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Spartan hockey team gets No. 4 seed

The Superior High School boys hockey team was given the No. 4 seed for the upcoming WIAA playoffs and will host No. 5 Menomonie at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20.

Hudson was awarded the No. 1 seed and will host the winner of No. 9 Spooner and No. 8 Baldwin-Woodville, which will be played on Feb. 18. That winner will play the winner of the Superior-Menomonie game on Tuesday, Feb. 25.

The sectional championship game is scheduled for 2 p.m. on March 1 in Amery.

The Spartans were not awarded the No. 1 seed for just the fourth time since the seeding process began in the 1990s. Superior was the No 2 seed in 2006 and 2001 and the No. 4 seed in 1999.

Out of those three seasons, Superior only advanced to state in 2006 thanks to a 3-2 triple overtime win over New Richmond. The Spartans then lost to Fond du Lac 3-2 in double overtime in the state tournament quarterfinals.

In 1999 Superior lost to Spooner in the playoff opener; and in 2001 lost to Hudson in the sectional championship game.

Superior (11-11) wraps up its regular season by playing at Hermantown Tuesday and hosting Duluth East Thursday. Both games begin at 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday’s game will be carried live on the radio and the web at WNXR 107.3 FM and on My 9 television.

WIAA Boys Hockey Playoffs

Sectional 1

Tuesday, Feb. 18

No. 9 Spooner at No. 8 Baldwin-Woodville

No. 10 Amery at No. 7 Siren

Thursday, Feb. 20

Spooner-BW winner at No. 1 Hudson

No. 5 Menomonie at No. 4 Superior

No. 6 River Falls at No. 3 Somerset

Amery-Siren winner at No. 2 New Richmond

Tuesday, Feb. 25

Sectional Semifinals

Saturday, March 1

Sectional Championship

At Amery Ice Center

Semifinal winners, 2 p.m.