Sports

Sun
19
Sep

Vermilion spikers swept in home debut

The Vermilion Ironwomen lost three straight matches - but showed signs of improvement - during a busy stretch last week.<BR><BR>Rainy River spoiled the community college volleyball squad’s home debut - sweeping VCC 30-16, 30-19, 30-16 in Northern Division action.<BR><BR>That droppped the Ironwomen’s season mark to 0-4, but the loss was not without its highlights.<BR><BR>“We are making progess,” said Vermilion Head Coach Mandy Jelinek. “We’re digging the balls out of the net. We’re reacting quicker to the ball. I thought our coverage was better than in recent games and we really hustled. We just killed ourselves with mental errors.”<BR><BR>Ely freshman Gena Jerich led the way for the Ironwomen, coming up with a team-high six kills.

Mon
13
Sep

Back-to-back sweeps lift Ely girls to 3-1 record

Ely’s high school volleyball team had little trouble with two conference opponents last week.<BR><BR>The Timberwolves swept Babbitt-Embarrass and Orr in Arrowhead Conference play to run their record to 3-1 for the season.<BR><BR>The serving game was on Thursday at the high school gymnasium, as Christa Streit pounded home 10 ace serves in a 25-8, 25-14, 25-15 sweep of Orr.<BR><BR>“We had great serving for the night and our hitting was on,” said Ely Head Coach Mindy LaTourell.<BR><BR>Two nights earlier, Streit had five kills and Barb Klun contributed 24 set assists in a 25-6, 25-17, 25-21 triumph at Babbitt-Embarrass.<BR><BR>The Wolves got off to a strong start at Babbitt, dominating the first game and setting the stage for the night.<BR><BR>“We had a lot of different people contribute, so it was a nice opportunity for everybody to contribute a little bit to the match,” said LaTourell.<BR><BR>Jackie Le

Mon
13
Sep

Wolves blanked by Greenway in opener

After a difficult debut, Ely’s high school football team went back to the basics.<BR><BR>The Timberwolves worked a lot of tackling and blocking last week, after struggling in both vital areas during their 21-0, season-opening loss to Greenway Sept. 3 at Coleraine.<BR><BR>The Raiders chewed up over 350 yards on the ground, averaging almost nine yards per carry, while limiting the Wolves to 124 total yards and keeping them out of the end zone.<BR><BR>It was not the way Ely had hoped to start the season.<BR><BR>“I think disappointed would be the word for it,” Ely Head Coach Darren Visser said of the performance. “I was overall disappointed with our tackling and our blocking.

Mon
13
Sep

Making a big splash

Plenty of depth and a big day from senior Angie Mackie lifted Ely’s high school girls swimming and diving team to a convincing win over Chisholm.<BR><BR>The Timberwolves splashed past the Bluestreaks 60-39 in their first dual meet of the season.<BR><BR>Mackie had a hand in four first-place finishes, including a pair of individual wins and key spots on two victorious Ely relays.<BR><BR>Four other Wolves - Laura Schulze, Ali Schulze, Beth Wilmunen and diver Candice Smrekar - added firsts.<BR><BR>Ely also had a string of second and third-place showings, piling up the points and getting the 2004 season off to a strong start.<BR><BR>“We had a great meet,” said Ely Head Coach Nancy Smrekar. “We got our first meet jitters out of the way and had some great times.”<BR><BR>The all-senior relay of Mackie, Ali Schulze, Kelly Chaudoin and Wilmunen got the meet off to a positive start for the home team.

Sun
12
Sep

Interceptions lift VCC

Behind a surprisingly strong running game and an opportunistic defense, the Vermilion Ironmen opened the 2004 season with a 21-6 home win over Fergus Falls.<BR><BR>Sophomore back Keena Turner was the workhorse, running 34 times for 185 yards and sparking a VCC rushing attack that amassed nearly 300 yards.<BR><BR>But the Sept.

Mon
06
Sep

Column: In the front row

It didn’t matter that graduation had taken a chunk out of their section championship roster.<BR><BR>It didn’t matter that injuries kept two of their top returning runners out of the lineup.<BR><BR>It didn’t even matter that sweltering heat made conditions less than ideal.<BR><BR>Difficult obstacles?

Mon
06
Sep

Legion tourney group slates Sunday meeting

It’s still nearly a year away, but preparations for next summer’s American Legion Baseball Central Plains Division II Regional Touranment have begun.<BR><BR>The local committee organizing the event will hold its first meeting at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, in the back room at the Ely Dairy Queen.<BR><BR>Anyone who is interested in working on the committee is invited to attend.<BR><BR>The eight-team double-elimination tournament is set for Aug.

Mon
06
Sep

Ely spikers start season with a split

Ely’s high school volleyball team had an up-and-down start to the 2004 season.<BR><BR>Or perhaps more accurately, a down-and-up start.<BR><BR>The Timberwolves struggled during their opener Tuesday night at Silver Bay, getting swept by the Mariners.<BR><BR>Ely reversed course during its home debut two nights later, sweeping Nashwauk-Keewatin in three close games, 25-19, 25-22, 25-21.<BR><BR>“I was much happier with our performance against Nashwauk than against Silver Bay,” said Ely Head Coach Mindy LaTourell. “In the first match, we came out really sluggish. We passed really poorly and gave them way too many opportunities.

Mon
06
Sep

Wolves break from the pack

Ely’s high school girls cross country team picked up right where it left off a year ago.<BR><BR>Even without a full roster, the Timberwolves were the class of the field at Thursday’s season-opening meet at Babbitt.<BR><BR>Paced by top-four finishes from sophomore Casey Sovil and senior Jenna Klein, Ely finished first among five teams at the Gene Ritsche Invitational.<BR><BR>First is a familiar spot for the Wolves, who won several meets in 2003 - including the program’s first Section 7A championship.<BR><BR>The graduation of some of their top runners and the absence of two more didn’t deter the Wolves last week.<BR><BR>Ely had more than enough depth to top section rivals International Falls, Hermantown, Mesabi East and Proctor.<BR><BR>“It was a surprise to all of us,” said Ely Head Coach Jayne Dusich. “I think we did a very good job.

Mon
30
Aug

Ely out to defend cross country title

Despite some losses to graduation, Ely’s high school girls cross country team heads into the 2004 season with good reason for optimism.<BR><BR>The Timberwolves made history last fall, winning the Section 7A championship for the first time and advancing to the state meet.<BR><BR>And with four of their seven varsity runners back and the biggest turnout of athletes in the 10-year history of the program, Ely may be poised for another run at the title.<BR><BR>The first test comes Thursday, when Ely takes part in the annual season-opening meet at Babbitt.<BR><BR>Head Coach Jayne Dusich, who has run the program since its inception and was named 7A Coach of the Year in 2003, has several seasoned and talented runners to work with.<BR><BR>Among them is sophomore Casey Sovil, who qualified for state competition as an individual last year, placing 10th in the section.<BR><BR>Senior Jenna Klein (12th in the section in 2003)

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