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Sun
19
Sep

Ely runs away with second win

Ely’s high school girls cross country team faced some of the best competition in northeastern Minnesota at Thursday’s Virginia Invitational.<BR><BR>The Timberwolves were more than up to the challenge.<BR><BR>Paced by a second-place finish by Casey Sovil, Ely won the Class A division and was second overall among 19 schools.<BR><BR>It was the second straight Class A win for the Wolves, the defending Section 7A champions.<BR><BR>“That was a surprise,” Ely Head Coach Jayne Dusich said after the meet. “I was thinking we’d do well, but you never know. The times were fast and everybody did real well.”<BR><BR>Sovil, an individual state meet qualifier last fall, continued to shine for the Wolves.

Sun
19
Sep

Cook County holds off Wolves’ charge

A late rally fell just short as the Ely Timberwolves lost for the second time in as many games.<BR><BR>Cook County held off the high school football team down the stretch and won the Sept. 10 game 14-6, spoiling the high school football team’s home debut.<BR><BR>Ely’s offense sputtered for most of the contest but junior Steve Milkovich gave his team - as well as most in a crowd of about 550 fans at Ely School Stadium - a second-half jolt.<BR><BR>Milkovich’s 82-yard kickoff return put the Timberwolves on the board and ignited hopes for a comeback.<BR><BR>The Ely defense stiffened in the final quarter, but the hosts couldn’t capitalize on three separate chances to score.<BR><BR>Their best opportunity ended midway through the fourth quarter.

Sun
19
Sep

Ironmen stymied by state power

To win on the road against undefeated Rochester, the Vermilion Ironmen had to keep their mistakes to a minimum.<BR><BR>Turning the ball over twice inside the Rochester 5-yard line, giving up a sack for a safety and amassing over 100 yards in penalties probably wasn’t what Vermilion Head Coach Keith Turner had in mind.<BR><BR>The community college football team misfired on too many opportunities, and the result was a 23-6 loss to the Yellowjackets, who emerged from the Sept. 11 contest with a 3-0 record.<BR><BR>Vermilion fell to 1-1, and Turner said his club missed out on a chance to pull the upset.<BR><BR>“Overall, I think if we take those mistakes away we can play with those guys,” said Turner.<BR><BR>Rochester had just 230 yards of total offense, but the Yellowjackets were aided by Vermilion turnovers and chances created by good field position<BR><BR>“Defensively we played very well,” said Turner.

Sun
19
Sep

Vermilion spikers swept in home debut

The Vermilion Ironwomen lost three straight matches - but showed signs of improvement - during a busy stretch last week.<BR><BR>Rainy River spoiled the community college volleyball squad’s home debut - sweeping VCC 30-16, 30-19, 30-16 in Northern Division action.<BR><BR>That droppped the Ironwomen’s season mark to 0-4, but the loss was not without its highlights.<BR><BR>“We are making progess,” said Vermilion Head Coach Mandy Jelinek. “We’re digging the balls out of the net. We’re reacting quicker to the ball. I thought our coverage was better than in recent games and we really hustled. We just killed ourselves with mental errors.”<BR><BR>Ely freshman Gena Jerich led the way for the Ironwomen, coming up with a team-high six kills.

Mon
13
Sep

Back-to-back sweeps lift Ely girls to 3-1 record

Ely’s high school volleyball team had little trouble with two conference opponents last week.<BR><BR>The Timberwolves swept Babbitt-Embarrass and Orr in Arrowhead Conference play to run their record to 3-1 for the season.<BR><BR>The serving game was on Thursday at the high school gymnasium, as Christa Streit pounded home 10 ace serves in a 25-8, 25-14, 25-15 sweep of Orr.<BR><BR>“We had great serving for the night and our hitting was on,” said Ely Head Coach Mindy LaTourell.<BR><BR>Two nights earlier, Streit had five kills and Barb Klun contributed 24 set assists in a 25-6, 25-17, 25-21 triumph at Babbitt-Embarrass.<BR><BR>The Wolves got off to a strong start at Babbitt, dominating the first game and setting the stage for the night.<BR><BR>“We had a lot of different people contribute, so it was a nice opportunity for everybody to contribute a little bit to the match,” said LaTourell.<BR><BR>Jackie Le

Mon
13
Sep

Wolves blanked by Greenway in opener

After a difficult debut, Ely’s high school football team went back to the basics.<BR><BR>The Timberwolves worked a lot of tackling and blocking last week, after struggling in both vital areas during their 21-0, season-opening loss to Greenway Sept. 3 at Coleraine.<BR><BR>The Raiders chewed up over 350 yards on the ground, averaging almost nine yards per carry, while limiting the Wolves to 124 total yards and keeping them out of the end zone.<BR><BR>It was not the way Ely had hoped to start the season.<BR><BR>“I think disappointed would be the word for it,” Ely Head Coach Darren Visser said of the performance. “I was overall disappointed with our tackling and our blocking.

Mon
13
Sep

Making a big splash

Plenty of depth and a big day from senior Angie Mackie lifted Ely’s high school girls swimming and diving team to a convincing win over Chisholm.<BR><BR>The Timberwolves splashed past the Bluestreaks 60-39 in their first dual meet of the season.<BR><BR>Mackie had a hand in four first-place finishes, including a pair of individual wins and key spots on two victorious Ely relays.<BR><BR>Four other Wolves - Laura Schulze, Ali Schulze, Beth Wilmunen and diver Candice Smrekar - added firsts.<BR><BR>Ely also had a string of second and third-place showings, piling up the points and getting the 2004 season off to a strong start.<BR><BR>“We had a great meet,” said Ely Head Coach Nancy Smrekar. “We got our first meet jitters out of the way and had some great times.”<BR><BR>The all-senior relay of Mackie, Ali Schulze, Kelly Chaudoin and Wilmunen got the meet off to a positive start for the home team.

Sun
12
Sep

Interceptions lift VCC

Behind a surprisingly strong running game and an opportunistic defense, the Vermilion Ironmen opened the 2004 season with a 21-6 home win over Fergus Falls.<BR><BR>Sophomore back Keena Turner was the workhorse, running 34 times for 185 yards and sparking a VCC rushing attack that amassed nearly 300 yards.<BR><BR>But the Sept.

Mon
06
Sep

Column: In the front row

It didn’t matter that graduation had taken a chunk out of their section championship roster.<BR><BR>It didn’t matter that injuries kept two of their top returning runners out of the lineup.<BR><BR>It didn’t even matter that sweltering heat made conditions less than ideal.<BR><BR>Difficult obstacles?

Mon
06
Sep

Legion tourney group slates Sunday meeting

It’s still nearly a year away, but preparations for next summer’s American Legion Baseball Central Plains Division II Regional Touranment have begun.<BR><BR>The local committee organizing the event will hold its first meeting at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, in the back room at the Ely Dairy Queen.<BR><BR>Anyone who is interested in working on the committee is invited to attend.<BR><BR>The eight-team double-elimination tournament is set for Aug.

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