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Fri
12
Jan

Ironmen ride solid “sophs”

by Tom Coombe
If the Vermilion Ironmen are going to make a run at division and regional championships the next several weeks, their sophomores will no doubt be leading the way.
Second-year players have accounted for nearly all of the scoring and most of the other key statistics this season and again last weekend at the Central Lakes Classic - the final warmups before the start of Northern Division play.
Sophomore Demetrice Mitchell had 28 points in a 90-79 victory over Ridgeater, while VCC’s “big three” of Mitchell and fellow sophomores Denaio Jackson and Bradlee Lewis combined for 57 points as the Ironmen fell 94-87 to Minnesota West in Saturday’s finale.
Vermilion took an 8-5 record into division action, which started Friday night against visiting Mesabi and continues today at Rainy River.

Wed
10
Jan

Wolves skate past Moose Lake

by Tom Coombe
Ely’s high school hockey team has added to its victory total twice in the last week - both times at the expense of Moose Lake Area.
On the heels of an 11-5 victory over the Rebels during the North Shore Holiday Tournament, the Wolves traveled to Moose Lake Tuesday and came away with a 6-4 win.
Nick Mattila’s second goal of the night - an empty-netter with 35 seconds left - secured a hard-fought victory for the Wolves.
Ely improved to 3-6 and was able to make full use of its young roster against the Rebels.
“We came into the game with some confidence knowing we handled them last game,” said Ely Head Coach Ben Johnson. “But we knew they weren’t going to roll over. Both goalies played well and everybody got to contribute. The third and fourth lines got to play quite a bit.”
The Wolves fell behind early in Tuesday’s rematch, but Ely senior Thomas Montana countered late in the first period with back-to-back goals.

Fri
05
Jan

A title-winning performance

by Tom Coombe
Ely’s high school girls basketball team saved its best outing of the holiday tournament for last.
After a sluggish opener, the Timberwolves clicked on all cylinders in the Dec. 28 title game of the Fourth Annual Hoops for Hope Holiday Tournament and clobbered visiting Wrenshall 57-24.
Four Wolves scored in double figures and Ely played exceptional defense, coming up with 28 steals and forcing over 30 turnovers.
Many of those turnovers came early on, as the Wolves improved to 5-3 overall, claimed first-place in the tournament and had a crisp afternoon on the court.
“In the championship game, we were able to use our pressure defense and give our offense some easier shots and get a lot of steals,” said Ely Head Coach Darren Visser.
Sophomore Erika Mattson had eight of those steals to go with a game-high 18 points. She had a pair of three-point basketbs.

Fri
05
Jan

Scaled to size donation

DONATION - Local welder and plumber Zack Barton made and donated these mid-sized hockey goals to the Ely Mite hockey team. Pictured with him are Stieg Majerus, Nico Lenci, Owen Marolt and Evan Leeson.

Fri
29
Dec

Annual alumni hockey matchup brings out former players

ELY HOCKEY ALUMNI gathered at the Ely Arena Dec. 23 for the annual alumni game. Pictured are (front, l-r) Tony Schaller, Kevin Niskala, David Urbas, Ryan Puzel, Warren Burger, Nate Dostert, Jay Olson, Eric Urbas, Louie Meskill, Joanna Bayers; (back, l-r) Alex Povhe, Ken Hupila, Matt Hupila, Joel Dostert, Jon Henning, Chris Schlosser, Harry Homer, D.J. Lindstrom, Travis Erzar, Damian Foy, Bill Foy, Alex Koschak, Teddy Pierce, Carter Manning, Cody Bialik, Louie Gerzin, Kyle Lakner, Josh Hanninen, Andy Krunkkala, Kael Richards, Preston Leustek, Storm Myers, Tim Hegman.

Tue
26
Dec

Lassi named head football coach

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Fri
22
Dec

Grizzlies show their stuff: State’s number-one ranked Class A team hands Ely its first loss; Wolves to host holiday tourney for first time since ‘09

by Tom Coombe
When is a nearly 30-point loss a moral victory?
When the opponent is the top-ranked team in the state.
So it was for the Ely Timberwolves Dec. 15 at Cook, where they gave powerful Northwoods a run for their money before fading late in an 87-59 high school boys basketball defeat.
Northwoods, last year’s Section 7A champions and state runner-up, is rated first in Class A this winter and unbeaten in five starts.
The Grizzlies, who got 36 points from senior sharpshooter Tate Olson, were averaging over 100 points per game and play impressive defense.
But the Wolves, who lost for the first time in four starts, weathered a few early storms and remained very much in the ballgame midway through the first half.
“I was happy that we competed with them for a good portion of the game but their athleticism finally got to us on both ends of the floor,” said Ely Head Coach Tom McDonald.

Wed
20
Dec

Long wait ends for Nordic Wolves

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Sat
16
Dec

McDonald fuels fast start; Senior scores 32 in back-to-back games as Wolves go to 3-0

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Fri
15
Dec

Second-half collapse sinks Ironwomen

SOPHOMORE WYNTER GEORGE has logged plenty of minutes for VCC this winter, as the Ironwomen have battled injuries en route to a 1-7 start. Photo by Eric Sherman

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