Sports roundup: Area high school teams back into action
The Two Harbors swim team is 3-0 this season after a decisive 122-60 win at home Tuesday against Cloquet/Esko/Carlton. The team got past Virginia last Thursday on the road, 59-33.
Coach Heather Oberg is excited to see such improvement in the team early on, saying “the girls are working really hard this year and it is definitely showing.”
Against Virginia Thursday, Leann Fynboh and Jennie Dwyer took firsts to lead the team, shaving time off personal bests from a year ago.
In the home opener Tuesday, Oberg said Mara Boulanger’s first in the 100-yard backstroke was a key in the win. Fabini was second in the race and Stephanie Uremovich was third for the sweep.
The Agates also swept the 100 breaststroke with Fynboh, Emily Riemer, and Alicia Torgersen.
The diving team got its first competition of the season and Becca Ronning got a personal best score of 196. Chelsea Kolkin also got a personal best score. Newcomers Juilia McDonald and Kari Haaversen also did well, coach Kathy Ronning said. “All of our divers did an awesome job,” she said.
The Agates go to Superior Saturday for the Spartan Relays Invitational. They visit Mesabi East Tuesday.
At Two Harbors
Two Harbors 122,
200 medley relay — TH (Mara Boulanger, Leann Fynboh, Steph M, Kiersten Haaversen), 2:10.66; 50 freestyle — Kayla Whipple, CEC, 27.76; 100 freestyle — Fymboh, TH, 1:00.75; 200 freestyle — Brooke Fletcher, TH, 2:18.74; 500 freestyle — Fletcher, TH, 6:16.67; 200 freestyle relay — CEC (Alison Denman, Lexus Wysocki, Kristina Erickson, Whipple), 1:52.67; 400 freestyle relay — TH (Boulanger, Rebecca Ronning, Steph M, Jennie Dwyer), 4:10.40; 200 individual medley — Steph M, TH, 2:36.17; 100 backstroke — Boulanger, TH, 1:12.92; 100 breaststroke — Fynboh, TH, 1:20.76; 100 butterfly — Steph M, TH, 1:11.36; diving — Ronning, TH, 196.00.
After a win in the season opener, the Agates football team had a letdown against Aitkin Friday, taking a 20-6 loss on the road.
“I thought we took a little bit of a step backwards,” coach Tom Nelson said. Speed was the difference, Nelson said. “I thought that we were missing an edge to us and could have played a little harder and more disciplined as far as assignments go.”
Nelson said the lack of sound fundamentals like blocking and tackling “falls onto me, I have to ensure that we are more assignment responsibilities and carry those assignments out with great enthusiasm and tenacity.”
The Agates, 1-1, will have their home opener at 7 p.m. tonight against Hinckley-Finlayson.
Aitkin 20, Two Harbors 6
Two Harbors 0-0-6-0—6
A — Branden Barthel 4 run (Nathan Ehnstrom kick)
A — Peter Zasmeta 19 run (Ehnstrom kick)
TH — Lucas Kempffer 9 pass from Kyle Omtvedt (kick failed)
A — Zasmeta 64 run (kick failed)
The Mariners opened the Big North Conference season in Babbitt with a 22-0 win over the Northeast Range Nighthawks. The Mariners played some old-fashioned ironman football as they used mainly 10 players throughout the game and dressed only 12 due to injury.
Also missing was defensive coordinator Jamie Otterblad, whose wife, Jodi, gave birth to their first child, a daughter named Kennedy, in the early hours of game day. His substitution, his father, Larry, watched his charges pitch a shutout.
The Mariners went 79 yards in 12 plays to score on the first drive of the night. Quarterback Luke Thun finished off the drive with a one-yard run.
After punting on their next two possessions, the Mariners got the ball on the Nighthawk 33-yard line and needed only one play from Kyle Blood to take it to the house. Thun ran for two and it was 14-0 Mariners at halftime.
On their second possession of the second half, the Mariners needed just seven plays to go 51 yards for another touchdown. Blood carried it in from the one and caught a pass from Thun on a fake kick for the two-point conversion and a 22-0 lead.
The Nighthawks took over at the Mariner 43 after a 37 yard kickoff return by Tevin Dudley. They got down to the Mariner 11, where they faced a fourth-and-one. Nose tackle Baruch Fischer stood up the center and drove him back giving the quarterback nowhere to go on a sneak and the Mariners took over. It ended the Nighthawk’s best scoring chance. On the Nighthawks last drive of the game, Chad Smuk sacked the quarterback for a 10-yard loss.
Fischer was the defensive standout with Blood and freshman Jordan Fralich getting honorable mention. Holden Panetti who rushed for 159 yards despite having to leave the game twice due to injury. Thun ran for 41 yards and became the first Mariner to attain 1,000 yards both rushing and passing. Blood added 53 rushing yards. The Mariners outgained the Nighthawks 275-118 and the contest had no turnovers.
Silver Bay 6-8-8-0—22
Northeast Range 0-0-0-0—0
SB — Luke Thun 1 run (kick failed)
SB — Kyle Blood 34 run (Thun run)
SB — Blood 3 run (Blood pass from Thun)
Agates boy’s soccer
Holy Angels 7-6—13
Two Harbors 0-0—0
First half — 1. HA, Shon Jordan, 2nd; 2. HA, Jordan, 9th; 3. HA, Lucas Ciabattoni, 10th; 4. HA, Sam VanderAarde, 17th; 5. HA, Ian Toledano, 26th; 6. HA, Charlie Koontz, 32nd; 7. HA, Jordan, 33rd.
Second half — 8. HA, Sam Brenn, 44th; 9. HA, Jack Mcllwain, 51st; 10. HA, Luke Elfering, 68th; 11. HA, Koontz, 72nd; 12. HA, Brenny, 75th; 13. HA, Elfering, 78th.
Saves — Sam Strom, TH, 18; Grant Anderson, TH; Danny Urzua, HA, 5.
Agates girl’s soccer
Holy Angels Academy 5-2—7
Two Harbors 0-0—0
First half — 1. Katie Budin, 4th; 2. Shannon Wynne, 8th; 3. Therese Wichmann, 9th; 4. Wichmann, 10th; 5. Megan Mulrooney, 15th.
Second half — 6. Bridget Schoffman, 74th; 7. Maggie Farmer, 77th.
Saves — Not available.
Cook County def. Silver Bay 25-15, 25-15, 25-16
CC: Ashley Deschampe 14K, 14D; Ali Iverson 5K; Bekah Laky 13SA, 14D; Taylor Ryden 7SA. SB: Shay Viola 3AS; Katie Smedstad 4AS.
Silver Bay def. Ely 25-21, 17-25, 7-25, 15-25
SB: Marina Carter 13K, 8AS; Kari Smerud 25SA, Katie Smedstad 5K, 7AS; E: Erin Muhvich 10K; Megan McDonald 17SA.