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Sports roundup: Oct. 11

The Agates volleyball team poses with their plaque after winning second at the tournament they hosted last weekend. The girls defeated Eveleth-Gilbert and Silver Bay on their way to the win. Photo by Jill Innis.

Girls' and boys' soccer teams began playoffs Thursday

The girls' soccer team capped off its regular season with two wins at home - one against Proctor last Thursday and the other against Hibbing on Monday.

The Proctor game was won with just one goal - a penalty kick in the 76th minute by junior attacker Hailey Johnson. Junior goaltender Sam Dewey kept the Agates in the game by stopping all 12 of the shots she faced. Proctor's goalie stopped seven shots on goal.

On Monday, the Hibbing-Chisolm girls were handed a 3-1 loss by the tenacious Agates' offense. Hibbing started off the scoring in the 35th minute but the Agates answered quickly with a point by sophomore Sarah Fjeran in the 37th minute. In the second half, sophomore Felicia Seeber scored another and Fjeran sank her second shot of the game just two minutes later. Dewey again had 12 saves.

The boys' soccer squad headed to Princeton Saturday, where they lost a heartbreaker to the Tigers with a 0-1 final score, finishing the regular season wih a 1-10-1 record.

Both the girls' and boys' Two Harbors soccer teams faced Cloquet for their first playoff games. The matches were played at Cloquet - the girls at 4:30 p.m. and the boys at 6:30 p.m. The girls lost to Cloquet 0-4 earlier this season and the boys 0-7.

If the girls won, they will face the winner of the Proctor vs. Grand Rapids game on Saturday. If the boys won, they will be playing the winner of the Hermantown vs. Big Lake match Saturday.

TH volleyball squad takes second in tournament

The Two Harbors volleyball team took second in the tournament it hosted last weekend.

Cook County, Silver Bay, Eveleth Gilbert, Denfeld and Proctor all attended the tournament at Two Harbors High School. The girls showed their potential by defeating Eveleth Gilbert and Silver Bay on their way to the silver. Denfeld won the tournament, but the Agates kept them on their toes in the final match, forcing three sets.

The played Barnum on Thursday and it will be a North Shore showdown on Tuesday as the Agates head to Silver Bay to face the Mariner squad at 6:30 p.m.

Silver Bay volleyball improving

Though they are still winless, coach Tom Frericks said the Silver Bay volleyball squad is improving. Last week, they pushed Cromwell and Barnum into five-set games.

"We're playing better than we were in the beginning of the year. The kids still have good attitudes," Frericks said.

They lost to Marshall on Monday and McGregor on Tuesday, wrapping up an exhausting week for the girls. They played five games, including the Two Harbors tournament, over the course of seven days.

"This has been quite a busy time for us," Frericks said.

Frericks said he's hoping for a strong showing against Two Harbors next Tuesday. They also played Cook County on Thursday.

Two Harbors football squad tallies second loss of the season

The Agates lost their second game of the season in a low-scoring match against Duluth Marshall last week. The Hilltoppers scored two touchdowns to win the game 12-0.

The Agates couldn't seem to get their offense on track, managing just 74 yards rushing on 34 carries and completing just two passes for six yards. Junior, Lucas Kempffer, led the offense and the defense at the game, rushing 37 yards on 13 carries, 18 tackles and a pass interception.

Junior, Tim Bott, added 15 tackles and senior, Kyle Omtvedt, had 14.

The squad will face the formidable Moose Lake/Willow River Rebels for their homecoming game tonight at 7 p.m. The Rebels are undefeated.

Swimmers still going strong

Last Thursday, the Agates took second place at a seven-team invitational at Grand Rapids, runners-up to the home team.

Sophomore, Allie Mayfield, achieved a goal for the season - breaking the school record in the 500-yard freestyle. Her time of 5:38.92 was good for second place at the meet.

"It was very exciting to watch her reach her goal with still a few more weeks left until sections," head coach Heather Mayfield said.

Junior, Leann Fynboh, took first in two events - the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard breastroke.

Mayfield also took first in the 200-yard freestyle race and the 500-yard freestyle race at their win at home on Tuesday. They hosted the Denfeld team and beat them 104-76.

The team claimed plenty of first-place finishes - sophomore, Kari Haaversen, in the 200-yard individual medley, sophomore, Marina Schreiner, in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle races, sophomore, Chelsea Kolkin, in the 1-meter dive, junior, Mara Boulanger, in the 100-yard fly and sophomore, Mara Christensen, in the 100-yard backstroke.

The 200-yard freestyle relay teams took first and second in their event. The first-place team consisted of Schreiner, Boulanger, Mayfield and sophomore, Julia McDonald. The younger second-place team was Kolkin, sophomore, Mia Lawson, ninth-grader, Alexis Hanson, and eighth-grader, Katarina Hanson.

Mayfield said the team was preparing for a tough meet against Superior on Thursday.

"They will be our biggest challenge of the season and the girls are ready to put up a good fight," she said.

This weekend, they will be at the true team meet in Hibbing.

Cross country competes at cold meet

The Vikings cross-country team competed at the Swain meet in Duluth. The coaches mixed up the runners, placing them in races with like ages rather than ability.

Eighth-graders, Kiviok Hight and Jake Paron, ran in the seventh- and eighth-grade three-kilometer race. Hight finished third with a time of 10:35 and Paron wasn't far behind in 12th place. As a team, the boys finished sixth.

"Jake continues to get stronger as a runner and has made many contributions to this team," head coach April Wahlstrom said.

Sophomore, Abigale Seipke, ran in the 4-kilometer sophomore race, finishing 12th and helping the team take fourth. Exchange student Patricia Mueck finished in 61st place. Sophomore, Ruby Walsberg, was to race as well, but missed the start due to a malfunctioning zipper. She ran the junior varsity race instead, improving 30 seconds over last year's time.

In the boys' sophomore race, sophomore, Donovan Rigdon, took 71st place with a time of 18 minutes.

Junior, Everett Hommes, and seniors, Owen Cruikshank and Drew Christensen, ran in the boys' varsity race, finishing 153rd, 161st and 167th respectively. The team finished 25th of 26th teams.

They had a home meet in Cook County on Wednesday and race again next Tuesday at Proctor.

LaReesa Sandretsky
LaReesa Sandretsky is a Two Harbors High School graduate and Duluth native who began working at the News-Chronicle in 2012 as a reporter. She took over as editor in 2014. She covers County Board, including the Lake County broadband project.
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