Kate Malikowski and Autumn Lundeen.

Head coach: Josh Lowman

Assistant coaches: Linda Droubie, Katie Adams

What was last year’s regular-season record, conference record, and finish in the conference/sections? Fourth out of 10 in the Mississippi 8 Conference; 5th out of 16 in Section 7AA; Jess Illg (graduated) qualified for the state meet.

Who are the players to watch this year? All-conference runner Jordan Merwin (12th), All-conference honorable mention runner Ashton Parnell (11th), senior Chloe Nelson, juniors Britt Erickson, Gabey Foley and Bailey Snidarich, and Cierra Johnshoy and freshmen Kendyl Izzo

Who is the opponent to watch for this year in the conference/section? The transition to the new conference will be welcome to the girls’ squad as well, but not quite as friendly as the boys'. Monticello girls remain and incoming Becker always fields a competitive program.  Still, the girls will look to improve and compete for their first top three conference showing in over two decades. In Section 7AA, both Forest Lake and Andover look to return great teams.

Boys cross country

2019 Cambridge-Isanti Bluejacket Fall Sports Preview

Cambridge-Isanti boys cross country: (front row, from left) Chase Imker, Thomas Moran, Kevin Hansen, Blake Roberts, Zander Gallmeier, Gavin Hajek, Connor Bickford, Gabe Nelson, Justin Bettendorf, (second row) Braden Kohn, Joshua Provost, Owen Jarvela, Rudy Challander, Adam Colbert, Henry Abraham, Jaxon Jones, Tristen Carpenter, (back row) Brennen Dahlberg, Kresten Atkins, Reese Bickford, Trent Viesselman, Eli Bingham, Ryan Cox, Calixto Larson, Alex Magnuson and Evan Goebel.

Head coach: Josh Lowman

Assistant coaches: Linda Droubie, Katie Adams

What was last year’s regular-season record, conference record, and finish in the conference/sections? Fourth out of 10 in the Mississippi 8 Conference; 5th out of 16 in Section 7AA; Dylan Larson (graduated) qualified for the state meet.

Who are the players to watch this year? All-conference runner Henry Abraham (12th), All-conference honorable mention runner Jaxon Jones (10th), seniors Trent Viesselmen and Calixto Larson, and 10th graders Zander Gallmeier and Blake Roberts

What are your goals for the 2019 season? Last year’s strong 4th-place finish (behind all of the schools leaving the conference) has opened the door for a number of schools to compete for a championship with the Jackets included in that conversation. We will be using a combination of veteran runners and younger talent to try to accomplish that goal.   

Who is the opponent to watch for this year in the conference/section? With the transition from the old Mississippi 8 (which included powers St. Michael, Buffalo and Rogers) to the new (adding Becker), the boys’ squad is excited. Forest Lake should retain the edge in winning another Section 7AA championship.

Girls swimming and diving

2019 Cambridge-Isanti Bluejacket Fall Sports Preview

Cambridge-Isanti girls swimming and diving: (front row, from left) Alaina Christlieb, Cuincy Gibbs, Arianna Melby, Olivia Hansen, Laci Lorinser, Annabelle Milles, Emily Raths, Margaret Meagher, Sophia Hawkinson, (second row) Katelyn Berg, Chloe Jones, Zoey Pisula, Caiya Gibbs, Milly Kroschel, Kasey Catton, Emma Bellows, Jillian Edblad, Maegan Jones, (third row) Kelly Patton, Megan Vanhout, Cece Netzer, Brooke Haight, Morgan Anderson, Rayna Bailey, Laney Reinhart, Cassandra Thompson, (back row) Olivia Sickler, Payton Larkin, Molly Hennen, Abby Foss, Maddie Jaques, Ailie Larkin, Kendra Fanth, manager Zach Melby, manager Henry Baxter and manager Mitchell Patrick.

Head coach: Jen Olson

Assistant coaches: Gary Gotz, Diane Solbrack

What was last year’s regular-season record, conference record, and finish in the conference/sections?  5-3 

Who are the players to watch this year? Kendra Fanth, Payton Larkin, Molly Hennen, Caya Gibs, Rayna Bailey, Laney Reinhart 

What will be the keys to the team’s success this year? Leaving all the drama of the outside world and coming together as a team to leave it all in the pool.  

What challenges will the team face? The team will face challenges of stepping up in spots where some of the seniors that graduated left. 

What are your goals for the 2019 season? Goals this season are for the girls to improve on their events and try out new events that might spark an area for them to excel in.    

Who is the opponent to watch for this year in the conference/section? Monticello 

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