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Sports roundup: Sept. 13

Lucas Kempffer scoring one of three touchdowns last Friday during the Agates' 52-25 win over the Eveleth-Gilbert Golden Bears. Photo by Jill Innis.1 / 3
Nick Johnson catches a pass during the Agates' win over the Eveleth-Gilbert Golden Bears last Friday. Photo by Jill Innis.2 / 3
Mara Boulanger, Allie Mayfield, Leann Fynboh and Julia McDonald pose after winning first place in the 200-meter freestyle relay at the Spartan Relays last weekend. Photo submitted by Heather Mayfield.3 / 3

Girls' soccer 3-5

The Two Harbors girls added another win to their record last Thursday in a match at Eveleth-Gilbert, the only team the Agates beat last year. They defeated the Golden Bears this time around by a score of 2-1. They lost the next two matches, falling 3-2 to North Branch on Saturday, with Sarah Fjeran and Karley Fleisher putting the Agates on the board, and 3-0 to Marshall on Monday.

They played Cloquet Thursday and have a home game coming up against Esko (3-2-1) next Tuesday. Last year, the girls lost 3-1 to the Eskomos.

Volleyballers looking for win

The Agate volleyballers had a tough time putting points on the board early in the season, leading to some big spreads in their losses. Over the weekend, they lost three matches at the Ogilvie Tournament, but still scored well, racking up more than 20 points in at least four of the sets. So far, however, they have not won a game.

They played Cook County Thursday and their next match is at Cromwell next Tuesday.

Swimmers remain undefeated

The Two Harbors-Silver Bay swim team defeated the Mesabi East Giants on Tuesday to maintain their undefeated record. They tallied a number of first place finishes: Allie Mayfield won the 200-meter and 500-meter freestyle races, Julia McDonald topped the 200-meter individual medley field, Leann Fynboh took the titles in the 50-meter and 100-meter freestyle races and Mara Boulanger won the 100-meter fly and 100-meter backstroke races. The Two Harbors teams also won the 200-meter freestyle relay and the 400-meter freestyle relay.

In addition, they competed last Saturday at the Superior Spartan Relays. Divers Chelsea Kolkin, Kari Haaversen and Mara Christensen started the meet with first-place finishes, also breaking the meet record. Then, the team of Fynboh, Boulanger, McDonald and Mayfield received first place in one of the relays.

Coach Heather Mayfield said it's the first time in many years that they brought home a first-place medal from the Spartan Relays. They finished third overall in the meet.

Their next meet is the Soderlind Invitational, this Saturday at Morgan Park. Then, they face off against the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton Lumberjacks on Tuesday.

Soccer boys 0-8

After a Friday loss to East Grand Forks, a weekend loss to Becker and falling to the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton Lumberjacks on Tuesday, the Agates remain winless. They managed to put a point on the board against East Grand Forks, but couldn't connect with the net in the other two games.

The boys played Superior Thursday at home and their next game is next Thursday at Hermantown (3-2-1).

Football team wins another

The Agates held onto the momentum from their first game and carried it back to home turf, defeating Eveleth-Gilbert last Friday. The offense, affectionately dubbed the zoo because "they play like animals," got off to a fast start, scoring a touchdown on every possession, except for their final drive of the game during which time expired. The Agates amassed a whopping 501 total yards of offense for the game, 481 yards of which were rushing.

Senior fullback Mike Nordean rushed for 244 yards on eight carries, including an 81-yard scoring run, and junior running back Lucas Kempffer added 128 yards rushing and three touchdowns in the Agates' Great Polar Blue Division romp at home.

Kempffer also had a 78-yard fumble return as part of a 34-point first half for the Agates on the way to their 52-25 win. The Golden Bears were scoreless at halftime but picked up the pace in the second half.

"We bent but didn't break, but they did get a few scores on us," head coach Tom Nelson said.

Nelson said starting the season with two wins is refreshing after a tough last season, but he's encouraging the team to keep the tenacity going.

"We've got a little confidence, but we've got to keep playing like we're the underdog," he said.

Their next match is Friday against Ogilvie, the first time ever the Agates will face the Lions. Nelson said they are traditionally a powerhouse with strong offense.

"It should be a good battle," he said. "We'd love it if people would come out and see the zoo in action the Friday."

The junior varsity team is 1-0 after a win over Esko. The seventh-grade team is also undefeated with a 2-0 record and the eighth-grade team is 1-1. Pony football is also flexing its muscles, starting the season off 2-0. Finally, 50 kids are part of the flag football program for grades kindergarten to fourth, and Nelson said they're learning all the basics in two practices a week.

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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