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Busy sports weekend ahead

Looking for something to do this weekend? If you're into sports, you won't have to look very far.

Starting with Friday night, the Superior High School football team hosts the Eau Claire Memorial Old Abes at 7 p.m. and the Superior Showdown II: Friday Night Fights boxing event begins at 8 p.m. at Wessman Arena.

If football and boxing aren't your fancy, there's volleyball as UW-Superior and St. Scholastica co-host a five-team tournament, with games taking place at UWS on Friday night and at St. Scholastica Saturday.

On Friday, the Yellowjackets play at 6 p.m. against Viterbo and 8 p.m. against Lakehead University. Saturday's action moves to Duluth with the 'Jackets playing at 10 a.m. against North Central College and 2 p.m. against St. Scholastica.

If you're in the Minong area Friday, the Northwood-Solon Springs (0-3) football team will be looking for its first victory of the season Friday when it hosts Birchwood at 7 p.m.

Moving ahead to Saturday you have the SHS Spartan boys soccer team hosting the Washburn Castle Guards. The varsity game is at 11 a.m., followed by the junior varsity contest at 1 p.m.

The weekend can be capped off with the Superior Stampede (6-3) hosting the Cedar Valley Vikings (3-3) in a Mid-American Football League playoff game at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at Ole Haugsrud Field. The winner will play at Central Minnesota Thunderbirds (St. John's) on Sept. 23.

The Stampede are led on defense by former Superior Spartan Dan Turcotte, Jr. The defensive end leads the MFL will 21 sacks.

Looking to rebound

The Superior Spartans and Northwestern Tigers football teams are both looking to rebound from conference-opening shutouts last Friday. Superior lost 54-0 at Menomonie, while the Tigers lost 34-0 at Hayward.

The Tigers (1-2) take their show on the road and play at 7 p.m. Friday at Ladysmith for a Heart O' North Conference contest. Ladysmith is ranked sixth among Wisconsin's Division 5 schools.

The Lumberjacks are 3-0 on the season and fresh off a 14-3 victory over Bloomer.

Ladysmith also owns victories over Park Falls/Butternut (27-7) and Elk Mound (33-7).

The Tigers are 1-2, losing 21-14 at Ashland then beating Cloquet 22-15 at home.

The Spartans host an Old Abe team coached by former Spartan quarterback Pat McGinnis. ECM is currently 3-0 with wins over Eau Claire North (41-37), La Crosse Central (28-3) and La Crosse Logan (34-27).

"On film they look very good, solid on both sides of the line," SHS coach Bob DeMeyer said. "They have a quarterback that can throw the ball and a couple of good running backs. They don't seem to have a ton of speed, but they have very adequate runners.

"The big thing about them is that they are a very disciplined team and are well coached."

As far as rebounding from the lopsided loss at Menomonie, DeMeyer and the Spartans forgot about that long ago.

"We put it behind us right away on Saturday, after our film session," DeMeyer said. "We've had three good practices this week and we should be ready to go. The morale is good, the energy level is high and we feel very confident with where the kids are at right now."

The Spartans' defense is led by senior Max Phillips, who has a team-high 30 tackles.

"He's our defensive leader, our quarterback and captain of the defense," DeMeyer said. "He's done a nice job leading those guys."

Joining Phillips as captains on this year's team are Alex Reich, Sean Graskey, Brian Pierpont and Ryan Gapske.

Other activities

If you don't just want to be a spectator, on Saturday there's the annual East End rummage sale, which runs several miles along East Fifth St.

Also on Saturday is the inaugural SHS co-curricular golf outing at the Nemadji Golf Course. The five-person scramble begins with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Entry fee of $100 includes green fees and two golf carts, among other things.

Call SHS activities director Ray Kosey, 394-8720 (ext. 149) to enter.

Boxing event

The boxing weekend actually begins tonight with weigh ins for Friday's Superior Showdown II: Friday Night Fights taking place at 7 at Goodsports.

The event is open to the public and tickets for Friday's even can be purchased at Benna Ford, Goodsports and Wessman Arena.