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Sports roundup: Dec. 28

Mariner boys' and girls' teams fall to Ely Timberwolves

The Ely Timberwolves basketball program has proved a tough opponent for Lake County teams this season. With two wins against the girls' and boys' squads in Silver Bay last Friday, they've now defeated every basketball team in the county.

The Silver Bay boys' team scored 26 points to Ely's 46 in the first half of their game. After halftime, the Timberwolves charged onto the court and the Mariners stepped aside for them--Ely scored 53 points in the second half to the Mariners' 8.

Mark Heiman of Ely led the Timberwolves with 27 of their 99 points, while senior Kyle Blood put 12 on the board for the Mariners. Blood, who has consistently led the Mariners on the scoreboard this season, recently passed 1,000 career goals. Junior Eben Fischer scored 8 points for the Mariners and sophomore Spencer Tiboni sank two three-pointers. The final score was 24-99. The Silver Bay boys have yet to secure a win and are the bottom-ranked team in the Polar League. They face Moose Lake/Willow River at Moose Lake on Jan. 4.

The Mariner girls fell to the Timberwolves 39-64. The girls were slow to start, putting up only 11 points to Ely's 33 in the first half. They came back in the second half, putting 28 points on the scoreboard, though it wasn't enough for the win. Senior Alicia Nopola dominated scoring for the Mariners with 26 points, 12 of which came from three-point shots. Timberwolves player Marlee Muhvich bested her by only 1, finishing the game with 27 points.

The girls also fell to Cromwell last Tuesday 29-77. The girls are now 1-3 and sit just above bottom-ranked Carlton in the Polar League.

They also start the New Year against Moose Lake/Willow River on Jan. 4 at Willow River High School.

Two Harbors boys lose steam against Floodwood

The first half of Thursday's game went well for the boys' Agates basketball team. They were up against Floodwood, the fourth-ranked team in the Polar League. They decidedly held their own in the first half, starting the second half just five points behind Floodwood at 22-27. Floodwood took charge after halftime, however, sinking 41 points and stifling the Agates, who could only put 15 points on the board. The final score was 37-68.

Riley Bersdorf led Floodwood with 15 points. Senior Agate Charlie Pavlisich sank 16 points and Kyler Kinn was a distant second for the team, putting 6 points on the board.

The boys are ranked ninth out of eleven teams in the Polar League with an overall record of 2-3. They play the undefeated Barnum Bombers on Thursday at home and start 2013 at Wrenshall on Jan. 5.

Nordic skiers compete in relays

The Two Harbors/Silver Bay ski team planned to go to Ironwood, Mich. for some training in fresh snow last week, but as it turned out, Ironwood had little of the white stuff. The team opted to stay closer to home instead, and participated in the Ely Ski Meet, which was held at Snowflake Ski Center in Duluth.

Last Thursday, they competed in the Duluth East Relays. In a relay format, one skier must complete the entire course before the second team member can begin. The varsity skiers competed on three-person teams and each skier had to complete a 5.5-kilometer loop. The junior high skiers competed on teams of two and each skier had to complete a 3.2-kilometer race. The skiers placed as teams and individuals. The overall team finish is below and the team members' individual places are in parentheses after their names.

Girls' varsity (19 teams, 57 individuals)

6th place overall: Two Harbors #1

Sara Schield (20th), Marina Schreiner (19th) and Kiersten Haaversen (12th)

18th place overall: Two Harbors #2

Jessie Juenemann (52nd), Scotti Berg (49th) and Kari Haaversen (53rd)

Boys' varsity (22 teams, 70 individuals)

11th place overall: Two Harbors #1

Drew Christensen (35th) , Everett Hommes (42nd) and Owen Cruikshank (26th)

19th place overall: Two Harbors #2

Mikael Overby (59th), Jace Jordan (57th) and Ethan Compton (64th)

Junior high girls (23 teams, 47 individuals)

19th place overall: Two Harbors

Krysten Linville (40th) and Chelsea Kolkin (30th)

Reporter LaReesa Sandretsky writes the weekly sports roundup. Reach her at 834-2141 or

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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