Sports

Sun
13
Jun

Ely Legion team counts on pitching staff

The return of three top pitchers gives Ely’s American Legion baseball team three good reasons to be optimistic about the 2004 season, which starts today with a 7 p.m.

Sun
13
Jun

In the front row: For Klein, state track bid forces agonizing decision

Getting to the state high school track meet, especially when one does it on a relay with seniors who won’t be back next year, can aptly be called a once-in-a-lifetime experience.<BR><BR>A month-long trip to Germany with high school classmates fits the same description.<BR><BR>But what happens when one once-in-a-lifetime experience conflicts with another?<BR><BR>That’s the dilemma that faced Ely junior Jenna Klein last week.<BR><BR>On June 4, Klein joined teammates Raychal Zupancich, Julie Anderson and Casey Sovil on a 3,200 meter relay team that finished second at the Section 7A meet in Duluth and earned a spot in the state meet, set for June 10 at Blaine.<BR><BR>But there was one, not so small, catch.<BR><BR>On Tuesday, Klein was scheduled to depart with more than a dozen Ely classmates for Germany, in the once-every-two-years tour of Europe coordinated by German instructor Bob Braff.<BR><BR>Despite

Sun
13
Jun

Milkovich moves on in triple jump

At meet after meet this spring, Ely sophomore Steve Milkovich stood out in the crowd.<BR><BR>The Section 7A competition at Duluth was no different, as the Ely athlete recorded top-five finishes in three events and landed a berth in the state meet in the triple jump.<BR><BR>Milkovich had a leap of 41 feet, four inches, good enough for second place in the triple jump and a spot in Saturday’s State Class A competition in Blaine.<BR><BR>In third place after the preliminaries, Milkovich needed a clutch jump to advance. That’s exactly what he got.<BR><BR>“He went into the finals in third place by an inch, and this was his last jump and he just nailed it,” said Ely Head Coach Darren Visser.

Sun
13
Jun

Timbergals' relay lands state bid

Ely’s high school girls track team knew that it would take an extraordinary performance to advance one or more of its athletes to the state meet.<BR><BR>But an extraordinary performance was exactly what the Timberwolves got out of their 3,200 meter relay team, which shaved over 20 seconds off its season-best time, finished second overall at the June 4 Section 7AA meet in Duluth and qualified for state competition by time standard.<BR><BR>Seniors Julie Anderson and Raychal Zupancich, junior Jenna Klein and ninth-grader Casey Sovil formed the relay team, which led for three-fourths of the race but fell to second in the final leg, completing the course in 9:49.22.<BR><BR>“To better our time by almost 22 seconds was just phenomenal,” said Ely Head Coach Todd Hohenstein. “We thought going into the section meet that basically we had to take first to go to state.

Sun
06
Jun

COLUMN: In the Front row

Ely’s high school baseball team got no favors when the Minnesota State High School League realigned teams for the 2004 season.<BR><BR>With eight starters back, including standout pitchers Josh Weckman and Tim Scott, the Timberwolves had every reason to believe they’d contend for the Section 7A crown this spring.<BR><BR>But once the season rolled around there was just one problem: Ely was no longer in 7A.<BR><BR>Instead of being lumped in with the area’s smallest schools, and local rivals such as Nashwauk-Keewatin, Cherry and Babbitt-Embarrass-Soudan-Tower, the Wolves found themselves in the middle enrollment division in the state’s three-class system for high school baseball.<BR><BR>Ely was bumped up to Class AA, joining some of the area’s heaviest baseball hitters - Esko and Hermantown to name two - and some schools with enrollment twice as large - Proctor, Virginia and Mora to name three.<BR><BR>That made the Wolves’ ques

Sun
06
Jun

Spangler takes 22nd at section golf meet

Ely’s Katie Spangler finished in the middle of the pack at last week’s Section 7A high school girls golf meet.<BR><BR>The ninth grader, making her second straight section appearance, shot an 18-hole 109 during Tuesday’s event at Giants Ridge.<BR><BR>That was good enough for 22nd in a field of 44 golfers.<BR><BR>“She finished right in the middle, which is kind of where she should have been,” said Ely Head Coach Rob Simonich. “She would have liked to have done better, but she did well.

Sun
06
Jun

Esko ace deals Wolves out of playoffs

Esko pitcher John Geving’s fastball was clocked at an impressive 83 miles per hour when he took part in a Seattle Mariners tryout camp held May 29 at Ely’s Veterans Memorial Field.<BR><BR>Last Thursday, members of Ely’s high school baseball team got a firsthand look at an arm that impressed professional scouts.<BR><BR>The Esko ace fired a three-hitter and outdueled the Timberwolves’ Josh Weckman in a dandy Section 7AA playoff matchup at Hinckley.<BR><BR>Geving and the Eskomos won 2-1 when Esko (20-3) pushed across a run in the bottom of the seventh.<BR><BR>Alan Schmidt’s two-out single brought home Ryan Hall with the winning run and ended Ely’s season.<BR><BR>“It was a great high school baseball game between two very good pitchers,” said Ely Head Coach Frank Ivancich. “It was tough to lose, but we played our hearts out and have nothing to be ashamed of.

Sun
30
May

Milkovich, Krunkkala qualify in four events

Steve Milkovich and Mike Krunkkala earned section meet appearances in four events each and led Ely’s high school boys track team to a solid second-place showing at Wednesday’s subsection meet in Hibbing.<BR><BR>Milkovich won the 110 meter hurdles and finished second in three other events, while Krunkkala took first in the 200 dash, fourth in the long jump and was part of two winning relays as the Timberwolves piled up 140 points and finished second in a field of 11 teams.<BR><BR>But perhaps more impressive than the team standing is the slew of athletes the Wolves will send on to the Section 7A meet, set for this Friday at Duluth.<BR><BR>Ely has section qualifiers in 12 different events, and in all the Wolves have 13 athletes who will either participate in the section event or be there as an alternate, much to the pleasure of head coach Darren Visser.<BR><BR>“I thought as a team we did oustanding,” said Visser.

Sun
30
May

Anderson, Freeman, relays lead Ely girls

Strong relays have anchored Ely’s high school girls track team all season long and that strength showed at Wednesday’s subsection meet.<BR><BR>Ely won the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meter relays and placed second in the 400 relay, earning section meet appearances in all four events and going on to a third-place team finish in the 10-team event at Hibbing.<BR><BR>The Wolves also came home with two individual subsection champions - senior Julie Anderson and ninth-grader Carolyn Freeman.<BR><BR>Anderson was first in the 3,200 run, while Freeman broke away from the pack in the 300 hurdles.<BR><BR>Anderson, Freeman, the relays and several other Wolves all qualified for the Section 7A competition, which is set for Friday at Duluth.<BR><BR>“We had a really good subsection meet,” said Ely Head Coach Todd Hohenstein.

Sun
30
May

Wolves win Arrowhead, head into playoffs

With a conference championship already in tow, Ely’s high school baseball team begins its quest for postseason glory this week.<BR><BR>The Timberwolves take on Duluth Marshall Wednesday (5 p.m.) at Grand Rapids, kicking off the Section 7AA tournament.<BR><BR>Ely heads into the playoffs on the heels of the program’s first Arrowhead Conference title in three years.<BR><BR>Wednesday, the Wolves downed Cook 10-6 to wrap up the league title and a perfect 7-0 mark in conference play.<BR><BR>The following night, Ely downed area rival Nashwauk-Keewatin 9-6, ending the regular season with a three-game winning streak and a 15-4 overall record.<BR><BR>The Wolves, who also defeated International Falls last week, may be peaking at exactly the right time.<BR><BR>Senior Josh Weckman picked up his seventh win on the mound in Monday’s 3-1 decision at International Falls, while junior lefty Tim Scott had one of his best outings o

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