Prep report: Ely wins battle of Nine-Man unbeatens

Ely toppled North Woods on the final night of the regular season in a battle of Nine-Man football unbeatens, winning 20-9 Wednesday night in Cook.Evan Omerza, Blaise Lah and Josh Heiman all ran in touchdowns for the Timberwolves (7-0), but it was...

Ely toppled North Woods on the final night of the regular season in a battle of Nine-Man football unbeatens, winning 20-9 Wednesday night in Cook.
Evan Omerza, Blaise Lah and Josh Heiman all ran in touchdowns for the Timberwolves (7-0), but it was Carter Gaulke’s two-point conversion run that put Ely ahead at halftime.
Tate Olson connected with George Bibeau on 18 and 24-yard touchdown passes for the Grizzlies (7-1).
Ely clinches the top seed for the Section 7 Nine-Man playoffs, which begin Tuesday.

Ely 6-8-0-6-20
North Woods 6-6-0-0-12
NW - George Bibeau 18 pass from Tate Olson (run failed)
E - Evan Omerza 3 run (run failed)
NW - Bibeau 25 pass from Olson (run failed)
E - Blaise Lah 4 run (Carter Gaulke run)
E - Josh Heiman 3 run (run failed)

Senior running back Tommy Schweiger rushed for three touchdowns as the Fighting Saints (4-4) closed out the regular season with the home win.
Senior quarterback Jack Rashid was 17-for-35 passing for 229 yards and two touchdowns to lead East (1-7), while Tharold Kimball had five receptions for 84 yards and a touchdown.

Duluth East 0-0-0-13-13
St. Francis 0-7-0-13-20
SF -Tommy Schweiger 6 run (Hunter Dustman kick)
SF - Schweiger 2 run (kick failed)
SF - Schweiger 5 run (Dustman kick)
DE - Tharold Kimball 52 pass from Jack Rashid (David Holliday kick)
DE - Tyler Seymour 17 pass from Rashid (kick failed)

Proctor 12, Two Harbors 0
The Rails bottled up Two Harbors’ running game, holding the Agates to less than 200 yards rushing for the first time this season to win at Proctor.
The Agates defense played well, but two long scoring plays sealed Two Harbors’ fate: Rails quarterback John Pioro connected with John Aase on a 58-yard touchdown pass and again when Pioro lateraled to Aase on a quarterback option play for a 28-yard run touchdown.


Two Harbors 0-0-0-0-0
Proctor 0-6-6-0-12
P - John Aase 58 pass from John Pioro (conversion failed)
P - Aase 28 run (conversion failed)

New Life Academy 24, Cloquet 21
Zach Miller kicked a 25-yard field goal to push New Life Academy (5-3) past the Lumberjacks, after the Eagles saw a two-score lead nearly dissipate.
Spencer Wehr had a pair of rushing touchdowns for Cloquet (5-3).

Cloquet 0-7-7-7-21
New Life Academy 14-7-3-0-24
NLA - Sam Bissen 3 run (Zach Miller kick)
NLA - Austin Have 5 pass from Adam Busch (Miller kick)
C - Spencer Wehr 1 run (Tim Porkornowski kick)
NLA - Cooper Falteisek 13 pass from Busch (Miller kick)
C - Wehr 3 run (Porkornowski kick)
NLA - Miller 25 field goal
C - Mitchell Gerlach 48 run (Porkornowski kick)

Cromwell-Wright 67, Onamia 8
Senior quarterback Zion Smith connected with four receivers for touchdowns as the host Cardinals responded to an Eric Chew 84-yard kick return for Onamia in the first quarter with 52 unanswered points.
The win ensures Cromwell-Wright (8-0) the top seed in the Section 5 Nine-Man playoffs.

Onamia 8-0-0-0-8
Cromwell-Wright 28-16-15-8-67
CW - Sawyer Strelnieks 10 run (Alek Strikowski pass from Zion Smith)
CW - Nic Johnson 16 pass from Smith (Strelnieks kick)
O - Eric Chew 84 kickoff return (Kalvin Strecker pass from Brandon Wade)
CW - Striowski 24 pass from Smith (Strelnieks kick)
CW - Dillon Hoff 35 pass from Smith Kick failed)
CW - Strelnieks 27 pass from Smith (Cedrek Sworski run)
CW - Smith 35 run (Ryan Juntunen run)
CW - Striowski 27 fumble recovery (Strelnieks kick)
CW - AJ House 10 run (Cameron Cahoon run)
CW - Stephen Dickey 2 run (Austin Lewandowski pass from Drew Libbon)

Crosby-Ironton 50,
International Falls 0
Jake Larson ran for three touchdowns while Noah Gindorff ran for two touchdowns and threw for another, leaving the Broncos 0-8 heading into the playoffs next week.

Crosby-Ironton 22-14-14-0-50
International Falls 0-0-0-0-0
CI - Jake Larson 9 run (kick failed)
CI - Michael Leonhardt 55 pass from Noah Gindorff (Gindorff run)
CI - Gindorff 36 run (Austin Davis pass from Gindorff)
CI - Larson 26 run (Logan Peterson kick)
CI - Gindorff 3 run (Peterson kick)
CI - Larson 49 run (Peterson kick)
CI - Gabe Ryappy 5 run (Peterson kick)

Braham 40,
Mesabi East 12
The Bombers scored the final five touchdowns to win the Northeast Silver subdistrict game at Aurora.
Levi Skelton gained 110 yards on 24 carries and scored a touchdown for the Giants (1-7).


Braham 8-12-14-6-40
Mesabi East 6-6-0-0-12
ME - Jon Grivette 37 run (run failed)
B - Hunter Richmond 85 kickoff return (Hunter Giffrow run)
ME - Levi Skelton 1 run (pass failed)
B - Alec Downing 5 pass from Giffrow (pass failed)
B - Jacob Lindgren 12 pass from Giffrow (run failed)
B - Giffrow 26 run (Giffrow run)
B - Grant Wilsey 6 run (pass failed)
B - Josh Zimpel 2 pass from Giffrow (kick blocked)

Floodwood 52,
LittleFork-Big Falls 6
Dylan Graff and Gavin Clark each scored a pair of rushing touchdowns for the Polar Bears, as they beat the Vikings at home.
Ethan Dehn had a 66-yard fumble return for a touchdown and Blaine Dahl added another fumble return score for Floodwood (6-2).

Littlefork-Big Falls 0-0-6-0-6
Floodwood 22-8-22-0-52
F -Dylan Graff 4 run (Cam Goutermont run)
F - Gavin Clark 2 run (Clark run)
F - Clark 47 run (run failed)
F - Ethan Dehn 66 fumble return (Graff run)
F - Blaine Dahl 1 fumble return (Levi Suonveri run)
F - Dahl 22 run (run failed)
LBF - Cole Stiles 78 kick return (run faield)
F - Graff 49 run (Suonveri run)

Wrenshall 24, Isle 12
Junior Tyler Kelley rushed for 406 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Wrens, who finished the regular season 3-5.
Kelley ran in touchdowns from 95, 64 and 45 yards out. Sophomore Jared Kelley ran in one two-point conversion while freshman quarterback Randy Wimmer connected with Brennan Kelley on two conversions.

Isle 0-0-6-6-12
Wrenshall 16-0-8-0-24

Silver Bay 20, Carlton 9
The Mariners rallied from a 9-6 halftime deficit by scoring twice in the fourth quarter to finish 5-2 on the year while the Bulldogs fell to 0-8.

Silver Bay 6-0-0-14-20
Carlton 3-6-0-0-9

Girls tennis
Eveleth-Gilbert sisters  return to state
Eveleth-Gilbert’s Audrey Delich teamed with Maddi Jankila to beat Virginia’s senior duo of Callie Mauston and Alex Saxhaug 6-1, 6-0 in the Section 7A doubles final Tuesday at Virginia.
Both doubles teams qualified for next week’s Class A state meet as did Eveleth-Gilbert senior Cora Delich, Audrey’s older sister, who lost to Pine City’s Natalie Cahill 6-0, 6-4 in the singles final.
The Class A meet runs next Tuesday-Friday at the Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center in Minneapolis.

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