Sports Briefs – May 17, 2017

NB softball rolls past St. Francis, Cloquet

Photo by John Olson.

Junior infielder Amber Yoch, about to throw out a St. Francis runner at first. The North Branch softball team picked up a 9-7 road victory over the Saints on May 11. The Vikings trailed after three innings but rallied for three runs in the fourth inning and two more in the fifth to put the game away. The Vikings beat Cloquet the following day, 5-2. The Vikings also lost 14-4 at Buffalo on May 10, setting their record at 12-6. With four wins and two losses within the Mississippi 8 Red, the Vikings sit second behind Chisago Lakes in divisional play. The Vikings played Princeton on May 16 and will meet Cambridge-Isanti on May 18.

RC track competes in True Team

The Rush City track and field teams tested their depth at the Section 7A True Team meet at Pierz on May 9. The girls finished fourth of 10 with 411 points, while the boys placed fifth of nine with 298. Dylan Groshens was the lone Tiger to win an event, a feat he accomplished in the 110 hurdles (15.90). His recent marks in the 300 hurdles would have won that event, but the senior entered other sprint events instead. Sophomore Elena Herberg finished as the runner-up in the girls 1600 (5:30.60). Junior Josefine Jager finished second in the 400 (1:04.64). Sophomore Jamie Guptill placed second in the discus (86 feet) and third in the shot put (29 feet, 8 inches). Junior Riley Sykes finished third in the boys shot put (42 feet, 2.5 inches). The Pierz girls and Moose Lake-Willow River boys won the meet and advanced to True Team state.

RC baseball on 5-game skid

The Rush City baseball team has lost five games in a row dating back to a 11-10 victory over Grantsburg on April 25. The Tigers’ skid was extended with losses to Pine City (12-4) on May 9 and Hinckley-Finlayson (14-4) on May 11. The Tigers have not yet won a Great River Conference game but will have three chances to do so this week, with games coming up against Ogilvie, East Central and Braham.

NB girls golf 5th at Princeton

Sophomore Alyssa McClaskie shot 108 at the Princeton Golf Course to lead the Viking effort in a Mississippi 8 East matchup on May 9. Sophomore Sydnie Sampson (110), freshman Maddi Strong (116) and eighth-grader Chloe Moline (121) rounded out the Vikings’ 455-point score. Freshman Ally Kress and seventh-grader Hailie Bistodeau both finished with 125 strokes. Cambridge-Isanti (387) edged St. Francis (389) to win the event.

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