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Sports roundup: Feb. 28

Junior Agate Alex Lemke tries to block Esko’s Marc Peterson during Tuesday’s playoff game at Esko. The Eskomos won 23-70, ending the Agates’ season. Photo by Dave Harwig.1 / 2
Senior Agate Lane Schraufnagel dribbles during a Feb. 11 match against Virginia. The girls won that game 53-39, but Virginia beat them in a rematch on Saturday with a 49-55 score. Photo by Jill Innis.2 / 2

TH Boys wrap up season

The Two Harbors boys ended their season with a 9-15 record and a loss to No. 1-ranked Esko.

The boys played their last regular season game on Saturday against Virginia. They lost the home game 57-71. Junior Alex Lemke led the charge in that last game, scoring 21 points. Junior Kyler Kinn had 10 points and senior Kyle Omtvedt had 9 points.

On Tuesday, they fell 23-70 to Esko in their first playoff game. Omtvedt had 8 points and Lemke had 7 in the game.

The team will lose Omtvedt and senior Skylar Thompson this year, but they have a healthy crop of six strong juniors coming back next year.

Lemke made his mark in individual stats this year, ranking 10th in points per game (20.1) and 8th in steals per game (3.1) in the area. Omtvedt led the team in rebounds, with 8.6 per game. He averaged 12.4 points per game this season.

Cook County knocks SB boys out

The Mariners lost their first playoff game on Tuesday to the No. 7-ranked Cook County Vikings, posting a score of 52-28. The loss ended their season with a final record of 3-19.

Before their playoff game, they posted a Thursday loss to Wrenshall and a Friday loss to Lakeview Christian Academy. The Wrens defeated them 72-32, with seniors Curtis Johnson and Michael Klofstad leading the scoring with 8 points each.

Against the LCA Lions, eighth-grader Jason Blood stepped up with 10 points (from three 3-point field goals) and Klofstad had 9. The Mariners were defeated 61-87.

They will lose four seniors this year, including Johnson, Eben Fischer, Brett Harkness and Michael Klofstad.

Silver Bay girls end regular season on high note

After a nearly winless year, the Mariners won their last two games this season.

They headed to Wrenshall on Thursday and hosted Lakeview Christian Academy on Friday. The girls defeated the Wrens in a close game, 46-49 and continued their short winning streak to defeat the Lions 35-45.

In the LCA game, senior Brandi Nopola led the scoring with 16 points. Juniors Aubrey Thun and Tara Dow scored 12 points each.

After finally scoring some wins, the girls are still ranked at the bottom of the Polar League. They start playoffs next week. Watch for updates at to see when they will play.

Two Harbors girls lose three

It’s been a tough week for the Agates – they had a stretch of games against strong teams during the last week. They started with a Saturday loss to Virginia (10-13). The Blue Devils defeated the Agates with a strong second half, finishing with a 49-55 score. On Monday, they played Mesabi East and then faced Cromwell on Tuesday, losing both matches. Their record now stands at 11-13.

In the Cromwell game, senior Lane Schraufnagel led the scoring with 14 points. Senior Krista Keranen scored 10 points in the loss.

Schraufnagel leads the team in most statistics, including points per game (10.2) and rebounds per game (8.7). Kerannen is averaging 8.1 points per game. Freshman Ayla Lemke and junior Briana Stuberud are tied for the lead in steals per game (3.2) and senior Allison Nowacki is close to Schraufnagel in rebounds per game, with 8.5. Nowacki is also playing strong defense with 2.2 blocks per game.

The girls start playoffs on March 5. Watch for updates – we’ll post when and where they will play when that information is available.

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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