Vanderbeek to play in all-star game April 5

by Tom Coombe
Patrick Vanderbeek will no longer wear an Ely Timberwolves jersey, but his high school basketball career isn’t quite over yet.
Vanderbeek, who set three-point shooting records during a stellar varsity career in Ely, has been selected to play in the Iron Range Engineering All-Star Games, set for Friday, April 5 at Virginia.
Vanderbeek is one of 32 area seniors who will form four teams for the doubleheader, which will take place on the campus of Mesabi Community College.
Players from Grand Rapids, Greenway, Cloquet, Mt. Iron-Buhl, Crosby-Ironton, Lakeview Christian and state Class A runner-up North Woods will be on Vanderbeek’s team, which takes tot the court at 6 p.m.
They’ll match up against players from Hibbing, Proctor, Cromwell, Cook County, Deer River, Virginia, Mt. Iron-Buhl and Lakeview Christian.
This season, Vanderbeek led the Wolves in scoring with nearly 24 points per game and had a team-high 2.3 steals per contest. He also dished out 3.5 assists per night while handling point guard duties for much of the time.
Vanderbeek made his mark as a three-point shooter, sinking a school-record 455 triples in his career. That’s also the third-highest in state prep history.
The 5-7 guard also stood tall among Ely’s all-time scorers, finishing with 1,904 points, third-best on the Timberwolves’ all-time list behind Tim Scott and Jim Herberg.
Vanderbeek helped the Wolves to a 17-11 record this winter and a spot in the Section 7A quarterfinals.