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THE" ELY Section 2, Page 1 SATURDAY, AUGUST 24, 2019 Last weekend the Ely Little League travel team participated in the 2019 Saints Summer Closeout 12U Tournament, hosted by the College of St. Scholastica, at Wheeler Athletic Complex in Duluth. The tournament consisted of ten teams from around the state. Ely took home the runner up trophy and finished the tournament with a 4-1 record. Ely defeated the Duluth Expos AA, the Flying Finns (a combination of players from Grand Rapids and Virginia), Coon Rapids, and Howard Lake-Waverly during the three-day tournament. Over the course of the past season Ely participated in three tournaments and had a combined 9-3 record, finishing in second place in all three of the tournaments. Front row (I-r): Jace Huntbatch, Hunter Halbakken, Brecken Sandberg, Jack Davies, Sammy Prijatel, Alex Merriman. Middle row: Jayden Zemke, Brady Eaton, Caid Chittum, Ben Leeson, Drew Johnson. Back row: Coaches Tim Leeson, Derek Johnson and Kevin Marolt. TOURNAMENT WINNERS - A team made up of players from Ely High School competed in the Captains Tournament in Hermantown on Saturday, Aug. 10. The self-coached team from Ely took first place in their division in the morning and were placed in the upper bracket for playoffs in the afternoon. They played four straight games in the playoffs to win, beating Hermantown twice. Pictured are: Top (I-r): McKenna Coughlin, Brielle Kallberg, Jenna Merhar, Winter Sainio and Erika Mattson. Front: Apolonia Homer, Kate Coughlin, McCartney Kaercher and Rachel Coughlin alented nucleus back from Ely team that reached 7A vball semis by Tom Coorabe as "We look to build upon er, Kallberg led the Wolves Ely is reverting back to Ely's high school vol-a successful 2018 campaign, with 301 kills in 2018 and a 5-1 offense this year, with leyball team has done its behind a solid foundation of added 150 digs. Kaercher delivering the pass- homework, returning players." She's joined up front by es, and Thomas said the After a record-settingEly won a school-record another potent hitter- fellow Wolves are adjusting quickly. 2018 season, which included 21 matches last fall, includ- senior Jenna Merhar. Ninth-grader Rachel the program's first-ever trip ing a 7A quarterfinal upset of She also gained All-Ar- Coughlin stepped into Ely's to the Section 7A semifinals, Cherry that put the Wolves rowhead Conference rec- rotation last fall and gives many of the Timberwolves into the final four. ognition while hammering the Wolves versatility as a honed up during the offsea- They were knocked out home 189 kills and adding middle hitter and defensive son in a series of leagues and by eventual section cham- 123 digs and 38 blocks, specialist. camps plea C .lton, but one look Kallberg and Merhar Senior hitter Apolonia The first test to see if that at Ely's lineup and it's clear head a group of versatile Homer and senior libero work paid off comes Tues- it has the tools to make life Ely hitters that also includes Lauren Porthan are also in day, when the Wolves open difficult for most if not all another senior veteran - the mix, and moving up to a new season against visiting of its section foes. three-sport standout Erika the varsity ranks this fall Northeast Range. The Wolves bring back Mattson. are sophomore setter Katrina The bulk of Ely's start- two all-conference stand- Add senior Winter Sainio Seliskar and sophomore mid- ing lineup returns and the outs, including senior hitter and junior McKenna Cough- die hitter/defensive specialist Wolves have a i:leep, talented Brielle Kallberg lin, and the Wolves have the Kellen Thomas; and experienced core - one A multi-time all-con- abilityto attack fromnumer- "Our team brings a lot of that could set the Wolves up ference selection, Kallberg ous angles, depth and various skill sets for another banner season, has emerged as one of the Senior McCartney Kaer-to the game," said Thomas. "The girls have worked a top players in northeastern cher steps in as Ely's setter The Wolves got their first lot in the off-season and their Minnesota and topped the this year after sharing duties look at outside competition hitting and serving are look- 1,000-kill mark for her prep in 2018 with Lida Dodge, last weekend, scrimmaging ing really good," said Ely career last season, another All-Arrowhead hen- severalteams at a scrimmage Head Coach Andrea Them- A fifth-year varsity start- oree. in Hibbing. Ely's path in 7A is daunt- 2019 Ely Timberwolves ing this fall, with Carlton Volleyball Schedule returning much of its roster from 2018 and traditional Tuesday: Northeast Range 7AA powerhouse Greenway Sept. 3: at Littlefork-Big Falls moving down a class to 7A. Sept 5: at Cherry Tuesday's openerwillbe Sept 7: at Greenway no picnic, with Northeast Tourney, 9:30 a.m. Range boasting one of the Sept. 10: Silver Bay ,Sept 12" at Mesabi East area s top talents m Hannah ." " . ept. 1/: at Int. Palls Relchensperger, a hxtter who - - 1- Northwoo :. ~ ~ept. ~: as ts aireauy getting attenuon Sept. 21: at Virginia Tourney, from the collegiate ranks. TBD Thomas, who is assisted Sept. 24: Dul. Marshall by Megan Wognum, is over- Sept. 30: at NE Range seeing a renaissance for Ely Oct. 1: Lakeview Christian volleyball, with 41 athletes Oct. 3: Bigfork out for the program in grades Oct. 5: at Mes. East Tourney 7-12. Oct. 8: at Mt. Iron-Buhl The Wolves will also host Oct. 10: at Nash -Kee. Oct. 15: at Silver Bay, 6:30 Northeast Range Tuesday in p.m. junior high and junior varsity action. It's the first of six Home games in bold; home dates (see schedule), Game time 7 p.m. unless noted Lakeshore sweeps in Ely softball action Lakeshore Liquor won three times and Heavy Metal Sports picked up two victories as the battle for second place in Ely's slow-pitch softball league ramped up. Lakeshore downed The Buzz 11-6, Studio North 6-1 and Ely Family Dental 14-4, to improve to 14-4 for the season. A half-game in front at 14-3 is Heavy Metal Sports, which beat Ely Family Dental 11-3 and outslugged The Buzz 23-9 In other action on Monday, The Buzz beat Low Impact Excavators 17-5 and Studio North kept Low Impact Excava- tors winless on the season with a 10-6 decision. Standings are: Anderson/Nickerson Construction, 17-1; Heavy Metal Sports, 14-3; Lakeshore Liquor, 14-4; The Buzz, 9-8; Hardware Hank, 7-11; Studio North, 5-12; Ely Family Dental, 3-14; Low Impact Excavators, 0-16. This Week's Sports Schedule TWiN METALS ,~,~ ~N~.SOTA COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOOTBALL Saturday Northland at Vermilion, 1,'30 p,m, HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL Tuesday Northeast Range at E~ 7p.m, Saturday (Aug. 31) Vermilion at Rochester, h'3O p.m. COMMUNITY COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL First Match- Wednesday, SepL 4, Fond Du Lac at Vermilion, 6:30 p,m. HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL Friday Ely at Mt. Iron-Buhl, 7 p.m. HIGH SCHOOL BOYS/GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY Wednesday Ely at Virginia Invitational, 10 a.m, HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS SWIMMING Tuesday Northeast Range/Ely at Int. Falls, 3 p.m. HEADING FOR MORE - Vermilion receiver Mekhi Woolridge (12) tacked on yardage as the Ironmen scrimmaged last Saturday on campus. The community college football team opens its season today, at home, against Northland at 1:30 p.m. Photos by Tom Coombe ELY FIRST that's the Echo's news difference EVERY WEEK