Basketball seasons heat up on North Shore
By: News Chronicle, Lake County News Chronicle
The Silver Bay boys’ basketball team has been having a mixed experience lately. After losing to Esko 33 - 86, the Mariners came back with a strong win over Cherry 72-51. Coach Rick Frericks said that going into the game against Esko, his team knew that they would be hard to beat. He said that he is proud of their efforts. “I was pleased with their efforts. We set some goals and we achieved those goals,” Frericks said. “We wanted to score at least thirty points.”
The Silver Bay team faced Two Harbors on Thursday. According to Frericks, the two teams have a nice rivalry. “In my opinion, they would like nothing better than to beat us and vice versa,” he said. “But we enjoy and respect each other.”
The Two Harbors boys’ basketball team hosted their first home game against Carlton on Dec. 9—and it was a close one. The Agates lost by only two points with a score of 48-50. “We had decent fan turnout and it was an entertaining game from a fan’s point of view,” said coach Tom Nelson.
“We found ourselves down by eleven or twelve points with seven or eight minutes left in the game,” said Nelson. “But the kids really showed some perseverance and they battled back and they made a game of it.”
The Agates then faced Ely and lost 52 - 81. “It was a very nice first half for us. And I thought we played pretty well,” said Nelson. “In the second half, things fell apart a little bit.”
The Two Harbors team faced Silver Bay on Dec. 15. Nelson said his team would love to go out and play a great game against them. “It should be a good atmosphere on Thursday,” said Nelson.
Like the Silver Bay boys’ basketball team, the Silver Bay girls’ basketball team recently enjoyed one win and suffered one loss, beating Fond du Lac Ojibwe handily 52 - 27 and losing to Esko 8-70. Coach Dan Johnson said that one of his team’s toughest competitors is Esko and that his team “happened to play them right away.” He is pleased with his team’s win over Fond du Lac Ojibwe.
“Fond du Lac was a good win for us,” said Johnson. “We worked together well.”
Johnson said that his team is improving and that ball control has gotten better. The Mariners face Barnum today.
The Two Harbors girls’ basketball team has been having a good year so far with four wins and two losses. The Agates played the Cook County Vikings on Monday and won a close game 57-52. Coach Brooke Chaffee said that that everyone on the team contributed. “It was nice to see us playing with some confidence. We shot really nicely,” said Chaffee.
However, the Agates did lose to the Ely Timberwolves last Saturday 70-35. Chaffee said the game against Ely was tough but that the Agates had been missing a guard during the game which made a difference. Overall, she said that her team is improving. “Our defense has improved. It’s getting our offense meshed and coming together,” said Chaffee. “When we have floor balance we’re the best.”