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The Northwestern High School football team is banking on the idea opponents will be unable to shut down every weapon of the Tigers' running game. "Our offense is set up where if they stop one of us, the other ones will have a good game," said Ryan Miesbauer, a junior running back and linebacker for the Tigers. "If they stop me, Mike Lindsey will have a big game or Kevin (Derick). It would be hard to stop all three." Indeed, juniors Derick and Miesbauer, senior Lindsey and sophomore T.J.
The Superior High School volleyball team fell to the Ashland Oredockers 3-1 Tuesday night in Superior. Ashland coach Wyvern Kinney said the team's number one priority coming in was to get a win in the Lake Superior Conference match. She was pleased with the Oredockers' serving and overall offense but thought the team could play better defense, especially after the Spartans adjusted to their blocking. "We have a tall team this year, and we do have the advantage of getting a number of blocks," Kinney said.
The newly renovated Gordon L. Nelson Field at Northwestern High School was certainly tested in the Tigers' home opener against Amery Friday night. Dark clouds hung over the field throughout the first half, and at halftime the rain began to pour. "We got a lot of rain fast," said Dennis Scherz, head coach of Northwestern. Thankfully for the Tigers, the new artificial turf held up nicely to the weather. "My footing was great," Scherz said.
For years, people approached Superior High School coach Dan Conway in the fall to ask him how his team was doing. "People would come up to me and say, 'How's your track team doing?,'" Conway said. "I'd say, 'It's not a track team, it's cross country.'" A longtime coach at SHS, Conway said cross country has always been the forgotten sport of the fall athletic season. He retired from coaching after the 2006 cross country season, but Conway didn't stay away from the sport for long. "I thought it was time, but then the job opened up again and I missed it.
Dump trucks and backhoes are still rolling around the school grounds at Northwestern High School, but the construction is no longer an obstacle for the Tigers football team.
Superior High School boys soccer coach Aaron Ashley still seemed shocked after the Spartans' 6-1 loss to Hermantown Tuesday evening in Superior. Ashley was not disappointed by his team's effort but by the number of cards given to the Spartans in the match. "I haven't earned that many cards in a game in quite a few seasons," Ashley said. The Spartans were given one yellow card in the first half, followed by another in the second and a red card.
I just had to climb the sand dune the second I saw it. The giant dune towered above all the others and was sure to offer a great view of the Oregon coast. The climb was tiring, but the view from atop the sand was just what I had expected. The ocean churned in the distance and dunes stretched for miles in every direction before fading into the pine forest. I was too far away to hear the ocean, but ATVs buzzed in the distance. The sound grew louder as a group of riders approached.
It's a time new beginnings for the Northwestern High School football team: a new season, a new coach, a new field. Yet with all the change, the Tigers' main goal is to get back to the way things were, to prove the strong football tradition of NHS is still alive. After a difficult 2007 season in which the Tigers won just one game, their final game of the season, confidence and optimism are running high.
In winter and spring, the Northwood Evergreens and Solon Springs Eagles are fierce rivals. In the fall, however, the two schools come together and play on one field as the Northwood-Solon Springs football team. "Football season, all hard feelings have got to go away," said Ryan Quigley, a senior from Solon Springs. Reese Stariha, a senior from Northwood, relishes the chance to play against some of his former teammates during basketball and baseball season.
Jamie Stendahl hasn't encountered any surprises so far in her first year as head coach of the Northwestern High School volleyball team. Previously serving as the Tigers' assistant coach, Stendahl said everyone around her has helped make the transition to head coach easy. "I've had a lot of support from players, parents, the school, the community, and then of course my coaching staff," Stendahl said. "So it's been great." The Tigers claimed the Heart O' North Conference title last season, finishing with a nearly perfect 13-1 HON record.