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Sports roundup: Oct. 4

Mara Boulanger swam to first place in the 100-yard freestyle race at the Agates' home meet last Tuesday. Photo by Jill Innis.1 / 2
The Agates swim team after their Tuesday win at home. They have maintained an undefeated record at all dual meets for the past three years. Photo by Jill Innis.2 / 2

Soccer girls tie with Grand Rapids

Tuesday's girls' soccer game against Grand Rapids was like déjà vu for the Agates.

The Agates and the Thunderhawks tied - just like they did on Aug. 28. Last time, the Agates pulled off the win in overtime but that wasn't the case on Tuesday. The game ended in a stalemate, 1-1.

Freshman Karly Fleisher scored the Agates' only goal in the 58th minute.

"She dribbled through the whole box and beat like four players on her own. It looked like she had four legs," head coach Jeff Peterson said.

It looked as if they might tally a win until a loose ball in the Agates' penalty box was knocked in by a Grand Rapids player with four minutes remaining in the game. Junior goalie Sam Dewey, had nine saves.

"We just didn't play the game we're capable of," Peterson said.

The JV and C team headed to Esko on Monday for some matches of their own, and Peterson said he was impressed with the young squads. JV lost 0-3 but the C team took home a 3-2 win, with two goals by Olivia Kempfert and one by Sami Szendry.

The varsity squad played Proctor Thursday and heads to Hibbing next Monday. Playoffs begin on Thursday, Oct. 10.

"I'm looking at us to pull it all together and play at full potential," Peterson said.

Swimmers tally two home wins

After sweeping their first home meet Tuesday, the Agates won their second just two days later against Proctor-Hermantown. Then, they competed at the Taconite Invitational last weekend, taking second place out of nine teams.

At Thursday's meet, junior Leann Fynboh set a pool record in the 50-yard freestyle race. The team took home plenty of first place finishes to take the meet 66-53.

At the invitational, sophomore Allie Mayfield took first in the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyle races, coming out on top in big, competitive fields.

"It was a great week for the swim team, with a lot of fast times and great accomplishments," head coach Heather Mayfield said.

They swam at Grand Rapids on Thursday and head to Duluth Denfeld next Tuesday. They host their third home meet of the season next Thursday, Oct. 10, against Superior.

Two Harbors boys' soccer win their first game

Though the Agates lost to Princeton (1-5-1) in an early season scrimmage, they didn't let that discourage them in a Sept. 21 home match. The central Minnesota team was the only team they defeated last year and gave the Agates their first win of this season, too.

They topped the Tigers 4-2, with goals by junior, Casey Galyan, senior, Mils Johnson, junior, Quaid Cavallin and senior, Eli Hebl. Corey Johnson had two assists in the form of corner kicks.

Then, they held their own against Eveleth-Gilbert (5-2) on Monday at home. Though they couldn't pull of a win at the Lake Bank parent's night, they put up a strong fight and ended with a 1-1 tie after a double overtime. Both goals were scored during overtime.

"Usually, when a team scores against us, we get really deflated. We didn't lose that focus even though they scored first," coach Dave Lukkonen said. "We're now playing much stronger as a team."

Cavallin scored the Agates' single goal.

The Agates dropped one to Hibbing last Thursday and another to Ashland on Tuesday. They will be shooting for their second win of the season this weekend at Princeton.

Silver Bay volleyballers put up a strong fight against Ely

The Mariner volleyballers lost to Ely (5-5) on Sept. 23, but not without a fight. The three matches were close - 25-20, 25-19 and 25-22 - and there were some strong individual efforts. Freshman, Brooke McMillen, had 15 ace serves, senior Brandi Nopola had nine kills and junior Sydney Topp had six.

They played Wrenshall Tuesday, losing another three close sets. They also put up a good fight against Barnum, forcing a five-set match and winning two of the sets. They played Cromwell on Thursday and next Thursday are up against Cook County.

Cross country hits midseason stride

Last Thursday, the Cook County/Two Harbors Vikings headed to a Hibbing for a flat golf course race. Their junior varsity squads took home first place trophies, the varsity girls took fifth place and the varsity boys took third.

Sophomores Abigale Seipke and Ruby Walsberg ran for the varsity squad, finishing fourth and sixth for the team with times of 18:44 and 20:17 respectively. Exchange student Patricia Mueck helped the junior varsity girls to their win, placing fifth for the team with a time of 24:13.

On the boys' side, eighth-grader Kiviok Hight predictably finished about 30 seconds behind the Vikings' first place runner, Joey Chmelik, a position he carved out early in the season and has been maintaining ever since. Junior Everett Hommes, and senior Owen Cruikshank finished together at 22:24, taking sixth and seventh places for the team. For junior varsity, sophomore Donovan Rigdon and senior Drew Christensen helped the team take home the win, placing fourth and fifth for the team respectively.

They race Saturday at the Swain Invitational in Duluth.

Two Harbors volleyball plays well at Marshall Classic

The Two Harbors volleyball team won two of its first matches last weekend. They defeated Lakeview Christian Academy and Wrenshall in matches at the Duluth Marshall Classic on Saturday, placing fourth out of six teams in the tournament.

Tuesday, they were defeated by Carlton. Sophomore Ayla Lemke had three ace serves in the loss.

They played Thursday at Wrenshall and host an invitational this weekend.

Football squad tallies its first loss

The Agates had their first loss of the season last Friday against the Esko Eskomos.

"Esko came out hitting on all cylinders as there was quite a build up to the game," head coach Tom Nelson said.

It was Esko's first game in a brand new stadium and its homecoming. A standing-room-only crowd showed up to watch the faceoff, and Esko took the lead almost immediately, scoring 20 points in the first half.

"We knew that we had to defend the big play against them and we had prepared for it all week by working on our pass defense against their main receiver as well as making sure we did not kick it off deep to their return men who have broken quite a few long returns so far this year," Nelson said. "Our defensive backs did what we asked of them and were in great position but just could not make the play on some perfectly thrown balls."

The Agates refused to go down without a fight though, and came back in the second half to score two touchdowns - one by junior Kyler Kinn and another by junior Lucas Kempffer. Esko answered one of those touchdowns, leading to a final score of 28-14.

"Overall, it was a game where they definitely made some big plays against us and jumped on us early, yet I was happy to see our kids battle back and make Esko play to the very end," Nelson said.

In addition to his touchdown, Kinn rushed 23 times for 130 yards to lead the offense. Kempffer added 102 yards in 21 carries and senior Mike Nordean had 12 carries for 25 yards. Senior Kyle Omtvedt ran for 36 yards and threw for 24 yards.

On the defensive end, Kempffer had 17 tackles, junior Tim Bott had 15 and senior Nick Johnson had nine.

The Agates will play the Hilltoppers at Marshall tonight at 4 p.m. The Hilltoppers (4-1) were also handed their only loss of the season by Esko in a 28-33 match, so it will be an exciting game.

Junior high football squad

From coaches Bill Anderson and Shannon Larson

The junior high Agate football teams have been off to fast starts this year. Twelve seventh graders and 16 eighth graders came out for practice in late August and have been devoted to the Agate family since.

Both teams have scored impressive wins on their own and have played three combined games, winning them all. Overall, the seventh graders are 5-1 and the eighth graders are 4-2.

More importantly, the kids have been learning solid fundamentals, the basics of the varsity system, and what it takes to be a positive student athlete. Each day they show up with a strong work ethic, esire to learn and they have fun in the process.

Three games remain and we look forward to finishing the season strong.

Pony football

From coach Nik Edlund

The Two Harbors Agates pony football team (grades 4-6) has a 5-1 record this season. They have two wins against Proctor Green, two wins against Proctor White and one win against Silver Bay. Their lone loss was to Cook County. They have two games this weekend in Proctor and finish up the season, Oct. 12, with home games against Proctor White and Cook County. The Two Harbors pony squad is coached by Casey Hyopponen, Logan Gow, Nik Edlund, and Kevin Holm.

This week, the News-Chronicle is reporting Silver Bay volleyball and Two Harbors boys' soccer news that didn't appear in last week's print edition but did appear in last week's online version.

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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