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Boys basketball: Agates fall to Blue Devils

Two Harbors' season came to an end Tuesday, March 6, in a 70-35 loss in the opening round of the Section 7AA playoffs to Virginia.

Two Harbors struggled with the Blue Devils' size inside, with all five starters standing over 6 feet tall and two players, Ethan Youso and Bryce Kennedy, at least 6 feet, 6 inches.

Jayden Bernard led the Blue Devils with 18 points and Nathan Fink had 14.

Jayden Ruberg led the Agates with 15 points and Carson Wenger had 10, including three 3-pointers.

The season was a struggle for the Agates, but there were some bright spots. Wenger, in particular, emerged as a secondary scoring threat to complement Ruberg and led the Agates in rebounding. In addition, Ricky Brenna also showed some flashes of offensive potential and with all three returning next season, Two Harbors has a nucleus of players that could dramatically improve their record.

Section 7AA first round, March 6

Two Harbors 14-21—35

Virginia 43-27—70

Two Harbors — Thatcher Sunday 3, Carson Wenger 10, Ricky Brenna 2, Jayden Ruberg 15, Aaron Elmquist 2, Jeremiah Johnson 2, Hunter Johnson 1. Totals 12 8-13 35.

3-point goals — Wenger 3.

Virginia — Joe Hafdahl 1, Riley Dishneau-Jacobson 3, Nathan Fink 14, Jayden Bernard 18, Tyler Gerberg 5, Ethan Youso 13, Jack Perola 4, Bryce Kennedy 12. Totals 29 9-20 70.

3-point goals — Dishneau-Jacobson, Fink 2.

Regular season, March 2

Barnum 27-48—75

Two Harbors 25-19—44

Barnum — Quinn Casey 2, Kyle Kielty 21, Drake Weets 4, Tyler Nynas 16, Braeden Hlavka 2, Samuel Goodwin 14, Alex Wheeler 9, Saul Myhre 5, Blaze Hurst 2. Totals 30 12-14 75.

3-point goals — Kielty, Wheeler, Myhre.

Two Harbors — Thatcher Sunday 4, Carson Wenger 6, Ricky Brenna 5, Jayden Ruberg 25, Aaron Elmquist 2, Ryan Nowacki 2. Totals 17 4-8 44.

3-point goals — Brenna, Ruberg 5.

————--BREAKOUT BOX———-

Ruberg named to All-Polar First Team

Jayden Ruberg has been named to the All-Polar League Big Schools first team.

Ruberg, a junior, led the Agates in scoring with 21 points per game this season.

Jamey Malcomb

Jamey Malcomb has been a reporter for the Pine Journal since October 2018. He previously worked as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle from 2015-2018. Malcomb is a native of North Carolina and holds a bachelor's degree in English and history from the George Washington University and a master's degree in education from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Malcomb moved to Minnesota in July 2012 and worked as a sports clerk and news assistant at the Duluth News Tribune. 

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