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Two Harbors Sports Round-up: Sept. 25

Agate quarterback Keller Conrow (7) prepares to take the snap from center Mitch Wright (56) during the Eveleth-Gilbert game Sept. 18. (Photo by Jill Innis)1 / 3
Sophomore running back Spencer Ross looks to avoid an Eveleth-Gilbert defender during a game Sept. 18. Ross gained 157 yards and scored a touchdown against the Golden Bears. (Photo by Jill Innis)2 / 3
Tanner Aho tries to make a tackle against Eveleth-Gilbert. The Two Harbors defense has not allowed a point in its last three games. (Photo by Jill Innis)3 / 3

Agates score third straight shutout

Two Harbors football shut out previously undefeated Eveleth-Gilbert Friday in a 13-0 win for the Agates, their third consecutive shutout victory. Two Harbors has not allowed a point since losing to Esko in the second week of the season.

Coach Tom Nelson said his young team has benefitted from some much needed experience and they are really beginning to come together as a unit.

"Coach (Luke) Heikkila and (Bill) Anderson really have them playing well," Nelson said. "They are coming off their blocks and staying with their assignments better."

In addition to stingy defensive play, the Agates racked up 268 yards rushing, including 157 yards and a touchdown from sophomore running back Spencer Ross. Tanner Aho also gained 65 yards and a touchdown and fullback Chad Nordean had 46 yards.

"Sometimes our offense is our best defense," Nelson said. "These guys don't care who gets the yards or the carries as long as it's working and I respect that a ton."

Two Harbors ball-control style of play might not be very exciting to watch at times, according to Nelson, but seven and eight minute drives keep the opposing offense off the field and unable to score.

The Agates will take on Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin at 7 tonight in Two Harbors' 2015 homecoming game. The game will be for the lead in the Northeast White conference, with both teams currently undefeated at 3-0 in conference play.

Swimming defends title at Soderlind Invitational, tops Cloquet-Esko-Carlton

Two Harbors-Silver Bay swimming defended its title in the Andrea Soderling Invitational in Duluth and defeated Cloquet-Esko-Carlton 53-41 in a dual meet that came down to the wire.

At the Soderlind Invitational Saturday, senior Allie Mayfield won the 100 yard butterfly in a time of 1 minute, 6.85 seconds and the 400 freestyle relay team of Kari Haaversen, Marina Schreiner, Julia McDonald and Mayfield won in 4:04.53.

In the meet against Cloquet-Esko-Carlton, the Agates were either tied or down by two points the entire meet and it was the 400 freestyle relay that pushed Two Harbors-Silver Bay over the top. The team of Haaversen, Schreiner, McDonald and Mayfield won in a time of 4:04.9 and the Agates' B team of Jada Larsen, Mara Christensen, Kaylee Overby and Kate Thomasen came in second.

"The girls tonight swam their hearts out and left everything they had in that pool tonight," coach Heather Mayfield said. "When we got to that last relay, they knew what they needed to do and the last two relays took first and second place. It was an exciting and nerve wracking meet all the way to the end but the girls pulled together and swam amazing."

Soccer loses three, ties Esko

Two Harbors played four games in six days, losing to Cloquet-Carlton 4-1, North Branch 4-0 and Duluth Marshall 3-0 and tying Esko 2-2. Two Harbors fell to 2-6-2 overall after the previous week's games.

Against Cloquet-Carlton, the Agates played to a 1-1 tie in the first half but allowed three unanswered goals in a lightning-delayed second half in the loss. Coach Jeff Peterson said a couple of defensive breakdowns led to Cloquet-Carlton scores. Sami Szendry scored the lone goal for Two Harbors and Carina Hebl made 10 saves.

"We were a little too anxious to get that second goal and we were pushing up a little too hard," Peterson said.

Two Harbors managed six shots on goal against Duluth Marshall and Carina Hebl made eight saves.

"We didn't bring the right energy to that game," Peterson said. "We were getting the ball up the field, but our strikers didn't convert."

Against Esko, Szendry scored in the third minute to give Two Harbors a 1-0 lead at halftime in a game where the Agates brought a lot more energy, according to Peterson. Esko scored twice in the second half to take the lead but Courtney Aug tied the game in the 69th minute off a Szendry assist. Grace Heitala made 12 saves in goal.

"I told the girls it's seems like they've been playing with a governor on, where they can only play up to 70 percent," Peterson said. "And last night's game (against Esko), I feel like they took that off and really played well. You could just tell our girls weren't going to let them win. They had more fun than they've had in ages."

Two Harbors played Thursday at home against Hermantown too late for the News-Chronicle deadline and will only play one more away game this season.

Paron wins at Eveleth Lions Invitational

Jacob Paron won the Class A cross country race at the Eveleth Lions Invitational with a time of 17 minutes, 50 seconds, 29 seconds ahead of the second place finisher. Cook County-Two Harbors finished sixth in the meet.

The Viking girls team finished fourth with Matea Arcero leading the way with a 12th place finish.

Volleyball drops two more

Two Harbors volleyball lost twice last week, after winning two of three the previous week. The Agates fell in a 3-0 sweep to South Ridge and dropped a five-set match to Wrenshall.

On Tuesday against Wrenshall, the Agates took the first two sets, but dropped the final three in a 22-25, 21-25, 25-23, 25-19, 15-9 loss in Two Harbors. Ayla Lemke had 13 kills, eight blocks and five ace serves and Alyssa Ruberg had 15 digs, 17 set assists and three ace serves.

Against South Ridge last week the Agates lost 25-11, 25-17, 25-15. Lemke led Two Harbors with nine kills, four blocks and 10 digs and Ruberg had 12 set assists.

Two Harbors played Esko Thursday, too late for the News-Chronicle's deadline.

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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