SPORTS ROUNDUP: Agates swim team sweeps Superior
The swim team continued its undefeated season with a record of 9-0 after a 103-82 win over Superior last Thursday.
The meet brought many first place wins for the Agates, including Leann Fynboh's first place finish in the 50 free, breaking her own pool record with a time of 26.24. Fynboh was also on a record-breaking relay team with Mara Boulanger, Brook Fletcher, and Jennie Dwyer, who broke a school record in the 400 free relay with a time of 4:02.20. Other first place finishers were Stephanie McGregor (100 fly), Rebecca Ronning (diving), and Boulanger (200 free).
"Our girls were really motivated," coach Heather Oberg said. "They had a lot of spirit and it showed when the Agates came out with a huge victory."
After the win Thursday, the team traveled to Mesabi East Saturday for a True Team section meet, where they took home a third-place trophy.
The Agates face Chisholm Thursday for a final home meet.
Two Harbors 103, Superior 82
200 medley relay -- Superior (Tori Johnson, Kaitlin Heinen, Kaitlin Sanders, Kelsey Hansen), 2:02.51 (pool record); 200 freestyle -- Mara Boulanger, TH, 2:12.71; 200 IM -- Heinen, S, 2:23.08 (pool record); 50 freestyle -- Leann Fynboh, TH, 26.24 (pool record); diving -- Rebecca Ronning, TH, 179.05; 100 butterfly -- Stephanie McGregor, TH, 1:07.78; 100 freestyle -- Hansen, S, 59.03; 500 freestyle -- Heinen, S, 5:29.70 (pool record); 200 freestyle relay -- Superior (Hansen, Grace Elonen, Johnson, Heinen), 1:46.98 (pool record); 100 backstroke -- Johnson, S, 1:06.87; 100 breaststroke -- Sanders, S, 1:15.10 (pool record); 400 freestyle relay -- TH (Boulanger, Brooke Fletcher, Fynboh, Jennie Dwyer), 4:02.20 (pool record).
The Mariners traveled to Cook to take on the No. 4 team in the state, the North Woods Grizzlies. When the smoke cleared, the Grizzlies had run away with a 60-28 victory.
The Mariners hung with them until the second quarter, trailing 20-12. The Grizzlies outscored Silver Bay Bay 12-0 in the second and never looked back.
Jaret Sandberg rushed for 245 yards and had four touchdowns on runs of 10, 5, 32, and 6 yards. Quarterback Andrew Anderson ran for one score, threw for another, and had 106 yards on the ground.
Holden Panetti ran for 123 yards for the Mariners and scored three touchdowns on runs of 7, 49, and 3 yards. Chad Smuk caught an eight-yard pass from quarterback Luke Thun for the other Mariner score, which tied the game at six. The Mariners trailed 52-21 after three quarters.
The Grizzlies recovered three onside kicks in the game, including two when the outcome was no longer in doubt. They only scored once using the tactic.
The Mariners recovered three Grizzly fumbles. Luke Thun, Preston Westerlund, and Baruch Fischer were the ball stealers for the Mariners. Karl Reichel intercepted a Thun pass.
The Mariners closed out the regular season Wednesday with a return engagement against Northeast Range, a team they defeated 22-0 in the opening game of the season in Babbitt. On Tuesday, the Mariners will host a Section 5 playoff game against an opponent that is yet to be determined.
Agate boys' soccer
Last Thursday the Agates lost to Chisago Lakes 8-0 in the opening round of section 7A playoff action.
"We played well at the start of the game, but after they got their third goal the wind came out of our sails," coach David Lukkonen said.
The team will lose eight seniors after this season. In the off season, it will be important for upper division players to come back. "We have been losing ground on other teams that are playing soccer year-round. We only play during the fall when we need to be playing in the spring and summer as well," Lukkonen said.
Looking forward to next year, the Agates will have a well-balanced team that is not heavy in one grade. The soccer banquet Monday begins at 6:15 p.m. at Two Harbors High School.
Agate girls' soccer
The Agate girls' soccer team wrapped up their season with a loss 1-0 loss to Esko-Carlton in its second playoff game Saturday.
"It was our best showing of the year as a team and we ended on a positive note," coach Jeff Peterson said. "Even though we didn't win we knew we could have and were just unlucky."
Before that, Two Harbors was riding high after an opening Section 7A playoff game over Princeton. The eleventh-seed Agates pulled together to beat sixth-seed Princeton 3-2.
"The key to the game was Madison Stroozas," Peterson said. "She turned the game around."