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Sports roundup: March 22

Silver boys put up a tough fight in playoff loss

The No. 5-ranked Carlton Bulldogs defeated the boys' Silver Bay basketball squad on March 5, but the Mariners made them work for the victory.

The No. 10-ranked Mariners, who lost by almost 30 points to the Bulldogs in January, allowed the Carlton team a 13-point lead by the end of the first half of the game. The score was 39-26, but by the end of the game the Mariners had closed the gap to only 8 points, losing by a score of 69-61.

Senior Kyle Blood scored more than 60 percent of the Mariners' points, sinking 38 points. Sophomore Spencer Tiboni had 12 points (all three-pointers), junior Eben Fisher had 8 and senior Mark Harris put in 3 points.

The loss to the Bulldogs means the boys' season is over. The squad will lose three seniors this year: Nick Clayton, Harris and powerhouse Blood.

Blood was a leader in all categories on his home court and in the Polar League Conference. As reported last week, he was named to all-conference first team for his accomplishments.

Junior Eben Fisher was ranked No. 14 in the conference in field goal percentage, sinking 46.7 percent of his field goal shots. Fisher also excelled in rebounds, grabbing 8.5 per game, ranking him No. 4 in the conference. Freshman Michael Fisher was ranked No. 8 in steals, notching 2.4 per game.

The team's final record was 1-19.

Two Harbors falls to Deer River in playoff game

The Agates fell to the Deer River Warriors last Wednesday, ending their playoff chances. The match ended with a 72-44 score.

Scoring was evenly spread among the Agates, with seven players making points. Sophomore Alex Lemke led the way with 15 points, junior Kyle Omtvedt had 7, seniors Trygve Lodin and Steve Frikken each had 6 in their last game, senior Charlie Pavlisich scored 5, sophomore Kyler Kinn notched 4 and senior Eli Hebl scored 1.

Pavlisich and Lemke were named to the all-conference team and will play in the all-star game in April.

In addition, Lodin had a strong season, ranking No. 15 in rebounds and assists in the conference, grabbing 4.8 rebounds and averaging 2.2 assists per game throughout the season.

The boys finish with a 7-19 record and will be graduating four seniors next year, including Frikken, Lodin, Pavlisich and Asher Jenkins.

Nopola and Schraufnagel receive all-conference honors

Mariner senior Alicia Nopola and Agate junior Lane Schraufnagel rank among the best girls basketball players in the conference after being named to the all-conference team this month. The players are chosen and elected by Polar League Conference coaches. Nopola was named to the second team and Schraufnagel was named an honorable mention. Watch the News-Chronicle for information on the all-star game in which the girls will play

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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