Five local teams participated in travel tournaments over the winter break.
Pine City/Rush City boys hockey took home the championship trophy from a three-day tournament in Waseca. The Dragons toppled Bagley 12-3 and St. Paul Highland Park 4-3, then surged past hosts Waseca 4-1 in the title game. The Dragons’ 20 goals were spread among Jonah Bergstrom (six), Brendan Westbrook (four), Jake Lindblom (three), Dusty Bergstrom (two), Kyle Wiener (two), Carter Haines (one), T.J. Roth (one) and Skyler Rasinski (one).
North Branch boys basketball split a pair of games in Randolph. The Vikings lost 87-66 to private school power New Life Academy, then reversed course to beat Cannon Falls 75-58. Brady Brodin led the scoring charge against New Life with 18 points, all on 3-point shots. Dylan Ramberg was top man against Cannon Falls with 27. Brodin added 15 and Dylan Marcusson scored 10, while also grabbing eight rebounds, five of which came on offense.
North Branch girls basketball was swept out of a tournament in Little Falls, taking losses to Staples-Motley (70-54) and Little Falls (54-43). Four Vikings hit double figures in the first game: Katherine Carlson (12), Jillyana Hoppe (10), Sam Pederson (10) and Haley Hadrava (10). Hoppe led the team in game two with 11. Cianna Selbitschka scored 10.
North Branch boys hockey went 2-1 in Little Falls. The Vikings first dominated Mandan (North Dakota), outshooting the Braves 51-18 en route to a 4-1 win. They lost 3-1 against the hosts despite briefly holding a lead in the second period, then finished their run with a 6-0 dusting of Willmar. Cody Moline, Nick Fairbanks and Bryant Meyer scored two goals each in the tournament. Brady Meyer, Joe Fabini, Jacob Richards, Ryan Bikrit and Jared Kozar scored one.
St. Francis/North Branch girls hockey also went 2-1, in this case at the Schwan Cup in Blaine. A 2-0 loss to Bay Area was followed by shutout wins over Owatonna (3-0) and St. Cloud (1-0). Sophia Zebro scored a hat-trick against Owatonna. North Branch student Kaylyn Forliti assisted on Brielle Atzdorf’s game-winner against St. Cloud.