Sports briefs

NB football loses last home game

Vikings’ Chouinard scores another two TDs

The North Branch football team fell to foe Chisago Lakes, 37-13, at home on Friday, Oct. 4.

The Wildcats held the Vikings scoreless through two quarters while putting 28 points on the board until junior Eli Chouinard ran 52 yards for a North Branch touchdown with 3:18 to go in the third quarter. junior Trey Oday added the extra point.

North Branch held Chisago Lakes scoreless in the fourth quarter and recorded another six points when Chouinard rushed for another touchdown, this time 30 yards. But it wouldn’t be enough to come close to the Wildcats, who are 5-1 this season and third in the Mississippi Eight Conference behind Rogers and St. Michael-Albertville.

The Vikings rushed for 212 yards and were just 1-5 passing for 12 yards.

Chouinard led his squad in the running game, totaling 122 yards on 12 carries for two touchdowns. In two weeks, the junior has recorded five touchdowns for North Branch. junior Jack Tholen recorded 38 yards on six carries, while junior Kodie Koolmo ran for 33 yards on nine carries. Senior Tony Denn added 19 yards.

On the defensive end, junior Maverick Pate and senior Riley Jacobson each earned an interception, while the linemen combined for four tackles for loss.

The loss brings the Vikings record to 2-4 on the year. Next, North Branch travels to Princeton for a 7 p.m. game on Friday, Oct. 11. The Tigers are currently 4-2 in the Mississippi Eight Conference.

NB girls soccer

The Viking girls closed their regular season last week with a 2-0 win over Big Lake at home and a 4-3 loss on the road to Monticello. The split brought the North Branch squad to an overall record of 4-11-1 on the season, and 2-2-1 in the Section 7A standings. To find section seedings, visit the Section 7A tournament bracket online at

RC volleyball

The Tiger volleyball team opened a six-game week last Tuesday with a sweep of Pine City at home, then fell 3-1 to Aitkin on the road two days later. Rush City traveled to the Braham Tournament over the weekend and went 0-3 before returning home on Monday to sweep Hinckley-Finlayson. Next, the Tigers travel to Onamia for a 7:30 p.m. match on Thursday, Oct. 10.


The Rush City boys cross country team took 21st of 26 teams at the Swain Invitational in Duluth over the weekend. The girls team placed 24th of 30 teams.

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