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On Thursday night, the Superior High School girls basketball team demonstrated what it means to win as a team. Five Spartan players made it into the scorebook against the Cloquet Lumberjacks, and all five of those players finished in double figures as SHS won 65-58. "We'd really like to have a balance attack," SHS coach Dan Schulz said. "We feel that against a zone we need to have multiple threats out there. All the kids really did a nice job of utilizing their strengths. We had Taylor Kosey taking the ball to the basket when she had opportunities.
It is not a sport for the fainthearted. Among common injuries are elbow and shoulder dislocations, ankle sprains and chronic wrist pain. More serious but less common ones include tendon ruptures, fractured bones and, in rare cases, paralysis. We're talking gymnastics. Typically, the activities most often associated with injury are contact sports: hockey, football or even basketball.
At this time last year, many Northlanders were lamenting the relative lack of snow. Now, one hears complaints of too much snow and grumbling for an end to the daily shoveling. Not everyone is displeased with the deepening blanket, however. John Deterling, treasurer for the Brule River Riders snowmobile club and president of the Northwest Trails Association of Douglas County, is smiling from ear to ear. "Oh, we enjoy this," he said. "Our trails opened on Dec. 1, and it's cold and we've got enough snow." Last year's conditions weren't nearly as favorable.
The Solon Springs High School girls basketball team hosted its backyard rivals, the Northwood Evergreen, in a non-conference game Thursday night. Going into the game, both teams were focused on claiming victory, but it was Northwood that came out with a fast start and went on to claim a 54-27 win. "I was very proud of the girls," Evergreens coach Jason Schultz said. "They played a pretty good game, at times a very good.
High school provides an opportunity to play and gain notice for athletes who seek to play in college.
Turnovers were rampant in the Spartan girls basketball game against the Chippewa Falls Cardinals at Superior High School Friday night. The leading call against both sides was traveling. Numerous times throughout the match, both the Spartans and the Cardinals suffered back-to-back calls for walking. For the Spartans at least, SHS coach Dan Schulz said there is a reason Superior struggled with traveling in the game. "I think (traveling) is called a lot more closely in Wisconsin," Schulz said.
It was an uncharacteristic night for the Northwestern High School boys basketball team Thursday when the Tigers hosted Bloomer. The game got off to an unusual start when sophomore Steve Tecker picked up three personal fouls just four and a half minutes into the game. Dan Cowley, head coach of the Tigers, said seeing Tecker in foul trouble was a rarity. According to Cowley, Tecker has only been in foul trouble in one other game since he began starting for Northwestern as a freshman. Another abnormality for the Tigers early in the game was poor free throw shooting.
Sometimes when two good teams compete in basketball, referees limit their calls and just let the athletes play. That was the case Thursday in Maple, when the Northwestern High girls survived a rough game to beat the Ladysmith Lumberjacks 56-47 and remain undefeated 7-0 overall and 3-0 in the Heart O' North Conference. Lindsay Garay, a junior guard for the Tigers, said the game was probably the most physical she has played this year.
Look at just one month of George "Bud" Brand's calendar, and your life will seem relaxed by comparison. For Brand, a retired social worker for the Duluth Housing Redevelopment Authority, three or more events are penciled in for every day, yet Brand wouldn't want it any other way. "I've been very blessed in my life, so I try to give a little back," Brand said, 61. "Plus, I've always been told that I'm a people person." Brand volunteers for a long list of activities.
It has been a week for triple-digit scoring in Superior. Just one day after the University of Wisconsin-Superior men's basketball team broke the 100-point mark in a victory over Finlandia, the Superior High School boys basketball team mirrored the feat Tuesday night with a 101-33 victory over the Proctor Rails. SHS coach Dave Kontny said scoring more than 100 points wasn't a goal for the Spartans, but he knew it was something the players and the crowd appreciated. "The crowd was really excited about the whole thing," Kontny said.