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By: Matt Suoja and Steve Gow, Lake County News Chronicle
After sending four competitors to state last year, the Agates may get even more athletes down there this season with a string of strong recent performances.
On Tuesday, at its own meet, many of the top performances were put on by the hometown team.
Ryan Guentzel took first while Chad Brelie, Caleb Hamp-Sill and Jon McDannold finished second, third and fourth in the 100-meter dash. Stephanie McGregor was first in the shot put during the event, while Lacey Myrdal won the 100 meters. The 4-by-400 boys team also took first.
The Agates track team once again put on a strong showing last Friday at the Hawk Invitational in Hermantown.
The boys team placed third overall. The 800-meter relay and 400 relay teams finished first while McDannold won the 100 meters and Chad Brelie won the 200.
Guentzel finished second in the 400 meters and Brelie was No. 2 in the 100. Hamp-Sill also was second in the long jump.
The girls team also finished third overall.
In field events McGregor won the discus with Nicole Johnson coming in at No. 2. McGregor was second in the shot put. Runner Myrdal finished second in the 400 and 200 meters while Anna Schield was No. 2 in the 3,200.
Last Tuesday, the Agates showed its hometown pride at the Two Harbors Quad.
On the boys side, the 4-by-400 relay took first while the 4-by-100 was second and the 4-by-800 was third. McDannold won the 100-meter dash and Brelie came in second.
The team also dominated the 200 meters with Hamp-Sill coming in first, McDannold second and Brelie third. Hamp-Sill also won the long and triple jump and Josh Ensign won the 3,200 meters.
In other track events Parker Kausch was second with Jon Horoshak finishing right behind him in the 400 meters. Kevin Thewis took third in 300-meter hurdles and Alex Horoshak was No. 2 in the long jump.
The boys team also put on a strong showing in the field events with Alex Rohde winning the discus and Tony Ankley placing No. 2 and Gage Matlock finishing third in the shot put.
On the girls team McGregor won the shot put and discus. Myrdal also had a solid meet placing first in the 100 meters and second in the 200. The relay teams did well with the 4-by-800 team placing No. 1, the 4-by-100 finishing second and the 4-by-400 topping out in third.
Sonja Peterson was No. 2 in the 800 meters with Kiersten Haaversen finishing third. Maddie Wielinski and Lucy Bukowski both placed second in the 100-meter hurdles and triple jump respectively.
The Agates have started out the season better than expected going 6-1 in the Polar League for first place and 7-5 overall.
“We’ve done a lot better than I thought because of how young they are,” said head coach Rick Coughlin.
Last Thursday the Agates topped McGregor 8-7.
After trailing 7-2 through five innings, the Agates offense exploded for three runs in the sixth and seventh to win the game.
Coughlin said it rained the whole game and the team did not play well defensively. John Forsberg picked up a win pitching for Two Harbors.
On Tuesday the Agates topped Barnum 14-7. Sam Strom got the win striking out five. Ben Ruberg had three hits with five RBIs and Scott Comrie also knocked in three.
The Agates had a rough third inning allowing six errors which led to five Bomber runs. Coughlin said the weather didn’t help much with 35 mph winds and a chilly temperature.
Their game against Denfeld last Friday was postponed due to weather. It will be made up May 26 at Wade Stadium.
With a recent string of victories the No. 9-ranked Mariners, who have started out the season 11-1, look like they could make a return trip to state.
“We’re a young team this year,” said head coach Mike Guzzo. “I expected us to be strong.”
The team did lose a couple of seniors this season who decided not to come out for softball.
“All of our new players have come along quite quickly,” Guzzo said.
Next week should be a true test for the Mariners to see how things shake out in the playoffs. On Tuesday they will face a tough Barnum team. Guzzo said the Barnum game is more-less like a championship one.
The Mariners outlasted the Floodwood Polar Bears last Thursday for an 11-9 victory at Lynch Field in cold and very windy conditions.
Floodwood jumped out to a 3-1 lead after one and the Mariners went ahead 4-3 in the bottom of the third. After the Polar Bears returned to the lead at 5-4, in their half of the fourth, the Mariners struck for five of their own in their fourth to move ahead 9-5 and never trailed again. The Polar Bears cut the deficit to 9-8 in the sixth when a fly ball down the right field line was called foul with a matter of some debate. The batter ended up striking out ending the inning.
In the top of the seventh, an error and a walk put runners at first and second with nobody out. Following a strikeout, another error scored the lead-runner and put runners at the corners. Floodwood then tried to do as the Mariners have been doing and take second base only to see catcher Katie Smedstad nail the runner at second with the other runner remaining at third. The game ended with a ground out to the pitcher.
Their five runs in the fourth came via three hits, three walks, an error and a sacrifice fly. The Mariners finished with 11 runs on eight hits while Floodwood scoring nine times on 13 hits.
Taylor Guzzo picked up the win with 5 2/3 innings of work and Kirstin Sandstrom finished up for the save. Lead-off hitter Haley Clark had a double, triple and scored twice for Floodwood. Marina Carter had two hits for the Bay with Guzzo scoring three times and driving in three more. Carter, Nikki Babbitt, Sandstrom and Jessalyn Rowlee each had two RBIs and Rebecca Dilley scored twice. Every Mariner batter reached base via either a hit or walk.
In their next contest the Mariners improved their record by scoring 11 times in the first inning on their way to a 14-0 five inning victory over Cook County Monday. Babbitt went the distance on the mound for the Bay picking up the shutout and victory while giving up two hits and striking out four.
Sandstrom went 3-for-3 and added three RBIs. Brittany Duresky added two RBIs and Shay Viola, Sandstrom, Guzzo and Babbitt each scored twice. Carter crossed the plate three times for the Mariners.
Silver Bay scored four times in the top of the second inning and never trailed as they defeated McGregor on the road by a final score of 15-4 Tuesday. The Mariners failed to score in only two of their at bats, as they scored four runs three times. The game was halted for a while due to rain and lightning following five innings of play.
Sandstrom picked up the victory by going the distance and added four hits, scored three times and put one over the left field fence. Duresky likewise had four hits and scored three times. Carter had three hits with Rowlee and Rebecca Dilley each getting two. Dilley also drove in three runs.
Silver Bay held on to edge out Cook County 6-5 Monday at home for their second victory of the season.
Hunter Panetti picked up the save in relief of Zach Bulen, after coming in with nobody out and runners on second and third in the top of the seventh inning with a score of 6-4.
Bulen, who had come in during the fourth inning in relief of starter Ryan DeShaw picked up his first varsity victory giving up two runs on four hits in three innings of work.
The Mariners scored four times in the bottom of the second by batting around the order and never trailed in the game.
The Vikings rallied for three of their own in the third, with two of them coming in via a two run-homer by Jacob Rude. The Mariners replied with one of their own in their half of the third when Daniel Wilson doubled to score Bulen. Hunter Panetti added a solo homer in the fourth.
Bulen finished the game going 3-for-4 at the plate and Wilson was 2-for-3.
The Mariners won their second straight game and third of the season as they pounded the McGregor Mercuries Tuesday by a score of 17-6. The Bay scored three in the top of the first and never looked back.
McGregor scored four in the bottom of the fifth to cut the score to 6-5 during a very steady rainfall.
After a rain and lightning delay, the Mariners scored three times in the sixth and eight times in the seventh to end any doubt. Hunter Panetti picked up the win with seven innings of work. Warren Carter and Bulen each had three hits and Bulen scored four times.
Last Thursday the Mariners fell 13-3 to the Floodwood Polar Bears who scored five in the top of the seventh. Thun had two hits, including a triple, and scored twice for the Mariners.
The Agates topped McGregor last Thursday 2-1 in 11 innings.
“It was an exciting game,” said head coach Julie Benson. “Pitchers for both teams did well and kept it a 1-1 game through seven innings. Both teams had scoring opportunities before the extra-innings.”
Katelyn Adams got on base with a hit in the 11th and moved into scoring position on a passed ball. Courtney Kimball then kept the inning alive with a walk and Hailey Clark reached on a fielder’s choice. Cammie Triggs then had a strong hit up the middle that brought Adams home for the game-winning run.
Madison Olson got the win for Two Harbors striking out nine in four innings. Kimball also pitched seven innings striking out five.
On Tuesday, the Agates were completely shutdown being no-hit by Barnum’s Katrina Newman in a 1-0 loss.
“Barnum is ranked fourth in the state in single A and they have been a leader in the Polar League Conference for the past few years,” Benson said. Olson took the loss for the Agates striking out 13 allowing just one hit.
The Mariners had a rough outing last Friday at the Hawk Invitational in Hermantown.
The boys team were No. 9 overall with the 3,200-meter relay team leading the way with a second place finish.
The girls team also finished in ninth place.
The Agates started out the season strong finishing second at the Polar League Meet held at the Cloquet Country Club last Wednesday.
The boys team finished second overall (370) with Chris Ruberg placing third as an individual shooting an 86.
The girls team also finished strong at No. 2. Erin Hoeft was the team’s top golfer shooting 112, good enough for a tie at fourth place.
The Silver Bay-Cook County team also competed at the Polar League Meet last Wednesday.
The boys team shot a 387 overall for third place. Kipp Sande, of Cook County, was the top golfer for the team finishing second shooting an 83. Shane Billings and Troy LeBlanc, of Silver Bay, shot 103 and 124 respectively.
The top girls golfer on the team was Erica Borson, of Cook County, who shot a 129. No girls team score was recorded.