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Section 2 ECHO/Page 2 ELY SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2019 .I i Wolves stun Chisholm but fall late to by Tom Coombe By the time tournament ,play begins in early-March, :Ely's high school boys bas- 7ketball team will be bat- tle-tested. In the span of six days : this week, the Timberwolves ~played three of the top-seven 2:teams in Section 7A. The lone win in that stretch may have been the Wolves' most impressive outing of the year - a 74- 64 decision against rival Chisholm. Ely used strong defense and balanced scoring to win the Feb. 15 home contest, : downing a Bluestreak team ; that was ranked third among - 19 squads in Section 7A. The Wolves got scoring from throughout their line- up, as senior Patrick Van- derbeek scored most of his 15 points late in the game, and Ely's Trevor Mattson helped bottle up Chisholm senior Eli Sundqist, who was limited to 12 points. "I thought we really defended them well and I thought Trevor's job on Sundquist was key as he nev- five guys in double figures." er really got going," said Ely When the Bluestreaks Head CoachTomMcDonald.fouled at the end, Vander- Justin Pioske, who led all beck helped deliver the fin- scorers with 25 points, was ishing blow by sinking sev- hot early on as the Blues- eral free throws. treaks jumped out ot an Ely Chisholm's Alec Passen- lead. da contributed 14 points. Chisholm led most of the The Wolves lost a heart- first half and took a 30-27 breaker Tuesday night, as lead into the locker room at Joe Buffetta's deep three- halftime, but the tide turned point shot with two seconds in the second stanza, left gave host Mt. Iron-Buhl The Bluestreaks went a 64-61 win, and a season cold, especially from three- sweep over the Wolves. point distance, and Ely Ely built a seven-point surged ahead, lead in the second half but Junior Dylan Fenske fin- could not maintain it as the ished with 17 points while Rangers (11-9) mounted the guard Eric Omerza added comeback. 16 points while dishing out "We just couldn't hold 10 assists and securing five on to the lead we built and rebounds, had some really bad turn- Vandberbeek added 15 overs late to let them back in points, while both Trevor against us," said McDonald. Mattson and Will Davies "We defended the last shot scored 13 points apiece.Five well but he still hit a tough different Ely players hit shot to win the game." three-point shots. Buffetta scored 21 points "It was also nice to have and eighth-grader Asher the balance we did, whichwe Zubich added 14 for the haven't had this year," said Rangers. McDonald. "It was the first Fenske scored 16 points time all season that we have and had seven rebounds for s' C-squad wraps up big year .I There's a bright future the C-squad went 6-2, with the Wolves, while Omerza for Ely girls basketball, the same markagainstClass contributed 12 assists to go if results of this year's AA and AA opponents. withhis 10 points for another C-squad games are anyAs a teamthey averaged double-double, indication. 42.81 points per game and Vanderbeek and DaviesThe junior high team had a defensive average of notched 12 points each and finished its season Feb. 14 24.5 points per game, for a senior Collen Seliskar had with a 50-22 home win over differential of 18.31 points six rebounds. North Woods. per game. The Wolves lost 67-51 to It was Ely's 12th win of Turnbull thanked Head Lakeview Christian Acade- the season with only four Coach Visser, Assistant my in a Feb. 14 matinee in defeats. Coach Tom Omerza and Ely. It was a game that had Ely outscored the future Athletic Director Tom been scrapped because of Grizzlies 32-4, taking con- Coombe for "allowing me weather two days before, trol of the home matchup, the opportunity to coach Ely has a rare neu-"These girls excelleds.uch a special group of tral-site game today at Col- on and off the court," said young ladies." eraine as it takes on Section C-squad coach Mike Turn- Participants on this 8A contender Sacred Heart bull. "They had a great sea- year's C-squad were: Eighth (15-6) of East Grand Forks. son and performed extreme- Graders: Lily Tedrick, Kate The Wolves have road ly well in the classroom. Coughlin, Rachel Coughlin, games at Littlefork-Big Falls It was a treat to show up Madison Rohr, Madeline (Tuesday) and Wrenshall and work with these young Kallberg, Madeline Perry, (Mar. 1) to close out the reg- ladies every day." Elizabeth Omerza and Tay- ularseason, and it looks as if The group went 5-1 atlor Gibney. Seventh Grad- they will open the playoffs at home, 5-2 on the road and ers: Grace LaTourell and home Mar. 6. 2-1 at the Virginia Tour- Sarah Visser. Sixth Grad- Ely currently holds the n nament, falling to Grand ers: Clare Thomas, Maija number-seven seed position Rapids in the title game of Mattson, Fifth Grader: Zoe in 7A, trailing North Woods, the January event. Mackenzie. Lakeview Christian Acad- Against Class A schools, emy, Nashwauk-Keewatin, Chisholm, Deer River and MIB. VCC wraps up season 7A game set for Wednesday, perhaps on Wolves' home court by Tom Coombe four-game winning streak. Mattson has also been potent at Basketball teams prefer to peak "Right now I feel we are playing the free throw line and a hawk on when it matters most- at playofftime, some our better basketball of the defense, notching six steals against That seems to bode well for Ely's season,' said Ely Head Coach Darren the Grizzlies. high school girls basketball team, Visser. [ In order to advance past the Kallberg has been a rebounding which outlasted Eveleth-Gilbert earlier first playoffgame we are going to have force and has scored largely in transi- in the month and scored an impressive to have limited turnovers, rebound tion and on drives to the hoop. 53-49 victory over visiting North well, and make our free throws. In Senior Lida Dodge had four points Woods Feb. 14. the playoffs it comes down to doing and five rebounds against North The postseason begins Wednesday the fundamentals well because we will Woods and gives the Wolves another for the surging Timberwolves, 14-9, be playing a very similar team to us?' capable three-point shooting threat. but it's not yet clear who they'll play, A year ago, Ely upset Deer River Junior center Winter Sainio added or where, in the opening round to secure the four points and 10 rebounds against Friday's regular season finale with program's first 7A quarterfinal berth North Woods, while freshman forward South Ridge will likely determine in a decade. Ande Visser has provided defense and Ely's Section 7A playoff seed. A Much of the nucleus of that Wolves rebounding strength in the paint. Se- win over the Panthers would almost team is back, including the'j otenf:: :ia 0r /tbi Omerzaand seventh-graders certainly result in a top-eight finish in junior combination of Erika Mattson Grace LaTourell and Sarah Visser have the 19-team section and a first-round and Brielle Kallberg. added needed depth as the Wolves look home game. Both had double-doubles in the vic- to make a tournament run. A loss would likely send the Wolves tory over the Grizzlies, with Mattson If Ely survives its first playofftest, a on the road, and almost certainly to scoring 20 points and snaring 12 re- more daunting one awaits. TheWolves Carlton, which rallied past Ely in a bounds, whileKallberghada 17-point, would meet either defending 7A cham- close holiday tournament game in 10-rebound evening, pion Mt. Iron-Buhll or state-ranked late-December. That's been the ticket for Ely much Cromwell in a March 2 quarterfinal at But home or on the road, the Wolves of the season, with Mattson reaching Grand Rapids. The Rangers ended the go into the tournament with some con- the 30-point mark several times during Wolves' season a year ago and domi- fidence and on the heels of some solid the winter and setting a single-game nated a Feb. 4 contest in Ely. outings of late, including a current three-point shooting mark. Two lopsided defeats The Ironwomen's Terri brought the Vermilion Iron- Sutton scored 28 points in women's season to a close, the game against Rainy Riv- The community collegeer, while Maggie Isbell of basketball team fell 101- Ely snared nine rebounds in 49 to division powerhouse her final game on the VCC Hibbing Wednesday night, home court. and suffered a 100-45 loss Also reaching double dig- to Rainy River in Saturday's its was the Ironwomen's Tay- home finale. Veonia Mathis, who poured Vermilion wrapped up its in 11 points. season with a 3-21 record. International Wolf Center Join Our Pack.' The International Wolf Center has openings for seasonal part-time retail and admissions positions, 16-32 hours per week. Must be able to work in a fun, fast-paced environment, work weekends, evenings and have excellent customer service skills. To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to eareers@wolf.org or stop by the International Wolf Center (located just east of Ely on Hwy 169) to pick up an application. For additional information, call Jaekie at 218-365-4695 Ext 126. (Continued from Page 1) VCC has won 63 percent of its games during McDon- ald's tenure. "That's unbelievable," said Bina. "I'm not here this afternoon to recognize the retirement of a longtime employee. I want to recog- nize a career filled not only with staggering statistics, but a career that has touched the lives of hundreds upon hundreds of student athletes at Vermilion." Bina added that "what's more important is what Paul McDonald and his career are really all about - helping student athletes." "Through his teaching, his coaching, his mentor- ship, Paul McDonald has - guided so many of his play- ers to successful careers at all levels of four-year insti- tutions," said Bina. "Paul always has been and always will be a players' coach." McDonald, the son of leg- endary Chisholm coach Bob McDonald, was part of state While public service is thinking back and flashing championship teams while his new calling, he won't back to all of the guys and playing for his dad and had leave basketball entirely all of the years and all of a successful college playing behind, the stories, and the next career at South Dakota State. He still plans to offici- minute you're focusing on He came to Vermilion in ate dozens of high school what you're going to do," 1990 after coaching stints at games each winter and will said McDonald. "Yesterday Cotton and Tower-Soudan, continue to work at youth was weird in that way. We and soon put his own stamp basketball camps, but not as came out and shot the ball of Vermilion's program, much as he did during his extremely well and took it "It gets you thinking coaching tenure, f om there, It was a good about when I started here 'Tll be doing some one- feeling knowing that the last and guys like Rudy Semeja, day camps, which fits in time I patrolled the sideline who was very instrumental better with my schedule," we got a win." in getting me to Vermilion," said McDonald. "And it will Sophomore Devontaye said McDonald. "You think allow me to continue to pass Spates had 30 points and 10 of all of the history that on my love ofa game that has rebounds in his final game in goes with this program, and been so good to me." a VCC uniform, while fresh- another Chisholm guy, Bob Vermilion made 17 three- men Curtis Bell and David Altavilla, who coached here point baskets in Wednes- Monell combined to sink 10 for so long. I was fortunate day's game, a contest that of the Ironmen's 17 triples enough to be blessed with was decided early and had en route to a combined 52 a lot of good kids, a lot of McDonald looking back at points. good players, for a number of times. Vermilion finished 11-16. years. I will miss part ofit." "One minute you're McDonald, who also served as a faculty mem- i~LY POOL LFAGUE ber and athletic director at VCC, was elected to the St. Week of Thursday, Feb. 14 Louis County Board last November and took office in January. TOWN OF MORSE The regular meeting of the Board of Su- pervisors for the Town of Morse has been changed from Tuesday, March 12 to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, March 4 at the Morse Town Hall. EE 2/23, 3/2 BOATHOUSE BILLIARDS ROADHOUSE II STEAK HOUSE HI 2 3 128 2869 32.6 BOATHOUSE BREWERS 5 0 112 2840 32.2 CATZ PACK 4 1 144 2815 31.9 DEES SAFE RIDERS 3 2 132 2797 31.7 SAMZ II 2 3 117 2797 31.7 KWAZY WABBITT I 3 2 127 2774 31.5 CATZ GEEZERS 4 1 132 2713 30.8 ROADHOUSE I BYE t20 2707 30.7 KWAZY WABBITT II 1 4 116 2706 30.7 CATZ OUT OF TOWNERS 0 5 88 2702 30.7 SAMZ I 1 4 124 2685 30.5 CATZ BILLIARDS II 1 4 125 2661 30.2 DEES/VFW 4 1 125 2653 30.1 Nick Wognum, Clerk Town of Morse TOWN OF FALL LAKE NOTICE OF ANNUAL ELECTION OF OFFICERS Notice is hereby given to the qualified voters of the Town of Fall Lake, County of Lake, State of Minnesota, that the Annual Election of Town Officers and Annual Town Meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. In case of inclement weather, the meeting and election may be postponed until the third Tuesday in March, (and will be aired over WELY radio, if necessary). TUESDAY, MARCH 12, 2019 The Election Poll hours will be from 12:00 Noon until 8:00 PM At which time the voters will elect: One (1) Supervisor- Three (3) Year Term The Annual Meeting will commence at approximately 8:30 PM (or as soon as possible) after the ballots are tallied and the Board of Canvass has met On TUESDAY, MARCH 12, 2019 to con- duct all necessary business prescribed by law. The Annual Election and Meeting will be held at the Town of Fall Lake town hall, 393 Kawishiwi Trail. Located on Kawishiwi Trail (County Hwy 16) just before the Silver Rapids Bridge. Marlene E. Skube, Town Clerk Town of Fall Lake E,y Eo,o 2/ 3 3/22019