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In some school districts, once young athletes enter junior high, they go into the weight room as part of the training for their sport. At Superior Middle School, young athletes are also heading into the weight room, but for them, the workout isn't a mandatory part of their practice. "They initiated it," supervisor Mel Mattson said of the weight lifting club. "It says a lot about the quality of the kids." That's not to say, however, that there wasn't a little grumbling after a hard workout when the students began training.
The University of Wisconsin-Superior softball team had plenty of chances to come away with a win over UW-River Falls in its doubleheader Tuesday evening at Liebaert Field. But in both games the Yellowjackets were unable to take advantage of their opportunities, as they fell 5-3 in game one and 13-6 in game two. UWS is now 13-19 overall and 2-10 in the WIAC, while the Falcons move to 27-7 overall and 8-2. In the opening game, UWS took a 1-0 lead when senior Erin Kegley stepped up to the plate with two outs and hit a home run in the bottom of the first.
When people think of environmentally conscious politicians today, Al Gore and his documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth," likely come to mind. Decades ago, however, there was another politician who worked to raise public awareness about environmental issues, and his legacy still lives on today. Gaylord Nelson, a former Wisconsin senator, is the founder of Earth Day. The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970, as a day meant to bring attention to environmental policies and concerns.
After losing a very close game to Spooner, 2-1, on Monday, the Superior High School girls soccer team was looking to get back into the win column Tuesday evening but fell to the Hayward Hurricanes 5-1. "Hayward played a good game," SHS coach Kate Thompson said. "We struggled in the first half with our marks, and fell apart a little bit at the end of the half. Marking in the box was our struggle; marking and clearing." "I think we're a really young team and are learning how to mark," Thompson continued. "We're still trying to understand.
Baseball season has officially begun, but because of spring snowstorms and unseasonably cool weather, few local baseball teams have actually had the chance to go outside to play. For teams trying to rebuild their squad, it is difficult to gauge players' skill levels without seeing them play in game situations.
Snow and chilling temperatures may be stalling the spring sports season, but inside Gary Mattevi's Martial Arts Academy, everything is in full swing. Children and adults alike are flooding into classes, and for many, karate has become a family event. "I started out as just a parent," Stephanie Stein said. "Both of our children started, then my husband started, and they all talked me into starting eventually." Stein began taking classes in September and is in the lower level adult karate class.
When asked how he would describe the perfect day for turkey hunting, Kevin Feind, secretary of the Gitchee Gumme Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and ranger for the Brule River State Forest, had no trouble coming up with a description. The cloudless sky would be a bluebird perfect blue, he said. Temperatures would start out in the 40s and reach about 58 during the day.
Many college baseball teams set goals at the beginning of a season to help inspire the players to work hard, and the University of Wisconsin-Superior baseball team is no exception. But the Yellowjackets are not going for the typical goal of winning a conference championship. "We may not win 20 or 25 games this year, but -- and we've talked to the guys about this -- this is a start of a healing process," first-year head coach Eddy Morgan said.
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.