Sports Briefs (posted Dec. 19)

North Branch Boys Hockey

The North Branch boys hockey team had a tough week, tallying three losses in three days. Last Thursday, the Vikings fell 10-0 to Princeton at home, then traveled to St. Paul Como Park for the second time in two weeks. In the first matchup, the Vikings lost 9-3 to the Cougars. On Friday, the Vikings fell 6-1. Nick Fairbanks scored the lone goal in the second period. North Branch hosted an undefeated Rogers team on Saturday, and lost 13-0. Tyler Byrkit recorded 54 saves on the night. Next, North Branch hits the road to take on Mora/Hinckley-Finlayson at 7:30 p.m.

Rush City Boys Hockey

The Rush City boys hockey team dropped two games last week. Last Tuesday, the Tigers fell 7-1 to Legacy Christian, then lost 9-0 on the road at Proctor two days later. Rush City also faced Cambridge-Isanti on Tuesday night and next host St. Paul Highland Park at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 19.

Rush City Gymnastics

The Rush City/Pine City/Hinckley-Finlayson gymnastics team opened its season last Tuesday with a win over Little Falls, 129.65-120.2. Kylee Berube placed first on the bars and beam to capture second place in the all around for the Tigers. Bailey Murawski took third in the all around with a second-place finish in the vault, floor and two third-place finishes int eh bars and beam. Katelyn Meier and Nicole Meier took fourth and fifth place in the all around, respectively.

Rush City/Braham Wrestling

The Tigers hosted Pine City/Hinckley-Finlayson last Tuesday and cruised through with a 70-12 victory before heading to the Big Lake Invitational on Friday to go up against some stiff competition. Rush City placed seventh of eight teams on the day. The Tigers had six top-five finishes on the day including: senior Tyler Sitz (second place at 132 pounds), junior Jake Lynch (second at 220), eighth-grader Dylan Martin (fourth at 113), junior Dominic Montgomergy (fourth at 160), freshman Dylan Mielke (fifth at 126) adnd senior Chase Grant (fifth at 182).

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