Sports roundup: Feb. 21
Two Harbors teams return from Target Center
The girls and boys got to play at the Target Center on a court usually reserved for the Timberwolves and Lynx basketball teams.
“The people at the Target Center were very welcoming and this entire experience was unbelievable,” said girls’ head coach Chris Lemke.
Each team sold 150 tickets to the game, and two fan buses accompanied the team bus to the game. Both teams played Eveleth-Gilbert.
The boys started out the afternoon with an up-and-down game that eventually led to an 86-69 loss. Senior Kyle Omtvedt scored 19 and junior Alex Lemke scored 18 in the loss.
The girls’ team played next and led the majority of the game. The final score was 60-57 and the team was led by senior Allison Nowacki with 15 and senior Lane Schraufnagel with 13 points.
“Much more important than the game outcomes was the opportunity to play on the same court as the Timberwolves and Lynx. The court is longer and the girls could feel the difference by the end of the game,” said Lemke.
They also got the opportunity to meet a player – when the girls walked out of their locker room before their game, starting center for the Timberwolves Nicola Pekovic was standing in the hallway.
“He is one of my favorite NBA players and I couldn’t believe my eyes,” Lemke said. “I asked for a picture and he was more than happy to take the time to pose with the team.”
Both squads are wrapping up their seasons and headed to playoffs soon.
In action a little closer to home, the girls played South Ridge and Barnum at home in the last week.
Last Thursday, they lost to the Bombers 62-35. Barnum is No. 3 in the conference. Schraufnagel led the scoring with 10 points and junior Briana Stuberud had 8 points.
They were also defeated by South Ridge on Tuesday 43-67. Schraufnagel had 16 points and junior Casey Cross had 12 points in the loss.
Now 11-10 and ranked 5th in the conference, the girls play Virginia on Saturday, Mesabi East on Monday and Duluth Marshall next Thursday. Playoffs begin March 5.
The boys also had a losing week, dropping three games. They lost to Lakeview Christian Academy on Thursday 50-64 and 46-70 to Barnum last Friday. Lemke had 20 points and Omtvedt had 10 in the Barnum game. Then, they fell to North Woods on Tuesday in a very close game with a final score of 66-68. Junior John Peer Jr. led the scoring with 20 points.
The boys are now 9-14 and 4th in the conference. They play Cromwell tonight and Virginia on Saturday and their first playoff game will be next Tuesday or Wednesday.
SB squads fall to Ely and Floodwood
The Silver Bay girls and boys had two double headers in the last week. On Friday, they played Floodwood at home and on Tuesday they hosted Ely.
Both nights, the teams lost to the challenging squads.
On Friday, the girls managed 17 points to Floodwood’s 59, with senior Brandi Nopola responsible for 12 of them. The boys lost 23-83.
On Tuesday, the girls had a better scoring game, notching 30 to Ely’s 74. Nopola led again with 10 points and junior Aubrey Thun had 7 points. The boys scored 29 points in their loss to Ely. Sophomore Michael Fischer had 10 points in the 29-96 game.
The teams host Lakeview Christian Academy tonight for a doubleheader beginning at 4:45. Playoffs for the boys begin next week and the girls will have their first playoff game March 4.
Silver Bay girls’ basketball, 4:45 p.m. at home vs. Lakeview Christian Academy
Silver Bay boys’ basketball, 6:30 p.m. at home vs. Lakeview Christian Academy
Two Harbors boys’ basketball, 7:15 p.m. at Cromwell
Two Harbors boys’ basketball, 7:15 p.m. at home vs. Virginia
Two Harbors girls’ basketball, 7:15 p.m. at Virginia
Two Harbors girls’ basketball, 7:15 p.m. at Mesabi East High School
Two Harbors girls’ basketball, 7:15 p.m. at Duluth Marshall High School