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Sports roundup: Jan. 17

SB boys’ hoops 1-8

The Mariner boys dropped two in the last week, one to Cromwell and one at Northwoods. On Friday, they played the Cromwell Cardinals at home and on Tuesday they headed to Cook High School to play the Grizzlies.

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The boys shone against the Grizzlies, despite the losing score. After a tough first half, the Mariners weren’t discouraged. They came back for a strong second half, managing 26 points to Northwoods’ 41 — more than triple the points they made in the first half. The final score was 87-34.

“I think we are improving. Our goal is to really work hard and not give up,” said coach Rick Frericks.

In the match, Eben and Michael Fischer scored 10 points each. Junior Spencer Tiboni scored five points, including one three-point shot.

Frericks said they are setting goals for shot percentage and total shots each game to keep the boys motivated.

“We can’t worry about wins and losses,” Frericks said. “They are working, they are thinking about what their own performance is like and what they need to improve.”

He’s hoping the boys will be at their strongest in February — playoff season. Beyond that, they are maintaining a positive attitude on the court and celebrating their accomplishments — like that strong second half against Northwoods and meeting their shooting percentage goals in the last few games.

“I’m very proud of my players,” Frericks said. “They are having fun and that’s the important thing. It’s a four-month commitment … if it’s not fun, it’s a long four months.”

The boys are now 1-8, with matches against Moose Lake/Willow River and South Ridge in the coming week.

Skiers compete at Cloquet

The Two Harbors Nordic ski team competed at the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton invite at Pine Valley Ski Center on Tuesday. Four boys and five girls competed in the varsity races and three skiers geared up for the junior high races. The boys came in 7th out of 11 teams and the girls were 6th out of nine.

Junior Everett Hommes had a strong race, placing 16th in the field of 44 with a time of 16:07. Freshman Mikael Overby, senior Owen Cruikshank and sophomore Ethan Compton rounded out the race for the Agates with 36th, 37th and 42nd place, respectively.

On the girls’ side, sophomore Marina Schreiner stood out with a 19:15 finish in 23rd place out of 44 skiers. Junior Scotti Berg came in two minutes later at 33rd, while sophomores Abigale Seipke, Kari Haaversen and Ruby Walsberg weren’t far behind.

Sophomore Zach Deming, sophomore Renee Swardstrom and freshman Emily Haveri all had strong finishes in the junior high races.

Coach Sarah Haavisto said the team has been happy with the early snowfall, though cold weather has kept them inside for portions of the winter. Their home meet, which was slated for last week, has been moved to Tuesday at Korkki Nordic because of the cold. Despite the challenges, snow is always a boon for the team.

“They’ve gotten a lot more snow time this year which is lovely,” Haavisto said.

They are gearing up for the Marshall Sprints, a short course at Marshall High School, which will take place Saturday. Then, they’ll be hosting their single-track race at Korkki Nordic next Tuesday.

“We have a bunch of hardworking and dedicated kids this year and that’s been really great to see,” Haavisto said.

TH boys 3rd in the Polar League

In their third overtime game of the season, the Agates pulled off a win against Floodwood last Friday, bumping them up to a winning record and catapulting them into 3rd place in the Polar League.

The Polar Bears, with an impressive record of 10-3, were taken aback by a strong second half performance by the Agates (now 6-5). The first half ended with a 19-24 score, but the Agates returned to the court resilient, overcoming their deficit to tie the game 47-47. They scored 6 points to the Polar Bears’ 5 in overtime, clinching the win.

Junior Alex Lemke is a reliably strong offensive threat, scoring half the team’s points in the Floodwood game. Head coach Tom Nelson said senior Kyle Omtvedt has excelled with rebounds, averaging 9.5 per game.

He added that the entire varsity squad has been logging early morning hours in the weight room, beefing up to become better basketball players and all around athletes.

“I can’t stress it enough how committed these kids are as athletes, not just basketball players,” Nelson said.

In addition, nine of the 11 varsity players landed on the merit or honor roll last quarter.

“I’m very proud of these kids,” Nelson said.

He said they are strengthening fundamentals in practice, like the easy shots and rebounds they should be getting every game. With about half of their schedule still left, Nelson said he hopes the boys will play well enough to get a good seed and enter the February playoffs strong.

“They are doing everything they can to improve,” he said.

SB girls looking for a win

The Silver Bay girls lost two matches in the last week – one against Cromwell at home and one at Northwoods.

The Cromwell game was a 19-68 loss, with senior Brandi Nopola scoring 10 of the Mariners’ points. Sophomore Erika Ernest and juniors Tara Dow and Kayla Maleski also put points on the board.

Against the Northwoods Grizzlies, the Mariners managed 20 points to Northwoods’ 75. The same four scorers led the Mariners, with Nopola again scoring 10 points.

In the coming week they face Moose Lake / Willow River and South Ridge.

Agate girls 6-4

After narrowly defeating the Floodwood Polar Bears last Friday, the girls’ Agate squad is now 6-4 and 3rd in the Polar League.

The Floodwood game was a close match, with the girls winning 49-40. A group of strong seniors led the scoring, with Allison Nowacki notching 12 points, Lane Schraufnagel scoring 11 and Krista Keranen clocking 10.

The girls will be tested tomorrow against International Falls, whose squad is 8-3 and on top of the Iron Range Conference. They played Wrenshall Thursday.


Jan. 17

Silver Bay basketball at home vs. Moose Lake/Willow River. Girls play at 4:45 p.m., boys play at 6:30 p.m.

Two Harbors boys’ basketball, 7:15 p.m. at home vs. Wrenshall

Silver Bay girls’ hockey, 7:30 p.m. at Rukavina Arena vs. International Falls

Jan. 18

Nordic skiing, 11 a.m. at Duluth Marshall High School

Two Harbors’ basketball at home vs. International Falls. Girls play at 1 p.m., boys play at 2:30 p.m.

North Shore hockey, 7:30 p.m. at Coleraine vs. Greenway

Jan. 20

Silver Bay basketball at home vs. South Ridge. Girls play at 4:45 p.m., boys play at 6:30 p.m.

Jan. 21

Nordic skiing, 11 a.m. at Korkki Nordic

Two Harbors boys’ basketball, 6:15 p.m. at home vs. Cook County

North Shore hockey, 7 p.m. at Lake County Arena vs Eveleth-Gilbert

Silver Bay girls’ hockey, 7:30 p.m. at Rukavina Arena vs. Hibbing

Jan. 23

Silver Bay girls’ basketball, 6:30 p.m. at home vs. Duluth Marshall

Two Harbors girls’ basketball, 7:15 p.m. at home vs. Moose Lake Willow River

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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