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Most area athletes have wrapped up their seasons, but three tracksters will be continuing on to the state tournament at Hamline University in St. Paul on Friday.

Senior Agate, Madisen Stroozas, qualified in discus, placing second at the Section 7A meet with a throw of 105' 7". Sophomore Agate, Leann Fynboh, will advance in two events--she was the section runner-up by less than a tenth of a second in the 100-meter dash and took first place in the 400-meter run. Finally, senior Mariner, Kyle Blood, won the 800-meter run at the Section 7A meet, sending him to the state competition for the third time.

Blood finished seventh last year at the state meet. His qualifying time this year is almost two seconds faster than his final time last year.

Overall, the Two Harbors girls' team placed 8th of 24 at the Section 7A meet while the boys placed 21st of 25 teams. The Silver Bay girls placed twelfth and the boys took 18th, tying with Chisholm.

The Two Harbors track awards banquet was held last week and the team members voted for team awards. The winners were:

Most Inspiring: Senior Michaela Campbell and seventh grader Kiviok Hight

Most Improved: Sophomore, Krysten Linville and sophomore, Shannon Lysaker

Tough as Agates: Sophomore, Casey Cross and junior Nick Torgerson

Most Dedicated: Senior Sara Schield and junior Brad Smith

Rookie of the Year: Ninth-grader Julia McDonald and seventh grader Kiviok Hight

MVP: Sophomore Leann Fynboh and junior Drew Christensen

Two Harbors baseball team wraps up season

The Two Harbors baseball team ended its season with a 5-7 record after Mora knocked them out of the Section 7AA playoffs on May 29.

"We knew that they were a pretty good team," said Head Coach Rick Coughlin. Mora was the second seed team in the playoffs while Two Harbors was seeded seventh.

Though the Agates lost, Coughlin said they gave it their all and held Mora to a low score.

"We played really good," Coughlin said.

He applauded the pitching of juniors Kyle Omtvedt and Mark Pearson, but said the team couldn't muster any offense. He said the short season was hard on the boys--they played only 12 games this year, while a typical season has 23 or more.

Seniors Trygve Lodin and Steve Frikken graduated this year, leaving big gaps in the offense (they were the first and second hitters on the team). Lodin played second base in defense and Frikken played centerfield.

"It'll be tough to replace those two guys," Coughlin said.

Despite the losses, Coughlin said he's looking forward to next year--the entire pitching staff will return, there'll be better weather and the opportunity to play more games.

"Despite the crappy weather, the kids had a good attitude and they were a fun group to coach," Coughlin said.

Two Harbors softball finishes season with 7-5 record

Despite a young and inexperienced team and the loss of many starters last year, the Agates softball squad finished the season with a solid 7-5 record.

"We had some young girls that started playing well," Head Coach Chris Lemke said.

Lemke said the girls didn't bring their A-game to their first playoff match, however, and it showed in the score. They lost 16-1 to Esko on May 23.They knew the game against Esko would be tough, Lemke said, but they couldn't seem to muster their best efforts to compete against the formidable Eskomos.

"It started out bad and got worse," he said. "We just never came together. It's a bad day to have an off game."

Despite the lackluster last game, the season produced three all-conference mentions from the team: Senior, Savannah Juenemann, and ninth-grader, Sarah Fjeran, were named all-conference and eighth-grader, Ayla Lemke, was an honorable mention. In addition, Fjeran was a conference leader in steals and hitting and Lemke shone in RBIs.

With the younger players having such success, Lemke said the future looks bright. The team lost Juenemann, Molly O'Meara and Jenny Grignon this year, but they will return a strong lineup. In addition, Lemke said most of the girls will be playing softball this summer.

"If everybody stays healthy...I think things will get even better next year," Lemke said.

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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