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Two Harbors Sports Round-up: Oct. 2

Seniors Tanner Aho (left) and Nick Osbakken lead Two Harbors onto the field for their final homecoming game against Greenway-Nashwauk-Keewatin. (News-Chronicle photo by Jamey Malcomb)1 / 4
Two Harbors sophomore Spencer Ross avoids a tackle in the Agates homecoming game against Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin. (News-Chronicle photo by Jamey Malcomb)2 / 4
Kari Haaversen competes in the 100 yard butterfly against Northeast Range-Ely. (Photo by Alexis Hanson)3 / 4
Mia Lawson makes one of her dives at a meet against Northeast Range-Ely. (Photo by Alexis Hanson)4 / 4

Agates defense stiffens for important homecoming win

Two Harbors football took command of the Northeast White subdistrict with a 34-12 homecoming victory over Greeenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin Friday in Two Harbors. The game was a battle of the last two teams unbeaten in conference play and the win gives Two Harbors, now 4-0 in conference and 4-2 overall, the inside track to the title.

The Agates did allow their first points since an August loss to Esko. The Titans drove down and scored on their first two offensive drives of the game, but after the two first quarter touchdowns Two Harbors' defense stiffened and didn't allow a point the remainder of the game.

"Our d-coordinator made awesome adjustments," running back Tanner Aho said. "We changed our front and our line picked it up and just dominated."

Coach Tom Nelson said after the first quarter coach Luke Heikkila shifted some guys around on the defensive front and changed the gaps to free up the line a little more.

"That offense is tough," Nelson said. "That offense has been moving the ball big time. They've got some big boys and our kids responded."

Running backs Aho and Spencer Ross combined for 328 of the Agates' 362 yards rushing and all five touchdowns. Aho finished with 169 yards and three scores while Ross had 159 yards and two scores. Ross's two scores came on long runs of 20 and 61 yards.

"Our line carried us tonight. They blocked tremendously, I mean I ran and I saw a hole and I just went," Aho said. "I took a couple cutbacks in a couple lanes, but other than that my line did everything for me."

Two Harbors can wrap up the Northeast White subdistrict with a win tonight at Virginia. Virginia is 1-4-1 this season with the Blue Devils lone win coming against Duluth Marshall two weeks ago.

Soccer team loses two more

Two Harbors soccer lost twice this week, first a 5-0 loss to Hermantown Monday and a 1-0 loss to Duluth Denfeld Tuesday, dropping the Agates' record to 2-8-2 this season.

In Monday's game, a makeup game after the field last week was said to be unplayable because of rain, Two Harbors fell behind in the sixth minute after a Hermantown breakaway goal, but played well for the next 20 minutes or so, controlling the ball and getting several shots on goal but getting nothing through the Hermantown goalie.

"After that we started playing the old boot ball, just hit it away from me type of stuff and we didn't finish the game real strong," coach Jeff Peterson said.

Two Harbors poor play continued into the first half the next night against Duluth Denfeld. The Hunters were dominant in Two Harbors zone, taking several shots on goal and making it difficult for the Agates to get up the field. In the second half, Two Harbors made a couple of adjustments and the team's play improved.

"In the second half, we made some adjustments and the girls really played a lot better," Peterson said. "We just didn't take enough shots when they were available on goal. I told them if you guys had played the whole game like you did the last 20 minutes, we would have easily won this game."

Two Harbors will face Zimmerman Saturday, followed by Mesabi East Tuesday and Proctor Friday.

Sophomore Jake Paron wins second race in two weeks

Jake Paron won his second race in as many weeks with a victory in the Class AA race at the annual Mega Meet in Milaca. Paron's time of 16 minutes, 38 seconds was a personal best by nearly 40 seconds.

"This was a great race for Paron, he looked strong, relaxed and remarkably comfortable," said coach April Wahlstrom. "As we continue on through the season, there is no doubt that exciting things lie ahead for this hard-working and talented runner."

Cook County-Two Harbors boys finished 11th overall, with Noah Smith the next highest Viking finisher in 22nd. Smith set his own personal record of 17:51 in the 5K race. Other runners setting personal records at the meet included Will Surbaugh, Brenden Seipke, Leif Anderson, Thatcher Sunday and Sam Libby.

The varsity girls finished 12th overall with Matea Acero finishing 24th out of 154 runners with a time of 21:15 in the 4K race. Seventh grader Isabel Schottenbauer was the next highest Cook County-Two Harbors finisher in 46th with her own personal best of 21:57. Maya McHugh also had a personal best by 55 seconds with a time of 23:14.

Swimming tops Northeast Range-Ely

Two Harbors-Silver Bay defeated Northeast Range-Ely 97-70 Tuesday.

The Agate medley relay team of Mia Lawson, Julia McDonald, Katarina Hanson and Kate Thomasen won with a time of two minutes 10.12 seconds, while Allie Mayfield won the 200 yard freestyle in a time of 2:08.12.

Other event winners included Kari Haaversen in the 100 yard butterfly in 1:11.35, Thomasen in the 50 yard freestyle in 27.95, Hanson in the 100 yard freestyle in a time of 1:01.45 and Mayfield in the 500 yard freestyle in 5:37.8. Haaversen also won the diving competition with a score of 181.6.

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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