Sports

Sun
29
May

On to sections for Spangler, Milovich

Kaytie Spangler and Richie Milovich have earned berths in this week’s Section 7A high school golf competition.<BR><BR>The Ely linksters both advanced from Tuesday’s subsection meet at the Quarry at Giants Ridge, and they’ll be right back at the same course this Tuesday to compete with the best in 7A, with berths in the upcoming state meet at stake.<BR><BR>Spangler, who dominated East Range Conference competition throughout the spring, fired an 18-hole 91 to take fourth place overall.<BR><BR>Milovich, meanwhile, was the only member of Ely’s boys team to advance. He finished with an 84 and was one of several survivors from a seven-way playoff.<BR><BR>In the subsection girls competition, Ely placed seventh overall but Spangler was right near the top.

Sun
29
May

Kathleen Olson rolls a record-breaker 717 High Series

A new Highest Woman’s Series Bowling Pin Trophy will soon be added to the lineup of pins on the wall at the Ely Bowling Center that hasn’t changed since 1981 when Frances Church rolled a 685. That score hadn’t been beat til Kathleen Olson of Ely rolled a 693 and then beat herself with a 717 on the last day of the Wednesday Morning League on April 20. The games were 235, 246 and 236. Kathleen has been bowling for about 25 years mainly in Ely and recently in Babbitt also. Kathleen’s husband Bob Olson is also a bowler and he is who originally got Kathleen into the sport. She threw a straight ball for many years and then Bob encouraged her to get a fingertip throwing ball which gives a little more curve to the ball and a little more pin action when it hits the pins. She has been working with that type of ball for 10 years. Now she has found another type of ball, chosen by Kerry Perushek, owner of the bowling Alley.

Sat
21
May

Richards cracks top-10 at the Ridge

Ely’s high school boys golf team tuned up for subsection competition and Jordan Richards earned all-tournament honors last week.<BR><BR>Richards, a junior, made the all-tournament team at Wednesday’s East Range Conference championship, held at the Quarry at Giants Ridge.<BR><BR>With an 18-hole 82, Richards took seventh overall, 10 strokes behind winner Tyler Hill of Virginia.<BR><BR>Teammates Gunnar Johnson (87) and Richie Milovich (89) also broke 90, sparking the Wolves to a third-place finish in the six-team meet.<BR><BR>Charlie Kellerman shot a 96 for the Wolves, while Kyle Kratt (100), Nate Huisman (110), George Burger (118) and Warren Burger (127) were next.<BR><BR>Virginia ran away with the team title with a 315.

Sat
21
May

Two gems for Ely’s Scott

It’s too bad that Tim Scott can’t pitch every game for Ely’s high school baseball team.<BR><BR>When Scott is on the mound, the Wolves are hard to beat, as evident by his no-hitter against Mesabi East Tuesday at Veterans Memorial Field and a one-hitter at Duluth Marshall three days earlier.<BR><BR>But when the senior lefty isn’t pitching it’s a different story. The Wolves lost their other three games last week, falling to 4-9 for the season.<BR><BR>Scott faced just one batter over the minimum while tossing a 10-0, five-inning no-hitter against Mesabi East, and he fanned 15 Duluth Marshall batters during the Wolves’ 9-1 victory at Wade Stadium.<BR><BR>But Section 7A favorite Mt.

Sat
14
May

Wolves run into hot competition

Ely’s slumping high school baseball team couldn’t catch a break in its schedule last week.<BR><BR>The Timberwolves met two of the area’s better teams just as they were looking to snap a losing streak, and both Silver Bay and undefeated Hermantown extended the Wolves’ woes.<BR><BR>The Mariners rallied from a 7-2 deficit and prevailed 12-7 in a May 6 game at Veterans Memorial Field. The next afternoon, Hermantown took advantage of 10 Ely errors on the way to a 12-3 victory.<BR><BR>“We’re struggling,” said Ely Head Coach Frank Ivancich. “We can’t throw the ball around like we have. We have to cut down on the errors. With the competition we’re playing, we can’t afford to have eight errors a game and win.”<BR><BR>Everything seemed to be going Ely’s way early on against Silver Bay.<BR><BR>After falling behind 2-0, the Wolves (2-6) warmed up their bats and scored seven straight runs.

Sat
14
May

Zupancich sets records

Ely sophomore Jen Zupancich had a big week.<BR><BR>In a matter of six days, Zupancich shattered school and track records, picked up six first-place finishes, and vaulted to the top of the state rankings in her signature event - the 200 meter dash.<BR><BR>It was in the 200 that Zupancich set a new Ely standard, during the May 5 Kerzie Invitational at Virginia.<BR><BR>Zupancich shattered the mark set by former Timberwolf Kizzy Lovald and blew away the competition in 26.1 seconds, establishing a new Virginia track record in the process.<BR><BR>And in ratings compiled by the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Zupancich is first among all Class A girls in the 200.<BR><BR>Zupancich leads the way as the Wolves gear up for subsection competition, set for next week at Hibbing.<BR><BR>Kerzie Invitational<BR><BR>In addition to her win in the 200, Zupancich won the high jump with a leap of four feet, 10 inches, and was p

Mon
09
May

Brodeen blanks Ely in baseball duel

Finesse prevailed over power as BEST downed Ely 1-0 in an old-fashioned high school baseball pitchers’ duel Tuesday afternoon at Soudan.<BR><BR>The Beavers’ Phil Brodeen and Ely’s Tim Scott both tossed two-hitters, but that’s where the similarities ended between the two pitchers.<BR><BR>Brodeen kept Ely off-balance with his curve ball, striking out 11 and getting the Timberwolves to flail at many pitches out of the strike zone.<BR><BR>Scott, meanwhile, blew his 80 miles per hour fastball by the Beavers for much of the day, fanning 10.<BR><BR>The game’s only run came in the third inning, when Brodeen supported his own cause with a two-out single to left, driving home teammate Jake Curtiss.<BR><BR>Brodeen escaped jams in the first, third and sixth innings, stranding runners at third in all three frames.<BR><BR>The senior junkballer also got stronger as the game moved along, retiring 14 of the last 15 batters he fa

Mon
02
May

Ironwomen break into win column

Finally.<BR><BR>After winless seasons in both volleyball and basketball and a 12-game losing skid in softball, a Vermilion Community College women’s athletic team tasted victory last week.<BR><BR>The Ironwomen won three of four games, sweeping Hibbing Monday afternoon and splitting a twinbill with Mesabi two days later.<BR><BR>The Ironwomen got two hits each from Elyites Andrea Whiting and Jill Manning and downed Hibbing 6-4 in the first game of the Northern Division doubleheader.<BR><BR>Krystle Smrekar got the pitching win and had two hits in a 5-3 second-game victory.<BR><BR>First-year head coach Mandy Jelinek attributed VCC’s turnaround to good hitting, smart base running and the elimination of mental mistakes on defense.<BR><BR>“There were numerous situations where Hibbing had runners on second and third with zero or one out and we held them from scoring,” said Jelinek.

Sun
01
May

Wolves drop close ones

Ely’s high school baseball team was on the short end of a pair of close games last week.<BR><BR>Section 7AA rivals Greenway and Two Harbors both scored narrow victories over the Timberwolves, with Greenway edging Ely 2-1 in an April 22 game at Marble, and the Agates spoiling the locals’ home debut with a 7-5 decision on Monday.<BR><BR>Ely fell to 2-2 on the season.<BR><BR>Defense was the difference as the Wolves and Agates squared off on a cold and blustery day at Veterans Memorial Field. Two Harbors took advantage of several Ely errors and came up with four unearned runs against losing pitcher Nick Furnstahl.<BR><BR>“Those are two even teams,” said Ely Head Coach Frank Ivancich. “They had three errors and we had six and that was the difference.”<BR><BR>A four-run first inning gave the Wolves a 4-1 lead.

Mon
25
Apr

Girls fifth at Hibbing meet

Ely’s high school girls track team was in the middle of the pack at Tuesday’s meet in Hibbing.<BR><BR>The Timberwolves were fifth in the nine-team event, with Ali Schulze and Jen Zupancich leading the way.<BR><BR>Schulze, a senior, placed second in the 400 meter dash with a time of 1:03.30, while sophomore Zupancich took second in the 200 meter dash (26.80 seconds) and third in the high jump (four feet, eight inches).<BR><BR>And the Wolves may have had an individual win in the 300 hurdles had it not been for a late fall by sophomore Carolyn Freeman.<BR><BR>“She was ahead for the entire race,“ said Ely Head Coach Todd Hohenstein. “She was pushing to go for one of her best times and she just caught a toe on one of the last hurdles and ended up going down.

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