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 From the coach: Makenzie has been the heart and soul of our team for the past 4 years. She has grown as a leader and brings so much emotion to our team that will be missed once she graduates. She has such a tremendous work ethic and is always willing to help her team mates on varsity and al…

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The young, but talented North Branch Viking girls soccer team had fought hard throughout the season to achieve their best results since their state tournament runs in 2016 and 2017. Despite their best efforts, however, the team fell just one game short of making the school’s third-ever state…

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 From the coach: Braden Jones, W.R. and DB. He is a tremendous leader and competitor. He is currently tied for 4th in 5A for receptions and yards. He plays offense, defense, and special teams. He has done all this less than a year after suffering a serious leg injury.

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From the coach: These four senior doubles players have been a real driving force behind the team this year.  Most times they come off the court happy to have been able to played another match, no matter the outcome.  Their attitudes of constant improvement have been infectious, and they help…

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One of the things that makes team tennis so unique is it doesn’t matter if a player is playing in the top position or the last position, each players’ individual results is worth one team point. What this means is even if a team has the best player in the state playing at first singles, if t…

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From the coach:  Kendyl is an amazing asset to the team.  Beyond her athletic abilities (which are great) she brings a leadership style that is both direct and calming at the same time.  She uses her past experiences to help out the younger members of the team and her work ethic is infectiou…

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From the coach: This is Ruby’s first year out for CC. She is like the energizer bunny. She always is willing to run with Varsity. It will be a pleasure to coach Ruby for the next 5 years. She is a very coachable kid. 

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From the coach:  Through Cal’s hard work and perseverance, he has risen up through the ranks and recently scored as our number one runner.  Cal leads a relatively young group of talented runners and has become even more focused and driven in the most recent season.  With each race Cal become…

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From the coach: This is Jordan’s first year out for CC and the kid enjoys running. He has natural form and a set of very healthy lungs. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for him. He has a bright future. On top of all  that, Jordan loves Spam! 

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From the coach: Jenna is a five-year varsity soccer player for the Bluejackets, earning major playing time and making an immediate impact as an eighth grader.  Since then she has made the most of her incredible drive to learn and grow as a player, becoming a starter as a freshmen and now Sen…

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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…