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Prep track and field

Longtime Two Harbors coach steps down

Tony Altiere, track and field coach at Two Harbors since 2001, announced his resignation from the position earlier this month.

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The 44-year-old Altiere, who guided three individuals to six state titles during his 13-year tenure with the Agates, also teaches science at Two Harbors High School. He is going back to school to pursue his master’s degree, and thus won’t have the requisite time to devote to coaching.

Hockey

Canada crushes Team USA 11-5

Canada scored less than a minute into the game, tallied twice more in a 4-minute span of the first period and netted seven more goals the rest of the way to defeat the United States Under-18 Select Team 11-5 on     Friday at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup in Piestany, Slovakia.

“Obviously, things didn’t go our way today,” said head coach Derek Plante, a Minnesota Duluth assistant coach. “Now we have to get refocused and prepare to play in the third-place game (today).”

Team USA faces Sweden at 8 a.m. today.

Canada jumped to a 1-0 lead less than a minute into the game before Thomas Novak of River Falls, Wis., knotted the score. The Canadians scored twice more in the first and then broke the game open with five goals in a 20-minute span of the second and third periods.

UMD recruit Nicholas Swaney of Lakeville, Minn., set up Karch Bachman with one of the Americans’ third-period goals.

College men's hockey

Tickets available for North Star College Cup

Ticket packages for the second annual North Star College Cup, set for Jan. 23-24 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, are now on sale through the Minnesota Duluth ticket office.

UMD will meet former Western Collegiate Hockey Association rival Bemidji State in one semifinal clash and Minnesota and Minnesota State-Mankato will meet in the other. The winners will meet Jan. 24 following the third-place game. Times have not yet been determined.

North Star College Cup ticket packages, which include all four games, are $80 each when purchased through UMD.

Baseball

Morgan leads Lakeshore to first NWL title

Hermantown native Eddy Morgan led the Lakeshore Chinooks to their first Northwoods League championship in franchise history with a 3-0 victory over the Mankato Moondogs on Friday in Game 2 of the Summer Collegiate World Series at Kapco Park in Mequon, Wis.

The Chinooks won the opener of the best-of-three series, 5-4 in 13 innings, in Mankato on Thursday night. Lakeshore also won both the first- and second-half South Division titles, compiling a league-best 50-21 overall record.

Morgan also serves as head coach of the NCAA Division III Concordia-Wisconsin baseball team in Mequon, having joined the university in the summer of 2013. In his first season, he led the Falcons to a third-place finish in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference regular season and to the championship game of the league tournament.

Prior to taking over Concordia’s program, Morgan was head coach at Wisconsin-Superior for seven seasons and an assistant at St. Scholastica before that.

Golf

Northland Invitational down to eight

Four-time Northland Invitational champion Dan Moline remains in contention for a fifth title as one of eight golfers to survive the first and second round of the championship flight Friday at Northland Country Club.

Moline, who plays out of Ridgeview Country Club, takes on Alex Kolquist of Enger Park Golf Course in today’s match-play quarterfinals. The winner faces either Richard Shannon of Edina Country Club or Dan Luther of Northland. Both quarterfinal pairings tee off at 2:20 p.m.

In the other two quarterfinals, set to tee off at 2:10 p.m., Joshua Becks of Enger squares off against Hermantown’s Taylor Sundbom, also of Enger, while Northland’s Joe Golez takes on Brian Moores of Bunker Hills Golf Course.

Sunday’s semifinals are set to begin at 8 a.m., with the championship scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

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