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Silver Bay's baseball season ended on a positive note even though the club lost a third-round playoff game to Cherry 5-3 last Thursday at Hibbing. That's because the young Mariners were able to beat Carlton and No. 2-seed Floodwood last week in order to get to Hibbing, ending a season that coach Ward Kaiser saw as very positive. "The guys came a long way, they worked hard together and we're really proud of them," he said. "I think the fans are, too. We need to develop some more pitching but the guys listen and they want to get better.
Sophomore speedster Ryan Guentzel of Two Harbors raced his way to the state meet in both the 200M and 400M events during last Friday's Section 7A track meet held at UMD. In doing so, Guentzel proved coach Tony Altiere's early season prediction right: that the kid had a chance to get to Hamline University in St. Paul for this Friday's big meet. Guentzel will run in the Friday preliminaries in both events and aim at being on of the top nine to qualify for Saturday's finals.
"Hi, thanks for calling Tony's Taxi...where can I take you today?" Those simple words have opened up a host of transportation opportunities for Silver Bay and Lake County residents. In the land of Swedes, Finns and Norwegians, Tony Grigutis may be the only person of Lithuanian descent on Minnesota's North Shore. One thing is for sure.
Born in 1954, I came of age when gas was 20-25 cents a gallon. Driving old beaters with holes in the floorboards, bald tires and V-8 engines, a dollar's worth of gas put you on the road for a night of cruising around under the northern lights and brief road trips to neighboring towns. The open road never looked so good and we never knew that we were hooked on cheap fuel. The first oil crisis came about in 1973 and we heartily blamed the Saudis and OPEC for sticking it to us and the first small cars, seemingly made of tin, hit the market. It was a classic case of addictive behavior.
Two Harbors didn't want to be heading into this week's baseball playoffs on a bit of a losing streak but that's where the squad is at as they head into Wednesday's Section 7AA quarterfinal against No. 2-seed Esko as this edition of the News-Chronicle went to press. "We've been playing game after game and at times you need a little practice time to work on your game," said Two Harbors coach Rick Coughlin. "Our play hasn't been typical for these guys, we know we can play better, so it's been frustrating for everybody. I don't think our record is an indication of the type of team we have.
A total of 38 boys and girls from Two Harbors qualified for this Friday's Section 7A track meet to be held Friday, 10 a.m., at UMD. Two Harbors coach Tony Altiere was beaming over the success of his athletes in the subsection meet but he said what he was most impressed with was the overall team performances for both the boys and girls. The boys squad took second behind Proctor (177), scoring 105 points. The girls squad took third behind Esko (159.5) and Hinckley-Finlayson (123.5) with a total of 85 points. "Yes, I'm most excited about the team results," said Altiere.
Defending Section 7A softball champ Silver Bay fell from the playoff ranks last Thursday in quarterfinal action as Nashwauk-Keewatin ended the Mariners' run to repeat by a 7-5 score in 10-innings at Cloquet's Braun Park. It was an upset to say the least. "We went down just like that," said Silver Bay coach Mike Guzzo. "That's sports. We've had so many go our way over the last few years so you take the good with the bad.
Both boys and girls track squads took second place in last Wednesday's Polar League Conference meet held in Two Harbors.
Last week's city council discussion about revisiting the sale of the Lakeview National Golf Course in Two Harbors was welcome. My thoughts? I don't believe the issue has been clearly defined for the public, no matter what decisions have been made about a sale of several hundred acres of city-owned land and the proposed development of housing that could compliment the golf course.Yes, the newspaper has tracked the progress of the bids going back to the fist offers by Bluewater Development and Superior Shores to buy the city out of its bonding debt, a debt accrued when the course expanded from
Two Harbors improved its baseball record to 6-3 with wins over Duluth Marshall and Floodwood this past week. Two Harbors coach Rick Coughlin said the final two weeks of the regular season will be busy as the Agates try to fit in at least eight games over that span. Section 7AA playoffs get underway May 28. Coughlin worked to spread out the pitching load this past week, sending Tom Udenberg, Fordes Lodin and letting Joel Wuorio finish off Tuesday's 6-5 home win over Floodwood. Udenberg pitched three innings, giving up two runs and allowing four hits.