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The Superior High School Spartans have finished second in the Lake Superior Conference two years in a row. Now they're ready to take over the top place. "I think we have the best returning team," SHS coach Amy Zembo said. Zembo is confident her team has the talent to win, but she also knows the Spartans won't be able to run away with the conference title. "This season it's wide open as the talent is equaling out," she said. "Last season three teams tied for second place." Hermantown lost several key players, but Zembo still expects the Hawks to be strong challengers.
Good news for the women's hockey team was bad news for the softball team this year at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. The softball team has a long history of attracting multi-sport athletes, many of which play hockey. Normally little conflict exists between the two seasons, but the women's hockey team had never advanced as far into the playoffs as it did this year. As a result, when the rest of the softball team was in Florida to open its season, three players were skating on the ice in Plattsburgh, N.Y.
Before the Packy Paquette Invitational even started, Superior High School track coach Kris Leopold knew the Northwestern High School girls would be looking for redemption after placing second to the Spartans in last week's Simpson Invitational. "I sat my kids down and said, 'These girls, they don't lose too often. They got second in this meet the other night that they always win. What do you think they're thinking right now?'" Leopold said.
I've taken many night-time hikes in my life, all of them memorable. In Texas, I almost stepped on a jellyfish during a late walk on the beach. I was stalked by a raccoon in Minnesota. Or maybe it was just a chipmunk; I never got a good look. At Zion National Park thousands of half-inch long insects swarmed the ground after sunset.
For the first time in nearly three decades, the Packy Paquette Invite will again be hosted by Superior High School. The track meet, named for Francis "Packy" Paquette, begins at 4 p.m. Friday at the University of Wisconsin-Superior Health and Wellness Center. "My high school kids are learning this week about who Packy Paquette was," SHS track coach Kris Leopold said. "They're not going to run for trophies, they're not going to run for medals, they're going to run to honor a fallen athlete.
It's destined to become a fixture in the University of Wisconsin-Superior baseball program: an old metal lunch pail, with a squeaky handle.
It's time to put on your waders, grab a landing net and prepare for a struggle. The steelhead are waiting. The section of the Bois Brule River from Highway 2 to Lake Superior opens for fishing today.
"In the game of baseball, if you've got pitching, you've got opportunity," University of Wisconsin-Superior baseball coach Eddy Morgan said. "As our pitching goes is how our season will go." That's quite a lot of pressure on the Yellowjackets' pitching staff, but so far the pitchers have responded well. "I think we just build off that because we know how important our job is," said senior Pat Diedrich, a closer for UWS. "Everybody knows their role on this team and nobody's jealous of anybody.
The Superior High School girls soccer team faces the same challenge this year it seems to face every year. The Spartans can't host a game and can't practice outside. So far, the SHS girls have been forced to cancel their first four games of the season. Today's game, scheduled to be played at Osceola, has been moved to April 10.
This year many seniors are saying goodbye to teams they have played on since their freshman or sophomore years. Of the 10 high school girls basketball players on the 2008 Daily Telegram All-Area team, seven are seniors. In addition to the seniors, two sophomores and a junior were named to this year's team. Northwood's Ashlee Blegen was also nominated for the all-area team.