Spartans host Indians; ’Greens can clinch playoff berth; Tigers hit the road
By: Ken Olson, Superior Telegram
The Superior High School football team hosts the Menomonie Indians in its annual homecoming game at 7 p.m. tonight at Ole Haugsrud Field.
The Spartans enter the game with records of 3-2 overall and 1-2 in the Big Rivers Conference. Menomonie is undefeated at 5-0 and 3-0.
“Menomonie has one of their best teams in recent years,” SHS coach Bob DeMeyer said. “They run a million different formations, they have the ability to pound the ball between the tackles, they have speed on the perimeter and the skill players to light up the scoreboard throwing the ball.
“They have multiple-sport athletes that played together and had a ton of success this off-season in 7-on-7 competitions. Defensively they have speed, they pursue and get a lot of helmets to the ball. Their special teams units are always very well prepared and solid.”
While the Indians need just one more conference win to qualify for the WIAA playoffs, the Spartans have their backs against the wall and need to win three of their remaining four games.
Remaining on Superior’s schedule are Eau Claire Memorial (5-0, 3-0), River Falls (2-3, 0-3) and Chippewa Falls (2-3, 0-3).
“Menomonie has been one of the top programs in the state for more than 20 years, numerous state titles, and almost every year they make a run going deep into the playoffs,” DeMeyer said. “Nevertheless, we are approaching this game with the same ‘expect-to-win’ attitude we always have. We know we can’t make the mental mistakes, and we’ll need a break here and there and we’re obviously the underdog.
“What a great way to get back on track, to upset Menomonie. We’re all going to give it our best shot, that’s all we can do.”
The Spartans may be a bit shorthanded tonight with Paul Edwards, Trent Olson and Jordan McDonald with shoulder injuries, and Sam Freeman, who left the Rice Lake game with a knee injury, questionable.
DeMeyer was also listed as questionable after having neck surgery on Monday.
“I tried like heck to put it off until the season was over, but just couldn’t do it,” DeMeyer said.
Tonight’s game will be carried live on the internet at ifan.tv.
Tigers at Barron
Fresh off snapping a three-game losing streak, the Northwestern Tigers will attempt to make it two wins in a row tonight at Barron.
The Tigers enter the game 2-3 overall and 1-2 in the HON. The Golden Bears are 1-4 and 0-3.
While the Tigers are not in a must-win situation just yet, they must win three of their remaining four games, which include undefeated Cumberland (5-0, 3-0), Hayward (1-4, 1-2) and Ladysmith (2-3, 2-1).
Tonight’s game can be heard on WNXR 107.3 FM or viewed on ifan.tv. The game will also be carried on the internet at wnxrfm.com.
Seeking playoff berth
The Northwood-Solon Springs Evergreens host Birchwood (0-4, 0-4) with the hopes of qualifying for the WIAA playoffs for a fourth straight year.
Birchwood has given up an average of 60 points per game this season.
Through the first five games of the 2011 season, the Evergreens, and coach Brian Trettin, have blazed out to a 4-1 start. Friday’s 28-7 victory over Shell Lake marks the school’s first win over the Lakers in school history. It also gave the Evergreen’s their fourth consecutive win, a feat that has not been achieved since their 1981 season.
A Superior native, Trettin is a 2001 graduate of Superior High School where he played running back under Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame inductee Tom Mestelle. Following high school, Trettin attended the University of Wisconsin-Superior.
As a freshman, Trettin began his coaching career at the youth level. In 2002 he was promoted to a high school assistant for his alma mater. After one-year stints at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and Whitehall High School, Trettin spent four years at Ashland High School before accepting his current position in 2011. Trettin is also the physical education and health teacher at Northwood High School.
Trettin and his staff oversee a program of 27 players. His assistant coaching staff includes Jeff Daleiden, Ben Kidder, Randy Kidder, Jeff Liermann, Dennis Mertzig, Dale Rajala, Keith Wehmhoefer and Nate Winterhof.
Trettin and his wife, Brooke, are expecting their first child in January.