Boys and Girls track and field
The Vikings boys team placed eighth out of 10 teams during the Mississippi 8 conference championships held in Princeton, with the girls team coming in 10th.
Individually, Paige Bauer was the only Viking to claim All-Conference honors, coming in second in the pole vault and fourth in the high jump. Four other girls received Honorable Mention honors. They were Savannah Hoard (200), Elizabeth Woods (300 hurdles), and Abby Schulte and Katelynn Mcabee (shot put).
For the boys, North Branch received 10 Honorable Mention finishes. Eric Nadeau (100, long jump), Josheph Nihart (800,1600) and Harrison Toussaint (110 and 300 hurdles) were each double-recipients. Matthew Stuber (1600), Logan Murphy and Rylen Nelson (high jump), and Dawson Drost (shot put) also received H.M. honors.
All-Conference was given to the first through fourth place finishers, with fifth through eighth place earning Honorable Mention.
After getting off to an excellent start in the Section 7AAA tournament with a 10-0, six-inning win over Duluth Denfeld, the defending section champions were shockingly eliminated from the tournament with two-straight losses.
The nightmare conclusion happened at Cloquet on Saturday, May 25. In the championship round of the tournament, the #1 seed Cloquet topped North Branch 11-2. The game was close at the start, but the Lumberjacks pulled away late in the game, sending the Vikings into the elimination round.
There, they faced Grand Rapids, who the Vikings had defeated 5-3 earlier in the season. This time around, however, it took two Viking runs in the fifth inning to prevent the game ending early as the Thunderhawks jumped all over North Branch to build up an 11-0 lead. Those two runs in the fifth were the only ones NB could muster, as they again lost by a score of 11-2.
After receiving the #7 seed in the Section 7AAA tournament, the Vikings put a good scare into the #2 seed and arch-rival Chisago Lakes squad, falling to the Wildcats 7-6.
The loss sends North Branch to the elimination bracket, where they will face Princeton at Princeton on Thursday, May 30.
Boys and girls golf
The Vikings golf teams placed ninth and 10th, respectively, in the Mississippi 8 conference meet last week. Neither team had an individual All-Conference or Honorable Mention finisher.