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Sports roundup: Feb. 7

Senior Allison Nowacki shoots over a Cook County player during the Agates’ 50-46 win over the Vikings on Feb. 3. Photo by Sandy Wuorio.

SB boys 1-14 The Mariners lost two games over the last week, bringing their record to 1-14.

On Friday, they lost a close match to Carlton. The boys put up a good fight against the Bulldogs, but couldn’t pull off a win, falling 70-53. Sophomore Michael Fischer had an impressive offensive game, scoring 25 points (including five 3-point shots). Five other Mariners put points on the board during the game.

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On Monday, they lost to Fond du Lac, 96-32. Fond du Lac put up a strong offense, with a few powerhouse scorers and a strong 3-point game. The Mariners answered with four players getting on the scoreboard. Senior Even Fischer led with 17 points.

The boys played Cook County on Thursday and head to Buhl to play Mesabi Academy this weekend.

SB girls play well during busy week The improvements in their scores are obvious – the Silver Bay girls have gone from losing games by 60 points to much closer matches over the course of the season.

They came close to getting that first “W” last Friday, losing by just 12 points to Carlton. They were behind by just one field goal at halftime, but Carlton put the pressure on in the second half to take the game 56-44. The Mariners had three strong performances offensively, with juniors Tara Dow and Aubrey Thun scoring 14 and 11 points respectively and senior Brandi Nopola scoring 13 points. Sophomore Erika Ernest had 6 points in the game. Thun sank an impressive three 3-point shots.

The girls played Fond du Lac on Monday and Mesabi East on Tuesday. They lost both games, falling 65-38 to Fond du Lac and 57-25 to Mesabi East.

They played Cook County on Thursday and they host Northeast Range and Floodwood next week.

TH girls win a close match After half-time in Monday’s match against Cook County, the Agates had a pretty convincing lead of 9 points. The Vikings came out with a vengeance in the second half, though, challenging the girls’ team to step it up. The Agates held on to their lead, defeating the Vikings in what ended up being a close game with a final score of 50-46.

The Agates showed the depth of their bench, with seven girls getting on the scoreboard. Freshman Ayla Lemke led the charge with 16 points and junior Briana Stuberud had 10 points. Both girls had 4 steals, as well. Senior Lane Schraufnagel had 9 points and an impressive 13 rebounds.

The girls played Esko last night. They have three games next week. Monday, they head to McGregor, Tuesday they host Virginia and Thursday they are at Barnum.

The girls, now 9-6 overall, are tied for third in the Polar League.

Two Harbors boys tally easy win, close loss The Agates had an easy win on Friday against McGregor, defeating the team 70-32. Almost everyone on the bench put points on the board, with 10 players scoring.

Junior Alex Lemke led with 19 ponts and senior Kyle Omtvedt had 13.

They lost 63-71 to Proctor last Thursday, bringing their record to 9-8. They are now tied for second in the Polar League Conference.

They play the top team in the conference tonight: Esko has a 17-3 record and is undefeated in the Polar League. They head to South Ridge on Monday and host Lakeview Christian Academy Thursday.

Two Harbors skiers at sections By Friday morning, we’ll know if any of the Two Harbors Nordic skiers have advanced to the state meet.

The skiers participated in the Section 7 Qualification Meet on Thursday at Giant’s Ridge. Ely, Duluth East and Mesabi East will be battling for the honor of first-place team at the meet for both the boys’ and girls’ race. The entire team of the winning squad advances, and the eight top-finishing individuals advance.

Sophomore Marina Schreiner will be looking for a qualification this year. She’s made big improvements, and if she has a strong race, she’ll have a good chance at state.

Junior Everett Hommes is the skier to watch on the boys’ side. Based on his performance in the Duluth East race and the Cook County Pursuit, he is a long shot but could pull off a qualifying race.

At the Duluth East Invite on Jan. 24, the boys placed 8th of 11 teams overall. The girls landed in 7th place of 9 teams. Schreiner led the girls with 17th place of 79 girls. Hommes led the boys, with a 20th place finish overall. Senior Owen Cruikshank was less than 20 seconds behind him.

At the Cook County pursuit on Friday, the boys were 7th of 9 teams and the girls were last of 7 teams. Schreiner placed 24th in a field of 84 and Hommes was 26th of 76 boys.

The junior high and junior varsity racers will compete Monday in the championships.

Note: In last week’s issue, the skier pictured was misidentified. It is junior Everett Hommes.


Feb. 7 • Two Harbors boys’ basketball, 7:15 p.m. at Esko

Feb. 8 • Silver Bay boys’ basketball, 2 p.m. at Mesabi Academy

• North Shore hockey, 3 p.m. at Pine City

Feb. 10 • Nordic skiing JV and junior high championships, 1 p.m. at Spirit Mountain

• Silver Bay girls’ basketball, 4:45 p.m. at home vs. Northeast Range

• North Shore hockey, 6 p.m. at Lake County Arena vs. International Falls

• Silver Bay boys’ basketball, 6:30 p.m. at home vs. Northeast Range

• Two Harbors girls’ basketball, 7:15 p.m. at McGregor

• Two Harbors boys’ basketball, 7:15 p.m. at South Ridge

Feb. 11

• Two Harbors girls’ basketball, 7:15 p.m. at home vs. Virginia

• North Shore hockey, 7:30 p.m. at Rukavina Arena vs. Proctor

Feb. 13

• Two Harbors girls’ basketball, 7:15 p.m. at Barnum

• Two Harbors boys’ basketball, 7:15 p.m. at home vs. Lakeview Christian Academy

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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