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Alex Lemke goes for a layup during Saturday’s match against International Falls. The Agates lost the game 62-53. Photo by Jill Innis.

Sports roundup: Jan. 24

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TH boys

The Agates hoop squad won two games and lost one over the last week. All the games were played at home.

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They hosted Wrenshall Friday night, defeating the Wrens 42-50. Senior Kyle Omtvedt led the scoring with 14 points.

On Saturday, International Falls headed to Two Harbors and handed the Agates a close loss, 62-53. Junior Alex Lemke led scoring with 21 points and two 3-point shots and Omtvedt had 17 points, including three 3-pointers.

The boys played their third game in four days on Tuesday, defeating the Cook County Vikings 31-58 on the home court. Omtvedt and Lemke had 17 and 26 points respectively, and seven other players put points on the board.

The week improved the boys’ standing to 8-6 and 7-1 in the Polar League Conference. In the coming week, they play Moose Lake/Willow River (8-6), North Woods (6-3) and Proctor (5-8).

TH girls

The Two Harbors girls are now 7-5 and undefeated in the Polar League Conference after splitting a pair of games in the last week.

The girls defeated Wrenshall last Thursday 16-77, giving them an opportunity to put everyone in the game. Eleven players put points on the board during the match.

On Saturday, the team hosted International Falls. The Broncos walked away with two wins, defeating the girls after defeating the boys in the same day.

Senior captain Lane Schraufnagel had an impressive scoring game, putting 21 points on the board – just nine fewer points than the rest of the team combined. It wasn’t enough for the win as the Broncos took the game 65-51.

“This is a team that we lost by 50-some points last year,” said head coach Chris Lemke. “The growth of the team is a lot of fun to watch.”

Head coach Chris Lemke said Schrufnagel has been a strong force for the Agates this year.

“She has been scoring points, rebounding the ball well and just leading the team in so many different areas,” he said.

He also pointed to size as a factor for the team’s success – height has contributed to three of the girls averaging more than eight rebounds per game.

Lemke said the girls set nine goals each game, including improving field goal percentage or total shots on net, to help them focus during each game. He said if they achieve more than four of the goals, they almost always win. If it’s four or less, the game is usually a loss.

“They want to know how they did on their goals right away the next day,” he said.

He said their focus in practice has been on creating game-like situations and putting real pressure on the girls so they can get used to holding onto the ball during matches.

“We try to make it feel as much like a game as possible and give the girls as much pressure as possible,” he said.

The girls played Moose Lake / Willow River on Thursday and then get a week-long break before they return to the court next Thursday against Proctor.

“I think the season’s going really well so far,” Lemke said. “We’re just trying to win every game in front of us.”

SB girls

The Silver Bay girls lost to Moose Lake / Willow River on Friday and South Ridge on Monday, leaving them with a 0-10 record.

Senior Brandi Nopola led the scoring in both of the home games, with six against South Ridge and seven against MLWR. It wasn’t enough as South Ridge won 75-13 while the Rebels won 69-21.

Four other girls scored points against MLWR and three more got on the board against South Ridge.

The girls head to Cook County today.

SB boys

The Silver Bay boys also lost to the MLWR and South Ridge squads. Individual statistics weren’t available for the game, but the MLWR game ended with a score of 17-76 and the South Ridge game was a 27-74 final score.

The boys head to Cook County tonight and Northwoods on Monday.

Two Harbors Nordic skiing

The Two Harbors Nordic ski team hosted its home meet at Korkki Nordic last Tuesday. The meet had been rescheduled from earlier in the season, because it had been cancelled due to cold.

In the classic race, the varsity boys placed sixth out of eight teams and the girls placed fifth out of six teams.

Junior Everett Hommes had a strong race, finishing 14th out of 42 boys. He finished the race in 22:06 – over four minutes faster than his time in the same race last year. Freshman Mikael Overby came in second for the team and 20th overall. Senior Owen Cruikshank improved his time 20 seconds over last year and sophomore Ethan Compton shaved almost two minutes off of his time.

In the girls’ varsity race, junior Scotti Berg finished first for the Agates with a time of 29:18 – three minutes faster than last year. She finished 24th overall out of 36 girls. Sophomore Kari Haaversen was less than a minute behind Berg and 25th overall, shaving almost four minutes off of last year’s time. Sophomores Abigale Seipke and Ruby Walsberg rounded out the team.

In the junior varsity race, junior Zach Deming placed 27th of 38 boys. In the girls’ JV race, sophomore Natalie Hudson finished first for the Agates. Junior Krysi Linville, and sophomores Renee Swardstrom and Chelsea Kolkin also raced for the girls’ JV team.

Sophomore Mia Lawson and freshman Emily Haveri competed for the girls in the junior high race.

The team competes today at Snowflake Ski Center.

UPCOMING GAMES

Jan. 24

Nordic skiing invite, 11 a.m. at Snowflake Ski Area.

Silver Bay basketball at Cook County High School. Girls at 4:45 p.m. and boys at 6:30 p.m.

Silver Bay girls’ hockey, 7 p.m. at Long Prairie

Two Harbors boys’ basketball, 7:15 p.m. at Moose Lake / Willow River

North Shore hockey, 7:30 p.m. at Rukavina Arena vs. Bagley

Jan. 25

Silver Bay girls’ hockey, 11 a.m. at Litchfield

Jan. 27

Silver Bay boys’ basketball, 6:30 p.m. at Esko High School

Two Harbors boys’ basketball, 7:30 at home vs. Northwoods

Jan. 28

North Shore hockey, 6 p.m. at Lake County Arena vs. International Falls.

Jan. 30

Two Harbors basketball at home vs. Proctor. Girls play at 5:45 p.m. and boys play at 7:15

North Shore hockey, 7:30 p.m. at Ely

Silver Bay girls’ hockey, 8 p.m. at Superior

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