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Prep report: Ely advances to state baseball tourney

The Ely baseball team advanced to its third state tournament with a 5-4, 11th inning victory over Deer River in the Section 7A championship game Thursday in Hibbing.

The Ely baseball team advanced to its third state tournament with a 5-4, 11th inning victory over Deer River in the Section 7A championship game Thursday in Hibbing.

Greg Helget pitched 10 innings, scattered six hits and fanned 10 to earn the victory. He walked nine.

Tied 2-2 since the fourth inning, Ely started the 11th inning with three straight hits, including a two-run double from Wes Snyder, and eventually grabbed a 5-2 advantage. But the Warriors made it close thanks to a two-run home run from Damon Benham.

The Timberwolves' previous trips to the state baseball tournament came in 2000 and 1964.

Boys tennis

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Entrants from Section 7A were eliminated from championship-round play as the Minnesota Class A boys tournament opened Thursday at the Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center in Minneapolis.

Duluth Marshall senior Joey Kronzer, the Section 7A singles champion, won a first-round match before losing to Thief River Falls junior Logan Engelstad in the quarterfinals 3-6, 7-5, 6-2. Cook County senior David Bergstrom was beaten in the first round by top-ranked Breck junior Myles Tang 6-1, 6-2. Bergstrom then advanced to today's consolation round semifinals.

In Class A doubles, Virginia seniors Blair Seitz and Marc Krebsbach lost in the opening round and are in today's consolation semifinals.

In Class AA singles at the Baseline Tennis Center in Minneapolis, three-time defending champion Dusty Boyer of Forest Lake advanced to the semifinals with wins over Manfred Barrios of Hopkins and Zach Ekstein of Eagan.

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