Sports Roundup: Homecoming fever hits the ShoreThe Silver Bay football team won its first game of the season with 38-6 win at Brookston over the AlBrook/Cotton Falcons Friday. The Mariners are No. 8 in the St. Louis County Conference with a record of 1-3 (1-2 in the conference). The Mariners will play Cherry at 7 p.m. tonight for its homecoming game.
By: Matt Suoja and Steve Gow, Lake County News Chronicle
Silver Bay football
The Silver Bay football team won its first game of the season with 38-6 win at Brookston over the AlBrook/Cotton Falcons Friday. The Mariners are No. 8 in the St. Louis County Conference with a record of 1-3 (1-2 in the conference). The Mariners will play Cherry at 7 p.m. tonight for its homecoming game.
Henry Mitchell ran for 157 yards and three touchdowns on runs of two, nine, and 35 yards, before he suffered a broken leg early in the fourth quarter. The Mariners jumped out to a 12-0 lead as they scored on their first two possessions via strong field position set up by their kicking game.
After Mitchell had scored twice, the Falcons scored on a 22-play drive that went 71 yards and took up the majority of the second quarter. Kyle Ziegler ran in from three yards out with 10 seconds left in the half.
The Mariners were not happy campers as they had twice stopped the Falcons on fourth down plays on the drive only to see questionable penalties keep the ball with the Falcons.
The Mariners came out very fired up to start the second half as a result and scored on their first three possessions to blow it wide open with a 32-6 lead. Mitchell scored first, and was followed by Holden Panetti on a five-yard run and Luke Thun on a nine-yard run. Luke Small scored on a one-yard quarterback sneak to conclude the game’s scoring.
Following Mitchell, Kyle Blood ran for 31 yards, Panetti went for 30, Thun got 29 and Zach Duresky had 23. Thun attempted only two passes and completed one for 19 yards to Blood.
Defensively the Mariners were led by Cody Larson with 13 tackles.
The Mariners limited the Falcons to 143 yards of offense, 124 on the ground and 19 thru the air. Baruch Fischer blocked an extra point attempt, the fifth one by the Mariners this season. Michael Klofstad recovered a Falcon fumble to set up the last Mariner score.
Two Harbors football
The Two Harbors football team lost 45-0 to Pine City in homecoming action Friday – Pine City has not allowed a single point against an opponent this season. The Agates are now fourth in the Great Polar Alliance White Conference going 2-3 (0-2 in the conference).
“Pine City was a very solid football team with good athletes, size, and speed,” head coach Tom Nelson said. “Good teams force you into mistakes at times and once again we did not execute the way I expected us to.”
Pine City took an early 6-0 lead in the first quarter off a rushing touchdown from 10 yards out. In the second, the Dragons opened things up scoring three touchdowns including two in the air and returning a fumble 25 yards out for a score making it 27-0 at the half.
“We are in the midst of a treacherous three-game span and I still believe we can knock off the teams we face,” Nelson said. “I also believe this schedule is preparing us for the post season, which we are still fighting to get into, but need another win or two. The kids continue to work hard and stay together in our pursuit to get to where we want to be and we will fight to get there.”
The Dragons rushing game was on fire in the second half as the team scored on 66- and 47-yard runs closing out Two Harbors with a 45-0 final.
“Thank you to all the fans that came out to the homecoming game versus Pine City as we are sorry we could not have given you a better performance,” Nelson said. “I promise that we will not stop working as hard as we possibly can to continue to improve.”
Cody Rogers led the Agates ground attack with 14 rushes for 58 yards.
Nelson said the recent string of losses could be related to the team’s lack of offseason workouts.
“I really hope that our kids realize the importance of the weight room in the off-season as we are seeing our lack of off-season lifting commitment out on the field,” he said. “Last year was the lowest summer turnout we have had in the 10 years that I have been head coach and it is showing. Over the past 10 years we have averaged anywhere from 22-35 football players per day in the weight room, and this last year we six to eight per day which is unacceptable if you want to compete at a high level, and I hope our returning players realize this.”
Two Harbors swimming
The Two Harbors girls swim team lost its second dual meet of the season Thursday to Proctor/Hermantown.
“It was a huge meet for us,” head coach Tara Kasell said. “We had already beaten this team in two of the invitationals this season, but things change quite a bit when you swim in a small pool like Proctor’s. The girls had to adapt to a 20-yard pool, and that’s tough. I think they gave it their all and we hope to win this one next year in our pool.”
On Saturday the team traveled to Aurora for the Taconite Invitational swimming against 10 other teams including big schools like Duluth East, Superior, and Duluth Central. The Agates finished in fifth place. Rebecca Ronning earned a first place medal in the diving event and Brooke Fletcher took home a third place medal in the 500-yard freestyle.
On Tuesday the Agates traveled the Tomahawk Trail and defended their title as champion of the triangular meet against Babbitt/Ely/Tower and Chisholm
“The team really wanted to hang on to the traveling trophy one more season, and they did it in a huge way,” Kasell said. “Several girls swam personal best times.”
The 200-yard medley relay (Mara Boulanger, Emily Riemer, Steph McGregor, and Jennie Dwyer), the 200-yard free relay (Kiersten Haaversen, Leann Fynboh, Fletcher, and Ronning), and 400-yard free relay (Boulanger, Ronning, Fletcher, and Dwyer) all took first in their respective events.
McGregor also won the 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard fly events while Fletcher was first in the 200- and 500-yard free events. Other first place finishes went to Boulanger (50-yard free), Dwyer (100-yard free), and Fynboh (100-yard breaststroke).
Silver Bay volleyball
The Silver Bay volleyball team lost to McGregor in three games 13-25, 13-25, and 23-25 Thursday.
“We didn’t play very well,” head coach Tom Frericks said. He said the team may have been tired from a recent string of road games, but that was no excuse.
The Mariners lost to Cook County 3-0 Tuesday.
“We had a lot more energy,” Frericks said.
Taylor Guzzo had 12 set-assists and 10 digs to lead the Mariners. Marina Carter contributed four kills and four blocks while Brittany Duresky had four kills and three blocks.
The Mariners are currently No. 9 in the Polar League going 3-11 with a 1-6 conference record.
Two Harbors volleyball
The Agates lost to Proctor 25-19, 25-21, and 25-20 Monday.
“I thought we could have played better against Proctor … but the girls came back last night and played three solid, competitive games [against Barnum] which is what I really wanted to see,” head coach Brooke Chaffee said.
Kaley Peterson had 14 kills and four blocks for the Agates. Madison Olson had eight kills while Sasha Fjeran contributed 24 set-assists.
The Agates lost to Barnum 3-0 Tuesday. Fjeran had 12 set-assists while Lindsey Kaminski had six ace-serves and Kate Morsette had 10 digs.
“We are doing some things consistently well, like getting hands on balls and adjusting to hitters in the back row, but we continue to struggle with serve-receive and hitting consistency,” Chaffee said. “However, Kaley Peterson and Madison Olson began adjusting to sets much more effectively last night, and I think our serve receive is getting better too.”
Two Harbors is No. 10 in the Polar League going 1-13 (1-5 in the conference).
Two Harbors-Cook County cross country
The Two Harbors-Cook County cross country team competed against nearly 2,000 runners at the 60th annual Swain Invitational at Duluth’s Enger Park Saturday. The girls team finished No. 19 while the boys placed 12th in Class A.
In the girls competition, Ailee Larson of Cook County earned a 12th place medal in 16:39. Meanwhile Anna Schield of Two Harbors ran a steady pace, finishing in 18:00, 45 seconds faster than last year’s time at Swain. Sara Schield of Two Harbors finished with a time of 21:02 in the sophomore race.
Kieran Scannell of Cook County was the top boys finisher placing No. 5 with a personal-record for Swain of 16:52. Josh Ensign of Two Harbors finished with a personal record time of 18:17.
Owen Cruikshank and Fletcher Kasell, both of Two Harbors, finished with times of 14:13 and 14:28 respectively in the junior high race. Drew Christiansen of Two Harbors finished with a time of 20:37 in the junior varsity race.
“It’s going to be an interesting second half of the season,” head coach Chris Hegg said.
Two Harbors girls soccer
The Two Harbors girls soccer team lost to Hermantown 3-0 Thursday.
The Agates lost 3-0 to Chisago Lakes Saturday. The teams were tied at the half, but Two Harbors couldn’t hold off Chisago Lakes’ offensive attack in the second half as they allowed three goals.
Lucy Bukowski saved 11 shots for the Agates.
The Agates tied Grand Rapids 0-0 Tuesday. Bukowski saved four shots for Two Harbors and the Agates had 14 shots on goal.
Two Harbors boys soccer
The Two Harbors boys soccer team lost to Hibbing/Chisholm 3-1 Thursday.
Hibbing/Chisholm scored the first three goals, while Caleb Hamp-Sill scored Two Harbors’ only goal at the end of the first half. Head coach David Lukkonen said it was one of the team’s best played games of the season.
The Agates fell to Ashland 10-1 Monday. Ashland scored six goals in the first half to put Two Harbors away including four in the span of five minutes. Ashland outscored the Agates 4-1 in the second half with the lone Two Harbors goal coming from Hamp-Sill at the 60th minute. Sam Strom had nine saves for Two Harbors.
Great Polar Alliance White
1. Moose Lake/Willow River 5-0, 2-0
2. Esko 3-2, 2-0
3. Deer River 3-2, 1-1
4. Two Harbors 2-3, 0-2
5. Duluth Marshall 1-4, 0-2
St. Louis County
1. Littlefork-Big Falls 5-0, 5-0
2. Mountain Iron-Buhl 4-1, 4-0
3. Cook 4-1, 4-1
4. Bigfork 3-2, 3-1
5. Cherry 3-2, 2-2
6. Orr 2-3, 2-3
7. Babbitt-Embarrass 1-4, 1-4
8. Silver Bay 1-3, 1-2
9. AlBrook-Cotton 0-5, 0-5
10. Tower-Soudan 0-5, 0-5