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Ely ski teams head to state

Boys and girls finish second at sections

Jay Greeney
Posted 2/14/18

GIANTS RIDGE— The Ely boys and girls Nordic ski teams were set to compete in the state tournament on Thursday after qualifying during the Section 7 competition held here on Feb. 8. The competition …

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Ely ski teams head to state

Boys and girls finish second at sections

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GIANTS RIDGE— The Ely boys and girls Nordic ski teams were set to compete in the state tournament on Thursday after qualifying during the Section 7 competition held here on Feb. 8. The competition was set to get underway after the Timberjay’s weekly presstime. Results will be posted at timberjay.com and a full report will appear in the Timberjay’s Feb. 23 edition.

During section competition last week, the Ely boys finished with a team score of 367, just behind top finisher, Duluth East, which tallied 376 points in the competition. The top two teams in the section meet move on to state competition.

The Ely girls also took second place, with 374 points. Grand Rapids took first with a team score of 383. Duluth East took third place, with a score of 356.

As usual, skiers competed in the pursuit format, combining finishing times in both classical and skate skiing events. Team scores were determined by combining the four top times from each team.

Ely Head Coach Paula Anderson said she was satisfied with her teams’ times. “It was probably not our best performance,” said Anderson. “We met our goal of getting to the state meet with both teams.”

All seven members of each team will be competing and eligible for both the team championship and individual awards.

Leading the way for the girls team was the senior quartet, who took four of the top fourteen places in the competition. Ryne Prigge led the way for Ely, finishing fourth, followed closely by a sixth place finish by Emma Terwilliger. Laura Pasmick and Evelyn Bercher finished back to back in 13th and 14th places. They were followed by the future of the girls team with sophomores Kalyssa Eilrich and Brooke Pasmick, at 18th and 20th respectively, while freshman Julia Schwinghamer finished in 28th place.

The boys had a solid all around day as they put six skiers in the top sixteen spots. Freshman Jasper Johnston who took fifth, led the way for Ely, while senior Ben Gustafson finished sixth and sophomore James Schwinghamer was just behind in seventh. Seniors Elijah Olson and Ethan Hasz finished in 12th and 14th and were followed by sophomores Nate Nettifee in 16th and Raif Olson in 42nd.

“The skiers feel very good and very strong this week,” said Anderson ahead of the state meet. “We are all healthy and ready to go for it this week and ready to give it their best shot!”

The state meet was set to get underway at 10 a.m. on Thursday at Giants Ridge.

GIRLS SEC. 7 TEAM RESULTS

1. Duluth East 376

2. Ely 367

3. Grand Rapids 358

4. Proctor/Hermantown 337

5. ME/Virginia/Eveleth-Gibert 322

6. Cloquet-Esko-Carlton 287

7. Duluth Denfeld 261

8. Marshall School 255

9. Two Harbors/Cook County 205

10. Hibbing 199

11. Deer River 47

BOYS SEC. 7 TEAM RESULTS

1. Grand Rapids 383

2. Ely 374

3. Duluth East 356

4. Cloquet-Esko-Carlton 344

5. Marshall School 316

6. ME/Virginia/Eveleth-Gilbert 291

7. Proctor/Hermantown 228

8. Duluth Denfeld 212

9. Hibbing 169

10. Two Harbors/Cook County 156

11. Deer River 89

ELY GIRL FINISHERS

PLACE NAME TOTAL

4. Ryne Prigge 0:36:41.2

6. E. Terwilliger 0:37:51.9

13. Laura Pasmick 0:38:48.4

14. Evelyn Bercher 0:38:54.5

18. Kalyssa Eilrich 0:40:30.2

20. Brooke Pasmick 0:41:09.0

28. J. Schwinghamer 0:43:49.4

ELY BOY FINISHERS

PLACE NAME TOTAL

5. Jasper Johnston 0:32:40.3

6. Ben Gustafson 0:33:04.2

7. J. Schwinghamer 0:33:09.8

12. Elijah Olson 0:34:07.4

14. Ethan Hasz 0:34:23.6

16. Nate Nettifee 0:35:07.5

42. Raif Olson 0:39:20.7

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