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Fri
18
Mar

MIB derails Jamnick, Tower-Soudan

For the Tower-Soudan Golden Eagles, the third time was definitely not the charm.<BR><BR>After a pair of close losses during the regular season, Tower-Soudan hoped to turn the tables o nMt.

Mon
14
Mar

Hohenstein wins state coaching award

Ely’s Todd Hohenstein has been named the state’s top assistant Nordic ski coach for the 2004-2005 season.<BR><BR>Hohenstein, active in Ely’s high school ski program for several years, took on assistant duties this season and was named Assistant Coach of the Year by the Minnesota High School Nordic Ski Coaches Association.<BR><BR>Paula Anderson, Ely’s head coach, nominated Hohenstein for the award.<BR><BR>“Todd is a natural coach due to his excellent teaching skills and ability to transfer information in a way that kids understand,” Anderson said. “He is a tremendous motivator and has been very helpful in working with the psychological and mental side of coaching for young athletes. He has shared in the teaching of technique and waxing and training and everything else that goes into running a ski team.

Fri
11
Mar

Golden Eagles’ comeback cut short

A furious second-half rally fell just short, and the Tower-Soudan Golden Eagles’ remarkable postseason run came to an end Wednesday night during the opening round of the state high school girls basketball tournament.<BR><BR>Minneota hung on to defeat the Golden Eagles 66-64 in a Class A quarterfinal thriller at Williams Arena.<BR><BR>Tower-Soudan, which swept through the Section 7A playoffs and earned the school’s first berth in the state basketball tournament, trailed by as many as 18 points against the Vikings before surging back.<BR><BR>“The kids came into the huddle (after falling behind by 18) and said they weren’t going to let this one get away,” said Tower-Soudan Head Coach Randy Johnson, whose team finished 24-2.

Sun
06
Mar

Next stop, Junior Olympics

They’ve already shown that they can ski with the best that Minnesota has to offer.<BR><BR>Now, a select group of Ely athletes have the chance to compete on a national stage.<BR><BR>Four members of Ely’s high school Nordic ski team are in California this week, taking part in the United States Junior Olympic competition.<BR><BR>Senior Jenna Klein is making her second Junior Olympic appearance, and she’ll be joined by Ely teammates and first-time qualifiers Kelly Chaudoin, Ellen Anderson and Adam Shultz on the Midwest team.<BR><BR>A fifth Ely skier, Casey Sovil, also qualified but declined the invitation to take part in the event at Truckee, Cal, at a ski venue located in the Sierra Nevada mountain range.<BR><BR>After a dynamic season that included a second-place state meet finish for the Ely girls, and top-10 individual state finishes for both Klein and Shultz, the Junior Olympics provide quite a grand finale for the Wolves,

Sat
05
Mar

VCC wins consolation trophy

It was Central Lakes that cost the Vermilion Ironmen the division championship and a top seed for the state community college basketball tournament.<BR><BR>But it was the Ironmen who had the last laugh.<BR><BR>Barely a week after an overtime defeat to the Raiders in the regular season finale, the Ironmen turned the tables on their Northern Division foe in the consolation finals at the state tournament.<BR><BR>Vermilion bounced back from an opening round loss, downed Mesabi in the consolation semifinals and pulled out a 98-88 double overtime win over the Raiders Feb. 27 at Minneapolis.<BR><BR>The Ironmen brought home the state consolation trophy and finished the season with a record of 17-12.<BR><BR>“It was nice because with both Mesabi and Central Lakes we had split with them during the year,” said Vermilion Head Coach Paul McDonald. “To win the series with both, taking two out of three was a feather in our hat.

Fri
25
Feb

The playoff March begins

The Ely Timberwolves will be underdogs - perhaps big underdogs - when they open Section 7AA high school boys basketball tournament action Thursday at Duluth.<BR><BR>Seedings were determined over the weekend and it appeared that the Wolves, 13-9 after a pair of wins last week, would be seeded either sixth or seventh among eight teams in the east half of 7AA.<BR><BR>That forces a formidable first-round matchup, as either Moose Lake-Willow River (20-6) or Duluth Marshall (18-6) loom as the probable foe at Duluth Central High School. <BR><BR>If the Wolves are seventh, they’ll face Duluth Marshall at 7:45. They’ll meet Moose Lake-Willow River at 6 p.m.

Fri
25
Feb

Girls take second at state ski meet

The only thing better would have been a state championship.<BR><BR>But the Ely Nordic Wolves will take second-best after a spectacular performance at the state high school meet Feb.

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.

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