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Sports roundup: Feb. 14

TH basketball squads gear up for games at Target Center

Monday, the Agates will be playing on the same court as the Timberwolves.

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The Agate basketball teams will be playing against Eveleth-Gilbert at the Target Center in Minneapolis. It's the second time Two Harbors has gotten to play on the big-league court. Athletic director Scott Ross said they first got the opportunity about 10 years ago.

"It was a really great experience," Ross said. "Last spring, (boys' basketball coach) Tom Nelson wondered if it was something we could try again.”

The point of such a trip is hardly the game. Ross said a lot of Two Harbors alumni who now live in the Twin Cities showed up to the game last time, making it a mini-reunion of sorts. The kids get the chance to play on an NBA court and get to bond with their teammates on a day off of school (Monday is President's Day, a federal holiday).

“We’re really hoping to get a good turnout," Ross said.

There will be a fan bus leaving Two Harbors High School at 8 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance for $15 and they include a free ticket to a future Timberwolves game.

“We’re really looking forward to it," Ross said.

Both Agate teams lost to Esko in the last week -- the boys on Friday and the girls on Thursday.

For the boys, Esko is the top-ranked team in the Polar League Conference with only 3 total losses this season. They easily defeated the Agates in Esko 44-87. Junior Kyler Kinn had 13 points in the game, while junior Alex Lemke and senior Kyle Omtvedt had 11 each.

The boys lost another away game to South Ridge on Monday. After a tied up first half, South Ridge (17-3) stole the game in the second half to win 85-54. Lemke had 15 points and Kinn had 14 points in the loss. They are now 9-10 and 3rd in the league.

Esko is ranked second in the girls' conference and steamrolled the Agates in the first half 22-7. The scoring was a bit more even in the second half as Esko put most of its bench into the game. The Agates were stifled in the scoring department, with the top seniors Allison Nowacki and Lane Schraufnagel each scoring just 6 points each. The final score was 25-52.

After the Esko game, the girls tallied anther loss and a win this week. They fell to McGregor 29-59 on Monday and defeated Virginia 53-39 on Tuesday. Senior Krista Keranen had a strong scoring game in the win, with 14 points, including a 3-point shot.

The girls are now 10-8 and 5th in the Polar League.

Silver Bay boys' hoops tally two wins

Things are looking up for the Mariner boys. In the last week, they scored a second win over Mesabi Academy and their third win of the season against Northeast Range. They also lost to Cook County last Thursday.

The boys again defeated Mesabi, against whom they won their first game of the season. Senior Michale Klofstad had a stellar offensive game, scoring 29 points for the Mariners. Eighth-grader Jason Blood also showed his potential with 10 points and five other Mariners put points on the scoreboard. The final winning score was 75-72.

At home on Monday, the boys notched another "W" against Northeast Range, defeating them 62-44. Sophomore Michael Fischer led the scoring with 17 points. Klofstad had 15 and senior Eben Fischer and junior Spencer Tiboni had 10 points each.

The boys are now 3-15.

Silver Bay girls fall to NE Range

On Monday, the Mariner girls lost a home game to Northeast Range.

They soundly defeated Silver Bay 85-24, with five Mariners putting points on the board. Ten girls on the Northeast Range team scored points. Senior Brandi Nopola scored 12 points and and junior Tara Dow had 6.

The girls also lost to Cook County last Thursday. They remain winless.

TH skiers wrap up season

The Two Harbors ski squad wrapped up its season Thursday at the Section 7 Meet at Giant's Ridge in Biwabik. No skiers advanced to the state meet, but a strong foundation has been laid for next year.

Sophomore Marina Schreiner and junior Everett Hommes have been the top performers most of the season and were the most likely to win a qualification to the state meet. Hommes only completed the first race, a freestyle 5.2-kilometer freestyle course, but didn't start the second part of the competition, the 5.3-kilometer classic race, due to illness. Schreiner finished just a minute too slow to qualify, and, at 18th place, only three places behind the last individual skier to qualify. Both skiers will get another chance next year.

Senior Owen Cruikshank competed in his last meet ever, showcasing impressive improvements over last year and having a particularly strong finish in the classic race. He shaved nearly 2 minutes off his time from last year, finishing 33rd overall in the meet.

Mikael Overby is shaping up to be an asset for the team. The freshman placed 43rd overall, improving his time a staggering seven minutes over last year. Junior Ethan Compton also had a strong race, showcasing a three-minute improvement over the same race last year and finishing 61st overall.

With only three boys finishing the total race, the team placed 11th of 12 teams.

Behind Schreiner, a number of Two Harbors girls had good races. Junior Scotti Berg shaved over two minutes off of last years time and placed second for the team and 42nd overall. Sophomore Kari Haaversen finished less than a minute behind Berg in 43rd place. Junior Krysten Lynville, sophomore Mara Christensen, sophomore Natalie Hudson and sophomore Renee Swardstrom rounded out the girls' team, propelling them to a 7th place finish out of 10 teams.

The team also competed in the Charlie Banks Relays at Giant's Ridge Wednesday. The girls’ team of four placed 29th of 38 teams. The boys placed 27th of 34 teams.

On Monday, a number of the younger skiers participated in the junior varsity and junior high championships held at Spirit Mountain.

Overby dominated the boys' JV race, taking first in a tough field. Compton placed 15th and junior Zach Deming took 27th.

In the girls' JV race, Berg finished first for the Agates in 19th place. Linville, Christensen, Hudson and Swardstrom also competed in the race. Sophomore Mia Lawson and freshman Emily Haaveri rounded out the field for the Agates.


Feb. 14

Silver bay girls' basketball, 4:45 p.m. at home vs. Floodwood

Silver Bay boys' basketball, 6:30 p.m. at home vs. Floodwood

Two Harbors boys' basketball, 7:15 p.m. at home vs. Barnum

North Shore hockey, 7:30 p.m. at Heritage Center vs. Duluth Denfeld 

Feb. 17

Two Harbors boys' basketball, 1 p.m. at Target Center, Minneapolis, vs. Eveleth-Gilbert

Two Harbors girls' basketball, 2:30 p.m. at Target Center, Minneapolis, vs. Eveleth-Gilbert

Feb. 18

Silver Bay girls' basketball, 4:45 p.m. at home vs. Ely

Two Harbors boys' basketball, 5:45 p.m. at home vs. Northwoods

Silver Bay boys' basketball, 6:30 p.m. at home vs. Ely

Two Harbors girls' basketball, 7:15 p.m. at home vs. South Ridge

Feb. 20

Silver Bay girls' basketball, 4:45 p.m. at Wrenshall

Silver Bay boys' basketball, 6:30 p.m. at Wrenshall

Two Harbors girls' basketball, 7:15 p.m. at home vs. Cromwell

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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