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Agate sophomore Alex Lemke goes for the basket during last Friday's loss to the Proctor Rails at Two Harbors. Photo by: Jill Innis

Sports roundup: Feb. 8

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Skiers prepare for Section 7 meet

The Two Harbors Nordic Ski Team participated in the Cook County Pursuit meet at Pincushion Trails last Friday. Though the day was chilly, with a high of zero degrees Fahrenheit, the team tackled the trails enthusiastically.

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"The kids did really well at Cook County--it was one of the section tryout meets so there was some good team rivalry going on," Head Coach Sarah Haavisto said. The Section 7 meet is on Thursday and the top seven male and female skiers from the team get the chance to participate.

Ninth-grader Jesse Jeunemann was the only skier to break the top ten in her event at Cook County, finishing ninth in the 5.3-kilometer freestyle junior varsity race behind eight Duluth East skiers.

While the junior high and junior varsity races were a traditional format with just one freestyle section, the varsity racers tackled a pursuit race. They all completed a 5.3-kilometer freestyle and 5.6-kilometer classic race and their overall place was determined by adding the final times of the two races.

Eighth-grader Jace Jordan recently made the jump to varsity races after performing well at the junior high and junior varsity levels. Placing fifth for the Two Harbors boys and 66th overall in the varsity pursuit, he easily secured his spot on the section team.

Kiersten Haaversen led the Two Harbors girls, placing fifteenth, and Owen Cruikshank finished first for the Two Harbors varsity boys at 28th.

As a team, the boys landed in ninth place out of nine teams and the girls finished fifth of nine.

Varsity girls pursuit race: 5.3-kilometer freestyle + 5.6-kilometer classic

Field: 62

15: Kiersten Haaversen, 43:18

23: Sara Schield, 45:35

25: Marina Schreiner, 45:58

52: Scottie Berg, 55:03

53: Abi Seipke, 55:33

55: Kari Haaversen, 56:04

Varsity boys pursuit race: 5.3-kilometer freestyle + 5.6-kilometer classic

Field: 78

28: Owen Cruikshank, 39:33

52: Drew Christensen, 43:09

61: Everett Hommes, 44:13

64: Dan O'Neil, 45:11

66: Jace Jordan, 45:39

74: Mikael Overby, 48:07

76: Ethan Compton, 50:14

78: Jake Hauger, 54:27

Junior varsity girls 5.3-kilometer freestyle race

Field: 17

9: Jesse Juenemann, 27:34

12: Ruby Walsberg, 30:23

Junior high girls 2.8-kilometer classic race

Field: 44

26: Katie Holbec, 18:03

31: Natalie Hudson, 18:47

32: Mara Heath, 18:54

40: Emily Haveri, 21:22

After their race, the team spent the night in Cook County and took to the trails the following morning to get some extra practice on quality snow. Haavisto said they've been spending the days before the section meet meticulously waxing their skis and resting up. They're looking forward to near perfect conditions for the meet, with fresh snow, sunny skies and a high of 25 degrees Fahrenheit.

For the boys, Owen Cruikshank, Drew Christensen, Everett Hommes, Dan O'Neil, Jace Jordan, Mikael Overby and Ethan Compton will be competing on Thursday at Giant's Ridge. On the girls' side, Kiersten Haaversen, Sara Schield, Marina Schreiner, Savannah Juenemann, Scotti Berg, Abi Seipke and Kari Haaversen will be competing.

For seniors O'Neil, Kiersten Haaversen, Schield and Juenemann, it will be the last Section 7 competition of their high school careers. Skiers who place well enough go on to the state ski meet next week, and Haavisto said she's hoping Haaversen secures a spot at the state level for the third year in a row. Apart from that, she's hoping for strong performances from all of her skiers.

"I'm really proud of our younger skiers who have stepped up and shown so much dedication," Haavisto said.

Pick up next week's News-Chronicle to see how the skiers did at the Section 7 Meet.

Two Harbors boys fall in Proctor rematch

The Two Harbors Agate basketball team played the Proctor Rails at the very beginning of the season, and it was a nail-biter--the final score was 58-55 with the win going to Two Harbors.

Their rematch on Feb. 1 was just as close. This time, Proctor claimed the win with an almost identical score: 59-55 to the Rails. The Agates were leading by two points at halftime, but the Rails held on and overcame the small deficit by the end of the game. Sophomore Alex Lemke led the Agates in scoring with 17 points and senior Charlie Pavlisich wasn't far behind with 11 points.

The Agates then hosted the Marshall Hilltoppers on Monday. The game was a close one at the halfway mark, with Two Harbors leading 33-30. The Agates ran away from the Hilltoppers in the second half, however, to secure the win with a final score of 86-66. Lemke had 31 points and Pavlisich had 28 in the win.

The Agates host Cromwell at 7:15 on Friday. The Cardinals are ranked two spots below the Agates in the Polar League Conference. Next Monday, they face South Ridge, with a record of 9-6, at home at 7:30.

Rails defeat Lady Agates in rematch

The girls couldn't seem to muster the momentum that led to their win over Proctor on Dec. 4. Their first match against the Rails ended at 55-43, with the win going to the Agates. The Rails spent the last two months improving their game and stifled the Agates this time around, defeating them 56-48. Sophomore Casey Cross led the Agates in scoring with 14 points and juniors Krista Keranen and Lane Schraufnagel weren't far behind with 12 and 11 points, respectively.

The girls played South Ridge on Tuesday night and they head to Cromwell Thursday to play the Cardinals, ranked just two spots above them in the Polar League Conference. Next Tuesday, they play the tough Virginia squad.

Silver Bay boys lose two

The Mariners couldn't pull off a win last week. They travelled to Floodwood last Friday, where they were defeated 41-74. Senior Kyle Blood led the squad with 19 points. Sophomore Spencer Tiboni was close behind with 16 points. On Monday, they faced Fond du Lac Ojibwe at home and fell to the Ogichidaag 87-46. Blood once again led the scoring with 23 points.

The Mariners play Wrenshall at home on Friday. The Wrens are ranked two spots above the Mariners in the Polar League Conference. Then, they play Northeast Range at Babbit-Embarrass High School on Feb. 11.

Silver Bay girls split pair of games

The Mariners lost to the Floodwood Polar Bears last Friday with a final score of 40-70. The Polar Bears came out decidedly stronger from the beginning and held onto the momentum through the game. Senior Alicia Nopola sank 30 points for the Mariners, including five three-point goals, and sophomore Tara Dow was the only other player to put any points on the board with 10.

The Mariners proved their prowess against the Fond du Lac Ojibwe squad Monday. The girls played the Ogichidaag for their first game of the season back in December, winning 48-29. The spread was even more obvious at Monday's game, which the Mariners won 74-32. Nopola again was the lead scorer with 29 points, but her sister Brandi also contributed 22 and Dow scored 14.

The girls played Mesabi East on Tuesday. They face the bottom-ranked Wrenshall Wrens at home on Friday and the tough Northeast Range team on Monday.

Reporter LaReesa Sandretsky compiles the sports roundup. Contact her at lsandretsky@lcnewschronicle.com or 834-2141.

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