The Princeton Union-Eagle » Sports http://unioneagle.com Community newspaper of Princeton, Minn. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 02:00:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Tigers lock up No. 1 seed for 7AAA playoffs http://unioneagle.com/2015/02/tigers-lock-up-no-1-seed-for-7aaa-playoffs/ http://unioneagle.com/2015/02/tigers-lock-up-no-1-seed-for-7aaa-playoffs/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:42:30 +0000 http://unioneagle.com/?p=113734 NO GAME WITH ST. MICHAEL-ALBERTVILLE ON FEB. 26 – Princeton’s win over St. Francis helped lock in the top seed for the Section 7AAA girls basketball tournament which begins this Saturday.

With the No. 1 seed, the Tigers (17-8) will host No. 8 Duluth Denfeld (6-19) for a 6 p.m. game on Feb. 28 in the quarterfinals. Princeton handled the Hunters 80-36 back on Jan. 17.

A victory would send advance the squad to the Thursday, March 5 semifinals at Denfeld’s gym. In that half of the brackets are No. 4 Chisago Lakes (10-15) and No. 5 Hermantown (15-10). The Tigers split with the Wildcats in conference play this winter and knocked off the Hawks the second game of the season.

In the other bracket half, Grand Rapids (20-6) is the No. 2 seed, and North Branch (13-12) is the No. 3. The 7AAA championship will be held a week later on March 12 back in Duluth.

** The Tigers Feb. 26 Mississippi 8 crossover game with St. Michael-Albertville was cancelled.

Senior Haley Sandin surpassed the 1,000-point mark of her Tiger career last week. Sandin scored 37 points in the Tigers’ two games.

Senior Haley Sandin surpassed the 1,000-point mark of her Tiger career last week. Sandin scored 37 points in the Tigers’ two games.

• On Feb. 17, host North Branch slipped past the Princeton girls 66-64. A big Tiger highlight in the game came when senior Haley Sandin swished the front end of a one-and-one with two minutes left in the first half which had her reaching the 1,000 point mark of her hard-working career. After a brief recognition ceremony, Sandin knocked down the second free throw and went on to lead the Tigers with 18 points that evening.

Adding scoring against the Vikings were Sonia Stay (8), Jenna Doyle (7), Danielle Chmielewski (6) and five points each from Ashley Schramel, Anna Oakes and Julia Bjurman.

At home Feb. 20, Princeton swept the Saints in M-8 games with a 64-56 victory. Sandin again led the offense with 19 points, Doyle popped for 11 points and Andie Jackson scored 10.

Mississippi 8 Girls Basketball EAST) Princeton 8-5, 17-8; North Branch 6-6, 12-12; Cambridge-Isanti 5-7, 12-12; Chisago Lakes 4-8, 10-14; St. Francis 4-7, 9-15. WEST) St. Michael-Alb. 12-0, 21-3 all; Rogers 10-2, 17-7; Buffalo 8-5, 15-10; Big Lake 4-8, 9-16; Monticello 0-12, 4-20

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Tigers to face Hawks for playoff opener http://unioneagle.com/2015/02/tigers-to-face-hawks-for-playoff-opener/ http://unioneagle.com/2015/02/tigers-to-face-hawks-for-playoff-opener/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 02:44:29 +0000 http://unioneagle.com/?p=113652 The Princeton boys basketball went 1-1 over its last two games of the regular season, including defeating North Branch at home

 Ben Jungroth got off a runner during the 60-52 home win over North Branch Feb. 17.

Ben Jungroth got off a runner during the 60-52 home win over North Branch Feb. 17.

60-52, in a final preparation for the Section 7AAA tournament.
The Tigers are the No. 7 seed in the section, sending them to No. 2 Hermantown (21-5) for the Thursday, Feb. 27 quarterfinals. The teams faced each other in the MLK Jr. basketball day at UMD back on Jan. 19 where the Hawks pulled away to win by 16.
Also in that half of the brackets are No. 3 Cloquet (17-9) and No. 6 North Branch (7-19). Thursday night winners will meet in the March 3 semifinals in Duluth, with the championship game March 6 back in Duluth.
Chisago Lakes (18-8) is the top seed in the other bracket half. Duluth Denfeld (11-14) and Grand Rapids (11-15) are the Nos. 4 and 5 seeds.
• The Tigers split the season series with North Branch in the Feb. 17 victory on “Seniors Night.” Reed Mitchell led the scoring attack with 14 points. Ben Jungroth and Tanner Kinney both added nine points, with Allen Lindner scoring seven and Eli Schimming six. Princeton was without leading scorer Brady Peterson, out for the season with a broken hand.
Princeton wrapped up the regular season with a 72-48 loss at Monticello in the Mississippi 8 crossover night between the divisions Feb. 20. Kinney led PHS with 12 that night, followed by Mitchell (10), Embertson (6) and Schimming (6).
Mississippi 8 Boys Basketball
FINAL: EAST) St. Francis 11-3, 18-8; Chisago Lakes 9-5, 18-8; Cambridge-Isanti 7-7, 13-13; North Branch 3-11, 7-19; Princeton 2-12, 5-21.  WEST) St. Michael-Alb. 12-2, 21-5 all; Rogers 10-4, 17-9; Buffalo 7-7, 12-14; Monticello 6-8, 15-11; Big Lake 2-12, 3-22.

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Wrestling: three Tigers advance to State http://unioneagle.com/2015/02/wrestling-three-tigers-advance-to-state/ http://unioneagle.com/2015/02/wrestling-three-tigers-advance-to-state/#comments Sun, 22 Feb 2015 01:00:55 +0000 http://unioneagle.com/?p=113615 Princeton will have a multi-wrestler presence at the Class AA state wrestling tournament.

The top two wrestlers in each weight class in Saturday’s Section 7AA finals advanced to state. Princeton had two section champions crowned this weekend and one runner- up. Jake Pramann (170) and Brent Chambers (220) earned section championship honors. Eric Elsner (heavyweight) earned a state bid with a second-place finish.

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Tiger Hockey marches into section semifinals http://unioneagle.com/2015/02/tiger-hockey-marches-into-section-semifinals/ http://unioneagle.com/2015/02/tiger-hockey-marches-into-section-semifinals/#comments Fri, 20 Feb 2015 17:32:32 +0000 http://unioneagle.com/?p=113568 Logan Peterson (18) positioned himself well to deflect a Tyler McAlpine shot home 36 seconds into the Tigers' first power play Feb. 19 against Legacy Christian. Peterson and Billy Oakes both scored 2 goals in the 11-2 playoff victory.  Photo by Greg Hunt

Logan Peterson (18) positioned himself well to deflect a Tyler McAlpine shot home 36 seconds into the Tigers’ first power play Feb. 19 against Legacy Christian. Peterson and Billy Oakes both scored 2 goals in the 11-2 playoff victory. Photo by Greg Hunt

PLAYOFF UPDATE: Nine different players lit the lamp when Princeton boys hockey defeated Legacy Christian Academy 11-2 in the Section 5A quarterfinals held in town on Feb. 19. The No. 3 seed Tigers (12-12-2) will next travel to No. 2 seed Chisago Lakes (9-15-2) for the semifinals battle at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 21, playing for a berth in the Feb. 26 section championship. The Wildcats held off Proctor 5-3 in their Feb. 19 quarterfinal.

Against Legacy, Logan Peterson scored the first Tiger goal on a perfect power play deflection 2:14 into the game. He and Billy Oakes both finished with two goals. Adding solo goals for Princeton were Derek Abrahamson, Lucas Voce, Brody Johnson, Justin Carlson, Josh Swanson, Sam Schroeder and Trevor Nyborg. Wyatt Dahlheimer earned the playoff win in the nets with 23 saves against the Lions.

The other 5A semifinals on Saturday will pit top-seed Spring Lake Park (10-1 over Pine City) and No. 5 Proctor (3-2 over Mora-HF).

 

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Ice men open 5A playoffs at home as No. 3 seeds http://unioneagle.com/2015/02/ice-men-open-5a-playoffs-at-home-as-no-3-seeds/ http://unioneagle.com/2015/02/ice-men-open-5a-playoffs-at-home-as-no-3-seeds/#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 17:01:42 +0000 http://unioneagle.com/?p=113547 Princeton boys hockey finished off the regular season with a strong step toward the playoffs after defeating Pine City-Rush City 5-3 on Feb. 10.

Logan Peterson knotted the game at 1-1 with a goal in the second period. Jake S. Carlson, Josh Swanson and Cole Heinemann netted goals to keep the Tigers ahead 4-2 in the third, then Swanson tacked on an insurance goal with 1:15 remaining in the non-conference game.

The Princeton boys (11-12-2) were seeded in the No. 3 slot for the Section 5A brackets. They will open at home Thursday, Feb. 19 against No. 6 Legacy Christian (12-13) in the 7 p.m. quarterfinals. This is a rematch of an early-season game won 4-2 by the Tigers.

A victory would advance the Tigers to play at No. 2 seed and defending section champ Chisago Lakes (8-15-2) or home against either No. 7 Proctor (9-16) or No. 10 North Branch (5-20) in the Saturday, Feb. 21 semifinals. Princeton was 1-2-1 against those three teams this season.

Spring Lake Park (13-11-1) is the top seed in the other half of the brackets. Mora-H-F (13-11-1) is the No. 4, and Providence Academy (5-18-2) is the No. 5 seed. The Section 5A championship will once again be held at the Isanti Arena on Thursday, Feb. 26.

• In Section 5A girls hockey, Blake defended its crown by topping Breck 3-2 in overtime in the Feb. 12 championship. The Bears (24-4) are the No. 2 seed in this week’s Class A State tourney, opening against Hutchinson.

Mississippi 8 Boys Hockey FINAL:  St. Michael-Alb. 11-1, 21-4; Buffalo 10-2, 15-10; Rogers 7-5, 10-14-1; Monticello-AML 7-6, 9-16; St. Francis 3-8-1, 4-20-1; Chisago Lakes 5-4-2, 8-15-2; Princeton 4-6-1, 11-12-2; Cambridge-Isanti 3-8, 10-14; North Branch 0-10, 5-20.

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Tigers defend title at Taconite Invite http://unioneagle.com/2015/02/tigers-defend-title-at-taconite-invite/ http://unioneagle.com/2015/02/tigers-defend-title-at-taconite-invite/#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 17:00:20 +0000 http://unioneagle.com/?p=113541 Princeton boys swim & dive compiled 280 points to defend the title at the northern-oriented Taconite Invitational hosted by Mesabi East Feb. 14.

Dustin Moinichen kept pace with Duluth’s Miles Rohrbaugh in first half of diving and then pulled away in the finals to win that 11-dive event with 367.5 points. Nathan Russell was fourth at 247.5, and Parker Carlberg placed fifth in diving with 242.9.

Princeton’s 200 Freestyle Relay of (l-r) Ryan Kreft, Tommy Milam, Luke Paplham and Nicholas Johnson which swam to a winning time of 1:34.0 at the Taconite.  Photos by Megan Carlberg, PHS Swim

Princeton’s 200 Freestyle Relay of (l-r) Ryan Kreft, Tommy Milam, Luke Paplham and Nicholas Johnson which swam to a winning time of 1:34.0 at the Taconite. Photos by Megan Carlberg, PHS Swim

Swimming first places for the Tigers at the Taconite began with Trent Lange, Nicholas Johnson, Luke Paplham and Tommy Milam in the 200 Medley Relay (1:47.8). Paplham dropped four seconds off his best time in the 200 IM to win at 2:15.0, and Johnson won the 100 Freestyle at 51.0. The 200 Free Relay of Kreft, Milam, Paplham and Johnson marked a 1:34.0 time to win that event.

Depth points included Paplham’s second in the 100 Fly (59.3), Wyatt Lawrence placing second in the 200 IM (2:15.5) and fourth in the 100 Breaststroke (1:10.1), and Lange going fifth in the 100 Backstroke (1:06.1).

“This was a great meet. Last year the win kind of surprised us. This year, we went into the meet knowing that we could win, but every point mattered.  And the boys went after it,” described Tiger Coach Lindsey Paurus. “Dustin had a great day on the board. The IM was super-exciting with Luke and Wyatt going 1-2, and then Ryan Johnson coming in eighth. Bringing home that trophy for the second year in a row was definitely a great end to the regular season.”

Also on their northern trip, the Tigers clipped Chisholm in their quaint home pool in a 51-43 dual. The team racked up seven first places in that meet on Friday night.

 

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Gymnasts savor several ‘PBs’ at sections http://unioneagle.com/2015/02/gymnasts-savor-several-pbs-at-sections/ http://unioneagle.com/2015/02/gymnasts-savor-several-pbs-at-sections/#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 16:55:55 +0000 http://unioneagle.com/?p=113537 The Princeton gymnastics season wrapped up on a positive note when members stacked up some of their best work at the Section 7A Finals hosted by Sartell Feb. 14.

Sophomore Jackie Hellman scored a personal-best on Bars at sections and finished with a ‘PB’ 31.975 All-Around total.

Sophomore Jackie Hellman scored a personal-best on Bars at sections and finished with a ‘PB’ 31.975 All-Around total.

The Tigers compiled their highest team total on Vault at 34.45 when senior Allison Humphrey led with an 8.675, followed by personal-bests from senior Lexi Jones (8.65), Millie Anderson (8.575), Jackie Hellman ( 8.55) and TaLeah Janssen (8.35).

Jordan Hegna scored a 7.55 to lead the Tigers on Bars, and more ‘PBs’ were racked up by Hellman (7.35), Jones (7.3), and Bailey Brunell (6.55).

Hellman stuck her Beam for a 7.75, then she added an 8.325 on Floor which helped her reach a career-best 31.975 All-Around total. Jones finished with 29.925 AA points for the meet after scoring a 7.45 on Floor. Also posting Floor scores for Princeton were Britney Deutmeyer (7.8) and Humphrey (7.725).

Becker dethroned defending champion Big Lake by just over one point to win the 7A title and advance to Class A State. Big Lake junior Mallary Dick was the section’s All-Around, Bars and Floor champion.

Section 7A Gymnastics

Becker 142.875, Big Lake 141.575, Sartell 141.0, Monticello 136.15, Annandale 129.9, Maple Lake 129.025, Sauk Rapids 123.975, Princeton 122.875, Howard Lake-W-W 122.05.

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Tiger Wrestlers go 1-1 in 7AA Team http://unioneagle.com/2015/02/tiger-wrestlers-go-1-1-in-7aa-team/ http://unioneagle.com/2015/02/tiger-wrestlers-go-1-1-in-7aa-team/#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 16:54:31 +0000 http://unioneagle.com/?p=113535 Princeton went 1-1 in the first two rounds of the Section 7AA Team South Subsection tourney held on a snowy Feb. 10 in Mora.

The Tigers, seeded No. 3, began by eliminating No. 6 Pine City-Hinckley 72-12. Tim Bialka at 138 and Jake Pramann at 170 had the quickest falls in the match with sticks in 22 seconds. Adding pins on the Dragons were Mason Schroeder (106), Ethan Smart (145), Chase Arens (152), Colten Hellman (195) and Brent Chambers (220). Pine City also forfeited at five weights.

In Tuesday’s nightcap, No. 2 seed Mora ended the team portion of the Tigers’ season with a 51-24 defeat. Scoring falls on the Mustangs were Bialka, Smart, Pramann and Chambers.

Mora went on to reach Friday night’s section championship match against South No. 1 Milaca. The Wolves pulled away with three straight falls between 160-182, advancing to State with a 37-28 win.

• Wrestlers from the section will reconvene in Virginia this weekend for the 7AA Individual tournament, with State berths going to the top two at each weight.

Section 7AA Team Tourney

South Wrestle-Ins: Princeton 72, Pine City-HF 12 • Chisago Lakes 55, Rush City-Braham 18.  South Quarters: Milaca 52, Chisago Lakes 22 • Mora 51, Princeton 24.

Section 7AA Semis: Milaca 61, Hibbing 19 • Mora 38, Grand Rapids 27. Championship: Milaca 37, Mora 28.

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Tiger girls pay back the Bluejackets http://unioneagle.com/2015/02/tiger-girls-pay-back-the-bluejackets/ http://unioneagle.com/2015/02/tiger-girls-pay-back-the-bluejackets/#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 16:53:26 +0000 http://unioneagle.com/?p=113529 Haley Sandin drove against the Cambridge-Isanti while scoring 9 points in the 61-35 victory Feb. 13.  Photos by Greg Hunt

Haley Sandin drove against the Cambridge-Isanti while scoring 9 points in the 61-35 victory Feb. 13. Photos by Greg Hunt

Princeton got a little revenge for an earlier five-point loss to Cambridge-Isanti this season by stifling the Bluejackets 61-35 in a Feb. 13 home conference victory.

A few turnovers limited the Tigers’ production at the start. Things began thawing when Danielle Chmielewski sunk two free throws, Ashley Schramel hit a jumper and Jenna Doyle dropped back in an offensive board. Andie Jackson and Taylor Laabs followed with consecutive three-pointers, and the Tigers took the lead for good.

The Tiger defense limited the Bluejackets to several one-shot chances, along with picking up steals on the perimeter. Later in the first half, Anna Oakes kept alive a chance with an offensive rebound, and her kick-out to Laabs resulted in another ‘3’ which made it 18-8. Oakes and Laabs added field goals down the final minute for a 22-12 edge at the break.

“After a very slow start offensively for us, we got things going in the second half. The shots started to fall and things fell into place. Our girls just played relentlessly on defense,” said Tiger Coach Andrew Fenske. “For the seniors, who haven’t beaten Cambridge since fifth grade, this game was their last shot. They set a goal to do whatever it took as a team to win, and defensively they did just that.”

Princeton defense shined in the Friday night win over the Bluejackets. On the play pictured at left, Danielle Chmielewski stepped in to stop a drive, and Julia Bjurman swatted away the ball for a blocked shot.

Princeton defense shined in the Friday night win over the Bluejackets. On this play, Danielle Chmielewski stepped in to stop a drive, and Julia Bjurman swatted away the ball for a blocked shot.

Laabs finished with four hits from the arc to lead the Tigers with 20 points against C-I. Sandin had nine points, followed by Schramel (8), Doyle (7), Chmielewski (6) and Oakes (6). Doyle had 10 rebounds to go with three blocked shots. Jackson and Chmielewski were next in rebounds with seven and six, and Sandin led with four assists.

• On Feb. 12, Princeton knocked off host Sartell 65-54, snapping the Sabres’ (18-6) seven-game win streak. PHS scoring was spread between Laabs (13), Sandin (12), Ashley Schramel (10) and Julia Bjurman (10).

Those two victories are helping the Tigers solidify a high seed for the upcoming Section 7AAA playoffs. With three games remaining in the regular season, the battle for the No. 1 seed is between Princeton, Grand Rapids and Chisago Lakes.

Mississippi 8 Girls Basketball: St. Michael-Alb. 10-0, 19-3 all; Rogers 10-1, 17-6; Princeton 7-4, 16-7; Buffalo 6-5, 13-10; Cambridge-Isanti 5-6, 12-11, 11-9; North Branch 4-6, 10-12; St. Francis 4-7, 9-13; Big Lake 4-7, 8-15; Chisago Lakes 3-7, 9-13; Monticello 0-10, 4-18.

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1,000 point milestone for Tigers’ Brady Peterson http://unioneagle.com/2015/02/1000-point-milestone-for-tigers-brady-peterson/ http://unioneagle.com/2015/02/1000-point-milestone-for-tigers-brady-peterson/#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 16:50:05 +0000 http://unioneagle.com/?p=113525 sports_BradyP1000

Princeton junior Brady Peterson became the fifth member of Tiger boys basketball’s 1,000 points club this month. Peterson reached the milestone in the Feb. 6 win against Big Lake, scoring on a layup en route to hitting 32 points on the Hornets. He is pictured with parents Chad and Andrea Peterson that evening. Other Tiger boys to score over 1,000 points were Tom Blomberg (1985), Scott roehl (2006), Jared Berggren (2008), and Jack Sinkel (2014).

Boys B-ball falls at Cambridge

Host Cambridge-Isanti used an 18-3 run to spur its way to a 59-38 home win over Princeton boys basketball in conference plays Feb. 13. Allen Lindner scored 15 to lead the Tigers, with Reed Mitchell scoring eight and Eric Norman six points.

Section partner Chisago Lakes held off the host Tigers 64-53 on Feb. 10. Princeton will close out the regular season in the Feb. 20 Mississippi 8 divisional crossover game at either Monticello or Big Lake (depending on Feb. 17 results).

The Section 7AAA tournament follows with the Feb. 27 quarterfinals.

Mississippi 8 Boys Basketball: St. Michael-Alb. 12-0, 21-3 all; St. Francis 10-3, 17-7; Chisago Lakes 8-4, 17-7; Rogers 8-4, 15-9; Cambridge-Isanti 7-5, 10-12; Buffalo 6-6, 11-13; Monticello 5-7, 14-10; North Branch 2-10, 6-18; Big Lake 2-11, 3-19; Princeton 1-11, 4-20.

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