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The Northwestern girls basketball team fell to the Park Falls Cardinals Tuesday night 57-34 after a disappointing first-half performance from the Tigers. "We just came out flat, offensively and defensively," Shawn Leith, head coach of the Tigers, said. "They (Park Falls) got every loose rebound, they ran us up and down the floor. "Every game can be a learning experience and this one was. You have to be ready to come out and play every game, mentally as well as physically.
The Northwestern High School boys basketball team survived numerous scoreless stretches in its game against Barron Thursday night to remain undefeated. Following the 68-51 win, the Tigers are 3-0 in the Heart O' North Conference and 6-0 overall. "It was one of those games where you don't really come out of it feeling great," NHS coach Dan Cowley said. "It wasn't a very clean game; it wasn't very smooth. There were different parts of the game that we played pretty well and then other parts where we didn't.
With five seniors and eight juniors, most wouldn't call the Spartan boys basketball team young. In terms of varsity experience, however, that's exactly what they are. "We really only have two starters back from last year," SHS coach Dave Kontny said, referring to Bart Bailey and Ben Lindberg. "Mike Johnsted started one game toward the end of the season when Eric Thompson got hurt and then played the last three games on the varsity," Kontny said.
The Superior High School girls basketball team may have a different coach this year, but little else has changed, as the Spartans hope to be a strong force in the Lake Superior conference again this year. After losing just two starters (Alexa Leighton and Lindsay Battuello) to graduation, many familiar faces return for the Spartan team. Senior Lindsey Lindstrom, who averaged 17.5 points per game and 7.8 rebounds per game last season, returns as the Spartans' leading scorer.
The Northwestern High School girls basketball team does not have a standout superstar this year, but Shawn Leith, head coach of the Tigers, sees that as a strength rather than a weakness. "We've got a lot of diversity on the team; we're not a one-handed monster," Leith said. "We've got guards that are quick that can handle the ball, we've got some good inside players, we're very well rounded." In the Tigers' first four games of the season they had seven, nine, six and 10 girls scoring on their roster of 10 players.
Two years ago, the Northwestern High School boys basketball team went to the state tournament, and head coach Dan Cowley sees many similarities between that year's team and the current Tigers. But such comparisons aren't likely to go to the players' heads. "I think these kids are pretty level-headed," Cowley said. "They're pretty grounded anyways, and I think one of the reasons I'm excited about this team is I think that they do have a good attitude." Cowley said senior Kelsey Moreland provided a good example of the team's character.
The Northwestern High School boys basketball team opened Heart O' North Conference play at home Tuesday night with a 76-54 victory over the Hayward Hurricanes. The Tigers are now 3-0 overall and 1-0 in the conference, while the Hurricanes are 1-1 in both overall and conference play. For the Tigers, who lost by about 30 points at Hayward last year, there was a lot to play for in the game. "They knew this was a big game," NHS coach Dan Cowley said.
Two senior linebackers, Austin Lind and Max Phillips, have earned the right to be named the Daily Telegram Football Co-Players of the Year this season, and aside from their excellent performances this year, the two players actually have quite a bit in common. For example, both were inspired by their fathers to play football, and both maintained positive attitudes on the field last season, even when their teams struggled.
Deer baiting is a divisive issue in Wisconsin. To people at one extreme, it is an unnecessary and unsportsmanlike act. To those at the other extreme, it is a deeply rooted tradition that must be preserved. In Minnesota, deer baiting has been illegal since 1991 and is considered a form of poaching. This year, Minnesota regulations prohibiting deer baiting were made even tighter.