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Sports roundup: Jan. 18

After dangerous ice conditions cancelled school for most students in the region on Friday, Jan. 11, local sports teams got a free Friday night, too. Neither of the Silver Bay basketball teams played last week, though they both played matches against North Woods on Tuesday as the News-Chronicle was going to press. They'll both be playing Carlton (boys 3-8, girls 5-5) at home on Friday at 4:45 p.m. for the girls and 6:30 p.m. for the boys. On Monday, they'll hit the home court again, challenging South Ridge (boys 5-4, girls 4-7) at the same times.

Small ski team

competes in Cloquet

The Two Harbors Nordic Team missed the Mesabi East Ski Meet at Giant's Ridge in Biwabik due to treacherous road conditions on Saturday.

A small team of Agate skiers attended the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton ski meet at the Pine Valley Ski Area in Cloquet on Jan. 8. Just eight skiers participated in the meet, but all saw significant improvements over their per-kilometer time from the same meet last year.

Senior Sara Schield finished the girls' varsity race in 17th place, improving her time by 32 seconds/kilometer. Freshman Marina Schreiner finished 36th in the race and dropped 20 seconds off of her per kilometer time from two years ago.

In the junior varsity race, sophomore Scotti Berg finished 14th and shaved 20 seconds off of her per-kilometer time. Freshman Ruby Walsberg cut almost a minute off of her per- kilometer time, finishing 30th. On the boys' side, eighth-grader Mikael Overby finished 30th and freshman Ethan Compton was right behind him, coming in 31st. Overby didn't race in 2011, but Compton improved his per- kilometer time by 12 seconds.

Two girls also raced in the junior high race--Kyrsi Linville finished 51st and Renee Swardstrom came in at 59th.

The team competed at the Proctor Invite on Tuesday and their next meet is Saturday, Jan. 19, at Duluth Marshall.

Agates fall to

Hermantown Hawks

The Agates basketball squad had a tough opponent on their hands last Thursday--Head Coach Tom Nelson said it would be a "major challenge." His prediction proved to be corect as the boys fell 38-81 to the Hawks.

During the first half, the Hawks scored 59 points to the Agates' 24. After halftime, the Hawks put their less experienced players in and the Agates tried to play catch-up but it wasn't enough--they scored 14 points to the Hawks' 22 in the second half.

Sophomore Alex Lemke led the Agates with 12 points and senior Charlie Pavlisich was close behind with 11.

The Hawks seemingly got the chance to play nearly everyone on their bench--12 players added points to the scoreboard for the team. Kole Zuidmulder led the charge with 22 points.

The Agates have a long stretch of away games coming up. On Friday, they're playing the winless McGregor team with tipoff at 7:15. On Saturday, they head to International Falls to play the leaders of the Iron Range Conference. Then, they're up against Virginia squad (5-5). The Agates are currently 3-6.

Lady Agates lose 2, now 4-10

The Lady Agates basketball team lost to the tough Moose Lake/Willow River squad last Thursday. The final score was 18-71. Two days before, they played a well-matched game against the Mesabi East team.

For much of the game the Agates held their own, finishing the first half tied at 27-27. The second half saw their stamina slip away and the points mount against them. The Agates allowed 34 Mesabi points and answered with only 20 of their own. The final score was 61-47.

Lane Schraufnagel led the team with 20 points, and Allison Nowacki wasn't far behind with 10. Megan West steered Mesabi with 15 points.

The girls will hit the court against McGregor at home on Thursday, the third-ranked team in the Polar League Conference. Over the weekend, they'll head to International Falls with the boys to face the Broncos, the top-ranked team in the Iron Range Conference. Then, they're up against Mountain Iron-Buhl (11-1) on Monday.

The sports roundup is written by Reporter LaReesa Sandretsky. Contact 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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