Sports

Fri
19
Aug

Lakner, Mattila go 1-2 in Semi Pro Open at Ely Watercross races

BATTLING ON THE WATER were Ely racers Kael Richards and Nick Mattila last weekend.

Fri
12
Aug

Juniors win consolation crown

CONSOLATION CHAMPS - Ely’s Junior League baseball team went 3-1 at the Iron Range Baseball League Tournament last weekend at Hibbing and won the consolation title. Pictured are (front, l-r): Nils DeRemee, Will Davies, Mitch Peterson, Tyler Housey, Cameron Kienitz, Tjae Banks, Caleb Janeksala; (back, l-r) Coach Cory Lassi, Liam ross, Brandon Kerntz, Nate Netifee, Bryce Longwell, Dylan Fenske, Lane Anderson, Dalton Schreffler, Luke Olson, Coach Aaron Donais. Not pictured are Eric Omerza and Joey Pierce. Photo by Tom Coombe

by Tom Coombe

Fri
05
Aug

First in league, Juniors seek playoff title

by Tom Coombe

Fri
29
Jul

For Legion, an early end; Post 248 knocked out in districts, closing shortest season in history

The shortest season in Ely American Legion baseball history ended in a matter of hours at Veterans Memorial Field.
Two close defeats in the Eighth District Division II playoffs knocked Post 248 out of the tournament on Friday, July 22.
Esko pushed across runs in the fifth and sixth innings and escaped a jam in the seventh to prevail 8-6 in a winners’ bracket tilt.
Ely, which finished 10-9, had little time to recover as it was back on the field immeditately afterward and fell 5-2 to eventual district runner-up Proctor.
After starting the season late because of the high school baseball team’s trip to the state tournament, the Legion team jammed 19 games into a month, with postseason play a week earlier than usual because of a calendar quirk.
The net result was Ely played the fewest amount of games in decades and the season was over at the earliest date in program history.

Fri
22
Jul

VFW heads into postseason

by Tom Coombe

Fri
15
Jul

Legion playoffs set to begin in Ely

by Nick Wognum
It was barely more than a month ago when Ely’s high school baseball team celebrated a section championship game victory and a berth in the state tournament.
A quest for a second trip to state begins Wednesday, when the Eighth District Division II American Legion playoffs begin in Ely, but a repeat performance figures to be quite a challenge for the local squad.
Post 248 is merely one of several contenders in a loaded tournament field, and the opposition is clearly more formidable than it was in the high school season, when Ely played in the smallest of the state’s four enrollment divisions.
Proctor, which advanced to state out of Section 7 in Class AA, may be the favorite in the eight-team double-elimination tournament, and the field is loaded with teams who played at the Class AA level in high school, including Taconite (Greenway), Esko, Moose Lake and Two Harbors.

Fri
08
Jul

Four on Fourth race yields new winners

WINNER Deb Hultman (#246) of Ely was the women’s race winner. Photos by Eric Sherman.

by Tom Coombe

A new champion emerged at the annual Fourth of July race around the Trezona Trail.

Fri
01
Jul

Record 11 teams to take part in annual Legion tournament

Started just over a decade ago to fill a blank weekend on the Ely American Legion baseball team’s schedule, the Sir G’s Midsummer Classic has evolved and grown.
Now in its 15th season, the event has become one of the largest and most prestigious American Legion baseball tournaments in northern Minnesota.
A tournament-record 11 teams are set to participate in the event, which starts Friday morning at Veterans Memorial Field and will include 24 games, culminating in the tournament’s first-ever “true championship” game on Sunday, July 10 (3:45 p.m.).
Combining teams from outside the area with many of the region’s top Division I and Division II Legion programs, the Sir G’s Classic could prove to be a more rugged test than the upcoming district playoffs, with power-packed lineups in three divisions, who will compete both at the ballpark here in Ely and neighboring Legion field in Soudan.

Fri
24
Jun

Wolves blanked at state

THE FINAL OUT - It was a close play at first, but Adrian first baseman Mitchell Wagner reached out and caught the ball ahead of the slide of Ely’s Cole Kellogg, recording the third out in the seventh inning and allowing Adrian to escape with a 1-0 State Class A quarterfinal win June 16 at Chaska. Photos by Hailey Worth.

by Tom Coombe

Fri
17
Jun

Wolves win 7A baseball crown, advance to state; Final from Jordan in the state Class A baseball tournament consolidation round. Lewiston-Altura 5, Ely 0. Wolves finish the season 20-7.

SECTION 7A CHAMPS: Kneeling Dalton Schreffler, Nils DeRemee, Trea Schreffler. Back: Coach Cory Lassi, Matt Gerzin, Coach Frank Ivancich, Trevor Mattson, Ryan Quick, Tyler Housey, Andy Krunkkala, Patrick Huisman, Tayler Banks, Spencer Gaulke, Preston Leustek, Gage Merhar, Cole Kellogg, Brendan Hill, Dylan Kienitz , Coach Aaron Donais, Coach Tom Coombe. Photo by Hailey Worth.

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