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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.

Fri
10
Jun

Perfect game for Little Leaguer

by Tom Coombe

Those who gathered at the Ely Little League field Wednesday night saw a bit of history and the rarest of baseball rarities: a perfect game.

Bryce Fairchild set down 18 straight batters, allowing none to reach base in a 7-0 Zup’s Yankees win over the DQ Dodgers.

Fairchild’s no-hit, no-walk, no-error, six-inning gem is believed to be the first perfect game at the Little League field in decades.

Perfect games are extremely uncommon in baseball as a whole.
No Ely team has taken part in one in at least 30 years at the high school, VFW or American Legion levels, and only 23 major league pitchers have ever thrown a perfect, nine-inning game in a history that dates back 135 years and encompasses over 250,000 games.

Fri
03
Jun

VFW tourney opens summer baseball in Ely

As the high school season reaches its climax, the summer baseball season in Ely is set to begin.
With the state-ranked Timberwolves in the midst of the Section 7A playoffs, Ely’s VFW season begins with a tournament next weekend and the Junior and American Legion teams will soon follow with the start of their respective campaigns.
The VFW team is set to host the Insula Classic, an eight-team, three-day event that opens Friday, June 10, at Veterans Memorial Field.
With the summer season approaching, registration continues and culminates Monday.
That’s when the Ely Baseball Association holds its annual parent and volunteer sign-up session, slated for 6 p.m. at the ballpark.
All parents are invited to come to return registration forms and sign up for volunteer shifts in the concession stand and ticket booth.
Additional registration forms will be available at the field that evening.

Fri
27
May

Ely boys win subsection

CELEBRATING their Section 7A subsection team title were members of the Ely High School boys track team Wednesday in Hibbing. Photo by Bob Dalberg.

by Tom Coombe

Sun
22
May

Boys’ relay sets new record

by Tom Coombe
The four-by-800 relay for Ely’s high school boys track team couldn’t let its female counterparts have all of the fun.
While the Ely girls’ four-by-800 puts together a memorable season, the boys made their own mark May 12 at Chisholm, setting a new school record en route to a first-place finish.
The foursome of Teddy Pierce, Simon Stouffer, Cole Helms and Seth Prigge edged past a speedy Greenway-Nashwauk-Keewatin relay in 8:43.72, breaking a school record that had stood since 2001.
“The four-by-800 relay had a memorable evening,” said Ely Head Coach Will Helms. “Seth Prigge ran a very gutsy anchor leg, outkicking the GNK runner in the last 200 meters to pull ahead for the win. It was a great job by all four runners against a tough GNK group.”
All-in-all, the O.J. Belluzzo Meet at Chisholm was arguably Ely’s best of the year.
The Timberwolves won the team title, finishing first among seven teams.

Fri
13
May

Ely boys take first at Virginia meet

SIDE BY SIDE IN SHADES were Ely’s Simon Stouffer (left) and Teddy Pierce at the start of the 1,600 meter race May 5 at Virginia. Pierce was second and Stouffer placed fifth in the event. Photos by Joe Bianco

by Tom Coombe

Personal bests, time improvements and the overall depth of the Ely Timberwolves added up to a big win at a meet in Virginia.
The high school boys track team on the May 5 Blue Devil Invitational, racking up only two individual wins but piling up points and high finishes in nearly every event to race past Eveleth-Gilbert 189-176. Six other teams lagged behind.

Fri
06
May

Mathson’s number to be retired Tuesday

It will be a special day Tuesday at Soudan, where the late Josh Mathson will be remembered and honored prior to the high school baseball game between Northeast Range and Ely.
Northeast Range will retire Mathson’s number 7 in a ceremony that will be held just prior to the 4:30 p.m. game between the Nighthawks and the Timberwolves.
Mathson, an Embarrass native and 2004 graduate of John F. Kennedy High School in Babbitt, lost his life just over a year ago as the result of a vehicle accident in southwest Texas.
He was a star athlete in northeastern Minnesota during his youth, particularly on the baseball field, where he powered Babbitt-Embarrass-Soudan-Tower to state tournament berths in 2002 and 2003.
More than a year after he graduated, Mathson’s name can still be found in the state record books.
He remains Minnesota’s all-time home run king with 32 round-trippers hit during his high school career.

Fri
29
Apr

Wolves score runs in bunches

WEAR THAT - Ely’s Gage Merhar gets hit by a pitch. Photo by Eric Sherman.

by Tom Coombe

Fri
22
Apr

Softball team rallies, tops MIB

by Tom Coombe

Wed
20
Apr

Boys reload, aim higher

by Tom Coombe

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