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Agate athletes sign with colleges

(From left) Katie Archer, Jake Paron, Logan Loiselle, Ryan Darsow, Spencer Ross and Callie Swanson all signed letters of intent to play college athletics next year. (Jamey Malcomb/News-Chronicle)1 / 3
Students from Two Harbors High School sign their college letters of intent. (Jamey Malcomb/News-Chronicle)2 / 3
Two Harbors senior Jake Paron signs his letter of intent to run cross country and track at Augustana University. Paron has been to the state cross country meet all four years of high school. (Jamey Malcomb/News-Chronicle)3 / 3

Five seniors from Two Harbors High School signed their letters of intent Wednesday, April 18, in the school atrium to play college athletics at a number of NCAA Division II and Division III schools.

Jake Paron signed his letter to run cross-country and track at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, S.D. Paron has qualified for the Minnesota State High School League Class A cross-country meet all four years of his high school career. In 2017, for the first time in program history, he led the North Shore Storm to the state meet, where they finished fifth overall. Paron finished 15th at the state meet and his best finish was a 10th-place finish as a sophomore.

Logan Loiselle signed a letter to play football for Bemidji State University. As a senior, the Agate tight end had 260 yards receiving and caught four touchdown passes. Loiselle was also second on the team in tackles, making 85, including 16 for a loss, in Two Harbors' 2017 campaign that ended in a 20-10 loss to Proctor in the Section 7A semifinal.

Spencer Ross and Ryan Darsow signed letters of intent to play at Division III's St. Scholastica in Duluth. Ross was the leading rusher for Two Harbors in 2017 with 1,535 yards and scored 22 total touchdowns.

Darsow, the Agates' quarterback, threw for 483 yards and six touchdowns. He also was the Agate field goal kicker, booting a 42-yard kick through the uprights in the playoff game against Proctor.

Katie Archer plans to go to Crown College in St. Bonifacius, Minn., and play soccer and basketball for the the Storm. Archer was one of the best defenders on the Agate basketball and soccer teams and developed into a better scorer for the basketball team her senior season.

Finally, Callie Swanson signed a letter of intent to play soccer at Lake Superior College in Duluth.

Jamey Malcomb

Jamey Malcomb has been a reporter for the Pine Journal since October 2018. He previously worked as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle from 2015-2018. Malcomb is a native of North Carolina and holds a bachelor's degree in English and history from the George Washington University and a master's degree in education from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Malcomb moved to Minnesota in July 2012 and worked as a sports clerk and news assistant at the Duluth News Tribune. 

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