Swimming girls return from state with memories and goals

Three Agate swimmers wrapped up a successful season by appearing at the state meet. Sophomores Marina Schreiner and Allie Mayfield and junior Leann Fynboh competed at the state meet on Tuesday and though they didn't advance to finals, their coach Heather Mayfield said they had a great time and set some lofty goals for next year.

"The girls did good, it is such a big achievement for them to just get here," Mayfield said Tuesday.

The trip to state topped another successful season for the swim team - it was their third undefeated season in a row. They will graduate Silver Bay senior Liz Kuznik this year.

Mayfield said the future looks bright, with many strong swimmers coming up from the younger ranks and a solid group of juniors and sophomores returning next year.

Hockey girls kick off season

The Mariners girls' hockey team has already tallied two games this season and is headed to Thunder Bay, Ont., tonight for its first international match of the season.

The Mariners lost 3-6 to International Falls last Friday in their season opener and then tied 2-2 with Eveleth-Gilbert on Tuesday. Freshman Hattie Koehler and junior Carrie Palmer scored the points against E-G, with both assists going to captain and junior Tori Stevens.

"Any time you can go up on the Range and come away with a tie or a victory, you're doing well," head coach Bruce Carman said.

Carman took over as head coach after spending four years as the assistant coach. He's been on the ice since kindergarten, playing from mites through college and lacing up the skates to coach shortly after that. He will be coaching his two daughters, senior Anna and sophomore Sara, this year.

While the team graduated a handful of seniors last year, Carman said they've got some strong younger players and hope to improve upon last season's 7-18-1 record.

"The games have been going very well. We've definitely improved," he said, adding that many of the girls are "almost interchangeable" - as in they are all equally strong players.

With redistricting subtracting two teams from the section, Carman said they are trying to pick up as many extra matches as possible, like the game against the Thunder Bay Queens today and games against Fort Francis, Ont., and Hayward, Wis., teams later in the season.

They will play Hibbing next Tuesday in what is sure to be a tough match. Though the Bluejackets graduated about half of their team last year, they won the section tournament and are still formidable.

"I'm sure it'll be a competitive game," Carman said.

The team has set some lofty goals - a winning record and a trip to state - but Carman said the most important thing is for the girls to have fun, grow as athletes and citizens and maintain strong grades.

"The team has really advanced as a team," he said.

Upcoming games

The boy's hockey team and Silver Bay boys' basketball team kick off their seasons within the next week. The boys' basketball team from Two Harbors played its first game last night.

Nov. 22

  • Silver Bay girls' hockey, 7 p.m at Thunder Bay

Nov. 26

  • Silver Bay Mariners' basketball opener, 7 p.m. at home vs. Mesabi Academy
  • Two Harbors boys' basketball, 7:15 p.m at home vs. Greenway
  • Silver Bay girls' hockey, 7:30 p.m. at Hibbing
  • North Shore hockey opener, 7:30 p.m. at Proctor