Charlsen leads the charge
Photo: On his way to victory in the boys race at the Cambridge-Isanti Norm Ayen Invitational Sept. 6 is Forest Lake senior cross-country runner Max Charlsen, who conquered the field of 70 in 16 minutes, 35 seconds over a course laid out at Isanti Middle School. The Ranger boys dominated the nine-team meet, finishing with only 23 points — eight above the minimum — to claim first place over runner-up Centennial (way back at 110) and the rest of the nine-team field. Also contributing to the score were sophomore Dan Vanacker (second, 16:40), senior Austin Sievers (fourth, 17:19), senior Jeremiah Vanacaker (seventh, 17:33) and junior Drew Sampson (ninth, 18:05). The girls team also won a team title (34 points), with an effort composed of junior Natalie Runquist (second of 59, 19:35), freshman Ellie Hanowski (fourth, 20:19), junior Amelea Hauer (seventh, 20:36), freshman Jordan Parent (ninth, 20:50) and sophomore Ava Wilson (12th, 21:19). The runners will fight for another set of varsity titles at the St. Francis Invitational at The Ponds Golf Course on Thursday at 3:15 p.m.
Tennis first to meet, beat Irondale
In the first head-to-head meeting between Forest Lake and Irondale since the latter joined the Suburban East Conference, the Ranger girls tennis team gave the Knights a rude welcome to the league by defeating them 4-3 at their place Sept. 3. The Rangers got their wins in the top ladder spots: Points came from senior Jenna Zowin and No. 1 singles, junior Amanda Hanowski at No. 2 singles, senior Ellen Nelson and sophomore Hannah Melander at No. 1 doubles, and seniors Brooke Remington and Lily Walesheck at No. 2 doubles. The Rangers were unable to overcome a more familiar SEC foe, White Bear Lake, at home Sept. 5, falling 5-2 to split the weeks’ contests.
Boys soccer wins The Pig
A traveling trophy in the shape of a pig will reside at Forest Lake for the next year after the Ranger boys soccer team thrashed Chisago Lakes 7-1 on Sept. 7 in the third annual battle for the traveling prize. Senior Jordan Oberholtzer accounted for his second hat-trick of the season, bringing his total goals haul to seven, while junior Austin Latessa netted twice. In their Suburban East Conference opener on Sept. 4, the Rangers lost 4-1 against Woodbury. The Rangers (3-3-0) went to Stillwater Tuesday and will host Cretin-Derham Hall Thursday at 7 p.m.
Opposite result for girls
The Forest Lake girls soccer team also faced Chisago Lakes on Sept. 6, but the game played out differently for them — the Wildcats rolled to a 5-1 victory. Senior Maria Villella scored a second-half goal that represented the Rangers’ only tally. The girls were also beaten by Woodbury on Sept. 4 by a 5-0 score. The girls schedule mirrors that of the boys this week: After playing at Stillwater Tuesday, the girls are set to host Cretin-Derham Hall at 5 p.m.
NLA/LILA runners split squads
The NLA/LILA cross-country team began its season at the Fridley Peach Run Sept. 5, a non-standard event run over 2 miles instead of 5,000 meters, and which splits racers by grade, with one race for runners in grades seven through nine and another for the older athletes. For the Husky boys, the fastest time of the day was run by freshman Charlie Weiss (12:56), who finished 14th of 66 in the 7-9 race. Senior Noah Hampton led the Husky effort in the older race (13:24, 55th of 121). Eighth-grader Isabelle Yuhanna led the Husky girls (15:33, 13th of 30) in the younger race, while sophomore Rose Obst (15:56, 19th of 51) paced the older race. The Huskies head to Thompson Regional Park in West St. Paul for what is expected to be an eight-team competition on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.