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Lake County Sports Round Up: Dec. 4

Silver Bay's Michael Fischer goes up for a layup against Duluth Marshall Tuesday in Silver Bay. (Photo by Lisa Malcomb)1 / 2
Silver Bay's Matt Barker goes up for the opening tip against Duluth Marshall's Cole Feriancek Tuesday in Silver Bay. (Photo by Lisa Malcomb)2 / 2

Agates lose Lemke for the season

Two Harbors girls' basketball team got some tough news Tuesday before their first regular game against Proctor. An MRI revealed first team all-conference player Ayla Lemke has a torn meniscus requiring surgery and will miss the entire basketball season.

Lemke, who averaged 22 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks per game last season, injured her knee during a scrimmage last week and will have season-ending surgery Friday.

"Any time you lose a starter, it's tough," said coach Chris Lemke.

Two Harbors lost its season opener 70-42 Tuesday in Proctor, a team the Agates manhandled in the opener a year ago.

The Agates' Brianna McGrath was tasked with guarding the Rails' Lexie DeWall and ended up in early foul trouble. McGrath's early exit to the bench threw off Two Harbors' defensive strategy and deprived them of their best remaining ball handler.

DeWall led all scorers with 24 points and Paige Moore added 11 for Proctor.

The Rails defense played a zone against Two Harbors for much of the night and without Ayla Lemke breaking the zone down in tandem with McGrath, the Agates settled for more outside shots than they would normally shoot. Two Harbors went six-for-24 from behind the arc and was just 14-for-50 from the field overall.

"I don't think I've ever had a team shoot that many threes," Chris Lemke said.

Carina Hebl and Alyssa Ruberg both had 11 points to lead the Agates.

Two Harbors will play next in Ely Saturday at 1 p.m.

Two Harbors boys beat by Rails

Two Harbors fell to 0-3 Tuesday, losing to Proctor 61-25 in Proctor.

Coach Bill Anderson said the Agates were competitive with the Rails for most of the first half, but a late 14-3 run really hurt going into the break.

"That really took the wind out of our sails," Anderson said.

The Agates struggled to score in the second half, managing only eight points over the final 16 minutes of play.

Bryden Urie and Jordan Wetterlind each scored 13 to lead Proctor and Chase Urie added 12 for the Rails.

Jayden Ruberg led Two Harbors with eight points and Ollie Carpenter chipped six.

Anderson emphasized the learning process for the young team with just two seniors, but was encouraged by captains Davey Keranen and Derek Peters' play.

"I thought our senior captains did a better job being involved," Anderson said.

The Agates will take the court next against Ely at 2:45 p.m. Saturday in Ely.

Silver Bay girls fall to Duluth Marshall

The Silver Bay girls basketball team fell to Duluth Marshall 60-20 Tuesday in Silver Bay. Erika Ernest and Jocelyn Russell each scored six points to lead the Mariners.

Kate Kleinschmidt led all scorers with 12 for the Hilltoppers.

Silver Bay boys throttle Duluth Marshall

Silver Bay topped Duluth Marshall Tuesday 88-57 in Silver Bay. No statistics were submitted by Silver Bay.

Both Mariner basketball teams have games today at McGregor. The girls will play at 4:45 p.m. and the boys will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Swim team presents end of season awards at banquet

Two Harbors-Silver Bay presented its end of season awards. The awards, voted on by team members included: Allie Mayfield, varsity MVP and hardest worker; Kristin Haveri, JV MVP and hardest worker; Kari Haaversen, varsity diving MVP; Audrey Hanson, JV diving MVP; Kaylee Overby, varsity most improved; Allison Kaiser, JV most improved; Maggie Swardstrom, most improved varsity diver; Ella Swoverland, most improved JV diver; Mayfield, Haaversen and Mia Lawson were named varsity Agate Heart winners; and Haveri and Renee Swardstrom were named JV Agate Heart winners.

All-Section awards included: Mayfield in the 200 individual medley and 500 yard freestyle; Haaversen in diving and the 400 freestyle relay; Kaylee Overby in the 200 freestyle relay; and Julia McDonald and Marina Schreiner in the 400 freestyle relay.

In addition, Mayfield, McDonald and Mara Christensen were all selected to the Academic All-State team.

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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