Agates boys’ basketball
Coach Tom Johnson is feeling good about the Agates’ performance. The Two Harbors boys’ basketball team won against the Wrenshall Wrens last week, 49-43.
He said it was a competitive game, but players like freshman Alex Lemke shot extremely well. “We matched up with them pretty well,” said Johnson. “It was a back and forth game but we continue to improve.”
Johnson said what made the win even sweeter was the support of the crowd and the encouragement it gave the team. “The crowd was very nice,” he said. “The student section was well represented and we had lot of fans up there.”
Although the Agates lost to Floodwood by seven points Jan. 10, Johnson was proud of his team. Sophomore Kyle Omtvedt led the Two Harbors team in scoring. “We really kept fighting which was huge,” he said. “We could have given up but the kids kept coming back.”
Johnson said he is lucky to work with the Agates. “It’s a great group of young men to work with, and my assistant coaches are doing a great job,” he said.
Johnson hopes that the fans stick with the Agates and come out and support for the upcoming games. “We’re coming up on a tough spot in our season,” he said. “There will be some tough challenges, but in the end we’ll be better for it.”
The Silver Bay Mariners suffered a loss against the Moose Lake Rebels 47-57 on Jan. 6. But Silver Bay boys’ basketball coach Rick Frericks said that he is encouraged by the team, especially senior Baruch Fisher’s steady shooting.
He’s also excited about the starting line-up the Mariners now have. “We’re entering a new season for us,” he said. “We’re going to become more competitive.”
Freicks said the Mariners are about to hit their stride and that it takes time to come together as a team. “We’ve got potential to do some nice things,” he said. “Our last two games were very competitive and we want our games to be competitive.”
“It’s a long season,” Frericks said. “It’s about who’s hot at the end.”
Agates girls’ basketball
Two Harbors girls’ basketball coach Brooke Chaffee is enthusiastic about her team’s performance over the last few days. The Agates have been undergoing a busy and strenuous schedule, playing four games since last Thursday. But they triumphantly won twice—once against the Wrenshall Wrens 59-36 and then by pulling a two-point upset over the Virginia Blue Devils 38-36. Chaffee said she is especially proud of the Virginia win and cites senior players Steph McGregor and Lacey Myrdal’s playing as major contributions to the victory. She said that Myrdal is one of the fastest players she has ever seen and calls her the Agates’ “spark plug on defense.” But Chaffee said that in the end, it was a team effort. “We came from behind, came into the lead, and played smart,” she said.
The Agates narrowly lost to the Floodwood Polar Bears by three points 46-43 on Jan. 9. Chaffee said that although the Agates have to work on their free throw shooting percentage she was happy with how they played. “Even when we lost on Monday, they played really hard and the team gave it everything that they had,” said Chaffee.
By the time the Agates played Mesabi East on Jan. 10, they were exhausted and lost to the Giants 35-55. Chaffee said she understood. The Agates’ next game is a conference game against the Moose Lake Rebels. Chaffee said that from here on out the Agates are going to win as many games as they can. “We have had a winning record pretty much all season and we want to get back to that,” she said. “We need to focus on Thursday and get a win there. It’s going to be crazy.”