Sports

Tue
14
Feb

Mattila on hat trick spree; Ely soph scores six goals in two games, in running for state honor

by Tom Coombe -

Fri
10
Feb

A milestone for McDonald: VCC coach wins 500th game; Ironmen gain share of first place

by Tom Coombe -

The Vermilion Ironmen probably played their best basketball of the year last Saturday in an 81-70 victory over Central Lakes.
It turns out that it was major milestone for their head coach as well.
The Vermilion victory was Paul McDonald’s 500th in a storied college coaching career that began on the Ely campus in 1990, and has included three trips to the national tournament, numerous state and regional playoff appearances and several conference titles along the way.
McDonald knew he was closing in on the 500 win club but wasn’t aware until an e-mail message arrived Monday morning that number 500 came two days earlier.
“I really didn’t know,” McDonald said Wednesday night after another VCC win: a 92-71 trumph at Fond du Lac. “You think back it’s been five years since the other one (400th win) and five times 20 is another 100. It just proves I’ve been around for a long time, and blessed with some good players.”

Tue
07
Feb

Eleven hockey team Ely Wolves Howler tourney in Ely Feb. 11-12

Eleven teams will compete in Ely Feb. 11-12 for the second annual Ely Wolves Howler Jamboree.
Four Mites and seven Mini Mites teams from Mesabi East, Virginia, Silver Bay and Ely will compete. Players on Mini Mites have to be age six and under while Mites players need to be eight and under.
Saturday games:
9 a.m.: Mites: Ely vs. Mesabi East; 10:30 a.m.; Mini: Ely vs. ME Red, Virginia Black vs. Silver Bay Blue; 11:45 a.m. Mites: Silver Bay White vs. Silver Bay Blue; 1:15 p.m. Mini: ME Black vs. Virginia Blue; 2:30 p.m. Mini: Virginia Black vs. SB Silver; ME Red vs. SB Blue; 3:45 p.m. Mite: Silver Bay White vs. Mesabi East; 5:15 Mini: Ely vs. Virginia Blue; SB Silver vs. ME Black; 6:30 p.m. Mite: Ely vs. Silver Bay Blue.
Sunday Games: 10 a.m. Mini: Ely vs. SB Blue; Virginia Black vs. ME Red; 11:15 a.m. Mite: Ely vs. Silver Bay White; 12:45 p.m. Mite: Mesabi East vs. Silver Bay Blue; 2:15 p.m. Mini: Ely vs. ME Black; Virginia Blue vs. Silver Bay Silver.

Fri
03
Feb

Skustad skis to victory at Arrowhead 135

Carl Skustad of Ely placed first among all skiers in the Arrowhead 135 Ultramarathon earlier this week.

by Tom Coombe -

Fri
27
Jan

Ironmen steal a victory; Vermilion swipes the ball 23 times in home rout of Fond du Lac

VCC Coach Paul McDonald rallies his troops. Photo by Tara Larsen.

by Tom Coombe

Sat
21
Jan

Twins are hit at Winter Caravan event at Grand Ely Lodge

AUTOGRAPH SESSION - The Twins’ Hector Santiago and Eduardo Escobar signed autographs and mingled with fans during the Winter Caravan event at Grand Ely Lodge. Photo by Ken Hupila of Finn Bay Photography.

Fri
20
Jan

Ely wins Two Harbors meet, battles state’s best at Giants Ridge

TOP-TEN FINISHER - Emma Terwilliger (136) of Ely put herself in elite company by placing sixth in the girls classic race at the Mesabi East Invitational, the state’s largest regular season meet.

by Tom Coombe -

Fri
13
Jan

Twins set for Tuesday visit; Winter Caravan stop includes free lunch at Grand Ely Lodge

by Tom Coombe -

Fri
06
Jan

Wolves win third-place trophy

THIRD PLACE WINNERS - Ely’s high school hockey team placed third at last week’s North Shore Holiday Classic, beating Redwood Valley 7-4 in the third-place game. Pictured are (front, l-r), Mark Killoran, Lori Huseby; (middle, l-r) Seann Prigge, Joey Pierce, Dalton Schreffler, Louie Meskill, Thomas Montana, Luke Olson, Austin Meskill, Jeremiah Kaercher, Manager Arrin Frank; (back, l-r) Matt Killoran, Trea Schreffler, Ryan Knuuti, Jon Wenzel, Kyle Lakner, Nick Mattila, Gage Merhar, Alex Scholl, Brandon Hanson

by Tom Coombe -

Sun
01
Jan

Girls second in Hoops for Hope tournament

UP FOR TWO - Brielle Kallberg (3) puts the all up for the Ely Timberwolves over several Lake of the Woods defenders. Photo by Eric Sherman

by Tom Coombe -

The Ely Timberwolves couldn’t quite hold on Wednesday night.
A 12-2 run near the end of the game cost the high school girls basketball team dearly, as Lake of the Woods rallied for a 49-43 victory in the title game of the third annual Hoops for Hope Holiday Tournament.
Alcia Draper’s three-pointer with about 3:30 to go put the Bears ahead 40-38, and the visitors never trailed again against the tiring Wolves.
Ely, which fell to 6-3 and had a three-game winning streak snapped, led for much of the game but had several

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