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From the coach:  Lilly has been an on field leader for a couple of years. This year she has taken on the role of leading both on and off of the field as a Leadership Council member & Senior. Lilly plays various positions throughout the mid-field and in the last week has compiled 4 goals …

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Seniors nominated for North Branch Homecoming are:  (front row, from left) Andrew Thauwald, Garrett Korkowski, Ashton Labelle, Tanner Bollman, Brandt Bombard, (back row) Kendra Geary, Grace Christopherson, Sophia Helinsky, Paige Peaslee, Paris Kopp. North Branch’s Homecoming Week will run fr…

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The North Branch Area Public Schools Activities Department is seeking nominations for the Viking Hall of Fame, Class of 2022. Individuals can be nominated in one of three categories: Athlete/Participant, Coach, and Honorary. The Hall of Fame, Class of 2022 will be announced at a high school …

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From the coach: I selected Freshman Colin Rouse because he shows up for every practice and game ready to give his all. He’s one of the younger players on the team, but his maturity and execution of the game is second to none. Colin’s excellent touch and creativity has generated three goals f…

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 From the coach: Jace has been a wonderful player to have on and off the field. He continually works hard and listens to every word given to him and has earned athlete of the week.  Couldn’t ask for a more coachable player and what he lacks in size/height he makes up for in tenacity and work ethic!

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 From the coach: As a new coach working with the team, I have been impressed by the great work ethic of these girls both in practice and during matches! Their hard work is paying off, as they’ve won their last four matches at first doubles!

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The Purple Hawk Junior Golf Foundation was created in late 2020. PHJGF is a Non-Profit Organization that is in place to allow youth from the local communities to play golf. They provide clubs, instruction, and the opportunity to play golf at Purple Hawk Country Club in Cambridge.

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Both the Class of 2020 and 2021 inductees of the Bluejacket Hall of Fame were honored during a dinner held on Sunday, Aug. 22 at Cambridge Lutheran Church. The Class of 2020 wasn’t able to have a ceremony last year due to COVID. 

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The North Branch Viking girls tennis team is going to be a work in progress throughout most of the 2021 season, with very little varsity experience and the ones that have played on the varsity level learning new roles. And based on a frenetic first two weeks of the season, the team needed to…

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North Branch Area Public Schools is proud to announce that Todd Dufault has been hired as varsity head coach for the boys basketball program. 

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Players from the Cambridge-Isanti 11U traveling baseball team cooled off under the mister at Mann Field on Tuesday evening, June 8, following their 4-3 win over Zimmerman. Due to a weekend tournament, this was the team’s seventh game in just four days - all with temperatures in the 90s.

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During the course of many teams’ seasons, there is bound to be peaks and valleys. The 2021 North Branch softball team is no different. What was different, however, is how the team utilized one of those valleys to in fact gain momentum to reach the peak of their season thus far - claiming the…

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From the coach: Paige is one of the most dedicated athletes to come out of North Branch. She also was a three sport athlete, excelled in soccer,  gymnastics and track and field. Her dedication in the classroom also was prevalent as she will take her track and field talents and studies to the…

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From the coach: Aiyana Knight- Aiyana is an outstanding athlete. I am so impressed with her drive and work ethic.  She is such a fun athlete to watch compete and I am confident she will break a record or two this season.

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Eleven Bluejacket student-athletes put pen to paper to sign their intent to continue competing in athletics at college during a ceremony held in the CIHS Media Center Tuesday, June 1. Signing letters of intent were (from left) Luke Olson (football, Central Lakes Community College), Chase Car…

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The North Branch Viking and Cambridge-Isanti girls golf teams each finished off their seasons in style, with each team sending a member to their respective state golf meets.

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North Branch Area High School is hosting a four-day baseball camp starting June 28. North Branch Viking head coach, Steve Christensen, will direct the program in conjunction with U.S. Baseball Academy.

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After a hiatus due to the pandemic, summer basketball is back.  The Jacket Hoop Boosters and the Bluejacket Boys Basketball program offers many summer programs for players of all ages. Listed below are the opportunities:

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The 14u Cambridge Isanti Competitive Baseball team came in 2nd place at the Hudson Baseball Blast tournament, held May 15-16. They went into the championship game undefeated before they fell to a team from Somerset. Pictured are (front row, from left) Tags Henderson,  Micah Gustafson, Emmitt…

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In both of the games between Cambridge-Isanti and Big Lake, the winners have been decided in dramatic, walk-off fashion. Two weeks ago, the Hornets won in a pitchers’ duel by the score of 1-0, with the lone run coming in the bottom of the eighth. Last Tuesday, May 25, it was the Jackets’ tur…

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Special congratulations to senior adapted bowler Hunter Carpenter. The Minnesota Adapted Athletics Association has selected Carpenter as this year’s recipient of the Russ Bakko Most Outstanding Bowler Award. 

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From the coach: I nominated Jasmyn for Athlete of the week not only for her fantastic athletic ability but more importantly her overall character. Jasmyn has shown great leadership by setting an example for all of the girls golf team. She is humble, considerate, and takes her sport seriously…

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From the coach: I would like to nominate Hailey Bistodeau for athlete of the week for North Branch Girls Golf. Hailey finished tying for first overall at the recent conference meet in Princeton amongst the 8 overall conference teams. She also helped the team finish 4th overall in the meet. H…

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From the coach: Harry is a captain on our track team that brings an incredible amount of positive energy every single day. He is the type of student athlete that can instantly change anyone’s day just by being around him. He is a great leader for our team and enjoys helping/teaching our youn…

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 From the coach: I would like to nominate my 2nd baseman Ava Sittlow. She has a .481 batting average, 3 triples 7 RBIs, 3 walks and a slugging percentage of .704. This past week her bat was hot as even her outs were line drives to the outfield. She has been taking great at bats at the plate …

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 From the coach:  Annie has been a key player since her freshmen year.  Annie has continued to work hard at becoming a better player.  She has grown as an overall player and continues to be a force on the mound.

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The Isanti Redbirds and the East Bethel Bandits will play a very special game on Friday, May 14. It will be the third annual Buddy Poppy Day game at Redbird field in Isanti. This game will honor veterans from Isanti and Anoka Counties who gave their lives in the following wars:  Korea, Vietn…

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The Midwest Warriors 12U AAA Girls Hockey team brought home the championship trophy from the Mountain Dew Blast Tournament held at the National Sports Center in Blaine. Pictured with the trophy are (front row, from left) Isabel Skarohlid, Iriss Sanftner, Mikenna Uphoff, Lilliana Hanes and Ba…

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After losing an entire year of competition, spring sports teams have been dreaming of a return to a relatively normal season. Be careful what you wish for. After going through a very warm stretch that did at least melt all of the snow in plenty of time, spring sports have already experienced…

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Thanks to a drastic turn for the worse with the weather and an extremely short break between the conclusion of the winter sports season and the beginning of the spring sports season, it can be said spring sports teams didn’t exactly burst out of the starting gates in their triumphant return …