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After losing three very good senior players last year, should this be considered a rebuilding year for the University of Wisconsin-Superior softball team? Not if UWS softball coach Roger Plachta has anything to say about it. "I hate that word," Plachta said. "If 'Superior' is on the jersey, it shouldn't matter if they're freshmen or seniors. It doesn't say freshman or sophomore or senior on the jersey." Jamie Bang, Kathleen Duffy and Courtney Pulsifer, all of whom were all-conference players, graduated last year and left some important roles to be filled on the softball team.
The ground is still soggy on the soccer field at Superior High School, but the Spartan girls soccer team is ready to play. "This is really dry compared to how it was yesterday," SHS coach Kate Thompson said Tuesday afternoon. "We were out behind the school yesterday and it was a big mess. They (the players) were trying to step around puddles for about five minutes, and then they were completely muddy." Although field conditions are not perfect in Superior, they are better than in Ashland.
This year's area basketball teams were filled with outstanding players. Some were freshmen, just beginning their careers, while others were seniors, ending their careers with flare.
It's no secret that hockey rules the sports world in Superior. This year, however, another Spartan high school team broke onto the scene to challenge the dominance of the players on the ice. "Ever since I started here, I've always wanted to try to bring basketball back to Superior," senior Bart Bailey said. "It's always been a hockey town, so that was my goal in four years." The Superior High School boys basketball team took great strides toward meeting that goal this year.
For many local teams, the season ended earlier than they had wished, but for others it was a year of growth and marked improvement.
As Lindsey Lindstrom walked through the halls of Superior High School Wednesday afternoon, many people stopped her to ask her the same question: "Are you dressed up for the prom or something?" The curious onlookers were referring to the senior's attire, a light blue prom dress. Lindstrom's formal appearance wasn't for any sort of dance, however; it was for the SHS girls basketball team photo. The Spartans added a splash of elegance to their group photo this year, as the varsity players wore prom dresses to go along with the teams "Queens of the Court" theme.
The second annual Austin Edwards 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament will be held Saturday, March 17 at the Superior Middle School. Registration was originally scheduled to close on Saturday, but it will now stay open until Wednesda, March 14. Cost is $40 per team. The tournament is in honor of Austin Edwards, who died at the age of 12 on Nov. 23, 2005, from injuries sustained from an ATV accident.
Mother Nature may not have been much help to the Birkie this year, but the River View Loppet at Brule River State Forest had more than enough snow last weekend for the 12th annual cross-country ski race. With 24 inches of new snow from last week's blizzard, which ended the evening before the River View Loppet was slated to begin, there was plenty of snow for the race ...
The Superior High School boys basketball team is headed to the WIAA sectional tournament for the first time in many years, and none of the players want to do anything to hurt the team's chances. So although the team claims not to be very superstitious, there is one area in which the Spartans are taking no chances: their pre-game slogans. "We've got one, but I don't know if we can reveal it," SHS senior Bart Bailey said Wednesday. "It might jinx us," fellow senior Ben Lindberg later added. Bailey and Lindberg, the two team captains, said the slogan would be revealed to the rest of the team
Blizzard conditions shut Superior High School down last Thursday and Friday, but the snow couldn't keep the boys basketball team out of the gym. "We practiced both days," SHS coach Dave Kontny said. "It's not very often you're in the regional finals, so we forged our way into the gym." The Spartans' determination to practice paid off, as they defeated the Hudson Raiders 61-52 Saturday to advance to the WIAA sectional tournament in Marshfield.