Sports

Fri
16
Dec

Small size, big impact

by Tom Coombe -

Fri
09
Dec

Goalie shines, secures Ely win

by Tom Coombe -

Mon
05
Dec

Boys boast returning talent

by Tom Coombe
With the core of a 20-win team returning, the Ely Timberwolves have high hopes for the new season.
The high school boys basketball team opens the 2016-17 campaign Saturday at Two Harbors, the first step in an effort to take the next step in Section 7A.
Ely’s season was cut short early last winter in a 42-41 playoff heartbreaker, but the Wolves return several key players from a team that went 20-7.
“We hope to be competitive with everyone on our schedule and we also hope that we are playing our best basketball in March,” said Tom McDonald, who has been head coach at Ely since 1990.
McDonald will guide an athletic Wolves team that boasts experience, quickness and an ability to rack up points in a hurry.
Junior Carter Gaulke is Ely’s top returning scorer and a potent three-point shooting threat.

Tue
29
Nov

Ely girls hope to jump in 7A

by Tom Coombe
Ely’s high school girls basketball team ended the 2015-16 season on a high note, rattling off four straight wins including a playoff overtime thriller before colliding with state powerhouse Mt. Iron-Buhl.
That gives the Timberwolves something to build from as they embark on the 2016-17 season, which starts with Monday night’s home matchup with Greenway (see schedule).
En route to an 8-15 record last winter, the Wolves fielded one of youngest lineups in program history, with eighth-graders Brielle Kallberg and Erika Mattson fueling the late-season surge.
Both return and are a year older, but Ely still figures to have one of the younger teams in the section, with Susan Cook and Morgan Moravitz the only seniors who had prominent roles last year.

Thu
24
Nov

Ely boys, girls cross country teams win academic honors

Members of the Ely girls cross country team jump for joy in this photo by Joe Bianco.

Fri
18
Nov

Swimmers take 10th in section as times come down

by Tom Coombe -

Fri
04
Nov

Early gamble, easy win

TURNING THE CORNER was Ely senior running back Josh Heiman with teammate Blaise Lah providing blocking on Northeast Range defender Brett Rosendahl in Section 7 nine-man playoff action. Photo by Eric Sherman.

by Tom Coombe -

The Northeast Range Nighthawks’ upset hopes ended early in Ely on Saturday, thanks in part to an early gamble by the host Timberwolves.

Tue
01
Nov

HS winter sports meeting on Nov. 7

With opening practices coming up soon, Ely Memorial High School has scheduled a winter sports students and parents meeting to get ready for the upcoming season.
The session is set for Monday, Nov. 7, starting at 6 p.m., in the high school gymnasium.
The meeting is open to parents and all students who plan to participate in hockey, boys basketball or girls basketball this season.
Coaches will be invited to address their players with information about first practices, and registration forms will be available to pick up and complete.
Those unable to attend are urged to get in contact with their respective coach to get early-season information.
For more details, contact athletic director Tom Coombe at 235-1025 or Tcoombe@ely.k12.mn.us.
Ely’s Nordic skiing and dance teams will have separate meetings.

Fri
28
Oct

Ely cross country teams both going to state; football team set for first home playoff game

by Tom Coombe -

Fri
21
Oct

Wolves hold off Grizzlies

by Tom Coombe -

The Ely Timberwolves overcame an early deficit, a few mistakes, several penalties and a rugged Northwoods team Wednesday night to keep its perfect record intact.
In a battle of unbeatens, Ely downed the host Grizzlies 20-12 before a huge crowd in Cook.
A stingy Ely defense held Northwoods to just 21 second-half yards while the Wolves played keep-away down the stretch, running out the final eight minutes with a sustained drive that secured the program’s 16th consecutive win and the number-one seed in the upcoming Section 7 9-man playoffs.
But it wasn’t easy.
“It was a tough football game,” said Ely Head Coach Brian Lamppa. “Our kids showed a lot of heart.”
Ely had two touchdowns called back by penalties, threw two interceptions in the end zone and coughed up the ball with a third-quarter fumble.
The Ely defense, however,...

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