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Agates goalie Aaron Lee stops an Eveleth-Gilbert shot last Thursday. Jill Innis

Sports Roundup: Dec. 18

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Sports Roundup: Dec. 18
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The Silver Bay boy's basketball team had it rough last year winning just two games, but the team has started out well already surpassing their win tally from last season (they're 3-1).

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"I think we've gotten off to a real good start," said head coach Rick Frericks. "The guys are playing as a team."

The Mariners topped Cromwell 54-47 in overtime last Friday.

Luke Thun scored 25 (he hit two threes) and Pat Mitchell added 14. Thun also led the team in rebounds with 11 and contributed four steals.

On Monday, the Mariners fell to Cherry 53-44. Thun once again led the team with 20 points and four steals. Kyle Blood had eight points to go along with four rebounds and four steals. Sam Otterblad also had six rebounds and three steals in the game.

The Mariners took care of business Tuesday, trouncing Cotton 66-26. Thun had 15 points, four rebounds and three steals. Otterblad had 12 points to go along with four rebounds, and Mitchell had 12 points with five steals.

"I think what's happened is some of them really have put a lot of time and effort into [improving]," Frericks said. He said they are running the offense and defense now more as an instinct.

SB girls basketball

The Mariners got blown out of the water by Cromwell 89-33 as Silver Bay could not come back from a huge deficit at the half last Friday.

Katrina Davis scored almost all of the points for the Mariners with 24. Allana Lampton had seven rebounds and Leigh Lampton added nine.

On Tuesday, the Bay lost to Cotton 81-41. Davis was once again the leading scorer with 16, she also had seven rebounds. Allana put in 11 with 11 rebounds while Leigh scored six and had nine boards.

Cotton hit 10 threes in the game. "That's unbelievable," Mariners head coach Larry Otterblad said.

"We are struggling," Otterblad said. "We must learn to handle defensive pressure."

TH Nordic skiing

The Two Harbors boys and girls Nordic ski teams competed in their first meet last Saturday in Ely at the Hidden Valley Recreation Area despite a lack of snow in much of the region.

"It is always challenging when the first time the skiers are able to ski is at a meet, but everyone had a great attitude and there were smiles all around," head coach Sara Byrns said. "The weather was better than expected, with no wind and temperatures breaking into double digits later in the day. The conditions were fair, requiring the use of 'rock' skis to be safe, but there were very few trouble spots and most were well-marked. The race course was challenging with a lot of climbs, and going at race pace for the first time on skis is difficult, but the Agates had a good showing."

Alex McGrath was the top boy skier in the 5K freestyle event where he finished 28th.

"I liked it," McGrath said about the first ski of the year. "It was hard getting into my fast pace, but I enjoyed it."

Kaila Carpenter was the top girls finisher coming in eighth.

"It was fun and it was nice to get back on snow," Carpenter said.

During the junior varsity event, Kiersten Haaversen took first in the 5K freestyle beating out second by more than 40 seconds.

Overall, the boys team finished 11th and the girls fourth in the varsity event.

TH hockey

The Agates fell to Eveleth-Gilbert 4-3 last Thursday.

"I thought we had a good chance to win," head coach Steve Wasko said.

Two Harbors led after the first 2-1 with goals coming from Ben Ruberg (Jake Homick and Austyn Wasko) and Scott Comrie.

Eveleth came back with three of their own in the second to take the lead 4-2 and the Agates could only light the lamp one more time in the third on another Ruberg goal after Two Harbors pulled their goalie. Aaron Lee had 17 saves in the net.

"We hit a stumbling block in the second period," Wasko said. "We were non-existent. We lost focus."

Two Harbors lost to Ely 6-5 Saturday. The Agates took the early lead off a Ruberg goal (Comrie), but Ely came back with two to end the first. Ely opened the second with another goal, but now it was Two Harbors turn to muster some offense as Matt McDannold scored back-to-back goals in the second (Ruberg and Alex Anderson, along with Sean Graden and Kevin Thewis). Ely answered back with two more, while Comrie (Ruberg) punched the net on a power play to go into the third with a 5-4 Ely lead.

Comrie (Austyn Wasko, Homick) scored another goal in the third, but Ely matched the Agates to close out the victory.

Comrie and Ruberg combined for 29 shots in the game. Micky Smith had 37 saves for Two Harbors.

The Agates gave up four power play goals.

"We played really poorly on the power play," Wasko said. "We need to cover up and play with more urgency. ... We're really struggling to get kids out of their comfort zone."

Girls hockey

Last season at Moose Lake, the Mariners trailed the Rebels 4-3 late in the game, pulled their goalie for an extra attacker, tied up the game and escaped with a 4-4 tie. This season they were faced with the same situation but were unable to get the equalizer. The girls outshot the Rebels 10-3 in a scoreless first period where they pretty much had a chance to put the game away early but couldn't score.

The Rebels Jackie Granfors scored twice including the game winner with seven minutes left in the game. Kirstin Sandstrom had the hat trick for the Mariners with her third goal coming with 4:25 left in the game to make it 4-3.

After Gransfor and Sandstrom traded second period goals, Hannah Dougherty put the Rebels up 2-1. Twenty seconds into the final period Maggie Unzen scored the rebels second power play goal of the game to make it 3-1. After Sandstrom cut it to 3-2 with the help of Taylor Guzzo and Taylor Udenberg, Granfors scored what proved to be the game winner.

Sandstrom completed her hat trick with assists from Marina Carter (her second of the game) and Shay Viola. Nikki Mealey finished with 24 saves in the Mariner nets and K.K. Greene had 33 stops for the Rebels.

The Cloquet Lumberjacks scored two goals late in the second period 1 minute and 17 seconds apart and held on for a 2-1 victory over the Mariners Tuesday. Melissa Clark and Dalyce Gustafson scored the Lumberjack goals to offset a late first period goal by Taylor Guzzo for the Mariners. The Mariners won the first period 1-0 with a slight edge in play and Cloquet won the second outshooting the Bay 14-5. The third period proved to be scoreless and even as each team managed six shots on goal. Overall the Mariners played probably their best game of the season and could have just as easily won this game. Nikki Mealey stopped 26 Cloquet shots and Nicole Lund stopped 17 Mariner shots.

SB hockey

The Mariners lost three more games on the ice, both of them close hard fought affairs. At Moose Lake they fell 4-2 to the Rebels and at home they lost a 1-0 heart breaker to the Pine City/Rush City Dragons.

At Moose Lake the Rebels jumped out to a 2-1 lead after one period on two goals by Adam Ryan. They sandwiched Shane Billings' first varsity goal set up by Drew Holmen. Less than two minutes into period two Cody Larson tipped in a Ryan DeShaw shot set up by Ruslan Loeffler for his first varsity goal to tie it at two. This came six seconds into a Mariner power play. Two minutes later Chris Gassert scored on his own rebound for what proved to be the game winner for the Rebels. Ville Mattila scored an insurance goal for the Rebels with four and a half minutes to go in the period as the third period proved to be scoreless. Darryl Hansen finished the game with 33 saves for the Mariners.

The lone goal in Mariner-Dragon contest came 10 seconds into the second period, when Adam Olson scored via a wrap around. Hansen finished the game with 32 saves in a very strong performance for the Mariners. Thomas Pitzen had 24 stops for the Dragons. The Mariners thought they had one in the first period, but it hit the cross bar and came down and failed to completely cross the goal line.

The Mariners were blown out 12-2 by Duluth Marshall Tuesday. Warren Carter and Izaak Reinhold scored goals for the Mariners.

TH girls basketball

Last Friday, the Agates took it to Proctor 57-30.

Two Harbors had a nine point lead at the half, but opened up their offensive firepower in the second outscoring the Rails by 18.

"We shot unbelievably well in the second half," said assistant coach Rick Ray, who was filling in for the head coach.

Abby Ray had 24 points while Katelyn Adams poured in 11 to go with four assists. Sierra Tietge had eight points to go with six rebounds and four blocks, while Nina Bukowski had six points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals.

Two Harbors topped Ely Saturday 42-30. Abby Ray scored 19 to go with 14 rebounds. Tietge added nine boards and Adams and Kristy Olson each had three assists.

Rick Ray said Adams shut down Ely's top scorer in Mariah McDonald throughout the game.

On Tuesday, the Agates lost to Cook County 45-34. Cook County came out of the gates hot beating Two Harbors by 15 in the first half. Adams scored 15 while Ray had nine.

TH boys basketball

Two Harbors fell to Floodwood 66-28 last Friday.

Floodwood came out hot in the first half outscoring the Agates 43-14.

"We played one of the better teams in the area," said Jamie Otterblad, head coach. "We just weren't ready to play that night."

Two Harbors played a better second half, but that wasn't enough to overcome a towering lead. Caleb Hamp-Sill led Two Harbors with nine points, while Jon McDannold pumped in seven.

McDannold has been bothered by a sprained ankle lately.

The Agates will be without senior center Andrew Kragseth the rest of the season as he tore his ACL during a jamboree in the preseason.

- Report by News-Chronicle staff, Steve Gow

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