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Vikings drop 2 to Polar Bears, Mariners split with Wrens in high school basketball


The Floodwood Polar Bears visited Cook County Friday night and took two varsity basketball wins home with them.

The Wrenshall Wrens visited Silver Bay and left with a boys win over the Mariners. The Mariner girls, however, defeated the Wrens.

Kale Boomer led the Viking boys with 17 points as they fell 40-34 to the Polar Bears in Grand Marais. Colin Everson also hit in double figures with 12. The only other two Vikings to score were Justin Goldstein with three and Lars Scannell with two. Boomer and Everson each had two three-pointers in their totals while Goldstein had one.

The Vikings held the usually high-scoring Floodwood to a three-point margin, 24-21, at the end of the first half. The Polar Bears again outscored the Vikings by three in the second half, 16-13, to secure the win. The loss dropped the Vikes to 10-6 for the season.

Jarred Heggedahl and Riley Bernsdorf had 13 and 10 points respectively for the Polar Bears.

Floodwood stopped Cook County in the girls game, 84-54. Only the score was available from this game. The Vikings fell to 8-13 with the loss.

The Viking boys and girls travel to Wrenshall for basketball on Friday night, February 15.

The Silver Bay Mariners split a varsity double-header with the Wrenshall Wrens in Silver Bay.

Alicia Nopola nailed four three-pointers and scored 36 points to lead the Mariner girls to a 45-34 win over the Wrens.

Silver Bay held a 20-16 first half lead and they outscored Wrenshall 26-18 in the second to take the 12-point win.

Also scoring for Silver Bay was Tara Dow with six while Aubrey Thun and Brandi Nopola had two each. The win upped the Mariners record to 3-14.

Tatum Swanson scored eight for the Wrens.

In the boys game, the Wrens were able to overcome a six three-point basket, 30-point total performance by Mariner Kyle Blood to defeat Silver Bay in overtime, 53-49.

Silver Bay held a 22-17 first half lead before Wrenshall scored 27 points to Silver Bay’s 22 to deadlock the game at the buzzer. The Wrens then outscored the Mariners nine to five in overtime for the win.

In addition to Blood’s 30 points, Mark Harris had six and Eben Fischer scored five. Rounding out the Mariner scoring were Michael Fischer and Spencer Tiboni with four each.

Pat Gustafson had 19 points for the Wrens while Jared Kittle was the other Wrenshall player in double figures with 13.

The loss dropped the Mariners to 0-14.

Next up for the Mariners is a double-header with the Two Harbors Agates on Friday, February 15, in Silver Bay.