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I've taken many night-time hikes in my life, all of them memorable. In Texas, I almost stepped on a jellyfish during a late walk on the beach. I was stalked by a raccoon in Minnesota. Or maybe it was just a chipmunk; I never got a good look. At Zion National Park thousands of half-inch long insects swarmed the ground after sunset.
For the first time in nearly three decades, the Packy Paquette Invite will again be hosted by Superior High School. The track meet, named for Francis "Packy" Paquette, begins at 4 p.m. Friday at the University of Wisconsin-Superior Health and Wellness Center. "My high school kids are learning this week about who Packy Paquette was," SHS track coach Kris Leopold said. "They're not going to run for trophies, they're not going to run for medals, they're going to run to honor a fallen athlete.
It's destined to become a fixture in the University of Wisconsin-Superior baseball program: an old metal lunch pail, with a squeaky handle.
It's time to put on your waders, grab a landing net and prepare for a struggle. The steelhead are waiting. The section of the Bois Brule River from Highway 2 to Lake Superior opens for fishing today.
"In the game of baseball, if you've got pitching, you've got opportunity," University of Wisconsin-Superior baseball coach Eddy Morgan said. "As our pitching goes is how our season will go." That's quite a lot of pressure on the Yellowjackets' pitching staff, but so far the pitchers have responded well. "I think we just build off that because we know how important our job is," said senior Pat Diedrich, a closer for UWS. "Everybody knows their role on this team and nobody's jealous of anybody.
The Superior High School girls soccer team faces the same challenge this year it seems to face every year. The Spartans can't host a game and can't practice outside. So far, the SHS girls have been forced to cancel their first four games of the season. Today's game, scheduled to be played at Osceola, has been moved to April 10.
Editor's Note: The story in today's print edition of the newspaper gives the incorrect dates for the Douglas County Fish and Game League Sports Show. The dates in this version of the story have been corrected. The Telegram apologizes for the error. Pat Kukull, owner of Superior Shooters Supply, has a rather unusual wish for next weekend: She wants the warm, spring weather to stay far away from Superior. "If it's a little nasty, well I'm happy then," Kukull said.
When reaching for a doorknob in Gretchen Grube's home, you may have to raise your hand a bit higher than usual. That's because the log house is built to accommodate a tall family. Grube and her parents, Ed and Roberta, are all 6-foot-4. "Our counters are high because my parents were like, 'We're not going to end up with back problems when we're older; we want the counters high,'" Grube said. "So we have a high shower, a high toilet, everything for bigger people." Grube, a senior on the Northwestern High School girls basketball team, has always been a head above the rest.
Local high school girls basketball teams will lose a number of talented seniors this year. A total of 11 players will graduate from the four high schools in The Daily Telegram's coverage area. Evergreens make history Three seniors finished their final season for the Northwood Evergreens. Ashley Albano and Taylor Fellbaum were the only two returning starters this year and Erin Okonek was a senior forward who brought energy to the team and was a steady defensive presence. "She was a contributor to our team the past two years," NHS coach Jason Schultz said.
This year many seniors are saying goodbye to teams they have played on since their freshman or sophomore years. Of the 10 high school girls basketball players on the 2008 Daily Telegram All-Area team, seven are seniors. In addition to the seniors, two sophomores and a junior were named to this year's team. Northwood's Ashlee Blegen was also nominated for the all-area team.