Sports Roundup: Agates run over HinckleyThe Agates running game became red-hot at Hinckley-Finlayson Friday as Two Harbors scored four of its five touchdowns on the ground in a 34-8 route.
Two Harbors football
The Agates running game became red-hot at Hinckley-Finlayson Friday as Two Harbors scored four of its five touchdowns on the ground in a 34-8 route.
“We improved from week one as we eliminated many of our mistakes from the first week,” head coach Tom Nelson said. “We protected the ball much better as we did not have a fumble versus Hinckley-Finlayson compared to five fumbles the first week against Aitkin.”
Bill Sell gave the Agates an early lead scoring on a 16-yard run in the first quarter. Sell also ran three yards for another score in the second.
Later in the second, quarterback Jon McDannold connected with Jake Iskat for 17 yards and a touchdown to make it 21-0 going into the half.
In the second half it was all Agates. Drew Fleck scampered into the end zone on a 9-yard run in the fourth followed by a Brandon Lambe 4-yard run for a touchdown. Hinckley-Finlayson finally scored late in the fourth to avoid the shutout.
Sell had 83 yards rushing on 14 carries.
“The offensive line did a very good job of opening up holes for our ball carriers,” Nelson said. “Defensively we bent at times but very rarely ‘broke’ as the defense carried a shutout late into the game.”
He said the team had a nice crowd show up from Two Harbors.
“This week versus Esko is a very big game for us and we need a great turnout as we want people to come out and be part of the Agate football family as we will do everything in our power to give our fans the best effort we can,” Nelson said. The game will be at 7 p.m. Friday at home.
Silver Bay football
The Mariners stumbled Friday against Nevis 53-6.
“Nevis went up early and often,” head coach Ward Kaiser said. “Nevis is very senior heavy this year and an excellent team.”
Henry Mitchell led the team in tackles with nine solo and three assists. Holden Panetti had six tackles and five assists.
Offensively quarterback Luke Thun scored the lone Mariner touchdown in the fourth quarter on a sneak up the middle. Thun had 49 yards rushing and 82 yards passing. Mitchell ran for 98 yards.
“We had some good things happen, but we couldn’t string together enough of them in succession,” Kaiser said. “Our offense moved the ball throughout the game, however, we would stall with a fumble, interception, penalty, or missed assignment. Nevis was too good for us to recover from those sorts of mistakes, [which are] generally caused by a young team still learning. Defensively, we let the big play happen too many times. We would stop them, stop them again, and then allow Nevis [to get] a long play.”
Kaiser said some minor injuries took some of his players out of the game and had a big impact on the team.
“They’ll all be ready this week though, against Mountain Iron-Buhl,” Kaiser said. “The guys are still very motivated and believe we are improving and are moving forward with determination.”
Two Harbors girls soccer
The Agates topped Eveleth-Gilbert 8-0 Thursday.
“We did what we needed to do,” head coach Jeff Peterson said. “It let us focus on some of the essential aspects of the game.”
He said the team consequently controlled the speed of the game.
Two Harbors came out strong in the first half with five goals, two of which came from Lacey Myrdal. Amanda Laine, Katie Burns, and Ivie Brooks also reached the other side of the net.
It was much the same in the second half, as Jade Turnquist, Emily Zeimet, and Maddie Wielinski scored. Peterson said Zeimet had an especially strong game adding three assists to go along with her goal. She played left midfielder during the match and had been playing all three of the team’s midfielder positions in other games.
Two Harbors boys soccer
The Agates fell 2-1 to Eveleth-Gilbert Thursday.
“The Eveleth-Gilbert games has been a turning point for us,” head coach David Lukkonen said. “Now we are starting to realize what we need to do.”
Two Harbors scored first at the third minute with a goal coming from Lee Myrdal. Eveleth later tied it at the 15th minute going into the half. Eveleth got one more goal past Agate goalie Sam Strom at the 55th minute in the second half to close out the game.
Strom had seven saves in goal.
The Agates fell to Bemidji 5-0 Saturday.
Strom had eight saves, while Eli Hebl had two.
Two Harbors lost to Ashland 7-2 Monday.
“Ashland was a very disciplined team, with a lot of small smart passes,” Lukkonen said. “In the second half, when we figured out there style of play, our defense improved.”
The game was tied 1-1 after Nate Craig scored 10 minutes into the first half. Ashland then ran off three goals in five minutes. Two Harbors’ Bohdan Paladiychuk scored to make the scored 5-2 going into the half.
Ashland scored two more times in the second half to close it out.
Strom had 17 saves.
The Agates lost to Cloquet-Esko-Carlton 5-1 Tuesday.
Steve Frikken scored the lone goal for Two Harbors. The score was 5-0 at half, but the Agates defense turned it up in the second half.
Lukkonen said they switched Aaron Holbeck from midfielder to defense which helped lead to the second half shutout.
Two Harbors volleyball
The Agates lost to Esko Thursday.
“We lost to Esko in three quick games, but we played very hard and never game up,” head coach Brooke Chaffee said. “I was proud of the way they pulled together against a very good team. Our passing was better, but with such a powerhouse for hitters and servers it was hard for us to get solid digs [to] pull our own offense together.”
On Saturday, the team played in an Ogilvie tournament.
“The Ogilvie tournament was a tough one for us, as we didn’t win any matches and only won a few games,” Chaffee said. “It just seems like [once] we hit that 20-point mark we have a hard time putting games away. I think we came away from that tournament determined to work hard and improve in the areas we have been struggling. This team has a winning attitude, and we have improved greatly from the beginning of the season.”
Among the teams they lost to in the tournament were Milaca and Rush City.
Silver Bay volleyball
The Mariners fell in four sets to Carlton Thursday.
“We played pretty good,” head coach Tom Frericks said. “At least we won one [set].”
Shay Viola led the team with five kills and 15 digs while Marina Carter had five kills.
On Monday they lost to AlBrook 3-0.
“We had an off day,” Frericks said. He said the team is getting better and expects them to be in top form by the end of the season.
Two Harbors swimming
The Agates swim team took fourth place, while medaling in four events, at Spartan Relays in Superior Saturday.
“Taking home medals at this meet, in the swimming events, is something new to us this year,” head coach Tara Kasell said. “I can’t even put into words the emotions that all of us felt as our girls stood on the blocks and accepted their medals.”
The diving team of Rebecca Ronning, Stephanie Uremovich, and Chelsea Kolkin placed first. Other top performers included the 300-yard individual medley relay team (Kiersten Haaversen, Tori Highmark and Emily Riemer), 300-yard breaststroke relay (Leann Fynboh, Mara Boulanger, and Riemer), and 400-yard free relay team (Jennie Dwyer, Brooke Fletcher, Ronning, and Boulanger). All three teams finished third in their events.
Two Harbors improved its record to 3-1 Tuesday topping Mesabi East.
“Everything has just clicked for us this season,” Kasell said.
The 200-yard medley relay (Boulanger, Riemer, Heather Fynboh, and Dwyer), 400-yard freestyle relay (Fletcher, Ronning, Boulanger, and Dwyer), and the 200-yard free relay (Leann Fynboh, Haaversen, Ronning, and Fletcher) all took first.
Dwyer took first in the 100- and 500-yard freestyle events while Boulanger took first in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke.
Other first place finishes went to Ronning (diving), Heather Fynboh (100-yard butterfly), Riemer (200-yard individual medley), and Fletcher (200-yard freestyle).