KALLIE NORDBERG goes past two defenders from Columbia Heights to score her fourth goal of the game as Michaela Trutna follows the play. Nordberg finished with five goals in Big Lake’s 9-0 win in the opening round of section play. Trutna had a goal and an assist. The Hornets play today against Maranatha Academy. (Photo by Ken Francis.)

Hornet girls advance with win in sections

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Staff Writer
Ken Francis

 

The Big Lake girls soccer team won its opening round section playoff game in easy fashion with a 9-0 victory over Columbia Heights Tuesday at home.
The Hornets put pressure on the Hylanders from the opening whistle and controlled every aspect of the game.
Kallie Nordberg opened the scoring at 3:31. After taking a pass from Avi McGregor at midfield, she dribbled through her opponents and scored from the top of the box.
Big Lake kept up the pressure and had a number of near-misses before Nordberg found the net again at 19:07 on a cross from Kalee Kitzman. 
Avi McGregor made the score 3-0 when she picked off a goal kick and shot from the corner of the box  at 22:15.
Nordberg got her third goal of the game on a penalty kick at 25:43 after a hand ball.
Kalee Kitzman added a goal on a pass from Michaela Trutna at 29:08, giving the Hornets a 5-0 lead at the half.
Big Lake had no trouble playing into a strong wind after the break, controlling the ball and making crisp passes.
Nordberg got her fourth goal on a pass from Morgan Zimmerman at 62:00, then scored three minutes later on an assist from Tennessee Wanhala at 65:00.
Alexis Walsh, a JV swing player scored from inside the box on a pass from Sarah Blume, also a JV swing player, at 66:14.
 Michaela Trutna scored Big Lake’s final goal at 72:17 on a long cross from Kalee Kitzman.
Big Lake had 61 shot attempts. Columbia Heights had two shots on goal.
“After playing a tough Rockford team, I wasn’t sure how we would play, playing a team not quite at that same level,” said Coach Mike Turner. “Big Lake rose to the occasion.”
At the 15-minute mark with the Hornets leading just 1-0, Turner moved starting sweeper Kaylee Kitzman up to step up the offensive attack. 
“It worked like a charm; she played with an aggressive vision and nice touch passing,” said Coach Turner. “Kallie and Avi again wreaked havoc on the Columbia Heights midfield. Katie Blume, Morgan Zimmerman, and Madisann Saylor played big roles in sealing up our defense.”
The Hornets (6-9-1) play Maranatha Academy (11-6) 1 p.m.  today (Saturday) at Noble Park in Brooklyn Park.
 

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FRESH FLAME BURGER serves up fast food with its own flair on Hwy. 10 in Big Lake. Clara Henderson, Kari Luckey and Jamall Whitelaw ordered their food to go from restaurant owner Gus Afrooz. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).

SHERBURNE COUNTY 4-H’ers got some hands-on experience working at the 4-H foodstand at the fairgrounds Wednesday evening in preparation for the Sherburne County Fair, which starts Wednesday. About 60 kids from six different 4-H clubs learned how to grill burgers, cook fries and hot dogs and serve customers during the orientation event. Above are Big Lakers Katie Olson (left), Kirsten Olson and Taylor Muehlbauer cooking fries and Bailey Muehlbauer (right) getting hamburger buns ready. (Photo by Ken Francis.)

GRAND KNIGHT DENNIS NAGORSKI of the Knights of Columbus presented Big Lake Chief of Police Joel Scharf and Becker Chief of Police Brent Baloun with a donation of prescription drug drop-boxes for each city. Along with marijuana, prescription drugs are often abused because of easy access. Keeping them out of the water system is important to protect the environment. Now our residents have a safe way to dispose of their unwanted or out-dated medications. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).