Sports

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.

Sat
02
Jul

Zupancich moving on to JO regionals

The high school track season ended three weeks ago at the state meet, but three Ely athletes kept right on competing.<BR><BR>Jenn Zupancich, Steve Milkovich and Matt Hall all took part in the USA Track and Field Junior Olympics state event, held June 25-26 at the University of St. Thomas in St.

Fri
01
Jul

Locals split in 18th Ely Classic

It was an up-and-down weekend for Ely’s American Legion baseball team in the 18th annual Ely Legion Classic.<BR><BR>The local squad went 2-2 in the five-team event, beating St. Charles and Esko but falling to Litchfield and Two Harbors.<BR><BR>Phil Brodeen tossed a six-hitter as Ely topped St. Charles 5-2 in a June 24 game.<BR><BR>Moberly fanned 13 hitters en route to a complete-game four-hitter the next night, during a 10-4 triumph over Esko.<BR><BR>Litchfield roughed up Ely for six first-inning runs and went on to a 12-2 victory, and Nick Furnstahl suffered the tough-luck loss last Sunday, when Two Harbors blanked Post 248 2-0.<BR><BR>Ely 5, St. Charles 2<BR><BR>Brodeen won his third decision of the summer and kept St.

Sat
25
Jun

Pitchers fuel Legion win streak

Ely‘s American Legion baseball team got four complete-game wins - including a pair of shutouts - during a hot streak that ran their record to 6-2 on the season.<BR><BR>But the best pitching performance for Post 248 came in what was the only loss of the week, a 6-0, 11-inning decision to New London-Spicer in the opening round of the Virginia Land of the Loon Tournament.<BR><BR>Ely, which went on to take the consolation trophy at Virginia, couldn’t take advantage of a career day by pitching ace Tim Scott.<BR><BR>The senior lefty dominated for 10 innings. He gave up two infield hits, never walked a batter and didn’t allow any runners to reach base.<BR><BR>Scott was pulled after the 10th, but not before recording 17 strikeouts.<BR><BR>“Timmy has pitched some great games for us the last couple years, but I think that was his most dominant game yet,” said Ely Head Coach Tom Coombe.

Fri
24
Jun

Ely’s Moe wins Walleye Whamma contest

It was a near-perfect day and a record number of participants for the 2005 Babbitt Walleye Whamma on June 18. <BR><BR>Jon Moe of Ely took the top prize, $1,500, with a 7.22 lb. walleye. <BR><BR>“We had 111 walleyes weighed in,” said Connie Koivisto of the Peter Mitchell Fun Days Committee. “But the fish count was down 60 fish from last year’s contest.”<BR><BR>A total of 573 participants registered for the contest including 55 youth participants.<BR><BR>“We focused on getting plenty of prizes for the youth and this year the top youth prize won a pontoon boat rental by finishing 25th overall,” said Koivisto. “Brianna Aho, the daughter of Todd and Becky Aho was pretty excited at the prize party Saturday night when she figured out she was getting a big prize.” <BR><BR>Other top winners included Cathy Kingsley Larson of Gilbert, with a 2.43 lb. fish that won $1,000 for 10th place.

Sat
18
Jun

Five-team Legion Classic starts Friday in Ely

Started more than a decade ago to give Ely’s American Legion baseball team some exposure to competition from outside the area, the Ely Legion Classic has since evolved into one of the top tournaments in northern Minnesota.<BR><BR>The 18th annual event, now sponsored by the Ely Chamber of Commerce, kicks off this weekend (June 24-26) and brings top-flight talent from both northern Minnesota and beyond.<BR><BR>But while previous Legion Classics have included as many as nine teams, this year’s event is much smaller in size.<BR><BR>Longtime tournament mainstay Sartell pulled out of the 2005 tournament to play in a similar event in Omaha, Neb., while Proctor also opted out.<BR><BR>Host Ely will be joined by St. Charles, which makes it second consecutive Classic apperance, along with Litchfield, Esko and North Shore.<BR><BR>The action begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday, with host Ely starting its four-game slate at 8 p.m. against St.

Fri
17
Jun

Ely golfer in top half of state field

Kaytie Spangler had her first state tournament experience, and she hopes it wasn’t her last.<BR><BR>The Ely sophomore finished with a two-day, 36-hole score of 187, and wound up 40th in a field of 88 golfers at the Minnesota State High School League Class A girls event, held June 8-9 at Izaty’s in Onamia.<BR><BR>Spangler reached one goal - to finish in the upper half of the Class A tournament - but she returned home wanting more.<BR><BR>“I didn’t do as well as I would have liked to do,” said Spangler. “That course was hard for me.”<BR><BR>Spangler was shooting for sub-90 rounds at the state competition, but finished just a few strokes shy after consistent rounds of 94 and 93, respectively.<BR><BR>“She was hoping for a 90, but I think she had a good experience,” said Ely Head Coach Rob Simonich. “She got to see the rest of the field and where she stands.

Sat
11
Jun

Zupancich, relay advance to state

After a stellar regular season, it wasn’t a big surprise that Ely sophomore Jenn Zupancich qualified for the state high school girls track meet.<BR><BR>The Timberwolves’ speedster had dominated in the 200 meter dash, and at one point this year she had the top time of any girl in Minnesota Class A.<BR><BR>But when the state meet got underway Friday at Blaine, Zupancich wasn’t entered in the 200 dash.

Fri
10
Jun

VFW begins busy summer

Ely’s VFW baseball team will mix experience with youth this summer.<BR><BR>Thanks to a state rule change, Ely may bring back three key players for the 2005 season, which starts today at Veterans Memorial Field with a 5 p.m. twinbill against Hibbing<BR><BR>Nick Furnstahl, the pitching ace on a team that went 19-17 last summer, along with fellow starters Ernie Horvat and Jake Ojala were granted another year of VFW ball when state officials adjusted age requirements.<BR><BR>That gives Post 2717 what could be a much-needed dose of experience heading into the season. Most of the remaining players on the Ely roster are in their first season of VFW ball.<BR><BR>“We’re getting back our number one pitcher (Furnstahl) who was 9-2 with a .9 (earned run average),” said Ely Head Coach Jim Wittrup, who begins his fifth year at the helm. “And Nick was our second best hitter and he stole over 50 bases.

Sat
04
Jun

Milkovich, Krunkkala spark Timberwolves

It’s no surprise that several Ely Timberwolves qualified for the Section 7A high school boys track meet.<BR><BR>But the Wolves seemed to exceed expectations - and pulled off more than a few pleasant surprises - at the May 27 subsection competition at Hibbing.<BR><BR>Steve Milkovich, making his first appearance of the season in his signature event, showed off his old form in winning the triple jump and qualified for sections in three events.<BR><BR>Mike Krunkkala advanced in three events as well, placing second in both the 100 and 200 meter dashes and joining Milkovich as part of Ely’s first-place 800 relay squad.<BR><BR>They helped lead the Wolves to a fourth-place finish among eight teams.<BR><BR>Both Milkovich and Krunkkala went into the subsection competition looking to advance, but the meet marked the first time that Milkovich - who has been hampered throughout the school year by an ankle injury, was able to take part i

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