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Sports roundup: Nov. 1

A smiling team of Agate swimmers poses in front of the sign announcing their 30-0 three-year record. Submitted photo.1 / 2
Those amazing Agate swimmers and divers have done it again -- another perfect season! The girls haven't lost a meet in three years and have broken numerous pool records. Photo by Christian Dalbec.2 / 2

Those amazing Agate swimmers

The Agate swimming team defeated Chisholm by a score of 94-74 on Thursday. This was the final dual meet of the season in which they were a perfect nine for nine, winning every dual meet in which they participated. They have won 30 dual meets in a row and gone three seasons in a row undefeated.

"That is a pretty amazing accomplishment," head coach Heather Mayfield said. "These girls have worked very hard these last few years and it is really starting to show."

Two pool records were broken at the Chisholm meet. Leann Fynboh broke her own 50 freestyle mark with a winning time of 25:89 and the 400 freestyle relay team of Mara Boulanger, Allie Mayfield, Julie McDonald and Fynboh, broke the pool record by five seconds with a time of 3:57:76.

Other winners versus Chisholm were Mayfield in the 200 freestyle, Boulanger in the 200 individual medley, Chesea Kolkin in one-meter diving, Boulanger in the 100 butterfly and Mayfield in the 500 freestyle. The 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay teams also won.

So far this season, Mayfield set a new school record in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:38:92, Fynboh broke the 50 freestyle mark twice and the 200 medley relay of McDonald, Fynboh, Boulanger and Marina Schreiner, broke the pool record at THHS with a time of 2:01:06.These girls have also broken several pool records at Lincoln Park Middle School in Duluth.

The fifth-ninth grade swimmers will participate in the Little Giants meet at Aurora on Saturday, Nov. 2. The section prelims are set for Nov. 7, with the finals on Nov. 9.

"We have high hopes that some of our girls will make it to state this year, with the way they have been swimming, there is no stopping them now," Mayfield said.

Other winners versus Chisholm were Mayfield in the 200 freestyle, Boulanger in the 200 individual medley, Chesea Kolkin in one-meter diving, Boulanger in the 100 butterfly and Mayfield in the 500 freestyle. The 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay teams also won.

Agate football concludes a 6-4 season

The Agates successful 2013 football season came to an end with a section 7AAA semifinal loss at Proctor to the top-seeded Rails. They finished the season with a record of 6-4, which is remarkable since they went winless last season at the AA level.

On their way to face the Rails, the Agates first had to defeat International Falls, which they did on Oct. 22 at home. They defeated the Broncos 20-12.

The Agates jumped out to a 6-0 first quarter lead with a run of one yard by Omtvedt. The Broncos tied it at six at the half and took a 12-6 going into the fourth quarter. The Agates put up 14 points in the final quarter to secure with another one- yard run by Omtvedt and a run of 40 yards by Kempffer. Omtvedt recovered a Bronco fumble late in the game to cement things.

Kempffer ran 15 times for 178 yards and Kyle Linn added 59 more on 10 carries. Kempffer led the defense with 16 tackles followed by Tim Bott with 14. Cavallin along with Omtvedt had seven tackles to go with six each from Nick Osbakken and John Peer who each also recorded a sack.

"We knew going in that it was going to be a hard fought game. When we faced them in week four of the season, it was a back and forth match and this one was no different," head coach Tom Nelson said.

After their first playoff win, the Agates faced the Proctor Rails on Oct. 26.

A 42- yard pass on a reverse from Lucas Kempffer to Ricky Hietala on the second play of the game set up the first score of the game, which was Kempffer running in from six yards out. A one- yard run by Kyle Omtvedt cut the Rail lead down to 13-12 with 3:27 left on the clock in the final quarter of play. The Rails scored with 1:23 left to get some insurance and iced it with a pick six with 18 ticks left on the clock.

Kempffer once again led the ground game with 85 yards followed by Kyle Linn with 45 and Omtvedt with 24. The Agates defense twice held the Rails on short fourth down plays. They forced four fumbles in the game and recovered three and Linn intercepted a Rail pass.

"I am so proud of my team and coaches," Nelson said. "I feel that we could have won that game and it hurts to think that we were inches away from victory, but with that said, these kids did so much more than anyone thought we could. Most people didn't think we would win a game this year, let alone go 6-4 on the season and nearly knock off the No. 1 seed."

The team will lose a lot of seniors following the conclusion of this season. Mike Nordean, Kyle Omtvedt, Mark Pearson Jr., Nick Torgerson, Brad Dugger, Nick Johnson, Skylar Thompson, Eli Hebl and Lane Cavallin will be graduating next spring.

Lake County volleyball teams wrap up seasons

The Lake County volleyball season came to end in the first round of the playoffs. Silver Bay was the 10 seed in section 7A and fell 25-14,25-10 & 25-18 to No.7 seed Floodwood. Two Harbors drew No.1 seed Hermantown and fell 25-14,25-8 & 25-6.The Mariners finish the season at 1-19 and Agates were 5-23.

Senior volleyball team captain Claire Hoffert has been selected to play in the Polar League All-star volleyball game Nov. 11, 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the opportunity to see the best volleyball players in the conference are $5.

Cross country finish up season at section meet

The Cook County/Two Harbors cross country boys and girls teams each finished in sixth place out of 16 teams at the section 7A meet in Cloquet. The top eight individual runners and the top two teams advance to the state meet. South Ridge and International Falls advanced for the girls and Crosby-Ironton and Proctor for the boys.

Joey Chmelik finished at 16th for the boys with a time of 17:59 and ended being the lone qualifier for state. He accomplished both of his goals -- getting to state and breaking the 18 minute mark in the five-kilometer race. Kiviok Hight came in 24th at 18:79.

Aubrey Summers missed out on state by just seven seconds with an 11th place finish with a time of 16:04 in a four- kilometer race. She beat the entire first place team of South Ridge so there were very few runners ahead of her to remove. Maya McHugh was 19th at 16:56 and Abigale Seipke 33rd at 17:03. Alyssa Martinson finished at 18:10, Matea Acero at 18:11, Ruby Walsberg at 19:01 and Morgan Weyrens-Welch at 19:43.

Most of the runners for the team either ran their personal best times for the season or cut their times significantly.

Giving the team yet another reason to be proud, Scott Ross THHS Athletic Director, announced that Beth Schield of Cook County/Two Harbors was named Section 7A assistant coach of the year for cross country running. Way to go, Coach Schield.