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When the Evergreens began their WIAA Division 4 softball game at Northwood School Thursday, the sky was clear and the sun was shining warmly. By the time the game finished, the sun was beginning to set and the Evergreen's season was over. Northwood and Frederic played for 11 innings in a regional final game before Frederic emerged with a 5-3 victory. Evergreens coach Beth Block described the experience emotionally and physically exhausting. Frederic coach Erin Hansford agreed. "It was a good game," Hansford said.
Last season, the Superior High School softball team was ousted from the Division 1 WIAA playoffs in the first round by Eau Claire Memorial. In Superior Tuesday, the Spartans faced Menomonie hoping not to see their season end early once again. For the six seniors of the team, the resolve to win was strong. "I think all of the seniors were really determined to keep on going, but especially Amanda (LeBard) who's worked really hard for many years," SHS coach Amy Zembo said.
Hiking in the early spring is not for everyone. If you insist on hitting the trails just after the snow melts, you have two options: wear shoes and clothes you don't care about, or put on some waders. And be prepared to slog through ankle-deep mud and water, especially if you choose a path running near a swamp. On the bright side, you'll probably have the trail all to yourself. Enjoying a spring hike is all about attitude.
After freezing cold and constant rain this week, Thursday's 60 degree weather at the Superior High School girls soccer game was a welcome change. The Spartans' opponents, New Richmond, did not feel the same way. On the line for weather in the score book, the Tigers wrote, "Strange. Very strange." When the team had left New Richmond, it was 70 degrees with a clear sky.
Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night ... It could be the motto of the Northwood High School softball team this season. The Evergreen girls have played in almost every weather condition imaginable. "I've played where there's been snow, rain, 85 degrees -- seasons that are varied that way," Northwood coach Beth Block said. "This (season) has been just overall cold and I don't know when it's going to warm up. Maybe I hope it doesn't." Block isn't anxious to see the chilly weather disappear because, contrary to logic, the Evergreens seem to thrive in the cold.
When asked how much he has improved as a runner, Zach Smith was at a loss. He shook his head and smiled while trying to come up with an answer. "Oh, a lot," he said. "I can't even guess." It is his passion now, but Zach has been running regularly for less than a year. The Northwestern High School senior joined the cross country team in the fall and now runs the 3,200-meter event in track.
It never hurts to be prepared, and while the emerald ash borer (EAB) has not yet been found in Wisconsin, it may be on its way. The insect is perched on the state's doorstep, with massive infestations in much of Michigan. As with many invasive species, EAB's rapid spread can be attributed to humans. Without the aid of humans, EAB is estimated to spread about two and a half miles in one year.
Almost no one seems to know exactly what to expect for today's fishing opener. Business at the Bait Box in Superior had been slow early in the week, but employee Garrett Dinda said that is not out of the ordinary. "It usually seems like the last day is a mad rush," he said. "I don't know why they wait until the last minute. Things might be a little different this year with the weather and the ice going out. Hopefully it picks up." So far spring has been unseasonable cool, and ice can still be found on some larger lakes.
It may be taboo to talk about a perfect game in progress, but what about a perfect season? It's a bit harder to stifle that chatter, especially when the cosmos seems to be sending signals. "It just happened that 'We are the Champions' came on just when we were on the bus (Monday)," said Beth Block, head coach of the Northwood High School softball team. "We just had fun with it." The Evergreens remain perfect so far this season with a 7-0 record after defeating Clear Lake Monday. An undefeated regular season could sound impossible to many teams, but not to Northwood.
The Superior High School softball team started slowly in its Lake Superior Conference game against Proctor Tuesday evening, but the Spartans found their offense as the game continued and went on to win, 7-0. "We started out a little bit flat that first inning," SHS coach Amy Zembo said. "It didn't seem like we were quite prepared and ready to play." Superior was poised to do some damage in the first inning with the bases loaded and just one out.