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-I ECHO/Page Section 2 ELY SATURDAY, AUGUST 24 2019i! AT THE HELM - Justin Kosik, head coach of the Vermilion Community College football team, looked on at scrimmage action Saturday with many of his players Kosik is in his second season as head coach of the Ironmen, who host Northland today at 1:30 p.m. Big numbers, big * * hopes for-cross countryFootball team short on experience as new season begins ': by Tom Coombe by Tom Coombe for decades under long retired 2019 Ely Timberwolves Football Schedule It takes only a handful of runners to score in a cross country meet, but the Ely Timbewolves have far more than a handful. Jayne Dusich, who coaches both the Ely boys and girls teams, has numbers that are more fitting for a high school football team. Nearly 50 Ely students are out for the squads, which open the season at Wednesday's Virginia Invitational. Recent successes in Nordic skiing and track have helped result in seemingly record turnout for cross country, with the boys team boasting a whopping 25 runners, including 16 in grades 9-12. Both teams have returning state 2019 Ely Timberwolves Ely's high school footballhead coach Larry Mischke. Cross Country Schedule team is a work in progress. Senior Dalton Schreffler will Only a handful of Timber- get the bulk of the carries, filling Friday: at Mt. Iron-Buhl Wednesday: at Virginia Invite wolves have varsity experience some of the void left by Nick Sept. 6: Kelliher-Northome Sept. 12 at Eve-Gilb. Invite heading into Friday night's sea- Mattila, Ely's top ground gainer Sept. 13: South Ridge Sept. 17: at Grand Rapids Invite son-opener against defending in 2018, and Nate Nettifee, who Sept. 20: at Cook County Sept. 26: at Hibbing Rotary Section 7 9-man champion Mt. moved to cross country. Sept. 27: Silver Bay Oct. 1: Ely Invite Ir0n-Buhl. "Dalton will get the majority Oct. 4: vs. Cherry (at Mt. Oct. 5: at Swain Invite, Duluth The Wolves have been hit hard ofthe carries, andhe'll be sharing Iron) Oct. 8: at Int. Falls Invite Oct 15: at Proctor Invite by graduation and other factors, the backfield with Eddie Prijatel Oct. 11: at Northeast Range, Oct. 24: at Section 7A Meet, and will only suit up about 15 and Mason Davis, who don't have 3:30 p.m. Cloquet players for the opening game. a lot of varsity experience," said Oct. 16: Lake of the Woods, The ranks will grow as theLassi. "We lost Nate Nettifee, 6 p.m. Home meets in bold season progresses, but even at so somebody has got to fill in full strength it's an Ely team that and we're looking for Eddie to Home games in bold; won't look much like it did a year dothat." Game time 7 p.m. unless ago, and one that will count on The Wolves also have a newnoted young talent to fill key roles, look up front but returning start- "We're young," said Ely Head ers Tjae Banks, a senior, and Coach Cory Lassi. "We're going junior Lane Anderson figure to pretty tough and we'll be able to. to have a lot of guys in different anchor the line. rotate some guys in there." : positions than they were last year, Senior end Josh Larson is Overall, Ely has 21 players in grades 9-12, a number on pal. and I just expect us to get better back, while senior Steve Kerntz as the year goes on." and sophomore Jacob Towley will with most of the other area 9-man. The Wolves have just five se- also look to provide some beef programs niors on the roster and will plug up front. The Wolves scrimmage North-' team from a year ago. "They're all in really good shape," said Dusich. Senior Ethan Bremner also meet qualifiers- with all-stater and returns for the Wolves while an- state track champion Luke Olson other senior- fate Nettifee- joins from the boys team and Zoe Devine the team after moving over from on the girls, football. Senior James Schwinghamer Also in the mix are seniors has previous state meet experience Dylan Fenske and Henry Matthys, among the boys and sophomore sophomore Jon Hakala and fresh- Gabriel Pointer was two spots away man Joey Bianco on an Ely team holes with sophomores and even "Steve has stuck it out and east Range today at Babbitt in a. from qualifying in 2018. that boasts plenty of depth,some freshmen in 2019 hats off to him now he'll "et the tune-up for what figures to be a That kind of depth has bolstered "Even if we have Luke and One soot where Elv lads some onnortunitv to show what~e can daunting season-opener. hopes for the Ely boys team, which James and Gabriel up there we experience is at quarterback, do~' saidLassi "MIB lost seven of nine start- took third in Section 7A last fall. need the other guys to run welt,"w r he e eniar Rrveea l.anowall ]Lff~nv he, th~ enrn,=. ~ ill,ers' but I know that's a good, " ~' ~ m " .O f'Co~e:!heylhaye- a la[~nd .~ ~h!.i,?, ::2,! . . ~ ,~ ~,~,-fn, ~ seeonttSeaS0n as line Up ondefense, v4th ~:ohr~' g pad, (q ,hc, h) Da~zY Zq ~ they want to win the section meet, On the girls' side, IJevlnels!back Ely's starting signal-caller, effler serving as the anchor 'at does agood job gettmg his guys. Ely Head Coach Jayne Dusich said after making the state meet as an involved in the summer," said of the boys squad. "That's the goal." Olson, who won the state track title in the 800 run, has his sights set on a big season filad a grand finale in cross country. "Luke looks .good and he's put in a lot of extra time," said Dusich: Schwinghamer is bouncing back from an injury, while Pointer looks to climb after coming within mere seconds of advancing as a freshman. Junior Emmett Faltesek took 37th in 7A last year and joins junior Jasper Johnston and senior Raif Olson as veterans of Ely's section "I thought even last year Bryce eighth-grader, did a good job of handling the She could have some company offense," said Lassi. "And we're this season, as fellow freshman running a new offense this year Phoebe Helms is back after placing and Bryce hasn't skipped a beat. 39th in the secton a year ago. He has come in as our leader and Sarah Isbell, Brynn Vollom, Ju- is telling our younger guys what lid Schwinghamer and Cora Olson to do. That's something you can't are all back in the Ely lineup, while really coach" SydneyDurkinandAnaBercherareEly is cycling back to the among the others who could climb Wing-T offense it specialized in the ranks. Wednesday's meet opens the schedule, which includes an Oct. 1 home meet at Ely's golf course. Persons interested in deer and deer management in the Tower area are invited to attend a public open house hosted by local wildlife man- agers from the Minnesota Department of Natural Re- sources. The open house will be on Aug. 27 between 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Mountain Iron Community Center, located at 8586 Enterprise Drive S. in Mountain Iron. oooooooooooo CO Q COP The meeting is one of many nication between the DNR taking place around the state and the public. between mid-August and The DNR began the early September to discuss meetings last year with the deer-related topics including release of its statewide deer upcoming hunting regulation management plan. This is changes that were released in the second dedicated oppor- eddy August. tunity for conversation about These local, open house deer-related topics this year. meetings are a way to en- The open houses do not courage conversations about include formal presentations; deer and deer management, people can arrive any time enhance local relationships during the scheduled meet- and foster two-way commu- ing times. OOOOOOOOOOOOO0 O0 Wednesdays at 9am at the middle linebacker and Prijatel, a sophomore, taking another line- backer spot. "Defensively, our other line- backer position is up in the air right now," said Lassi. "We might be looking to a freshman, Willie Bach, to fill that. Another pos- sibility is moving Bryce (Lon- gwell) to linebacker and using somelur defensive line will be Lassi. "I know they went to a couple of team camps and they,i had a very good junigr high team. that we saw here last year. I'm sure it's going to be a tough game right away to start." Ely (see schedule) makes' its home debut Sept. 6 against Kelliher-Northome in the first of four dates at Ely School Stadium.~. Front Porch Coffee Shop Meeting Room OOOOOO Coffee with a Cop is a program that was started as a communit#policing initiative to build relationships between law enforcement and l.a.o, the community they serve. t, O This eventwill provide a way to meet a , police officer from the Ely Police Department in an informal and relaxed setting. Feel free to stop by, grab a cup of coffee, and have an opportunity to chat with the officer. The officer will also have discussion topics on hand for those who just want to listen. OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO0 I O Ely Vision ptometry Center P.C. Erin Bremner O.D. ting Most ( urances ~ 8 a.m. 5:30 p.m. M-Th L Harvey St. 365-4919 8 a.m. 3 p.m. Fri. the Ely Echo n ii We print memories=. Photo printing services now available at the "V EI ,Y | See our kiosk at: ~L5 E, Chapman St, Ety or upload and order your photos at: e o.photo .eom ] r r ] I r ~1