UPDATED: Spartans win 6th straight LSC titleSuperior has 56-2 record during Lake Superior Conference run
The Superior High School boys basketball team concluded its regular season Friday night with a 79-60 victory over Cloquet. The win gave the Spartan boys their sixth straight Lake Superior Conference title, with an 8-0 conference record and 15-7 record overall.
“It was a great game for us going into the tournament,” said SHS coach Dave Kontny. “We played without Joel (Lindberg) and still put up 79.”
During Superior’s six straight LSC title seasons, the Spartans have compiled a 56-2 record.
Friday’s game was senior night for the SHS boys, who have eight seniors on this year’s team: Ethan Anderson, Dustin Hobson, Josh Kimmes, Nathaniel Knutson, Rob Kraft, Lindberg, Alex Tunell and Darcell Williams.
All seniors who suited up for Friday’s game got into the scorebook, with Kraft, Kimmes and Williams all scoring in double figures along with junior Cody Hunt. Also adding points for the Spartans were junior Colten Lorenz and sophomores Derek Kontny, Erick Tunell and Spencer Urban.
“It’s always great when everyone gets in the scorebook, and winning our sixth straight conference title was just icing on the cake,” Kontny said. “I am so proud of our kids, our program and our coaches; they all work hard during the season and the offseason.”
Superior now looks ahead to its first WIAA playoff game at 3 p.m. Saturday against Chippewa Falls at SHS. The Spartans, who have battled through injuries recently, are the No. 3 seed while Chippewa Falls is the No. 6 seed in the region.
“It’s nice to see Rob and Josh healthy and playing like they were a month ago,” Kontny said. “Our bench has gotten so much better, and I believe we have found a nice rotation with our kids.”
SPARTAN SPIN: The Superior junior varsity and freshman teams wrapped up their seasons with identical 16-3 records. Both teams picked up victories Friday night over Cloquet.
Superior 41 38 — 79
Cloquet 24 36 — 60
Cloquet — Dylan Johnson 5, Sean Ferrell 4, Zach Peterson 10, Andy Wappes 23, Trent Moe 2, Dane Klehn 16.
3-point goals — Johnson, Peterson 2.
Superior — Ethan Anderson 5, Rob Kraft 17, Colten Lorenz 3, Darcell Williams 13, Derek Kontny 2, Dustin Hobson 2, Alex Tunell 1, Erick Tunell 5, Spencer Urban 2, Josh Kimmes 16, Cody Hunt 13.
3-point goals — Anderson, Kraft, Williams, E. Tunell.