Sports Roundup: Agates soccer seasons endThe Two Harbors girls soccer season came to an end with a 1-0 loss to Hermantown in overtime in the first round of the Section 7A playoffs Thursday.
Two Harbors girls soccer
The Two Harbors girls soccer season came to an end with a 1-0 loss to Hermantown in overtime in the first round of the Section 7A playoffs Thursday.
Lucy Bukowski had a stellar performance in goal with 11 saves. The Agates had 7 shots on goal. The game-winning goal came from Hermantown at the 88th minute in overtime on a header from a corner kick.
Head coach Jeff Peterson said Hermantown controlled the tempo in the first half, while Two Harbors seized control in the second half.
“We played a great game,” he said. Peterson said it was one of the best games the team had played all season.
Senior captains on the team include Katelyn Adams, Nina Bukowski, and Maire McMahon.
Other seniors on the team include Marissa Engelson, Kalina Pavlisich, Emily Zeimet, Jenny Faughnan, Katie Burns, and foreign exchange student Jaen Chanyanupap (Thailand).
“Next year, we are returning a lot of quality players,” Peterson said.
The team finished the regular season with a record of 3-13-2.
Peterson was assisted by Joe and Jules Tietge and Brice Hansen.
Two Harbors boys soccer
The Two Harbors boys soccer team’s season ended Thursday with a 5-1 loss to Chisago Lakes in the first round of the Section 7A playoffs.
The match was tied 1-1 at the half with a goal coming from Caleb Hamp-Sill. Chisago Lakes scored four in the second half to put Two Harbors away.
First-year head coach David Lukkonen saw a silver lining in the 0-17 season.
“It was fantastic,” Lukkonen said. “Even though the record doesn’t show it – we made vast improvements throughout the season.”
Among those who will be graduating this year include forward Hamp-Sill, defender Alex Horoshak, midfielders Aaron Holbeck, Josh Deming, and exchange student Bohdan Paladiychuk (Ukraine).
Lukkonen said he hopes for more participants on the team next season to field a “true” varsity and junior varsity team. He said he had 24 kids out for soccer this season and wants it up to 30 next year.
Assisting Lukkonen this season were Ben Tietge and Nick Holappa.
Two Harbors football
The Two Harbors football team lost to Grand Rapids 42-14 Friday, ending the team’s hopes for a playoff game.
Head coach Tom Nelson said the Agates played nine freshmen due to multiple injuries and he gave those youngsters a bunch of credit. “I’m proud of the way they played.”
Grand Rapids struck first, scoring on an 8-yard pass in the first quarter to take a 7-0 lead. The Agates bounced back later in the first when Billy Sell scampered to the end zone on a 43-yard run, making in 7-6 at the end of the first. The Agates had an extra-point attempt blocked. The Thunderhawks outscored the Agates 7-0 in the second quarter giving Grand Rapids a 14-6 lead at the half.
In the second half it was all Grand Rapids as they scored four straight touchdowns, including three in the air. The Agates finally hit the end zone when Nicky Smith rushed it in from 3 yards out in the fourth quarter.
Nelson said he was not happy the team lost the game, but was hoping for a better performance versus Duluth Marshall Wednesday.
“I want to end it on a good note,” Nelson said.
The Agates are 2-5 going 0-3 in the Polar League White Conference.
The team cannot reach the playoffs because they are the No. 9 seed among all the Polar League teams. Only eight teams make the playoffs.
Silver Bay football
The Mariners once again put up a great fight and gave a great effort only to fall a little short as they fell 36-28 at home to the Orr Braves Friday. The Mariners are now 1-5 (1-2 in conference) and are third in the St. Louis County South Conference.
The game was 20-20 at halftime and the second half difference proved to be turnovers, penalties, and a stifling third quarter. Orr outscored the Mariners 8-0 in the third and limited Silver Bay to only two offensive plays from scrimmage.
After Orr turned an interception into eight points, they kicked an onside kick for the fifth straight time and recovered it. Later the Braves turned a fourth quarter interception into another eight points and a 36-20 lead. The Mariners struck back quickly with a four-play drive that finished up with a halfback option pass from Holden Panetti to Cody Larson for a 37-yard touchdown. After Panetti ran for two it was 36-28 with over seven minutes to go.
Orr got the kickoff at midfield on a Mariner onside kick attempt and went down to the Mariner 9-yard line before being stopped on downs. The Bay took over there with 1:51 left on the clock. The Bay made it to their 27-yard line before being stopped by Orr and the clock.
Larson led the Mariner offense with three TDs, two on runs and one thru the air as he rushed for 81 yards and caught four passes for 78 yards. Daniel Wilson hauled in a Luke Thun pass for his first varsity touchdown and the other Mariner score. Panetti rushed for 34 yards, scored a couple two-point conversions and threw a TD. Thun completed 8-of-19 pass attempts for 85 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively Thun and Larson led things with 11 tackles each and Thun intercepted a Brave pass attempt. Tyson Fultz and Kyle Blood each had eight tackles and Panetti added seven. The Mariners turned the ball over three times.
The Mariners next game was on Wednesday against Babbitt-Embarrass.
Two Harbors-Cook County cross country
The Two Harbors-Cook County cross country team had a strong showing at the Polar League Conference meet last Wednesday with the boys and girls teams both placing second on the Pincushion Mountain course in Grand Marais.
“Although Pincushion is the toughest, hilliest course we race, the home crowd is great and the opportunity to train and race gives us a little home course advantage,” head coach Chris Hegg said. “This year was even better, as the weather was perfect fall running weather – sunny, 60s and a light breeze.”
Kieran Scannell (all-conference) of Cook County won the overall boys race with a time of 16:59, besting his nearest competitor by more than a minute and the course record by 15 seconds. Josh Ensign (all-conference) of Two Harbors was also in top form, placing No. 5 with a time of 18:35.
On the girls team, Ailee Larson (all-conference) of Cook County was their top finisher, placing third with a time of 15:55. Anna Schield (all-conference) of Two Harbors finished sixth with a time of 16:54. Sara Schield placed No. 15 with a time of 18:55.
Two Harbors-Cook County boys team finished second at a Proctor meet Tuesday among Class A teams. Scannell was the top boys finisher placing second.
The girls team also finished second at the meet with Larson placing third. Next up for the team is the Section 7A meet Thursday in Cloquet.
Two Harbors swimming
The Two Harbors swimming team lost to Superior Thursday 97-89.
“Superior is another very strong program and just to be able to compete with top teams from the area is a huge accomplishment for us,” head coach Tara Kasell said.
Rebecca Ronning won the diving event while Brooke Fletcher was first in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle. Stephanie McGregor also had a strong performance, winning the 200-yard individual medley while Mara Boulanger won the 100-yard butterfly.
The 200-yard medley relay (Jennie Dwyer, Emily Riemer, McGregor, and Boulanger), the 200-yard freestyle relay of (Heather Fynboh, Leann Fynboh, Ronning, and Fletcher), and the 400-yard freestyle relay (Boulanger, Ronning, Fletcher, and Dwyer) all took second place at the meet.
Boulanger was also second in the 100-yard backstroke while Leann Fynboh placed No. 2 in the 100-yard breaststroke.
On Tuesday, Two Harbors hosted the six-team North vs. South Invitational with Two Harbors combining with Eveleth-Gilbert and Mesabi East (North) to take on Duluth Central, Proctor-Hermantown, and Cloquet-Esko-Carlton (South).
“This meet is for fun, and we all had a blast. In a very close finish, the South took the win,” Kasell said.
Two Harbors finished second in overall team scores. The South won 1,371.5-1,348.5.
Fletcher won the 200- and 500-yard freestyle and Ronning won the diving event.
Ronning set a new Two Harbors pool record in diving with a score of 190.25 during the invitational Tuesday.
Boulanger place second in the 100-yard backstroke while Leann Fynboh was third the 100-yard breaststroke.
Two Harbors volleyball
The Two Harbors volleyball team lost to Cook County Thursday 25-21, 25-12, and 25-18. Cook County sits near the top of the Polar League.
The Agates lost to Cromwell Tuesday 25-18, 25-17, and 25-11 to end the regular season. Kaley Peterson led the Agates with nine kills and Sasha Fjeran had 14 set-assists. Kate Morsette also had 12 digs.
The team finished the regular season with a record of 2-17 (2-8 in the conference), placing ninth in the Polar League. Playoffs begin Wednesday. That schedule was not available as of press time.
Silver Bay volleyball
The Mariners lost to Floodwood Thursday 25-15, 25-19 and 25-13.
Moose Lake-Willow River topped Silver Bay 25-15, 23-25, 25-20, and 25-18 Tuesday ending the Mariners regular season.
The Mariners finished the regular season with a record of 3-15 (1-10 in the conference) placing No. 10 in the Polar League. The Mariners begin playoffs Monday. No playoff schedule was available as of press time.