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The third time proved to be a charm for the Eau Claire Memorial softball team. Just three days after being swept by the Superior High School Spartans in a season-finale doubleheader, the Old Abes turned the tables on the Spartans with a 4-2 victory Tuesday evening in a WIAA first-round playoff game played at Liebaert Field. "Greg (assistant coach Campbell) said Monday it's tough to beat a team three games in a row," SHS coach Amy Zembo said. "I didn't think it would effect us, but I was a little worried about our hitting." The loss ends Superior's season at 15-5.
Even though the next football season is more than three months away, things are already buzzing around Superior. Superior High School football coach Bob DeMeyer met with students last week at the Superior Middle School and 101 eighth-graders attended a meeting for those interested in playing freshmen football in the fall. Another 100 sixth and seventh- graders also showed interest in playing in the Spartan Youth Football League. "Even though those are great numbers, we want to double it in the future," DeMeyer said. "That's my No.
The Superior High School baseball team entered Tuesday's game with the Proctor Rails with the attitude of doing what ever it takes to be successful. After watching the Rails jump out to a 3-0 lead through three innings, the Spartans turned things around and rallied for a 10-3 victory at Morrie Arnovich Field. "Before the game we talked, and our motto was 'just get 'er done,'" SHS coach Don Dembroski said. "No matter what happens, if we make a couple of errors, let's rebound and get a couple of extra hits. If things don't go well, let's not quit, let's fight to the end.
Amanda LeBard's key pitching and 12 base hits helped lift the Superior High School softball team to an 8-3 win over the Duluth East Greyhounds Wednesday afternoon at Liebaert Field. Four different times, LeBard stranded East runners at third base, and twice she did it by striking out back-to-back batters. Overall, LeBard finished her six-hitter with nine strikeouts and just one walk. "This was by far her best game of the season," SHS coach Amy Zembo said. "As far as throwing wise and mentally being prepared, she was ready to go.
MINONG -- At least for the time being, bragging rights on the diamond between the Northwood Evergreens and the Solon Springs Eagles belong to Northwood. The Evergreens completed a sweep of the Eagles Friday afternoon in Minong as the baseball team won 11-0 in five innings at Robert Link Field, and the Northwood girls followed up with a 8-2 victory on the nearby Bradley K.
An opportunistic Cloquet Lumberjack baseball team defeated the Superior High School Spartans 4-2 Thursday afternoon at Morrie Arnovich Field. The Lumberjacks managed just three hits in the Lake Superior Conference contest, but thanks to three hit batters and a handful of Spartan errors, Cloquet was able to win the game and improve to 4-1 on the season. "Cloquet deserved to win, they outplayed us," SHS coach Don Dembroski said. "There were plays we should have made that we didn't, but they hit better than us and their pitcher got better as the game went on.
In the future, Superior High School baseball coach Don Dembroski is going to be more protective of his batting cage at Morrie Arnovich field. Prior to Monday's game with Duluth East, a couple of the visiting Greyhounds asked Dembroski if they could take a couple of cuts in the vacant batting cage. That move backfired as one of the Greyhounds getting the extra batting practice was sophomore John Tisak, who just happened to hit a pair of home runs to help East rally past the Spartans 4-3. The loss was the first of the season for the Spartans, who led 3-2 after six innings. But Tisak's second
MINONG -- A good old fashioned pitching duel broke out in the Northwestern Tigers' 2-0 win over the Northwood Evergreens Friday evening at Bradley K.
Amanda LeBard decided to take a few extra days off in preparation for the Superior High School's softball teams season opener against the Duluth Denfeld Hunters Tuesday at Liebaert Field. The time off wasn't planned, but after seeing the results, an 11-0 five-inning victory for the Spartans, SHS coach Amy Zembo may think about staying with the routine. "I'm really surprised at how well I did, especially after not pitching since Friday," LeBard said.
Superior will be well represented when the 23rd annual Chicago Showcase begins today and runs through Sunday at the Bensenville Edge Ice Arenas in Bensenville, Ill. Thirty-four teams from across the United States will participate in the high school hockey festival, including two teams from Wisconsin. Team Wisconsin Red, which will compete in the "A Pool," includes Superior Spartans' Brian Pierpont and Sean Graskey. Team Wisconsin Red opens against Team Minnesota at 7 p.m.