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Two Harbors Senior Owen Cruikshank skis during a meet earlier this year. He had a strong showing at the Marshall Sprints on Jan. 18, advancing to the quarterfinals. Photo submitted by Sarah Haavisto.

Sports roundup: Jan. 31

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TH Nordic impresses at Marshall sprints

On Jan. 18, the Agates participated in a fun sprint race at Marshall. The 1.1-kilometer race is different from all other meets throughout the year. All skiers race the short course and must place in the top 28 to qualify for the quarterfinal rounds.

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Four heats then race again, with the top two skiers advancing to the finals. Those who don’t advance to the quarterfinals race in a 3.1-kilometer consolation race.

Two Harbors had a good showing, with two boys advancing to the quarterfinals and two skiers placing in the top 5 in the consolation races.

Junior Everett Hommes placed 18th in the initial race, securing him a spot in the quarterfinals. Senior Owen Cruikshank pulled out a 24th place finish. Hommes placed 6th in his quarterfinal heat and Cruikshank placed 7th, so neither advanced any further.

Freshman Mikael Overby and junior Zach Deming didn’t advanced, but did well in the consolation race. Overby placed an impressive 4th and Deming had a strong finish for the team.

On the girls’ side, sophomore Marina Schreiner was just 0.1 seconds away from making it on to the quarterfinals. The strong finish set her up for a top place in the consolation race. She finished second, again just 0.1 seconds behind the leader.

Juniors Scotti Berg and Krysi Linville and sophomores Kari Haaversen and Natalie Hudson also didn’t advance, but had strong showings in the consolation race. Berg placed 21st, Haaversen placed 26th and Linville and Hudson were 42nd and 43rd, respectively.

The team also raced a pursuit-style competition at Snowflake last Friday. Watch for a write-up in next week’s News-Chronicle.

They ski today at Pincushion in Grand Marais and are at Giant’s Ridge for the Section 7A meet next Thursday.

TH girls’ basketball

The Two Harbors girls are 7-6 and tied for third in the Polar League after a Thursday loss at home to Moose Lake / Willow River, the top ranked team in the conference.

The girls lost 42-52, with three seniors leading the scoring. Lane Schraufnagel had 12 points and Krista Keranen and Allison Nowacki had 11 each. Schraufnagel also had two 3-pointers in the match.

The girls played Proctor on Thursday. They host Cook County next Monday and play Esko on Thursday.

SB boys’ basketball

The Silver Bay boys lost a game on Friday at Cook County, falling 39-55 to the Vikings.

They had a game against Esko on Monday which will be rescheduled due to school closures. Tonight they head to Carlton and on Monday they play Fond du Lac Ojibwe. They have another match against Cook County on Thursday.

SB girls’ basketball

The Silver Bay girls still haven’t won a game, but their two most recent matches were much closer in score than earlier games, showcasing improvements for the girls.

On Thursday, they played Duluth Marshall at home and last Friday they headed to Cook County. The Marshall game was a 53-22 loss for the girls, with senior Brandi Nopola scoring 15 of the Mariners’ points. They lost to the Cook County Vikings by just 10 points. Junior Tara Dow led the scoring in that game with 15 points. Nopola had 8 points.

The girls had no weather-related cancellations and play at Carlton tonight. They have a busy next week coming up, with three games – including a rematch against Cook County on Thursday.

TH boys’ basketball

The Agates have made their way to the top of the Polar League with their 8-7 record and 7-2 in the conference, despite losing to Moose Lake / Willow River last Friday.

The Agates lost 66-104 to the Rebels in Moose Lake. Junior Alex Lemke had an impressive offensive game, scoring 25 points for the Agates. Junior Calvin Luhrsen scored 13 points, including two 3-pointers and senior Kyle Omtvedt had 10 points in the game.

The boys played Proctor on Thursday and they host McGregor tonight at 7:15 p.m.

UPCOMING GAMES

Jan. 31

Nordic skiing, 11 a.m. at Pincushion in Grand Marais

Silver Bay girls’ basketball, 4:45 p.m. at Carlton

Silver Bay boys’ basketball, 6:30 p.m. at Carlton

Two Harbors boys’ basketball, 7:15 p.m. at home vs. McGregor

Feb. 1

North Shore hockey, 2 p.m. at Baudette vs. Lake of the Woods

Silver Bay girls’ hockey, 3 p.m. at Rukavina Arena vs. Siren/Burnett

Feb. 3

Silver Bay girls’ basketball, 4:45 p.m. at Fond Du Lac

Two Harbors girls’ basketball, 6:15 p.m. at home vs. Cook County

Silver Bay boys’ basketball, 6:40 p.m. at Fond du Lac

North Shore hockey, 7 p.m. at Lake County Arena vs. Greenway-Coleraine

Feb. 4

Silver Bay girls’ basketball, 4:45 p.m. at home vs. Mesabi East

Feb. 6

Nordic skiing, 10 a.m. at the Section 7A meet at Giant’s Ridge, Biwabik

Silver Bay girls’ basketball, 4:45 p.m. at home vs. Cook County

Silver Bay boys’ basketball, 6:30 p.m. at home vs. Cook County

North Shore hockey, 7 p.m. at Moose Lake

Two Harbors girls’ basketball, 7:15 p.m. at home vs. Esko

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LaReesa Sandretsky
LaReesa Sandretsky is a Two Harbors High School graduate and Duluth native that began working at the News-Chronicle in 2012 as a reporter. She took over as editor in 2014. She covers County Board, including the Lake County broadband project.
(218) 834-2141
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