Ely has the number-one seed and home field advantage for the district playoffs, which start Tuesday night with three opening round games. The bulk of the tournament will be played at Ely's Veterans Memorial Field, including Sunday's title tilt, set for 4 p.m. with a second game to follow if necessary.
After a surprising run through the regular season, Ely has an 18-5 overall record and secured the number-one seed by winning 11 district games, two games more than anyone in the district. The hosts have a first-round bye and will open tournament play at 8 p.m. Wednesday, against either Brookston or Cook County.
Whoever survives the weeklong, seven-team, double-elimination grind will win a trip to the Division II State Tournament, set for July 30-Aug. 1 at Dilworth, located in western Minnesota just outside of Moorhead. Ely has qualified for the state tournament in eight of the last 13 seasons.
Eighth District Division II Tournament Schedule
Tuesday July 20
Game 1 5 pm at Ely #4 seed Brookston vs. #5 seed Cook County
Game 2 7 pm at Virginia #3 seed Chisholm vs. #6 seed Esko
Game 3 7:30 pm at Ely #2 seed Deer River vs. #7 seed Marble
Wednesday July 21
Game 4 5:30 pm at Ely Winner 2 vs. Winner 3
Game 5 6 pm TBD Loser 2 vs. Loser 3**
Game 6 8 pm at Ely Winner 1 vs. #1 seed Ely
Friday July 23
Game 7 noon at Ely Winner 5 vs. Loser 6**
Game 8 2:30 pm at Ely Loser 1 vs. Loser 4**
Game 9 5 pm at Ely Winner 7 vs. Winner 8**
Game 10 7:30 pm at Ely Winner 4 vs. Winner 6
Saturday July 24
Game 11 8 pm at Ely Winner 9 vs. Loser 10**
Sunday July 25
Game 12 4 pm at Ely Winner 10 vs. Winner 11
Game 13 6:30 pm at Ely Repeat Game 12 if necessary