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Kallberg, Perry compete in IRE All-Star game

by Tom Coombe

Two Ely high school girls basketball players participated, and even guarded each other, in a regional all-star game held last weekend.

Ely seniors Madeline Kallberg and Madeline Perry were on opposing sides in the Iron Range Engineering All-Star event, held Sunday at Mesabi Community College’s William Wirtanen Gymnasium.

Team White downed Team Dark 78-70 in a game that featured top seniors from Rock Ridge, Ely, South Ridge, Duluth East, Floodwood and Cherry, among others.

Perry scored seven points for the White team, which built a 37-32 team by halftime and led 57-47 through three quarters.

Kallberg poured in eight points for the Dark team, and at times, the two Ely teammates guarded each other on the court.

Perry and Kallberg both played key roles on an Ely team that won a program-record 23 games and reached the Section 7A semifinals for a second straight season.

Perry plans to play collegiate basketball next season at St. Scholastica.

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