Sports

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.

Mon
17
Jan

Wolves’ McDonald warms up

Some deadly shooting by Eric McDonald lifted Ely’s high school boys basketball team to three wins in five days.<BR><BR>McDonald tied a school record with 10 three-point shots and scored a career-high 40 points Tuesday as the Timberwolves hammered Silver Bay 81-54 at the high school gymnasium.<BR><BR>That performance was McDon–ald’s best yet in a torrid stretch in which he added 26 and 29-point evenings, and 11 more three-pointers in weekend wins over Cherry and Maranatha Academy.<BR><BR>“When you’re a shooter you’ve got to take the good with the bad,” said Tom McDonald, Eric’s father and the Wolves’ head coach. “Sometimes you have good spells and sometimes you have bad ones, and right now he’s in a good spell.”<BR><BR>The wins lifted Ely to a 7-3 mark for the season, heading into matchups with defending Section 7A champion Nashwauk-Keewatin (last Friday) and local power Mt.

Mon
17
Jan

Wolves on hot streak

by Tom Coombe<BR><BR>Ely’s high school hockey team has shored up its defense and has excelled in close games.<BR><BR>The result has been a surprising four-game win streak for the Timberwolves, including Tuesday’s 1-0 decision over Duluth Central at the Ely Arena.<BR><BR>Together with a dramatic 4-3 win at Chisholm 10 days ago, and two straight wins in the consolation round at the Mora Holiday Tournament, Ely has rebounded to a 7-8 record after a 1-6 start.<BR><BR>Defense has been the difference, according to head coach Brian Ensign.<BR><BR>“We’re very happy with the way the kids are responding to a team defense that we have,” said Ensign. “We have some guys back and that’s helped our defensive corps. And our system that we have in place. It’s not just the defense but our forwards too, a total system.

Sun
09
Jan

Jamnick, unbeaten Tower-Soudan too much for Ely girls

Playing without three starters and facing unbeaten Tower-Soudan, Ely’s high school girls basketball team had a tall order Thursday night.<BR><BR>And the tallest of the Golden Eagles erased any hopes of a Timberwolves upset.<BR><BR>Katie Jamnick, Tower-Soudan’s 6-1 center, dominated inside as the Golden Eagles pulled away in the second half for a 58-34 Arrowhead Conference victory.<BR><BR>Jamnick scored 15 points, snared 14 rebounds and dominated defensively, swatting eight shots and forcing Ely to stay outside.<BR><BR>Many of Jamnick’s rebounds and blocked shots set up fast-break baskets for the Golden Eagles, who won for the tenth time in as many games.<BR><BR>Tower-Soudan, ranked eighth in Class A, had too much firepower for the undermanned Wolves, who continued to play without injured starters Jackie Lekatz, Kelsey Ivancich and Christa Streit.<BR><BR>The Wolves, who pulled out a dramatic win over Chisholm two

Sat
01
Jan

Girls get defensive in tourney

Ely’s high school girls basketball team won one low-scoring battle and lost another during the 12th Annual Ely Holiday Tournament.<BR><BR>The Timberwolves edged Lake of the Woods 35-31 Tuesday afternoon but were stymied by Cromwell, falling 36-16 the next day.<BR><BR>Ely met Eveleth in the tournament finale, completed after the Echo’s early New Year’s holiday deadline.<BR><BR>Both of the first two contests were marked by solid defense, and even in defeat the Wolves were effective in containing Cromwell (7-1), one of the area’s top Class A teams.<BR><BR>“I think the low score is an indication that it was a good defensive game both ways,” said Ely Head Coach Judy Klun. “We had trouble scoring.

Thu
23
Dec

Hoops for the holidays

As usual, Ely’s high school basketball teams won’t have to go far to get some games during the holiday break.<BR><BR>Only a drive to the high school gymnasium is in order for members of both the Timberwolves’ boys and girls squads, who host opponents from around the area in the 12th Annual Ely Holiday Tournament.<BR><BR>The three-day, 12-game event tips off at 1 p.m.

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