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Sports Roundup: Rivals split on hardwood

Nina Bukowski battles with some Mountain Iron-Buhl defenders during a game last Monday. She scored six points in a win against Silver Bay Friday. Jill Innis

The Two Harbors girls basketball team defeated Silver Bay 80-16 Friday in Silver Bay.

Agates head coach Brooke Chaffee said the team had a goal of keeping turnovers to a minimum and ended the game with seven.

The Agates held a 41-point lead at the half and outscored the Mariners by 23 in the second half.

Katelyn Adams scored 26 points and had 10 rebounds for Two Harbors while Steph McGregor had 13 points and nine boards. Sasha Fjeran scored nine.

Chaffee said the team shot the ball well from the outside which she's happy to see considering they are coming down the home stretch of the season.

Tara Dow and Allana Lampton each scored five points for Silver Bay, while Emma Bemlott scored four.

"We could not (put in) a basket," said Mariners head coach Larry Otterblad. The team was 7-54 from the field.

The Silver Bay boys basketball team defeated Two Harbors 58-43 in Silver Bay Friday.

It was all Mariners in the first half as they had an 18-point lead at halftime. The Agates stormed back in the second half, outscoring the Mariners by five, but it wasn't enough to overcome Silver Bay's first half lead.

Henry Mitchell of Silver Bay was on fire drilling four 3-pointers with 24 points overall.

"He provided the spark we needed in the second half to get us going," said Mariners head coach Rick Frericks. He said he never felt comfortable with the lead against Two Harbors and expected them to try for a comeback.

Luke Thun and Ryan Blood also helped the Mariners offensive cause scoring 12 and 11 points respectively. Blood also had 17 rebounds.

Jon McDannold led the Agates with 11 points while Jake Iskat had 10. Caleb Hamp-Sill also scored eight for Two Harbors.

The Agates boys and girls teams will host Cook County today. The boys game starts at 4:45 p.m. while the girls play at 6:30 p.m.

The Mariners girls and boys teams are both scheduled to play at McGregor today with the girls at 4:45 p.m. and the boys at 6:30 p.m.

Silver Bay hockey

The boys split a pair of games last weekend.

On Friday evening they traveled to Ashland and defeated the Oredockers 4-1. On Saturday evening at home they fell 6-1 to the two time defending Section 7A champion Virginia Blue Devils.

At Ashland the Mariners put 52 shots on goal, but the Oredockers goalie was able to stop 48 of them. Sean Graden scored once in the first for the first goal and once in the second for the last Mariners goal. The first was set up by Brad Rowlee and Tyson Fultz. Fultz finished with three assists in the game.

No. 2 was set up by Fultz and Ryan DeShaw. The Mariners led 1-0 after one with a 19-5 shot advantage.

Cody Larson, with the assistance of Warren Carter and Fultz made it a 2-0 game. After Shane Billings made it 3-0 with an unassisted goal, the Oredockers scored its lone goal to cut it to 3-1 before Graden struck again.

The Mariners outshot the Oredockers 15-6 in period two and 18-6 in a scoreless third period. Alex Murray picked up his seventh win of the season with 16 saves.

Virginia scored twice in each period with six different players scoring goals. Virginia scored four goals in the first two periods. After Graden scored the lone Mariners goal with an assist from Rowlee just over a minute into period three, it was 6-1.

The big story of the game however was eighth grade goaltender Alex Murray who tied a Mariners single game record with 61 saves, including 26 in the final period. It tied the mark set by Jim Tweto, of Flying Wild Alaska fame, set in 1970 and that was matched by Swedish exchange student Jonas Hoglander in 1990. Andy Millbridge finished with eight stops for the Blue Devils.    

The Mariners will play at International Falls at 7:30 p.m. today.

Two Harbors hockey

The Two Harbors hockey team lost at International Falls 11-1 Tuesday.

"They are a very good team," said Agates head coach Steve Wasko about the Broncos. "We were outmanned for the majority of the game."

It was all Broncos in the first period as they outscored the Agates 3-0. In the second Alex Anderson of Two Harbors started out the scoring 32 seconds in the period. That would be final goal the Agates would score as International Falls scored seven in the second and one in the third.

Micky Smith had 21 saves for Two Harbors while Kody Waldron had eight saves for the Agates.

The Agates will play at home against Ashland at 7 p.m. Saturday.

"We have to show up and play against (teams) that are at the same level," Wasko said. The Agates defeated Ashland earlier in the season.

Girls hockey

The girls split a pair of games last weekend.

On Friday evening it was the Webster/Siren/Frederic/Luck/Grantsburg/St. Croix Falls Blizzard versus the Silver Bay/Cook County/

Ely/Tower-Soudan Mariners with the Mariners prevailing 5-2 at home. On Saturday afternoon they fell 4-1 to the Chisago Lakes Wildcats on the road.

The Mariners took a 1-0 lead against the Blizzard as Taylor Guzzo put home a Nicole Jaeger rebound from the point. With just over three minutes left in the period, the Blizzard tied it up. The Mariners took charge in period two as it only took them 34 seconds to regain the lead.

Anna Carman took a bounce pass off the boards from Guzzo that was set up by Bailey Rykken and went in all alone to make it 2-1 with a shorthanded goal. Marina Carter finished up a play set up by Rachel Dilley and Taylor Skelton by roofing a loose puck upstairs for the game-winning goal. Guzzo from Carman in the last minute of play in the period made it 4-1 entering the third.

After Carter scored unassisted to make it 5-1, the Blizzard scored 14 seconds later for a final of 5-2. Nikki Mealey picked up her 11th win of the season with 23 stops. 

Saturday afternoon saw a Wildcat goal in the first offset by one for the Mariners on a power play of Carman to Guzzo in the second. With six minutes left in regulation play it remained at 1-1 when the Wildcats went up by one. With less than two minutes the Wildcats scored a power play goal to make it 3-1 and with 33 seconds left, scored an empty netter making it 4-1. Mealey finished with 25 saves for the Mariners.

The Mariners lost a tough one at Cloquet as they fell 4-2 to the Lumberjacks Monday. The Lumberjacks scored the game-winning goal via a power play with 1:37 left in regulation play. The Mariners pulled their goaltender with 40 seconds left, but the Lumberjacks clinched it with an empty net goal at 16:59.9.

Cloquet led 2-0 before Carter scored two unassisted goals to tie it at two, with one in the second and the other at 7:54 of the third. Although the Mariners dominated much of the final period, they couldn't get a break to take the lead. Mealey finished with 29 saves for the Mariners.

The Mariners open up playoff action Thursday.

Two Harbors Nordic skiing

The Two Harbors boys Nordic ski team finished in eighth place while the girls were seventh at the Duluth East Invitational at Snowflake Nordic Center Friday.

It was a pursuit race with a 4.8 kilometer freestyle race and a 5 kilometer classic race as the pursuit.

Head coach Sara Byrns said it was the first 10-kilometer race many of the younger skiers were involved in.

Drew Christensen was the top boys finisher for the combined races finishing 34th overall. Owen Cruikshank finished No. 51 on the boys team while John Burns was No. 52.

Kiersten Haaversen was the top girls finisher placing 20th while Savannah Juenemann was No. 41 and Sara Schield was 52nd.

The Two Harbors ski team will be at Cook County at 11 a.m. today.

Silver Bay Nordic skiing

The Silver Bay/Cook County boys Nordic ski team finished in sixth place while the girls were ninth at the Duluth East Invitational at Snowflake Nordic Center Friday.

It was a pursuit race with a 4.8 kilometer freestyle race and a 5 kilometer classic race as the pursuit.

Kieran Scannell of Cook County was the top boys finisher placing ninth overall between the two races. Hank Bemlott of Silver Bay finished No. 36.

Shelby Ahrendt of Cook County was the top girls finisher placing 21st.

Silver Bay/Cook County will host a Nordic meet at 11 a.m. today.

Silver Bay girls basketball

The Silver Bay girls basketball team lost at Duluth Marshall 58-37 Thursday.

The Hilltoppers were up by eight at the half. The Mariners made a comeback in the second half tying the game at 37, but Marshall pulled away later in the game.

Allana Lampton had 16 points and seven rebounds while Alicia Nopola scored 12 points with 11 boards for Silver Bay. Tara Dow had four points, four assists, and four steals.

The Mariners lost 101-22 to Cook County Monday.

It was all Vikings in the first half as they outscored the Mariners 65-9. The Mariners lost the second half by 23.

Lampton led the Mariners with 12 points and 10 rebounds while Nopola had six points with 10 boards.

Silver Bay boys basketball

The Silver Bay boys basketball team defeated Cook County 48-30 Monday.

Mariners head coach Rick Frericks said Cook County is a very disciplined team and don't make many mistakes.

The Mariners came out strong in the first half outscoring the Vikings by 10. The second half was much the same with the Mariners winning that by eight.

Luke Thun had 21 points (three 3-pointers) and Henry Mitchell scored 11 for Silver Bay.

Frericks said the Vikings had them on the ropes in the second half, but Thun made a key 3-pointer. Mitchell also made some big buckets at the end of the game.