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The Northwestern High School girls golf team is almost exactly the same as last year, only with a little more experience. "They believe more in themselves," NHS coach Stacy Burfield said. "Last year, I think a lot of them didn't come in with high expectations.
Growing up in Kaukauna, Wis., Robert Mrotek watched his two older brothers take part in martial arts. After a short time he, naturally, wanted to start too. At age five he told his parents he wanted to begin taking martial arts lessons, but they said no -- he was too small. Ironically, it was Mrotek's slight frame that eventually convinced his parents to let him begin taking karate lessons. Describing himself as a "little, tiny dweeb with asthma," Mrotek said he became a human punching bag during his early days in school.
Bobby Unser, a three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 and winner of 35 career Indy races, was in Superior to spend time with a friend and to have AMSOIL work on his motor home Tuesday afternoon. "Oh, I like this part of the world," 73-year-old Unser said. "It's really nice." "But I'm not going to kid you," Unser continued, "the only time I've ever come up here has been for that guy right there." Unser pointed a finger at a smiling Al Amatuzio, the founder of AMSOIL, standing nearby.
The Superior fastpitch softball teams knew they would be hosting the Babe Ruth State Softball Tournament this year, but the amount of work they had to do to prepare may have been a little unexpected. "An insurmountable amount of work has gone in, more especially in the last few months," said Richard Eisenmann, who played a large role in organizing the tournament and also will coach the 16U team. "But we did start planning literally a year ago." After last year's state tournament, it was announced that Superior would be the would be the host site for the tournament this year.
The Brule River State Forest got some very good news in the year it celebrates its 100th anniversary, as it was announced Wednesday that a total of 5,889.13 acres of property have been added to the Brule River State Forest. However, the expansion wasn't actually planned to coincide with the state forest's centennial. "That just happened, which was a very nice anniversary present," said David Schulz, acting Brule River State Forest superintendent. "It was great how everything came together." Wisconsin Gov.
After construction at Northwestern Middle School in Maple bereft the Northern Lights Soccer Association (NLSA) of the fields on which it played for the past seven summers, the group wasn't sure if it would be able to have a soccer program this year. But after asking the community for help, the 200 to 300 kids involved in the soccer program will have a chance to play the sport they love this summer. Nearly two weeks ago, the NLSA issued a plea for help, asking for assistance in finding a field.
Every great rivalry needs a name, and the Superior Stampede are trying to begin their own classic rivalry with the first Battle for the Badger this year. The battle will take place when the Stampede play their first home game of the season and take on the Northern Wisconsin Thunderhawks at 4:05 p.m. today at Ole Haugsrud Field. The Stampede (1-0) are members of the Mid-America Football League, while the Thunderhawks (6-0) are in the Great Plains Football League. "It's always nice to be able to play in front of your own fans," Stampede head coach Terry Fawcett said.
The Superior Middle School archery club has had quite a year. In February, it competed in the state tournament and took first place as a team. Once the SMS shooters had excelled at the state level, the idea of going to this year's national tournament in Kentucky arose. "After we won the state tournament, we didn't really decide to go (to the national tournament) until early April," archery club advisor Steve Fregin said. But the decision to go to the national tournament was just the beginning.
It can be hard to escape a family legacy, especially if you live in Superior, Wis. and your family's legacy is hockey. Taylor VanDamme, a senior at Superior High School and this year's Daily Telegram Softball Player of the Year finds herself in just that position. She said whenever someone hears the name VanDamme, they instantly think of hockey.
Joining Taylor VanDamme on this year's All-Area Softball Team are quite a few other seniors who have played their last games at the high school level. Some will continue their softball careers in college, and the others will simply cherish their high school memories.