Stuber leads Vikings
Junior Matthew Stuber was the top finisher for the North Branch boys cross-country team at the Swain Meet in Duluth Oct. 7, placing 37th of 160 in the Class AA varsity race, completing the hilly, mud-soaked course in 19 minutes, 11.7 seconds. The Vikings finished 14th of 24 teams with 371 points. The rest of the varsity lineup was junior Joseph Nihart (48th, 19:23.5), junior Aiden Bear (71st, 19:51.6), senior Micah Pick (102nd, 20:21.5), eighth-grader Logan Murphy (113th, 20:43.4), sophomore Reese Crowell (147th, 22:08.6) and sophomore Kaleb Bovitz (152nd, 22:29.4). Freshman Lucas Edson ran a varsity-worthy 21:23.4 in the JV race. The Viking girls placed 18th in the girls AA race with 472 points. Eighth-grader Cora Hudella led the Vikings in the girls race (67th of 137, 23:21.8), followed by sophomore Melina DeMars (25:15.9), junior Gail Nelson (111th, 25:39.9), eighth-grader Soleil Delorge (116th, 25:50.8), freshman Julia Van Dyke (118th, 25:57.0), eighth-grader Lizzy Woods (123rd, 26:10.3) and sophomore Laura Hink (129th, 26:45.5).
NB volleyball keeps rolling
The state No. 4 ranked North Branch volleyball team moved to 18-1 on the year with an easy victory over Big Lake Oct. 5, 25-17, 25-20, 25-18. The Viking attack was a balanced one, with Madison Hadrava leading the way with nine kills, followed by Katelyn Berg (eight), Cianna Selbitschka (seven), Macy Bombard (four), Lydia Langevin (three) and Haley Hadrava (two). After hosting Rogers late Tuesday, the Vikings have a big week coming up. They will compete in the Bloomington Jefferson tournament Saturday, travel to Princeton Oct. 17 and play a rare morning game against Elk River Oct. 19, the first day of MEA week. That game, the last of the regular season, will begin at 11 a.m.
Soccer teams head to sectionals
The North Branch soccer teams completed their regular-season schedules last week and move on to Section 7A play Oct. 12. The boys team took three losses to finish the regular season 2-13-1, against Buffalo (8-2 on Oct. 3), Chisago Lakes (7-0 on Oct. 5) and Cloquet (6-0 on Oct. 7). The girls, by contrast, scored comfortable wins against Buffalo (7-2 on Oct. 3), Chisago Lakes (3-1 on Oct. 5) and Mesabi East (13-0 on Oct. 7) to finish the regular season 11-3-1.
NB tennis knocked out
The doubles team of junior Amanda Scarborough and freshman Hollie Ohnsorg claimed the only Viking point when the North Branch girls tennis team lost to Cambirdge-Isanti 6-1 in the first round of the Section 7AA championship Oct. 4. The loss ended the Vikings’ team season with a total of six wins. Select individuals and doubles teams played in the Section 7AA individual tournament in Duluth Tuesday. In singles, senior Hope Hubbard was beaten in the first round 6-1, 6-1 by Lauren Aturaliya (Duluth East) and senior Natalie Olinske lost 6-0, 6-0 to Ali Heitala, also of East. In doubles, senior Julia Inman and freshman Rachel Wurdeman were swept away 6-0, 6-0 by East’s Shaye Callaway and Brynne Hauer, while seniors Anna Abbott and Sam Pederson were beaten 6-3, 7-5 by Ally Martin and MaKayla Borske (Cloquet).