Boys soccer wraps up season and prep roundup
By: LaReesa Sandretsky, Lake County News Chronicle
The Two Harbors boys’ soccer team wrapped up its season on Oct. 11 with a respectable 1-3 loss to the Chisago Lakes Area team. They finished the season with one win—their first in three years.
Two Harbors was the bottom seed in the tournament and they held their own against the fourth-ranked Wildcats.
“It’s a lot better to lose 3-1 than what we were losing earlier in the season,” head coach Dave Lukkonen said. Their worst was a 0-13 game against the Academy of Holy Angels early in the season.
John Burns, senior, scored the single goal of the game with an assist from junior Eli Hebl.
Lukkonen said he hopes the team can be more competitive at the beginning of the season next year. They improved greatly by the end, but that type of improvement needs to happen much earlier, he said.
They’re losing three players to graduation this spring—Burns, Steve Frikken, Charlie Pavlisich, Mills Johnson, Dan O’Neal and Clemens Zippel. Lukkonen said losing Frikken will be particularly hard, but if the boys practice in the off season they should come back strong.
Agate Girls Swimmers and Divers Still Undefeated
Last Tuesday, the Two Harbors Agates competed in the North vs. South Invitational at Mesabi East. The Agates teamed up with Eveleth-Gilbert and Mesabi East to take on teams from the south, including Proctor-Hermantown, Duluth Denfeld and Cloquet-Esko-Carlton. The North teams were able to bring home a victory led by the Agates who took an overall first place out of the six teams.
“It’s a nice meet at the end of the year instead of competing against Mesabi East and Eveleth-Gilbert they get to come together as one big team,” said Heather Mayfield, Agates head coach. The Agates had many strong performances that contributed to the North win, however, according to Mayfield, the wins in the 100-fly and the 400-free relay were especially impressive.
Two Harbors High School hosted the 2nd Annual Dive Classic on Saturday. Coaches Nadine Uremovich and Kathy Ronning wanted to give the girls in the area an opportunity to participate in a dive meet to help prepare them for sections. "The girls did awesome and it was a great success,” Ronning said.
Two Harbors football
The Agates played Pine City at Pine City on Oct. 17 and lost 17-22.
The Agate offense got off to a quick start, scoring a touchdown on their first possession when sophomore running back Derek Blair scored on a 6-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Kyler Kinn. Kinn would go on to complete 10 of 17 passes for 114 yards in the game.
Senior tight end Skylar Lysaker had five catches for 59 yards, and sophomore tight end/running back Lucas Kempffer added two catches for 47 yards. Sophomore running back Ricky Hietala lead the Agates rushing attack with 18 carries for 66 yards. Junior kicker Eli Hebl kicked a 30-yard field goal in the third quarter to bring the Agates within six points of the Dragons at 16-10.
Kinn scored on a two-yard run in the 4th quarter, making the score 22-17. Senior linebacker Austyn Wasko would recover a Pine City fumble with 5:35 left in the game, but the Agates were unable to score. Defensively, freshman linebacker Jonah Alm lead the team with 11 tackles, including three tackles for loss. Kempffer contributed seven tackles, including two tackles for loss, and a quarterback sack.
Senior linebacker Austyn Wasko added nine tackles for the Agates. Junior defensive lineman Mike Nordean had five tackles, including one tackle for loss, and also recovered a Pine City fumble in the third quarter. Sophomore defensive backs Calvin Luhrsen and Derek Blair added five tackles each for the Agates. Season record: 0-8.The Agates’ first playoff game was on Tuesday against top-ranked Moose Lake Willow River.