The Superior High School cross country team managed to outdistance an impressive band of alumni runners on Tuesday at the Nemadji Golf Course.
The Spartan boys team pulled off a close victory over a Matt Kramer-led alumni squad of who’s who in Twin Ports distance running.
Kramer, the All-American from the University of Wisconsin-Superior, won the inaugural SHS Alumni Meet with a time of 17 minutes, 22 seconds.
Close behind were Spartans Matt Swanson, 17.27; Shane Holmes, 17.35; and Evan Walpole, 17.38, in second, third and fifth place, respectively.
Andy Heytens also finished 11th and Levi Felton was eighth to round out Superior’s scoring for a 26-34 victory.
The SHS girls also managed a close victory over a talented alumni group, led by Katie Koski, a two-time Olympic trials qualifier; Kim Holak, of ultra marathon fame; and Katee Rosburg, UWS.
With Leah Holmes pacing the Spartans in third place (16.18) and Ashlee Knight and Catie Albrecht in fifth and sixth, the Spartans needed help from the fourth and fifth counters.
They received it from Madelyn Swanson in seventh place and Katie Guello in eight, as SHS defeated the Alumni, 29-31.
“It was a great day for running,” SHS coach Dan Conway said. “I want to thank all of the alumni runners for turning out and making it a fun event. We hope to have another alumni event next year. It was a great success.”
The Spartans are back in action Saturday. The varsity will be competing in the Merrill Invitational, the same site of this year’s WIAA sectional meet, while the junior varsity will run in Duluth’s Swain meet.
Tuesday, Sept. 29
At Nemadji Golf Course
Superior 34, Alumni 24
1. Matt Kramer, Alumni, 17.12; 2. Matt Swanson, SHS, 17.27; 3. Shane Holmes, SHS, 17.34; 4. Jarrow Wahman, Alumni, 17.38; 6. Michael Niemi, Alumni, 18.13; 7. Andy Heytens, SHS, 18.15; 8. Levi Felton, SHS, 18.25; 9. Brandon Westmoreland, SHS, 18.26; 10. Michael Chevalier, SHS, 18.33; 11. Tom O’Rourke, Alumni, 18.51; 12. Jess Koski, Alumni, 19.20; 13. Erick Tunnell, SHS, 19.48; 14. Kevin Peterson, Alumni, 20.30; 15. John Nowicki, SHS, 20.33; 16. Spencer Davis, SHS, 20.51; 17. Shawn Koskie, SHS, 21.35; 18. Randy Back, Alumni, 21.46; 19. Jake Guello, Alumni, 21.48; 20. Sid Laurvick, 21.59; 21. Will Gedde, Alumni, 22.32; 22. Tom Kintop, Alumni, 22.40; 23. Samuel Zurian, SHS, 22.40; 24. Owen Hagen, SHS, 22.41; 25. Marcus Olson, SHS, 22.43; 26. Jake Farmer, SHS, 22.47; 27. Jim Hogan, Alumni, 26.16; 28. Ron Case, Alumni, 26.17.
Superior 29, Alumni 31
1. Katie Koski, Alumni, 15.04; 2. Kim Holak, Alumni, 16.08; 3. Leah Holmes, SHS, 16.18; 4. Katee Rosburg, Alumni, 16.25; 5. Ashlee Knight, SHS, 18.04; 6. Catie Albrecht, SHS, 18.08; 7. Madelyn Swanson, SHS, 18.39; 8. Katie Guello, SHS, 18.42; 9. Marissa Foley, SHS, 19.15; 10. Nicole Mattson, SHS, 19.21; 11. Kari Gates, Alumni, 21.10; 12. Megan Place, SHS, 21.11; 13. Lori Lyons, Alumni, 21.18; 14. Molly Adamscheck, SHS, 21.30; 15. Sarah Nestrud, SHS, 21.47; 16. Jackie Polson, SHS, 22.30; 17. Renee Tunnell, Alumni, 22.57; 18. Sarah Thompson, SHS, 24.17; 19 (tie). Chris Kintop, Alumni and Anne Roe, Alumni, 26.34.
The Washburn Castle Guards improved to 20-0-2 with a 3-0 win over the Superior High School boys soccer team Monday evening in Washburn.
Washburn coach Olaf Kirsten said the Guards put two solid halves together.
“This was probably our most complete game, with how we played as a team,” Washburn coach Olaf Kirsten said. “Our passing was great, and we had great movement off the ball tonight. I felt that was important.”
Washburn took a 2-0 lead with a pair goals during the 13th minute of the first half.
Kirsten said that goal woke up the Spartans, and he said it was a back-and-forth battle for the rest of the first half.
“It definitely wasn’t over yet,” he said. “But our guys took control from the second-half whistle and finished the game.”
The Guards got an insurance goal in the 54th minute when Cole Swiston fed Nick Geisen 30 yards out. Geisen then sent a through ball to Cook, who tucked it inside the far post.
Geisen played goal in the first half, and Bjorn Mydels had a pair of saves in the second half as the duo combined on the shutout.
The Spartans will compete in the River Falls quad beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Washburn hosts Phillips Oct. 6.
Ashland swept all four singles matches on its way to a 5-2 win over the Superior High School girls tennis team Wednesday.
Superior’s wins came at No. 1 and 3 doubles as Rikki Berchild and Carly Connor and Christine Johnstad and Sarah Nikstad notched victories.
The teams split two exhibition matches. Ashland’s Kendra Hoffman and Amanda Meyer picked up a 4-2 win over Ronnie Markley and Jillisa Gallindo. The Spartans won the other match as Brianna Eales and Jenny Ostrawske topped Abby Vandevoorde and Kylie Clark 6-4.
Superior, which hosted Hermantown Thursday, will compete in the WIAA subsectional tournament Monday in Marshfield.
Ashland 5, Superior 2
1. Lyndi Thompson (A) def Natalie Burger 6-3, 6-1
2. Jess Newman (A) def Raya Kosey 6-1, 6-2
3. Hailie Stuart (A) def Sara Balcer 6-0, 6-0
4. Taylor Sutarik (A) def Bettye Nelson 6-3, 6-4
1. Rikki Berchild/Carly Connor (S) def Kati Dufek/Maria Anderson 4-6, 6-4, 7-5
2. Maya Quinlan/Autumn Flynn(A) def Amanda Peterson/Chelsea Breimon 6-1, 7-6(7-4)
3. Christine Johnstad/Sarah Nikstad (S) def Maddy Auvinen/Keanna Olson 4-6, 7-6(7-3), 10-8