Sports

Mon
21
Feb

Skaters ousted by top seed

Ely’s high school hockey team made tremendous strides down the home stretch of the 2004-2005 season, rebounding from a 1-6 start and winning 10 of 17 games going into Thursday night’s playoff game in Virginia.<BR><BR>But the Timberwolves didn’t come far enough to match up with the explosive Blue Devils, who rolled to a 9-1, Section 7A quarterfinal win before about 1,200 fans at the Miners Memorial Building.<BR><BR>Matt Niskanen, who’s headed to the University of Minnesota-Duluth on a hockey scholarship, led the Blue Devils with two goals, including a laser that put the hosts on the board 31 seconds into the game.<BR><BR>Freshman standout Nico Sacchetti also scored twice for Virginia (18-5-2), which advanced into the weekend semifinals and a date with Silver Bay.<BR><BR>Ely, which handed Chisholm a 7-2 defeat in the opening round, was outshot by a better than two-to-one margin and finished 11-13.<BR><BR>Playing before a loud

Mon
21
Feb

Scott scores 2,000th point

Since he started playing basketball in elementary school, Tim Scott has stepped up to the free throw line hundreds of times.<BR><BR>But the free throw the Ely senior made late in the first half of a Feb.

Sun
13
Feb

Ironmen stay in contention

The race for the Northern Division championship includes four teams and may go down to the final game, and the Vermilion Ironmen are right in the thick of the race.<BR><BR>After an overtime loss at Northland, the community college basketball team bounced back last week with decisive wins over Hibbing and Itasca, staying within a half-game of the leaders.<BR><BR>Rainy River and Central Lakes also were in the thick of things as the race went into the final week.<BR><BR>Vermilion, 13-10 overall, met Mesabi over the weekend and travels to Brainerd Saturday to take on Central Lakes in the division finale.<BR><BR>The Ironmen have nearly wrapped up a top-four division finish and a berth in the state tournament, set for Feb.

Fri
11
Feb

Girls first, boys second at sections

They captured their second straight section championship and senior Jenna Klein swept the classical and freestyle races en route to her fourth consecutive individual section crown.<BR><BR>But the Ely Nordic Wolves have come so far that the Section 7 competition - held last Thursday at Giants Ridge - serves as little more than a tune-up for the main event.<BR><BR>That would be this Friday’s state meet, also at Giants Ridge.<BR><BR>The Ely girls set up a showdown with rival Grand Rapids for the state title with a dominant performance last week.<BR><BR>Ely had three of the top four finishers in the freestyle race, the top-two and a fifth-place showing in the classical event, and rolled to the team title with 779 points.<BR><BR>And the Ely boys team had its best showing yet in a section event, with Adam Shultz, Willy Vosburgh and Nick Peterson all qualifying for state as they led the Wolves to a second-place team standing.<B

Sun
06
Feb

Ironmen’s late rally falls short

It would have been a comeback for the record books.<BR><BR>Trailing by 30 points with nine minutes left, the Vermilion Ironmen nearly pulled off the impossible in Wednesday night’s Northern Division community college basketball game at International Falls.<BR><BR>Vermilion closed the gap to six points with a minute left and had a chance to pull even closer, but Rainy River held on in the waning seconds for a 100-93 win.<BR><BR>The Ironmen scored 40 points in the last 9:02 and had chances in the final minute to complete what would have been the greatest rally in program history.<BR><BR>“It was close to being one of the craziest finishes you’ll ever see, had it not been for a turnover on our side and a three-pointer with the shot clock winding down by one of their non-shooters,” said Vermilion Head Coach Paul McDonald.

Sun
06
Feb

Scott erupts for 49

Tim Scott is on his way to becoming one of the select few players in Minnesota to amass 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in his high school basketball career.<BR><BR>And on Jan. 28, the Ely senior set a single-game scoring mark for the local boys program, pouring in 49 points in a 92-62 victory over Mesabi Academy.<BR><BR>The 6-3 Scott, who has 1,886 points and 944 rebounds in his prep career, was a one-man scoring machine against the Bulldogs, netting 27 points in the first half, 37 through three quarters and breaking the old program record of 47 - set by Reed Petersen four years ago - with two minutes left.<BR><BR>Scott scored 40 points the next afternoon as Ely upended Lake of the Woods 56-54 in overtime, and leads all northern Minnesota players with a 28.8 points per game average this winter.<BR><BR>The Wolves, 10-5, won two out of three games during the week.

Sun
30
Jan

Jamnick, unbeaten T-S too much for Ely girls

Unbeaten Tower-Soudan completed a season sweep of Ely’s high school girls basketball team last week. <BR><BR>Katie Jamnick, the Golden Eagles’ six-foot center, scored 12 of her game-high 23 points in the second quarter and Tower-Soudan ran its record to 14-0 with a 65-39 drubbing of the host Timberwolves. T-S pounced on the Wolves in the second quarter, scoring off of turnovers, on fast-breaks and inside feeds to Jamnick.<BR><BR>A 21-7 advantage in the second helped the Golden Eagles to a 35-13 lead at the half, and all but sealed the Arrowhead Conference game. <BR><BR>Ely, which downed Silver Bay earlier in the week, fell to 7-7 on the year and headed into a pivotal stretch that includes Section 7AA games against Duluth Marshall (Saturday), Two Harbors (tonight) and Eveleth-Gilbert (Thursday). <BR><BR>The Wolves weren’t much of a match for T-S, which is ranked eighth in the state in Class A.

Sun
30
Jan

Ely skiers ranked second

As the high school Nordic skiing season hits its home stretch, the Ely Timberwolves seem primed for another run at the top. <BR><BR>The Ely girls, fresh off a strong performance at the Jan. 21 Duluth Marshall Sprints, are ranked second in Minnesota, behind only defending state champion Grand Rapids in a coaches’ association poll released last week. <BR><BR>Senior Jenna Klein is second overall in the individual girls rankings and Adam Shultz of the Ely boys team has cracked the top-10 with a seventh-place listing. <BR><BR>The poll comes just as the Wolves gear up for section competition - set for Feb. 10 at Giants Ridge near Biwabik - and possible bids in the state meet there the following week. <BR><BR>It also follows a good showing by both the Ely boys and girls at Duluth Marshall, where nearly 200 skiers from nine schools competed in a unique, sprint-style format.

Mon
24
Jan

Weather wreaks havoc with sports schedules

It’s almost taken for granted in northeastern Minnesota that high school spring sports are held hostage by the weather.<BR><BR>Coaches and athletes cross their fingers and hope for the snow to melt and fields to dry, and both postponements and make-up games and meets are accepted as a fact of life.<BR><BR>In the winter, when contests are conducted primarily in warm gymnasiums and enclosed arenas, weather-related postponements and scheduling difficulties would seem to be out of the ordinary.<BR><BR>Ely athletes, welcome to the out of the ordinary winter of 2004-2005.<BR><BR>First there was a lack of snow and later too much, then came freezing rain and icy roads and finally an Arctic-blast of cold air that created dangerous sub-zero windchill readings and led to the closing of schools around the Northland.<BR><BR>The result has been a series of weather-related athletic postponements that has forced high school athletic direct

Mon
24
Jan

Ironwomen long for victory

The Vermilion Ironwomen are hoping that persistence pays off.<BR><BR>It’s been a long winter for the community college basketball team - with no victories yet and a difficult schedule featuring top state and regional contenders.<BR><BR>Vermilion is off to an 0-3 start in Northern Division play, after a 62-33 loss to division-leading Mesabi Wednesday at Virginia.<BR><BR>But the Ironwomen are finally about to catch a break in their schedule, and coach Ray Podominick hopes that leads to his squad’s first win of the year.<BR><BR>Starting with a weekend date at Itasca (6-7), the Ironwomen began a three-game stretch against other sub-.500 division opponents. They host Hibbing (4-11) Wednesday and Central Lakes (0-12) Saturday.<BR><BR>“I think we played the three toughest teams in the division already,” said Podominick.

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