Sports Roundup: Cross country team competes at biggest meet in the countryThe Two Harbors-Cook County cross country team went to the Milaca Mega Meet Friday and competed in the largest high school cross country meet in the U.S. – with more than 150 teams and 3,500 runners were at the event.
Two Harbors-Cook County cross country
The Two Harbors-Cook County cross country team went to the Milaca Mega Meet Friday and competed in the largest high school cross country meet in the U.S. – with more than 150 teams and 3,500 runners were at the event. The girls team took 15th out of 26 teams in its field and the boys placed No. 11 in its 25-team field.
“For our varsity runners, the meet offered a opportunity to run against about half of the rated teams and individuals from throughout the state,” head coach Chris Hegg said. “For our new and young runners, [it was] a chance to run with kids their own age and experience level. For the coaches, family members, and friends, [it was] an opportunity to enjoy a three-ring running circus.”
On the girls team, Ailee Larson of Cook County was the team’s top finisher placing No. 17 with a time of 15:54, her first time under 16 minutes for 2.5 miles. Anna and Sara Schield, both of Two Harbors, finished with times of 17:30 and 20:13 respectively.
“We raced in the larger half of the Class A field,” Hegg said. “With the No. 1, 3, 8 and 11 rated teams, and No. 1, 2, 4 and 6 rated individuals, our girls … had their hands full.”
On the boys team, Kieran Scannell of Cook County was the top finisher placing sixth with a time of 16:52 – a personal record. Josh Ensign of Two Harbors finished with a time of 18:25 – his first under 19 minutes. Drew Christiansen, also of Two Harbors, finished with a time of 20:21.
“With seven of the top rated boys teams, and the No. 4 individual runner, the boys’ race was equally loaded,” Hegg said.
There was also an old-timers race at the event featuring coaches.
“Now most of these old timers are college age, although a fair number of older coaches do give it a go,” Hegg said. “We run the same two-mile course as the junior high racers, much to the delight of the kids.”
Hegg was the top finisher among Two Harbors and Cook County coaches.
Two Harbors football
The Two Harbors football team dropped to 2-2 after losing to Deer River (3-1) 19-7 Friday.
“The game obviously did not go the way we had hoped as we shot ourselves in the foot too many times,” head coach Tom Nelson said. “We turned the ball over at crucial times during the game and that cannot happen as we have to take care of the ball. Defensively the coaching staff made some nice adjustments at halftime allowing us to keep their workhorse running back in check.”
Deer River took the lead in the first quarter 6-0 after the Agates gave up a 39-yard pass for a touchdown. In the second quarter, Two Harbors took the lead 7-6 after Brandon Lambe scored on a 1-yard run.
“Offensively we have to protect the ball and execute better as we are hurting ourselves more than anything else at this point and that falls onto me as the offensive coordinator,” Nelson said.
Deer River came back with a rushing touchdown of its own making it 13-6 at the half.
The teams went scoreless in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, Deer River scored on a 10-yard run closing out the Agates.
Up next for the Agates is its homecoming against Pine City at 7 p.m. tonight. There will be a powderpuff game at noon followed by a community pep fest at 5 p.m. at the school.
“Our kids need to play at an extremely high level of intensity as we are looking to knock them off and give them their first loss of the season,” Nelson said. “We need to find our ‘fighters’ mentality as we improve our overall play.”
Pine City team has not allowed a single point against an opponent this season.
The Two Harbors junior varsity football team is 2-2 and the seventh/eighth grade teams are 3-1-1 so far on the season.
Silver Bay football
The Silver Bay football team did not play Friday because their scheduled opponent, Mesabi Academy, canceled its season due to a lack of participants. The Mariners play at AlBrook at 7 p.m. Friday.
Two Harbors girls soccer
The Two Harbors girls soccer team lost 3-0 to Apple Valley Friday.
Apple Valley came out strong in the first half scoring all three of its goals.
Lucy Bukowski had a solid game in goal stopping 18 shots.
On Saturday the Agates lost to Esko-Carlton 5-1.
Two Harbors started out well taking the lead at the 11th minute with a goal coming from Lacey Myrdal. Esko-Carlton later tied it in the first as the teams went into the half with a score of 1-1.
Esko-Carlton turned up its offensive charge in the second half, taking the lead in the 53rd minute. They then rattled off three goals in the span of seven minutes to put Two Harbors away.
Bukowski had eight saves.
The Agates lost 2-0 to Duluth Central Tuesday. Bukowski had nine saves in goal.
Two Harbors boys soccer
The Two Harbors boys soccer team lost to Eveleth-Gilbert 3-1 Monday.
Eveleth came out strong in the first half scoring three straight goals. Two Harbors scored late in the first half with a goal coming from Caleb Hamp-Sill on a corner kick.
“We came out really flat, and that’s with not playing a game in eight days,” head coach David Lukkonen said. “It’s been a disappointing season and hopefully we can get this straightened out before the season is over.”
The Agates game against Duluth Marshall Thursday was canceled due to the weather.
Two Harbors volleyball
The Two Harbors volleyball team won its first match of the season against Wrenshall 3-0 Tuesday.
Kaley Peterson had 12 kills and Madison Olson had a strong performance with five kills, six digs, and four ace-serves.
“We have a very balanced team, and we need to begin using that to our advantage,” head coach Brooke Chaffee said. “The key to our success is cutting down errors and adjusting our defense when teams start hitting around the block or tipping. My hopes for the second half of the season are that we continue to have fun in practice and in games, because that’s really when we play our best volleyball.”
The Two Harbors volleyball team lost to Carlton 3-0 Thursday.
Two Harbors came close in the first match losing 26-24. In the last two, they lost by identical scores of 25-13.
“The thing I was most happy with was the way they came out completely confidant and aggressively [went] after the win,” Chaffee said. “I think they put everything they had on the floor that first game, but the momentum shift after the loss carried over into the next two games.”
Sasha Fjeran had 12 set-assists for the Agates and Peterson had seven kills.
Two Harbors swimming
The Two Harbors swimming team defeated Babbitt-Ely-Tower 73-21 Tuesday.
Brooke Fletcher took first in the 200-yard and 500-yard free events. Steph McGregor took two firsts (200-yard individual medley and 100-yard fly) as did Mara Boulanger (50-yard free and 100-yard backstroke). Jennie Dwyer took first in the 100-yard free event while Leann Fynboh won the 100-yard breaststroke.
All of these relay teams took first: 200-yard medley (Emily Riemer, Boulanger, McGregor, and Dwyer), 200-yard free relay (Rebecca Ronning, Heather Fynboh, Leann Fynboh and Fletcher), and 400-yard free relay (Ronning, Fletcher, McGregor, and Boulanger).
Other top finishers included Ronning (second in 200-yard free and 100-yard free), Riemer (second in 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard breaststroke), and Heather Fynboh (second in 100-yard fly)
The junior varsity team also won its event.
Silver Bay volleyball
The Silver Bay volleyball team fell to Barnum 25-16, 25-17, 25-19, Thursday.
The Mariners topped Duluth Marshall Monday in four games, 27-25, 25-17, 22-25, 25-10.
“We played well,” said head coach Tom Frericks about the Marshall game. “We were attacking the ball.”
Silver Bay lost to Cromwell 25-17, 25-13, 25-16 Tuesday.
Frericks said the team has been getting better and they have finally found the right people for the right places on the team.