Sports

Sat
30
Sep

Wolves’ streak snapped at 19

by Tom Coombe
For the first time since 2014, Ely has lost a regular season high school football game.
Host South Ridge weathered a third-quarter storm from the visiting Timberwolves and turned it on in the fourth, scoring 22 unanswered points in a 38-14 victory.
The loss was the first in four games this fall for the Wolves, and it ended a regular season 19-game winning streak that dated back to Oct. 15, 2014, and a 12-0 defeat, also to South Ridge.
Bedeviled by injuries and humid conditions, the Wolves wilted in the final frame under the onslaught of the Panthers.
Twice in a matter of minutes, South Ridge capitalized on Ely turnovers to put the game away.
Clinging to a 16-14 lead after three quarters, the Panthers pounced on an Ely fumble at the Wolves’ 37 and soon turned it into six points as quarterback Nick Carlson found Connor Bushbaum on a 33-yard bomb.

Mon
25
Sep

Home, sweet home for Ely -

by Tom Coombe
The road trips come to a halt for one week as Ely’s cross country teams get the chance to run in familiar territory.
It’s Homecoming Week to boot as the Timberwolves play host to several schools from across the region for Tuesday’s Ely Invitational, set for 4 p.m. at the golf course.
The only home meet on the Ely schedule could bring as many as 200 runners to town. It includes a junior high race and separate five-kilometer boys and girls varsity events, and comes on the heels of strong outings for both teams.
Earlier this week, the Ely girls were second and the boys finished fourth at the Paul Brauer Invitational, held at the Grand Rapids Sports Complex.
Depth fueled the girls’ runner-up showing among nine teams.
Ely trailed only Mesabi East, with senior Ryne Prigge the Wolves’ top individual finisher.
She took fourth in the girls event and finished the five-kilometer course in 20:58.9.

Fri
22
Sep

Pick-six foils Ironmen on road

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Fri
15
Sep

Wolves go to 2-0 in romp

TAKEDOWN - Ely’s Lane Anderson (54) and Tjae Banks team up and tackle Zach Anderson of Northeast Range during the Timberwolves’ 18th consecutive regular season high school football victory. Photo by Eric Sherman

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Fri
08
Sep

Wolves grind out a win; Lah scores game’s only TD, defense shines as Ely blanks Ogilvie

EXTRA YARDS - With fellow senior Thomas Montana (14) providing a block, Ely’s Blaise Lah stays on his feet and moves ahead for more yardage against Ogilvie.
Lah had over 100 yards rushing and the only touchdown in the state-ranked Wolves’ 6-0 victory. Photo by Nick Wognum

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Thu
31
Aug

Wolves look to rebuild

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Fri
25
Aug

Another step up for Ely in volleyball?

by Tom Coombe
The Ely Timberwolves suffered through some growing pains last fall but came on strong at the end - even winning a section playoff match.
Now they’re out to pick up where they left off when the high school volleyball season begins Tuesday night.
Ely hosts Northeast Range at 7 p.m. Tuesday, kicking off a season full of high hopes.
Four starters return and a handful of others saw plenty of court time in 2016, when the Wolves suffered several five-game defeats but still managed 10 victories, including one in the opening round of the Section 7A tournament.
This fall, the Wolves hope to take another step forward and close out close games, climb over the .500 mark and make a deeper posteason run.

Wed
23
Aug

Hall of Fame honors for Smrekar

by Tom Coombe
Bill Smrekar was the first high school hockey coach at Cambridge-Isanti.
This weekend, the Ely native will become part of the first group to be inducted into the school’s athletics hall of fame.
Smrekar is one of six people - all “Cambridge-Istanti High School Legends” - that will be inducted at a ceremony on Saturday night.
A spot in the Bluejacket Hall of Fame seems a fitting cap for Smrekar, who spent his entire teaching and coaching career at Cambridge including 22 seasons behind the bench with the school’s hockey program.
“It’s very humbling,” Smrekar said earlier this week by phone. “When you start out with something as sort of a project and passion, you don’t look for any accolades. You do it for the passion you have for the game.”

Fri
18
Aug

Little Leaguers compete in Virginia as season ends

LITTLE LEAGUERS AT VIRGINIA TOURNEY - A group of Ely LIttle League baseball players competed last weekend at a tournament in Virginia, going 2-3 in the three-day event. Pictured are: (front, l-r) Alex Merriman, Ben Leeson, Sam Favet, Caid Chittum, Deegan Richards, Ty Walker; (back) Coach Tim Leeson, Brecken Sandberg, Kadein Zupancich, Sammy Prijatel, Erron Anderson, Logan Loe, Coach Holly Prijatel, Coach Derek Johnson. Photo courtesy of Holly Prijatel

Fri
11
Aug

Ely Junior Leaguers wrap up season

JUNIORS WRAP UP SEASON - Ely’s Junior League baseball team participated in last weekend’s Iron Range Baseball playoffs at International Falls. Pictured are (front, l-r): Chase Sandberg, Jason Kerntz, Eddie Prijatel, Joey Bianco, Sammy Prijatel, Sawyer Klingsporn; (back, l-r): Coach Aaron Donais, Harry Simons, Jon Hakala, Max Dean, Iver Lepisto, Bryce Fairchild, Dylan Fenske. Not pictured: Mason Davis, Jacob Towley, Cameron Kienitz, Caleb Janeksala, Mitch Peterson, Lane Anderson

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