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Sports Roundup: More skiers going to state meet

Two Harbors sophomore Kiersten Haaversen competed at the state Nordic ski meet Thursday.1 / 2
Marissa Engelson battles for a jump ball against Virginia Tuesday. The Agates won the game 51-31. Jill Innis2 / 2

Two Harbors Nordic skiing

Sophomore Two Harbors Nordic skier Kiersten Haaversen qualified for the state meet Thursday, placing 13th at the Section 7 meet at Giants Ridge in Biwabik.

The event was a pursuit race where skiers combine scores between freestyle and classic races.

Head coach Sara Byrns said Haaversen finished around 20th place in two previous pursuit races this season and needed 15th or 16th place at sections to qualify at state. After her first race she needed to move up five or six places.

"She dug deep and raced out of her mind in the classic race, moving from 21st into the 13th position, only one tenth of a second behind 12th place," Byrns said.

Overall, the girls team finished in fourth place. The boys team finished 10th.

Other top finishers on the girls team who didn't qualify for state included Savannah Juenemann (29th) and Sara Schield (36th). Aaron Holbeck was the top finisher on the boys team finishing 34th, while Drew Christensen was 35th, and Owen Cruikshank was 50th.

No one from the team made the state meet last season.

The state meet began Thursday at Giants Ridge.

On Monday, many skiers competed in the six-kilometer event at Boulder Lake Management Area.

Holbeck finished fifth in the junior varsity race while Christensen was 11th. Juenemann placed fifth and Schield was sixth in the junior varsity race.

Silver Bay Nordic skiing

The Silver Bay/Cook County Nordic ski team qualified two for the state meet at the Section 7 meet Thursday at Giants Ridge in Biwabik.

Kieran Scannell (sixth) and Shelby Ahrendt (15th), both of Cook County, qualified. Overall the boys team finished sixth while the girls were 10th.

Hank Bemlott of Silver Bay finished 37th at sections.

Silver Bay Alpine skiing

Three members of the Silver Bay/Cook County Alpine skiing team advanced to the state competition at the Section 7 meet at Giants Ridge in Biwabik last week.

Senior Ali Boettcher and junior Katie Smedstad, both of Silver Bay, qualified for the meet, as did senior Molly Rider of Cook County. Boettcher finished 16th overall at the meet while Smedstad was 11th and Rider came in fourth.

State runs began Wednesday at Giants Ridge.

Girls hockey

For the fourth season in a row, the Silver Bay Area girls hockey season ended in a sudden death overtime. The girls lost 4-3 to International Falls at home in a Section 7A quarterfinal game Thursday.

The Mariners came out a little flat in the first period and saw themselves down by a margin of 2-0. The Broncos made 1-0 half way through the opening period. Two minutes later, it was 2-0 as the Mariners were outshot 13-8.

The Mariners came out much more inspired in period two as they outshot the Broncos 14-4. At 4:12, Anna Carman put home a rebound set up by Shay Viola and Bailey Rykken on a power play goal to cut the deficit to one. At 6:41 Taylor Skelton stole the puck near the faceoff circle and went in and roofed it for a shorthanded goal to tie it at two.

The third period saw a shot advantage of two for the Mariners. They took the lead for the first and only time in the contest two minutes into the final period of play. Rykken backhanded the puck upstairs when it came her way from Carman and Taylor Guzzo. Halfway through the period the Broncos tied it up with a power play goal.

The Mariners received a power play with 2:32 left in regulation but couldn't capitalize on it.

With 3.9 seconds left in regulation the Broncos went on a power play. While the Broncos didn't score on it, they did so shortly after it expired as they outshot the Mariners 11-0 in the overtime period. Nikki Mealey stopped 33 shots in her last game in the Mariners net.

Silver Bay girls basketball

The Silver Bay girls basketball team lost at Esko Friday 104-23.

It was all Eskimos in the first half as they outscored the Mariners by 38. In the second half it was much the same with Esko outscoring Silver Bay 57-14.

Alicia Nopola scored 13 points for the Mariners while Abby Michels scored four.

The Mariners will host Barnum at 4:45 p.m. today.

Two Harbors girls basketball

The Two Harbors girls basketball team lost 55-51 at Carlton Thursday.

The Bulldogs outscored Two Harbors by five in the first half. The teams tied the second half 25-25.

Head coach Brooke Chaffee said the team missed a few defensive stops and had some cold shooting from the outside.

Katelyn Adams led the Agates with 17 points. Sasha Fjeran scored 12 and Nina Bukowski pumped in 11. Kalina Pavlisich scored eight points, including two 3-pointers.

The Agates defeated Virginia 51-31 at home Tuesday. The Agates outscored Virginia by 14 in the first half and never let up in the second, winning that by six.

Chaffee said the team played one of its best games of the season, passing well, playing solid defense, and the team had a cohesiveness between the guards and posts.

Nina Bukowski scored 16 while Adams had 13.

The Agates next game will be at Duluth Marshall at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24.

Two Harbors hockey

The Two Harbors hockey team lost 5-0 at home against Sleepy Eye-St. Mary's Friday.

Sleepy Eye scored three in the first and two in the second to close out the Agates.

Kody Waldron and Micky Smith each had 10 saves for Two Harbors.

Sleepy Eye and Two Harbors played again Saturday with the Agates losing 4-3.

Sleepy Eye took a 3-0 lead out of the first period before the Agates offense woke up in the second. Austyn Wasko started out the scoring for the Agates at 9:21. A minute later, Tyler McGregor scored on a power play making it 3-2. Sleepy Eye came back with a goal at 12:57 and Wasko narrowed the gap once again at 15:03, but it wasn't enough.

The teams remained scoreless in the third period. Waldron had 17 saves for Two Harbors.

The Agates will begin playoffs Tuesday.

Silver Bay hockey

The Mariners put together one of its most solid performances on the ice this season from start to finish and were rewarded with an overtime victory over the Greenway Raiders by a score of 3-2 Friday at home. The Mariners had to overcome a two-goal deficit and did so with an especially strong third period.

The first four goals of the game all came via the power play. Greenway scored the only goal of period one when the puck bounced out to a Raiders player via a rebound with a wide open net. In period two, a Raider put the puck in high to make it 2-0 Greenway after two.

The Mariners came out smoking in the third period and tied it up with two goals from freshman Brad Rowlee. Six minutes into the period Rowlee was in position to finish off a wraparound attempt by Cody Larson. With 2:46 left in regulation play Rowlee one-timed home a pass from behind the net from Larson that was set up by Ryan DeShaw. Before the equalizer went in the Mariners had twice got the puck to net and past the goaltender via a bounce but not over the goal line.

The Mariners had to kill off a penalty with 1:30 left in regulation and the first 30 seconds of the overtime and did so. The winning goal came at 2:42 of the extra period and once again was set up by Larson. He got the puck out front and Warren Carter lifted it into the net to end the game in favor of Silver Bay.

Alex Murray finished with 28 saves to pick up his eighth win of the season.

The Mariners fell 5-2 to the Proctor Rails Tuesday at home. The Rails scored twice in the first and three times in the second to come away with the victory.

The Mariners struck first with a tip-in goal from Daniel Wilson set up by Cody Vadnais and Brock LeBlanc just under two minutes into the contest. The Rails made it 2-1 before the period ended. In the second period Proctor scored another goal making it 5-1. Shane Billings scored the game's final score in the third period with an assist from Carter. Murray had 31 stops in the Mariners net.

The Mariners start playoffs Tuesday.

Two Harbors boys basketball

The Two Harbors boys basketball team lost 78-53 at home to AlBrook/Cotton Monday.

The game was close at the half with AlBrook prevailing by two. AlBrook pulled away in the second half outscoring the Agates by 23.

Head coach Jamie Otterblad said the team played a solid first half but missed many shots. The team also avoided turnovers. He said he was pleased with the teams effort, and that players hustled throughout the game.

Jon McDannold led Two Harbors with 18 points, including two 3-pointers. Caleb Hamp-Sill scored 11 for Two Harbors and Alex Horoshak had seven points.

The Agates will host Cloquet at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.