Silver Bay Alpine skiing

Three members of the Silver Bay-Cook County Alpine skiing team advanced to the state competition after competing at the Section 7 meet at Giants Ridge in Biwabik.

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Senior Ali Boettcher and junior Katie Smedstad, both of Silver Bay, qualified for the meet, as did senior Molly Rider of Cook County. Boettcher finished 16th overall at the meet while Smedstad was 11th and Rider came in fourth.

The girls team finished third. The top two teams advanced to state. The boys team finished 11th.

The girls Alpine team qualified for the state meet last year finishing in eighth place.

The team is coached by Jim Vick of Cook County.

State runs begin Wednesday at Giants Ridge.

Two Harbors Nordic skiing

The Two Harbors girls Nordic ski team finished fourth while the boys team was ninth at the Cook County Pursuit Invitational Friday at Pincushion in Grand Marais.

Head coach Sara Byrns said fresh snow that fell during the race made the hills more difficult to climb.

The top boys finisher was Drew Christensen, who finished 39th. Aaron Holbeck finished 50th, and Owen Cruikshank was 53rd.

Kiersten Haaversen was the top girls finisher, coming in at No. 22 while Savannah Juenemann was 28th and Sara Schield was 42nd.

The sectional meet began Thursday at Giants Ridge in Biwabik.

Christensen and Cruikshank, ninth graders on the team, skied 50 kilometers in one day at the Korkki Nordic Ski Center Jan. 30.

According to Mark Helmer of the center, their names will be engraved on a plaque in the warming house along with other 50K marathon skiers.

The two also placed in the ninth-grade 3K race as part of the Junior High Championships at Snowflake Nordic Center in Duluth Tuesday. Christensen was second and Cruikshank was third.

Many junior high skiers finished in the top 20 during the event.

Silver Bay Nordic skiing

The Silver Bay/Cook County boys Nordic ski team finished fourth while the girls were ninth at its home competition Friday.

On the boys side, Kieran Scannell of Cook County finished fifth and Hank Bemlott of Silver Bay was 30th. Shelby Ahrendt was the top finisher on the girls team, placing 12th.

The Nordic skiing sectional meet began Thursday at Giants Ridge.

Girls hockey

The Silver Bay Area girls hockey team lost at home Thursday 5-1 to Superior.

The Mariners outshot Superior 36-17 after the first period, but had dug themselves too deep a hole to get out of as they trailed 3-0.

Another Spartans goal made it 4-0 just 58 seconds into the second period. Superior made it 5-0 at 11:51 of the second.

The Mariners got on the board via a power play goal from Anna Carman with an assist from Taylor Guzzo. It was much too little and  much too late as the third period proved to be scoreless. Nikki Mealey and Cassie Swanson combined for 21 saves in the Mariners net.

The Mariners opened up its section playoffs Thursday at home against International Falls.

The Mariners tied 1-1 with International Falls at home early in the season and defeated them 4-3 up there late in the season in two evenly-played games. The semis and finals will be in Cloquet with the semis Tuesday.

Two Harbors hockey

The Two Harbors hockey team lost to Greenway 5-4 Thursday.

Greenway started out the scoring 10 minutes into the first period. Austyn Wasko of Two Harbors tied the game at 13:28 and it would remain that score until the second period.

Greenway started out with two goals in the span of five seconds early in the second period before Ben Ruberg could light the lamp for the Agates, making it 3-2 Greenway after two periods. Ruberg completed a hat track in the third with two goals but Greenway counteracted with two of their own to get the win.

Kody Waldron had 26 saves for Two Harbors.

The Agates defeated Ashland at home Saturday 5-2.

The Oredockers held a 1-0 lead after the first period. The Agates offensive prowess came through in the second with a goal coming from Wasko 10 seconds into the period. A few minutes later Alex Anderson of Two Harbors made it 2-1. The Oredockers closed out the period with a goal making it 2-2 going into the third.

It was all Two Harbors after the second intermission, with Tyler McGregor starting out the scoring three minutes into the period. Ruberg scored two minutes later and McGregor followed that up with another goal to close out Ashland.

Waldron had 20 saves for the Agates.

The Agates lost at home to Ely 5-3 Tuesday.

Ely started out the scoring in the first period with a goal coming at 6:17. About four minutes later Ruberg tied it up. McGregor scored a goal late in the period to give the Agates the lead.

Wasko started the scoring in the second period at 13:19 with the Timberwolves counteracting the goal, making it 3-2 Two Harbors going into the third. Ely scored three unanswered goals in the final period to get the win.

Waldron had 31 saves.

The Agates host Sleepy Eye Public at 7 p.m. today.

Silver Bay hockey

The boys traveled up to the Canadian border last weekend to take on the International Falls Broncos and the Lake of the Woods Bears. The Mariners came away with two losses and failed to score a goal in either game.

They lost to International Falls 8-0 Friday and 3-0 Saturday to Lake of the Woods.

Against the Broncos, the Mariners were facing a team that had lost 7-0 the night before to Hibbing.

The Broncos scored three times in each of the first two periods to make the third period played in running time. Alex Murray had 34 stops for the Mariners.

At Baudette, Murray stopped 61 shots for the second time in three games, thus tying a Mariner single-game mark for the second time. After a scoreless first period in which Murray stopped all 23 shots he faced, the Bears got two second-period goals. The Bears scored once more in the third.

On Tuesday the Mariners fell 5-2 on the road to the Eveleth-Gilbert.

The game was scoreless until 12:44 of period one when the Bears scored the only goal of the period. The Mariners tied it up just 11 seconds into the second period. Shane Billings won the faceoff to start the period, got the puck past a Golden Bear defender and then went in all alone for the score.

The Bears responded with three more goals to make it a 4-1 game after two periods.

After the Golden Bears made it 5-1 three minutes into the final period, the Mariners came back with the only power play goal of the game. Ryan DeShaw took a shot from the point and Warren Carter buried it via Cody Larson. Murray finished with 44 saves for the Mariners, giving him 200 stops in his last four games. 

The Mariners will host Greenway at 7 p.m. today.

Two Harbors boys basketball

The Two Harbors boys basketball team lost at Proctor 57-47 Thursday.

The Agates held a one-point lead coming out of the first half, but the Rails outscored Two Harbors by 11 in the second half to pull off the victory.

Jon McDannold led Two Harbors will 13 points (three 3-pointers) while Jake Iskat scored 10, and Alex Horoshak pumped in nine.

The Agates lost at Cook County Friday 36-29.

The Vikings held off the Agates by two in the first half and five in the second.

Iskat scored 10 for the Agates while McDannold had eight points (two 3-pointers).

Two Harbors lost at home Monday to Duluth Marshall 60-40. The Hilltoppers came out strong in the first half, outscoring the Agates by 13. Two Harbors lost the second half by seven.

McDannold was the top scorer for Two Harbors with 19 points (three 3-pointers). Iskat also scored seven.

The Agates lost at home Tuesday 94-27 to Esko. The Eskomos outscored the Agates by 36 and 31 in the second half.

Jesse Omtvedt led Two Harbors with six points.

The Agates host Carlton at 7:30 p.m. today.

Two Harbors girls basketball

The Two Harbors girls basketball team lost at home against Cook County Friday 50-35.

The Vikings held a four-point lead at the half and defeated the Agates by 11 in the second half.

Kalina Pavlisich scored 12 for the Agates while Katelyn Adams added eight points.

The Agates won at Wrenshall Tuesday 72-33. It was all Two Harbors in the first half as they outscored the Wrens by 33. Two Harbors widened its lead in the second half, outscoring Wrenshall by six.

Adams scored 21 while Pavlisich pumped in 17 (four 3-pointers). Steph McGregor also had nine points.

The Agates will host Virginia at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Silver Bay girls basketball

The Silver Bay girls basketball team lost at McGregor Friday, 64-23.

The Mercs opened up a big lead in the first half outscoring the Mariners by 17. It was much the same in the second half as McGregor outscored Silver Bay by 24.

Alicia Nopola scored nine points while Leigh Lampton had five.

The Mariners lost at Babbitt Tuesday 53-18. Nopola led the team with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

The Mariners will be at Esko at 4:45 p.m. today.

Silver Bay boys basketball

The Silver Bay boys basketball team lost at McGregor Friday, 61-58.

The Mercs came out strong in the first half outscoring the Mariners by eight. The second half was a different story for Silver Bay as they outpaced McGregor by five points, but it wasn't enough.

Luke Thun led Silver Bay with 20 points while Kyle Blood scored 14 and Henry Mitchell put in 10.

The Mariners won at Babbitt-Embarrass in a close one Tuesday, 46-44.

The Mariners will be at Esko at 6:30 p.m. today.