Sports

Tue
13
Mar

Ely boys advance to quarterfinals

The number two seed Ely boys basketball team advanced to the quarterfinal round of the Section 7A tournament with a 74-44 win over Mt. Iron-Buhl Wednesday night.
The seventh seeded Rangers advanced to play Ely by dismantling Northeast Range on Monday, 88-29.
The Timberwolves had beaten Mt. Iron-Buhl twice this season but McDonald knew his team couldn’t take anything for granted. He also knows tough defense is needed to advance in the tournament.
“It was 30-22 at halftime and we didn’t shoot the ball very well in the half but played pretty good defense against them,” said Ely head coach Tom McDonald.
“We came out in the second half and started shooting better and getting good looks out of our offense and started to pull away from them. I thought we clamped down on defense in that half also.”
Senior Carter Gaulke put up his first career triple double with 28 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists.

Fri
09
Mar

Youth Hockey Skills Competition and Try Hockey For Free Day held in Ely

Second annual Ely Blue Line Skills Competition. Pictured are: Back row: coaches: Joe Majerus, Tim Hegman, Tony Harding, Frank Udovich, Kevin Niskala, Ben Johnson, Bill Forsberg, Justin Zemke, Luke Macho, Nicole Carlson. Peewees: Kadein Zupancich, Ty Walker, Jackson Hegman, Tommy Homer, Jace Conaway, Sam Leeson, Chase Anderson, Brecken Sandberg, Drew Marolt, Logan Loe, Wes Sandy, Deegan Richards. Squirts: Eli Olsen, Ryland Sandy, Blake Schaller, Hunter Halbakken, Ely Hall, Jace Huntbatch, Owen Brekke, Cazmiro Carlson, Brady Eaton, Alex Merriman, Tyler Forsberg, Sylvia Shock, Jayden Zemke. Mites: Stig Majerus, Brady Forsberg, Oscar Shock, Sean Merriman, Evan Leeson, Violet Udovich, Brayden Akins, Cooper Mayranen. Front: Squirt Goalie Ben Leeson

Fri
09
Mar

Olson swimmers bridge three generations

Dick, Nick, and Brad Olson all have a history with the MN State Swim Meet. Photo by Sarah Mattson

After 56 years, an Olson returned to the MN state swimming meet. Nick Olson, grandson of Dick and Phyllis Olson of Ely, swam at the 2018 MN State Swimming and Diving meet held at the University of Minnesota on March 2-3. Nick, a junior at Alexandria Area High School, swam the 200 and 500 yard freestyle along with the 200 medley relay and 4x100 freestyle relay. Dick also swam the 200 yard freestyle in a state meeting representing Ely Memorial High School in 1960, 1961, and 1962. Nick’s dad, Brad, was also a distance swimmer for EHS in 1983-1986. The Alexandria Cardinals finished fourth as a team in the Class A field. The 200 yard medley relay took second place and the 4x100 freestyle relay finished fourth.

Thu
08
Mar

Ironmen struggle early in Florida

The Vermilion Ironmen are living up to their nickname during a season-opening trip to Florida.
Injuries and absences have depleted the roster to just 11 available players for the community college baseball team, which lost four straight games to begin a seven-game swing through the Sunshine State.
Division II school Glen Oaks (Mich.) swept Division III VCC 13-4 and 5-0 in a Wednesday doubleheader at Auburndale, Fla. One day earlier, state contender Minnesota West roughed up the Ironmen 15-1 and 5-0 in a pair of games at the same location during the RussMatt Classic, a college baseball event that attracts more than 300 teams.
Vermilion’s pitching staff took a hit during the trip when it lost Connor Knettel, a freshman from Brainerd, to a wrist injury. The righthander was expected to start at least one game and work another in relief and the injury taxed an already-stretched VCC pitching staff.

Tue
06
Mar

Annual Hot Shot Contest a big success

FUTURE WOLVES - Ely’s elementary basketball program wrapped up last weekend with an annual hot dog feed sponsored by the Ely Hoop Club. Current Wolves posed with the elementary players.

Fri
02
Mar

Playoff poise pays off; Girls rally past Deer River for first quarterfinal berth since ’08

IN THE 1000 POINT CLUB - Ely’s Shayla Zaverl scored her 1,000th point Feb. 22 at Babbitt, when the Timberwolves downed Northeast Range. The Ely senior also had a big night Wednesday, snaring 11 rebounds and dishing out seven assists as the high school girls basketball team beat Deer River 39-37 in the Section 7A playoffs.

by Tom Coombe -

Mon
26
Feb

Pee Wees make it to regionals

The Ely Blue Line hosted the Pee Wee B Districts tournament this year. The home team took third place and has advanced to the Region Tournament held in Sauk Rapids, MN on March 2-4. Back Row: Coach Andrew Saarella, Jace Conaway, Wesley Sandy, Brecken Sandberg, Kaiden Zupancich, Kole Macho, Coach Luke Macho, Sam Leeson, Logan Loe. Middle Row: Jackson Hegman, Tommy Homer, Drew Marolt, Ty Walker, Luke Rice, Chase Anderson, Deegan Richards. Front Row: Ben Cavalier.

Fri
23
Feb

Coombe named to state Legion baseball board

Ely will have soon have a seat at the table when decisions are made about one of the state’s largest baseball programs.
Tom Coombe, who has coached American Legion baseball the last two decades, has been appointed to the state board of directors for American Legion baseball.
Coombe, editor of the Ely Echo and athletic director at Ely High School, was appointed Eighth District Director earlier this month.
He will join the state board at its meetings Mar. 23 in the Twin Cities.
Coombe will join a board that serves as the rule-making body for American Legion baseball in Minnesota, which has over 350 teams at the Senior and Junior levels.
The board also oversees state and district tournaments and decides which communities in the state will host major Legion baseball events - including state tournaments.

Fri
16
Feb

Seniors shine in last home game; Zaverl, Fischer lead Ely girls past Silver Bay in home finale

by Tom Coombe -

Tue
13
Feb

Skaters notch sixth victory

by Tom Coombe
It wasn’t as dramatic as the first encounter, but the Ely Timberwolves completed a regular season sweep of Bagley with a workmanlike performance at the Ely Arena.
Senior Gage Merhar scored twice, the Timberwolves built a decisive advantage in shots on goal and hung on in the final period for a 4-2 high school victory over the Flyers.
Section rival North Shore dominated the host Wolves 10-3 in a rare afternoon matinee Tuesday, but Ely has one last chance for a victory on the home ice.
That comes this Tuesday (Feb. 13), when the Wolves host Moose Lake in a pre-playoff tuneup. The Senior Night finale starts at 6 p.m.
Ely, now 6-12, has surprised some observers by reaching a half-dozen victories this winter and has a chance for another against Moose Lake, which has already fallen twice to the Wolves this season.

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