Legion playoffs ready to begin; Post 248 looks to make a run in wide-open District Eight Div. II field

How tight is at the top of the Eighth District Division II American Legion Baseball standings?
Ely went into the final weekend with a chance to finish anywhere from first to sixth in a nine-team field.
That sort of parity should make for an interesting district tournament, which starts Tuesday with games at both Marble and Nashwauk.
After qualifying for the high school baseball Class A state tournament, Ely faces a much more difficult road in Legion ball with the addition of Class AA schools including Esko, Proctor and Greenway, which forms the Taconite team that is hosting this week’s double-elimination event.
But Ely (9-7) is no slouch, and went into the final weekend of regular season play still in the running for the number-one seed.
Post 248 hosts Taconite Sunday (1 p.m.) to close out the regular season, following Friday night league tilts against both Esko and Deer River.


Proud to be number one

LITTLE LEAGUE WINNERS were the Indians who beat the Cards 4-2 in the July 7 championship game behind a three run homer and the pitching of Iver Lepisto. Pictured: Front (l-r): Benny Leeson, Ty Walker. Kneeling: Jack Davies, Silas Solum, Brady Eaton, Caid Chittum, Drew Marolt, Back: Blake Walsh, Chase Anderson, Blake Schaller, Sam Leeson, Iver Lepisto. Coaches: Kevin Marolt, Mark Walker and Cory Eaton.


A sunny Four on the Fourth

by Tom Coombe
One event, two races, three winners and sunny skies produced a spectacular start to the Fourth of July in Ely.
The Janet Gensler Memorial Ely 4 on the 4th attracted 246 participants, three more than in 2016, and new winners in both the men’s and women’s divisions.
Harrison Hirsch of Vadnais Heights was the overall winner, completing the four-mile run around the Trezona Trail in 22 minutes, 27 seconds.
Hirsch outlegged Santi Ocariz of Rochester to the finish line. Ocariz was the only other contestant to crack the 23-minute mark and was second overall in 22:57.
The women’s title was shared, as high school track teammates Erin Bianco and Ryne Prigge raised their hands as they crossed the finish line in 28:53
The event doubles as a fundraiser for Ely’s self-funded high school track teams, and the Timberwolves were well represented in the annual Independence Day event.


Sir G’s Classic largest yet - Record 12 teams to take part in annual Legion tournament

Ely has carved a niche as a destination point for summer baseball tournaments.
But in the storied history of Veterans Memorial Field, no tournament has been larger -at least in number of teams - as the upcoming Sir G’s Midsummer Classic.
An even dozen teams, one larger than last year’s record field of 11, will participate in the American Legion baseball tournament that starts Friday, July 7, both in Ely and Legion Field in neighboring Soudan.
Before the event wraps up with the 3:45 p.m. title game on Sunday, July 9, 25 games will have been held during the 16th annual event.
Not bad for an event that was started in 2002 simply to fill an open weekend on Ely’s American Legion baseball calendar.
In a decade-and-a-half, the Sir G’s Classic has evolved into the largest American Legion baseball tournament in northeastern Minnesota, and one filled with power-packed teams.


Wolves upset Deer River, return to state

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Honors for Bianco, Heiman Ely senior standouts named Arrowhead Athletes of the Year

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Summer ball ready to begin, Local sign-up on Monday

One baseball season in Ely is winding down while another is set to start.
As the high school baseball playoffs (see related story) continue, the summer baseball season in Ely is moving forward on several fronts.
The Ely Baseball Association will hold its annual parent and volunteer sign-up session Monday, with team practices soon to follow and the first summer baseball tournament of the year on tap next weekend.
Ely’s VFW team will host the Taste of Ely Classic, a seven-team, three-day event that opens Friday, June 9, at Veterans Memorial Field.
With the summer season fast approaching, registration continues and culminates Monday.
That’s when summer sign-up wraps up at the EBA session, slated for 6 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Field. 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.


Mobilia hits Hole-In-One on #4 of Ely Golf Course

from roving golf reporter Lolita Schnitzius
Friday, May 19, 2017, was a day to remember by one of Ely’s golfers. “Mr.” Dick Mobilia, a born and raised Elyite, was playing golf at the Ely Golf Course with friends. He is a fairly “new” golfer, having taken it up only since retirement in 2000. Like many retirees, Dick looked for something to do after those many years of he “jumped in” to the golf routine...something to do outside and supposedly “fun” to do with friends.
On this particular day, Dick was playing golf with Jim Folz, John Perushek and Dave Streit. It had become a daily routine...depending on the weather...and the group knew how to “have fun”...or at least that’s what most golfers tell themselves! The foursome had reached Hole #4, a Par 3, and also one of the most difficult holes on the course, since the golfer has to drive off a “cliff” and aim at #4 green below, and slightly to the left of the driving area.


Ely boys win subsection

CELEBRATING their first place finish at the subsection track meet were members of the Ely boys team.

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Relay shaves vital seconds

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