Bayside Chatter: Mariners football has historyHere are some bits and pieces from the past football season.
By: Steve Gow, Lake County News Chronicle
Here are some bits and pieces from the past football season.
The Mariners were not shutout once this season. They played Nevis and Hill City for the first time. They won back the Taconite Trophy with a 39-14 win over Babbitt. Three of their season opponents, Mountain Iron-Buhl, Cook, and Nevis, have made it to a section championship game. Luke Thun finished the season with 998 career yards rushing and next season will become the first Mariner to rush for 1,000 yards and pass for 1,000 yards.
Over the years since Mariner football began in 1958, Silver Bay has played 59 different opponents. Versus teams they have played at least twice, they have never defeated Ashland, Bemidji, Deer River, or Cherry. On the other hand, they have never lost to Gilbert, Hinckley-Finlayson, Mesabi Academy, North Branch or Tower-Soudan. They have played in three bowl games and three state tournaments at three different class levels. The Mariners all-time record is 208-268-5 and the scores of those games add up to 9,155-7,773.
There will be a new volleyball champion in Section 7A as Deer River, the defending champion, fell in the quarterfinals. All three area sections saw three of the top four seeds advance to the semifinals.
All of the No. 1 seeds advanced thru the first round of sectional football play and six of them fell in the semis. Two No. 2 seeds fell in the first round and 19 in the round two. Five unbeaten teams fell leaving 28 remaining. Section 3 in nine-man, Section 6A, 2AA, 6AA and 2AAAA all feature two unbeaten teams fighting for a spot at state.
Locals that registered their moose at Wildhurst included Chuck and Lea Meeks, Todd Aho, Vaughn Hoff, Dan Timm, and Ed and Bob Eckstrom.