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Sports roundup: Feb. 15

Senior Sara Schield begins the skate portion of the Section 7 meet last Thursday. She finished the pursuit-style race in 47 minutes at 37th place. Photo: Sarah Haavisto

Nordic skiing

The Two Harbors Nordic Ski Team headed to the Section 7 championships last Thursday. The top seven boys and girls were able to travel to the meet at Giant's Ridge Ski Resort in Biwabik. Senior Kiersten Haaversen, who has qualified for state twice in previous years, missed the qualification this year, finishing 18th.

The race, a pursuit-style event consisting of a freestyle and classic race, was a bit shorter than last year, but all the skiers showed slower times, indicating slow conditions. The girls' winner, Amy Bianco of Ely, put in a time almost a minute and a half slower than last year. Haaversen followed the trend, finishing the two races in 41:23 this year--last year, her time was 38:07. She would have needed to shave her time this year by a minute to qualify for the state meet.

Her performance, still strong by any measure, led the girls' team to a respectable sixth place finish out of 11 teams.

Senior Owen Cruikshank led the boys, finishing 33rd. He was three and a half minutes away from securing a place at state. As a team, the boys finished 10th out of 11.

Boys' results

33: Owen Cruikshank, 38:22

45: Drew Christensen, 40:12

56: Everett Hommes, 42:06

63: Dan O'Neil, 43:41

65: Ethan Compton, 44:23

66: Jace Jordan, 44:27

67: Mikael Overby, 44:39

Girls' results

18: Kiersten Haaversen, 41:23

24: Marina Schreiner, 44:35

36: Sara Schield, 47:00

50: Scotti Berg, 50:25

51: Abi Sepike, 51:08

53: Kari Haaversen, 52:44

Two Harbors boys' basketball

The Agate boys lost one to Cromwell at home last Friday. The nail-biter ended with just a two-point spread. The Agates fell 73-75.

The game was promising at halftime, with Two Harbors leading by four points. The Cardinals took back the momentum in the second half, scoring 45 points to the Agates' 39. Senior Charlie Pavlisich scored 22 in the upset and sophomore Alex Lemke scored 16. Jared Hutar led the Cardinals with 22 points.

The boys played South Ridge on Monday. Results were not available by press time.

The boys are up against the Lakeview Christian Academy Lions and powerhouse Anders Broman on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at home. They meet the Mariners again next Friday at home at 6:15 p.m. The Agates came out on top in the last Lake County rivalry game.

Silver Bay boys' basketball

The Silver Bay boys put up a good fight against the Wrenshall Wrens last Friday. The Wrens are ranked just two places above the Mariners in the Polar League Conference, leading to an exciting game, but the Mariners just couldn't pull off the win.

The Mariners were leading by a score of 22-17 going into halftime. The Wrens cobbled together their win in the second half, however, scoring 27 points to the Mariners' 22 and winning the game by just four points.

Senior Kyle Blood scored 30 points for the Mariners, including six shots from behind the three-point line. Pat Gustafson led the Wrens with 19 points.

The Mariners played Northeast Range on Monday, but results were not available by press time. They're at home against Two Harbors on Friday and they'll challenge one of the toughest teams in the league, Ely, next Tuesday.

Silver Bay girls' basketball

The girls faced powerhouse Mesabi East, the leaders of the Iron Range Conference, at Mesabi East H.S. last Tuesday. The Giants easily took the game, scoring 42 points in the first half while only allowing six Mariner points. The Giants sent their second string players in for the second half, giving the Mariners some breathing room and an opportunity to catch up. The score in the second half was 10-16 in favor of the Giants, and the final score was 16-58.

The Mariner ladies had success the following Friday against the Wrenshall Wrens, winning the match 34-46. The Wrens are ranked at the bottom of the Polar League Conference.

The Mariners came out strong, leading by four points at the end of the first half and increasing that lead by eight more points in the second half. Senior Alicia Nopola, who recently signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Mayville State University in North Dakota, scored 36 points in the win, including four three-point shots. Nopola is ranked third in the region in points per game as of Jan. 31, averaging 19.3 and scoring 174 so far this season. She's ranked number two in rebounds, average 12.4 per game.

The girls played Northeast Range on Monday but results weren't available before press time. They play the Agates on Friday at home and next Monday they'll face the Ely team.

Two Harbors girls' basketball

The Agates fell to South Ridge last Tuesday. They dug themselves into a 15-point deficit by the end of the first half. They picked up their game in the second half, but their 21 points weren't enough to take back the lead. South Ridge took the game with a 59-40 final score.

Junior Krista Keranen led the scoring for the Agates with 13 points and sophomore Casey Cross wasn't far behind with 12 points.

Thursday seemed oddly familiar as the girls lost another one to the Cromwell Cardinals at Cromwell. They again started the second half with a 15-point deficit, trailing 18-33. They made up some ground in the second half but, just like Tuesday, it wasn't enough--the final score was 41-62 with the game going to the Cardinals.

Keranen led the scoring for the Agates with 12 points and sophomore Briana Stuberud scored 8 points.

Though the girls couldn't claim the win, junior Lane Schraufnagel and Stuberud made it into the regional rankings--Schraufnagel is eighth for rebounds with an average of 8.9 per game, and Stuberud is ranked ninth for assists (3.9 per game) and second in steals (4.7 per game).

The Agates played Virginia on Tuesday night but the results weren't available before press time. They're in Silver Bay on Friday and then have a week-long break before their next game.

Reporter LaReesa Sandretsky compiles the sports roundup. Contact her at or 834-2141.