Sports

Sat
06
Aug

Stage set for Legion tourney

Major tournament baseball returns to Ely this week for the second time in three years, as the community gets set to host the American Legion Division II Central Plains Regional.<BR><BR>Nearly a year of preparation, thousands of dollars in renovations at Veterans Memorial Field, and countless volunteer hours culminate with this Thursday’s opening pitch - scheduled for 11 a.m. - when the Kansas champion meets the Minnesota runner-up in the opening round of the eight-team double-elimination tournament.<BR><BR>Champions from five states - Minnesota, Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin - along with the Minnesota and Wisconsin runners-up and host Ely form the tournament field. Ely meets the North Dakota champion at 8 p.m. Thursday.<BR><BR>After hosting the Minnesota Division II State Tournament in 2003, the local baseball committee decided to try an even bigger event this time around.

Fri
05
Aug

Waiting is over - tourney time is here

Host teams don’t typically fare very well in American Legion baseball state and regional tournaments.<BR><BR>But Ely Post 248 may not be your typical host team.<BR><BR>The hosts for this year’s Central Plains Division II Regional, which starts Thursday at Veterans Memorial Field, seem to have most of the ingredients needed to compete with the best small-school Legion programs in the upper Midwest.<BR><BR>Ely, 26-10, enters the tournament following an impressive season and has a dominant pitcher in Nebraska-bound lefty Tim Scott.<BR><BR>Post 248 also has good pitching depth and perhaps most important of all, plenty of big-game experience.<BR><BR>Since dropping to the Division II level in 1997, Ely has made nine straight appearances in the district finals and earned six state tournament berths with five top-four finishes.<BR><BR>Many of Ely’s current players were on the 2004 team that finished second at last year’

Sat
30
Jul

Legion takes second seed into district play

Ely’s Tim Scott has been one of the area’s most prolific pitchers the last two summers.<BR><BR>No northern Minnesota high school baseball player got more recognition this spring that Barnum’s Jake Lambert, who struck out more batters than any prep pitcher in state history.<BR><BR>The two finally met on the baseball field last Friday in Esko, and it was Scott and his Ely Legion squad who prvailed.<BR><BR>In a dandy pitching duel that included just three hits, Scott got the better of Lambert, who pitches for Esko in Legion ball.<BR><BR>The Ely lefty fired a one-hitter with 12 strikeouts as Post 248 scratched out a 3-1 victory.<BR><BR>The win was pivotal for Ely, which wrapped up the second seed for the Eighth District Division II playoffs and completed the regular season with a record of 21-8.<BR><BR>And for Scott, it was yet another in a series of impressive Legion outings.

Sat
30
Jul

Countdown to Legion tourney is on

Paul Ivancich thinks he’s promoting the best deal in town.<BR><BR>In less than two weeks, American Legion baseball champions from several states across the upper Midwest will converge in Ely for the 2005 Central Plains Division II Regional, and Ivancich co-chairs the local committee coordinating the tournament.<BR><BR>And for one more week, Ivancich, other committee members and local Legion players will be selling $10 tournament passes for the event (passes are also available at the Ely Echo, Zaverl’s Bar, Grand Ely Lodge and the Ely Dairy Queen), good for all 14 games in a tournament that runs from Aug. 11-14 at Veterans Memorial Field, and include a chance to win $1,000 cash and other prizes.<BR><BR>“It’s a great deal,” said Ivancich, who chairs the Ely committee with Bill Scott.

Fri
22
Jul

N-K looms as Legion obstacle

Entering the postseason, Ely’s American Legion baseball team knows this much is certain: the road to the state tournament goes through Nashwauk.<BR><BR>That’s where the Eighth District Division II playoffs begin next Thursday, and host Nashwauk-Keewatin has the top seed for the seven-team, double-elimination tournament, thanks to their 10-5 win over Ely Wednesday night at Veterans Memorial Field.<BR><BR>Winning pitcher John Kalmi was staked to a 9-0 lead by the top of the second, and the righthander fanned 11 Ely hitters on his way to the complete-game win.<BR><BR>N-K, which also beat Ely 2-1 earlier in the summer, looms as an imposing obstacle as Post 248 begins its quest for a seventh state tournament berth in nine years.<BR><BR>“There’s no question that Nashwauk’s the team to beat,” said Ely Head Coach Tom Coombe.

Fri
22
Jul

Ely to host VFW districts

Neither coach Jim Wittrup nor the members of Ely’s VFW baseball team would be upset if history repeats itself.<BR><BR>The last time Ely hosted the Eighth District VFW Tournament - in 1999 - Post 2717 won four straight games and claimed both the district title and a trip to the state tournament.<BR><BR>Ely, 18-12 and on a late-season surge, opens play in the 10-team, double-elimination district playdown Saturday at Veterans Memorial Field.<BR><BR>The first-round opponent as well as the game time won’t be determined until the completion of subdistrict playoff action Monday.<BR><BR>But whatever team matches up with host Ely, it will have to battle a squad that has been as hot as the weather during the month of July.<BR><BR>Heading into the Border Area playoffs, which started Friday at Virginia, Ely had won 10 of its last 11 games, including a 6-5 win over BEST last Sunday at Soudan and a doubleheader sweep of International Fal

Sat
16
Jul

VFW surging toward playoffs

Ely’s VFW baseball team is making a hard charge toward the postseason.<BR><BR>Seven wins in eight games last week pushed Ely’s record over the .500 mark and put the team in good position for a high seed in the Border Area playoffs, which start Friday at Virginia.<BR><BR>A 6-2 loss to league-leading Virginia Tuesday at Veterans Memorial Field was the only blemish in an otherwise perfect week for Post 2717, now 15-12 overall and 5-3 in league play.<BR><BR>Wednesday, Ely hammered Deer River 15-3 to cap off the busy stretch in which it scored 10 runs or more in four of seven wins.<BR><BR>It looks as if Ely will be seeded either second or third in the six-team league playoffs, behind Virginia and perhaps Eveleth.

Fri
15
Jul

Ely takes home tourney

Ely’s American Legion baseball team showed more than a little bit of resilience in winning the six-team Ely Midsummer Classic.<BR><BR>After a disheartening, potentially demoralizing loss to Chisholm in the second of four tournament games, Post 24 bounced back with impressive wins over Hibbing and Cloquet to take the home tournament for a second straight year.<BR><BR>Ely broke out of a long offensive slump with 14 hits in a 10-4 triumph over Cloquet last Sunday, and the hosts rallied past Hibbing for a 6-4 victory last Saturday night.<BR><BR>Those wins, along with a 4-2 decision over Virginia in the opening game, helped Ely overcome an 8-7 defeat against Chisholm last Saturday, in a game in which the local club led 7-3 going into the final inning.<BR><BR>Two costly errors, including one with two outs in the seventh inning, cost Ely the game.<BR><BR>But the loss didn’t seem to have any lasting impact, as Ely came up with soli

Sat
09
Jul

Little League, Junior League begin playoffs

The road to the Little League and Junior League World Series begins this week and Ely teams are entered in district competition.<BR><BR>The Ely Little League tournament team begins play in the Minnesota District Four Tournament at Grand Rapids on Friday, while the Ely Junior League squad starts district competition the same day in Marble.<BR><BR>Ely’s Little League team will face Greenway at noon while the Junior team will play Hibbing at 12:30 p.m.<BR><BR>District playoff action is the first step in a long series that continues through state and regional play and on to the World Series.

Fri
08
Jul

Legion sweeps Cook County

A seventh-inning rally sparked Ely’s American Legion baseball team out of its doldrums and on to a road sweep at Cook County Wednesday afternoon.<BR><BR>Trailing 7-5 in its last at-bat, Ely scored five times and pulled out a 10-7 first game win.<BR><BR>Ryan Potter’s seventh-inning single snapped a seven-all deadlock and was just part of his big day.<BR><BR>The Tower-Soudan sophomore ripped six hits in all, driving in four runs in the opener and going four-for-five with two RBI in a 10-4 triumph in the nightcap.<BR><BR>Potter raised his average to .393, second-best on an Ely team that raised its record to 10-5 for the summer.<BR><BR>“Ryan had some clutch hits and he really swung a hot bat for us all day,” said Ely Head Coach Tom Coombe.

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