Sports

Mon
17
May

Wolves pound Chisholm, gear up for key games

After a rare defensive breakdown, Ely’s high school baseball team, returned to previous form last Monday at Chisholm<BR><BR>Senior Josh Weckman was in command on the mound, while the Timberwolves also had good defense and timely hitting in a 13-2 rout of the Bluestreaks.<BR><BR>Ely, 9-2, bounced back from a pair of less than stellar outings the previous weekend, when they shaded Silver Bay 11-9 and suffered a 10-0 defeat at Hermantown.<BR><BR>“After the Hermantown game, we needed a good outing and we got it,” said Ely Head Coach Frank Ivancich. “We needed to get back on the winning track and gear up for some of our big AA games, and I thought we put everything together.”<BR><BR>The Timberwolves, who cracked the state rankings last week landing at the number 10 spot in AA, faced Virginia and Duluth Marshall over the weekend in pivotal Section 7AA seeding contests.

Sun
09
May

Ironmen upset division champs in season finale

For the Vermilion Ironmen, a difficult season ended on a positive note.<BR><BR>Sophomore pitcher Joel Reed led the community college baseball team to a 10-4 victory over Northern Division champion in the May 1 season finale, firing a four-hitter and fanning 10 batters.<BR><BR>The win was one of just five this spring for the Ironmen, who finished 5-19 in division play and 5-27 overall.<BR><BR>But if there was a silver lining for VCC, it was their play over the last 10 days of the regular season.<BR><BR>In addition to the win over Itasca, Vermilion swept a doubleheader against Northland and had close losses to Fergus Falls and Mesabi, the second and third-place teams in the division.<BR><BR>“I thought we started to play better at the end,” said Vermilion Head Coach Ray Podominick.

Sun
09
May

Seventh-inning rally falls just short

A dramatic play at the plate ended a busy - and otherwise successful - five game in four day stretch for Ely’s high school softball team.<BR><BR>Candice Smrekar was thrown out at the plate on a perfect relay throw from centerfield, snuffing out an Ely rally in the seventh inning and allowing Mesabi East to preserve a 7-6 win Tuesday at Hoyt Lakes.<BR><BR>The Timberwolves, who finished second in a May 1 tournament at Hill City and blasted Nashwauk-Keewatin in five innings Monday, nearly pulled off what would have been a remarkable comeback against the Giants.<BR><BR>Trailing 7-2 in the seventh, Ely loaded the bases on hits by Jackie Lekatz, Ashley Niskala and Linda Wiegman.<BR><BR>Sophomore Kelsey Ivancich then delivered the key blow of the inning, a grand slam home run that suddenly made it a one-run game.<BR><BR>Ely wasn’t done yet.

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

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