Sports

Tue
26
Dec

Lassi named head football coach

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Fri
22
Dec

Grizzlies show their stuff: State’s number-one ranked Class A team hands Ely its first loss; Wolves to host holiday tourney for first time since ‘09

by Tom Coombe
When is a nearly 30-point loss a moral victory?
When the opponent is the top-ranked team in the state.
So it was for the Ely Timberwolves Dec. 15 at Cook, where they gave powerful Northwoods a run for their money before fading late in an 87-59 high school boys basketball defeat.
Northwoods, last year’s Section 7A champions and state runner-up, is rated first in Class A this winter and unbeaten in five starts.
The Grizzlies, who got 36 points from senior sharpshooter Tate Olson, were averaging over 100 points per game and play impressive defense.
But the Wolves, who lost for the first time in four starts, weathered a few early storms and remained very much in the ballgame midway through the first half.
“I was happy that we competed with them for a good portion of the game but their athleticism finally got to us on both ends of the floor,” said Ely Head Coach Tom McDonald.

Wed
20
Dec

Long wait ends for Nordic Wolves

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Sat
16
Dec

McDonald fuels fast start; Senior scores 32 in back-to-back games as Wolves go to 3-0

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Fri
15
Dec

Second-half collapse sinks Ironwomen

SOPHOMORE WYNTER GEORGE has logged plenty of minutes for VCC this winter, as the Ironwomen have battled injuries en route to a 1-7 start. Photo by Eric Sherman

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Sat
09
Dec

Ironmen’s streak snapped at five

by Tom Coombe
The Vermilion Ironmen faded in the second half on Saturday, and their season-long winning streak came ot an end.
A double-digit first half lead went by the wayside as Minnesota West rallied and downed the community college basketball team 81-77 Saturday at Worthington.
The loss was the first in six contests for the Ironmen, who opened the long trip with an 88-76, Dec. 1 victory at Ridgewater.
But against the Bluejays, it was a seesaw affair. The game featured eight ties and several lead changes.
Vermilion led 48-38 at the half, fell behind by one, then charged back to lead 73-65.
Minnesota West countered with a 16-4 run to end the game, fueled in part by DeShawn Pickford, who led all scorers with 27 points.
Minnesota West grabbed a 79-77 lead late in the contest, and VCC misfired on a three-pont attempt with 20 seconds left.
Vermilion’s first defeat came despite some impressive statistical days.

Tue
05
Dec

Bombs away for Ely boys; Three-point shooting should make for exciting season on court

by Tom Coombe -

Fri
01
Dec

Lamppa hanging it up - Ely football coach retires after guiding Wolves to four state berths

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Thu
23
Nov

Ely girls hope to jump in 7A

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Tue
21
Nov

Not your typical paddler - Ely student Jacob Dayton spends several months per year in Hawaii, competing in outrigger canoe racing’s biggest events

ON THE BEACH in Hawaii after an outrigger canoe race was Ely’s Jacob Dayton (in sunglasses). Dayton was part of a juniors team that competed in the world championships earlier this year. He is pictured with teammate Kawai Cho and coach Lorelei Nakagawa. Submitted photo

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