Bayside Chatter... Mariners to host playoff gameThe Mariners football team defeated Wrenshall Tuesday 59-6 in a Section 5 quarterfinal contest and will host a semifinal game at 3 p.m. tomorrow. The section title game originally scheduled for the University of Minnesota Duluth has been moved to the home of the highest seed at 7 p.m. Nov. 4 due to a scheduling conflict at UMD.
By: Steve Gow, Lake County News Chronicle
The Mariners football team defeated Wrenshall Tuesday 59-6 in a Section 5 quarterfinal contest and will host a semifinal game at 3 p.m. tomorrow.
The section title game originally scheduled for the University of Minnesota Duluth has been moved to the home of the highest seed at 7 p.m. Nov. 4 due to a scheduling conflict at UMD.
The Mariners finished third in the inaugural season of the Big North Conference behind champion North Woods and Bigfork. The seeding for the section went McGregor, Silver Bay, Floodwood, Cromwell, Hill City, South Ridge, Wrenshall, and Northland-Remer. Cherry was left out.
Section 7 was North Woods, Bigfork, Kelliher-Northome, Ely, Mountain Iron-Buhl, Northeast Range, Chisholm, and Littlefork-Big Falls.
The computer rankings following the regular season listed: 4. North Woods, 11. McGregor, 13. Bigfork, and 20. Silver Bay.
Twenty-six teams entered the Minnesota playoffs undefeated.
The last time the Mariners won seven games in a season was 2002, when they went 8-2. The last time they hosted multiple playoff games in a season was 1988, when they won the Section 7 Class C tournament before falling at home 24-14 to Battle Lake in a state quarterfinal contest.
It was the first meeting on the gridiron between the Mariners and Wrenshall Tuesday. The Mariners also met Bigfork and Littlefork-Big Falls for the first time this season along with the new schools of Northeast Range, South Ridge, and North Woods. The Mariners 42-6 victory over Cherry this season was their first in eight attempts.
The volleyball team finished the regular season with a 3-1 loss at Floodwood by a score of 19-25, 25-18, 23-25, and 13-25. Marina Carter had 15 kills and Alicia Nopola six in the match, with Taylor Guzzo getting 19 set assists. The team finished fourth in the Polar League with a record of 6-5 and were 9-10 overall.
They were seeded fifth in their half of Section 7 and hosted Fond du Lac Ojibwe in a first round match and won 25-4, 25-15, and 25-3. Carter had seven kills and Katie Smedstad had 15 assists.