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Sun
09
May

Wolves stay hot, slide past BEST

Take two premier pitchers with quality defense behind them.<BR><BR>Add some timely hitting.<BR><BR>Throw in some heads-up baserunning for a little spice.<BR><BR>For the Ely Timberwolves, that’s been the recipe for success thus far in the high school baseball season.<BR><BR>Ely ran its record to 7-1 last week with a pair of impressive victories.<BR><BR>Lefty Tim Scott tossed a six-hitter with nine strikeouts Monday as the Wolves blanked visiting Greenway 3-0.<BR><BR>And in the only regular season showdown between two of northern Minnesota’s top small-school squads, Josh Weckman shut down the high-powered offense of Babbitt-Embarrass-Soudan-Tower and pitched Ely to a 6-4 win before 250 fans at Veterans Memorial Field.<BR><BR>Scott and Weckman have given the Wolves a one-two pitching combination that few area teams can match, and they’ve been aided by an experienced supporting cast.<BR><BR>T

Sun
09
May

Wolves stay hot, slide past BEST Wolves stay hot, slide past BEST Weckman, Scott shine on the mound as Ely extends winning streak

Take two premier pitchers with quality defense behind them.<BR><BR>Add some timely hitting.<BR><BR>Throw in some heads-up baserunning for a little spice.<BR><BR>For the Ely Timberwolves, that’s been the recipe for success thus far in the high school baseball season.<BR><BR>Ely ran its record to 7-1 last week with a pair of impressive victories.<BR><BR>Lefty Tim Scott tossed a six-hitter with nine strikeouts Monday as the Wolves blanked visiting Greenway 3-0.<BR><BR>And in the only regular season showdown between two of northern Minnesota’s top small-school squads, Josh Weckman shut down the high-powered offense of Babbitt-Embarrass-Soudan-Tower and pitched Ely to a 6-4 win before 250 fans at Veterans Memorial Field.<BR><BR>Scott and Weckman have given the Wolves a one-two pitching combination that few area teams can match, and they’ve been aided by an experienced supporting cast.<BR><BR>T

Mon
03
May

VCC softball team splits with Hibbing

The Vermilion Ironwomen won one slugfest and lost another Tuesday at Hibbing.<BR><BR>Six Vermilion players rapped out two hits each as the community college softball team beat the Cardinals 8-6 in the first game of the Northern Division twinbill.<BR><BR>And despite a four-for-four performance by Heather Santi and three hits by Ely native Andrea Whiting in the nightcap, the Ironwomen were unable to keep up with Hibbing’s bats and fell 22-14.<BR><BR>Vermilion, which wraps up regular season play this week, is 5-13 for the season.<BR><BR>Both games had twists and turns, with the Ironwomen prevailing at the end of the first game and Hibbing countering in the second.<BR><BR>VCC took a 6-1 lead with a six-run second inning, but the Cardinals tied it at six by the end of the fifth.<BR><BR>That set the stage for the Ironwomen in the sixth, when Whiting singled home fellow Elyite Cara Bigelow for the go-ahead run.

Mon
03
May

Ely, BEST set for showdown

The last time they met, high school baseball rivals Ely and Babbitt-Embarrass-Soudan-Tower combined for 37 runs, 29 hits and three hours of playoff drama.<BR><BR>The Timberwolves and the Beavers are in different playoff divisions this spring and with ace pitchers Josh Weckman and Josh Mathson set to meet on the mound, it's doubtful there will be as much offense in Tuesday night's (7 p.m.) game at Veterans Memorial Field.<BR><BR>But both teams are likely to bring a full supply of intensity to the Arrowhead Conference game, the only scheduled meeting between the two teams this year.<BR><BR>Both the Wolves and the two-time defending Section 7A champion Beavers head into the game on the heels of strong starts.<BR><BR>Ely is 5-1, including a pair of wins last week fueled by dominating pitching efforts by Weckman and Tim Scott.<BR><BR>BEST has won five straight and six of seven this spring with Mathson, who has more hom

Mon
03
May

BEST’s Mathson sets state home run mark

Josh Mathson swung his way into the Minnesota baseball record book last week.<BR><BR>The senior at Babbitt-Embarrass has more home runs than any high school baseball player in state history.

Mon
26
Apr

Wolves step up against stiff competition

A move up to Class AA will force Ely’s high school baseball team to play tougher competition in postseason play.<BR><BR>The Timberwolves beefed up their regular season schedule to coincide with the move, and they experienced the rigors of Class AA ball last week.<BR><BR>Ely won two of three games against AA foes, losing to Hinckley and beating East Central in an April 17 road doubleheader, and outlasting Proctor in nine innings Tuesday at Veterans Memorial Field.<BR><BR>The East Central game was a laugher with Ely rolling to a 19-4 win, but the other two contests were hard-fought affairs.<BR><BR>Hinckley scored three times in the bottom of the sixth to secure a 6-3 victory, while the Wolves needed a Cory Lassi single in the bottom of the ninth to prevail 4-3.<BR><BR>Ely ran its record to 3-1 on the year and is quickly becoming a battle-tested club.<BR><BR>“We’re seeing what Class AA baseball is all about,” said

Mon
26
Apr

Spangler wins, Richards second at first meets

Top performances by Katie Spangler and Jordan Richards marked the start of Ely’s high school golf season last week.<BR><BR>Both the boys and girls teams opened East Range Conference play at Eveleth, and Spangler earned medalist honors at Wednesday’s girls competition.<BR><BR>Spangler, a ninth-grader, carded a nine-hole 47, tying Virginia’s Shanelle Pfutzenreuter atop the field.<BR><BR>Also participating for the Ely girls were Jaymie Stocks (72) and April Levar (76).<BR><BR>On the boys’ side, Richards helped Ely to a third-place team standing by finishing in a three-way tie for second place.<BR><BR>A section qualifier a year ago, the sophomore shot a 40, just one stroke behind medalist Jake Chamberlin (39) of Babbitt-Embarrass-Soudan-Tower.<BR><BR>Ely sophomore Richie Milovich also cracked the top-10, placing sixth with a 42.<BR><BR>Kyle Kratt (49) and Steven Markwardt (50) formed the rest of Ely’s te

Mon
26
Apr

Hot start for Ely’s softball team

Other than a little bump in the road Tuesday afternoon, the start of the high school season couldn’t be much better for the Ely Timberwolves.<BR><BR>Thursday, Ely won for the third time in four games, dominating Babbitt-Embarrass-Soudan-Tower and cruising to an 8-2 win behind the pitching of Jackie Lekatz.<BR><BR>The junior fired a two-hitter, struck out 11 and showed much better control than in Tuesday’s 16-3 loss to Mt. Iron-Buhl, when she and reliever Kelsey Ivancich combined to issue 11 free passes.<BR><BR>The wins have head coach Steve Smrekar optimistic about the 2004 campaign.<BR><BR>“Things are going good,” said Smrekar.

Mon
19
Apr

Ironmen land first victory

Two standout pitching performances got the Vermilion Ironmen in the win column last week<BR><BR>After 10 straight losses, Vermilion relied on the efforts of Brandon Stahl to end the skid as the Ironmen beat Hibbing 5-1 in the first game of Tuesday’s Northern Division twinbill.<BR><BR>The following day, lefty Eric Niebuhr was on the hill and scattered eight hits in a 5-4 VCC victory over Northland.<BR><BR>The Ironmen were swept by Mesabi Thursday and wound up splitting both the Hibbing and Northland double-dips to fall to 2-14 for the spring.<BR><BR>But the Ironmen, who are trying to cram 22 games into a three-week window, found a few rays of hope as the sun peaked past the clouds and on to local baseball fields.<BR><BR>Stahl was dominant against Hibbing, retiring the first 11 batters and taking a shutout into the seventh, when the Cardinals scratched out an unearned run.

Sun
18
Apr

Scott, Wolves start with win

Junior lefthander Tim Scott kept Eveleth-Gilbert in check Tuesday afternoon with a solid opening effort on the mound.<BR><BR>And at the plate, Scott did some damage as well, stroking a three-run triple in a five-run third inning as the Timberwolves hammered the Golden Bears 9-1 in Arrowhead Conference action.<BR><BR>Scott, Ely’s most dominating pitcher a year ago, picked up where he left off. He fanned four batters in four innings of work and gave up just three hits.<BR><BR>Senior Josh Weckman, the other half of one of the best one-two pitching combinations in Section 7AA, worked the last three frames and held the opponents scoreless to finish an impressive opener for the Wolves.<BR><BR>“It was a good way to come out of the blocks,” said Ely Head Coach Frank Ivancich. “I kind of had the feeling our bats would struggle.

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