Viking boys extend losing streak to six

By Victoria Dahlin —

Travis VanElsberg racked up 23 points in the home game versus the Wildcats. Photos by Victoria Dahllin

A win seems to have become elusive for the North Branch boys basketball team after falling in both its games last week and extending its losing streak to six.

The team first faced Chisago Lakes Area on a fun evening for the home crowd with the Vikettes dance team performing at halftime, followed by the Viking girls basketball team taking on the Wildcats. Even with the crowd’s support the Viking boys couldn’t keep up with the Wildcats and fell 79-52.

“Give Chisago Lakes all the credit,” said Coach David Anderson. “They came in to our building tonight and took one from us. I can’t take anything away from the game they played; they did a great job and deserved to win. It’s our turn to look in the mirror and decide what type of team we are going to be. We need to take this lesson and learn something from it to improve in the future. If we don’t then we are just going to repeat our mistakes down the road.”

Last Friday the team faced third in the conference and always a tough foe, Totino-Grace, and was annihilated 80-31.

“Our guys played hard from beginning to end, but we just don’t have enough yet to keep up with a team like Totino,” said Coach Anderson. “We saw some good things from some of our younger guys and played very well in spurts, but we still have to continue working to put all the pieces together and play up to our full potential. I know our guys are willing to put in the work and are hungry to get better, so I have a lot of confidence that we will pull the lessons from this game that we need to and use those lessons to help us in the future.”

North Branch teacher wore red T-shirts while attending the Vikings boys and girls basketball games last week to show support for the school district.


The North Branch boys basketball team has a 2-10 overall and 0-4 North Suburban Conference record. The Vikings will host the St. Louis Park Orioles (6-6) at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24.

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