Sports

Fri
07
Apr

Junior Volleyball Champions

Ely sixth graders are champions in the Arrowhead Junior Volleyball League 12s division. The team was undefeated (12-0) all four weeks of tourneys. Pictured are Luna Klingsporn, Madeline Kallberg, Aria Ruoho, Rachel Coughlin, Courtney Eilrich, Audrey Thomas and Kate Coughlin.

Fri
31
Mar

Earning gold medals

Northern MN did well in Arkansas at the Mid-American Indoor Pickleball Championships. Earning gold medals were Charlie Sullivan and Mary Mills.

Sat
25
Mar

Gerzin blanks Florida foe

by Tom Coombe -

Fri
17
Mar

St. Louis County sheriff’s office to crack down on water skipping

An annual spring time event that brought hundreds of people to Lake Vermilion now has a dubious future.
People water skipping on snowmobiles near Trout Lake Portage on Lake Vermilion may face legal consequences after St. Louis County sent out a news release Thursday.
“The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the MN DNR are issuing a public notice to those that plan on participating in any water skipping activities that this practice will no longer be allowed and those participating will be cited.”
The release lists March 20 as the date when water skipping will no longer be allowed and violators will be cited. That could mean this weekend would be the last time skipping would be allowed.
And it’s not just Lake Vermilion, the release states, “the water skipping events held at this and any other locations will no longer be allowed and violators will be cited.”

Fri
10
Mar
Sun
05
Mar

VCC goes down in semifinal nail-biter, finishes fourth

by Tom Coombe -

A furious comeback came up just a little bit short, and the Vermilion Ironmen's state title and national tournament hopes were dashed Saturday afternoon at Coon Rapids.

The community college basketball team trimmed a 12-point gap to one with just a minute to go, but the Ironmen wouldn't score again and Akeem Smith nailed two key free throws to ice Rochester's 81-77 victory in a sloppy but entertaining state semifinal,

Vermilion lost 78-70 to Central Lakes in Sunday's third-place game and finished 18-12 overall.

The Ironmen looked good for half of the semifinal, a rematch of last year's title tilt, and grabbed a 45-39 lead by halftime in part by forcing 10 Rochester turnovers.

Momentum shifted in the second half as VCC coughed the ball up three times and a Malik Jones three-pointer gave Rochester its first lead at 52-50.

Sat
04
Mar

Ironmen advance to state semifinals

by Tom Coombe -

It wasn't pretty, but the Vermilion Ironmen slogged through the mud and emerged late Friday afternoon with a berth in the state semifinals.

A 15-2 run midway through the second half proved critical, and four Ironmen scored in double figures as they outlasted Riverland 82-72 in a community college basketball state tournament quarterfinal at Coon Rapids.

Vermilion, which will meet defending champion Rochester in a 2 p.m. semifinal Saturday, survived a foul-filled contest in which six players were disqualified - three from each side.

Freshman Bradlee Lewis knocked down a three-pointer that capped the game-deciding run and put the Ironmen up 62-52 with eight minutes left. From there, it was the survival of the fittest as the Ironmen never allowed Riverland to get closer than six points the rest of the way.

Sat
25
Feb

VCC secures playoff berth; Ironmen go on 34-2 run, fly past Mesabi in dramatic second half

by Tom Coombe -

Fri
24
Feb

Eighth graders shine in Silver Bay Tourney

TOURNEY CHAMPS - Ely’s eighth-grade team won a tournament at Silver Bay by defeating Lakeview Christian 51-12, Wrenshall 61-18 and Silver Bay 45-10. Top scorers for the day were Will Davies with 43 points and Emmett Faltesek with 31. Pictured are (front. l-r): Joey Bianco, Emmett Faltesek; (back, l-r): Coach Mike Keller, Caleb Janeksala, Will Davies, Brock LaTourell, Jason Kerntz, Riley Bishop, Eddie Prijatel, Jacob Towley, Bryce Fairchild, Max Dean. Photo by Hollee Coombe

Fri
17
Feb

Ely girls, Bianco win state Nordic ski meet titles

BIG SMILE from Erin Bianco as she heads for the finish line and the win at the State Ski Meet. Photo by Bob Dalberg

by Nick Wognum -

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