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Kenny Kenny bo Benny? Banana fanna fo Fenny fe fi mo Menny? Kenny? -- The Name Game I've been working in the Daily Telegram sports department since 1993, and each year gets more difficult. During those 14 years, I've covered every sport imaginable and have interviewed hundreds of athletes and coaches. That's where things get tough -- I know too many people -- or more to the point, too many names. For example, on Saturday I called a player by his dad's name in our Superior boys hockey preview. I apologize to senior Mike Plummer, whom I called Craig.
For the fourth time in the past five years, the Northwestern High School football team will have a new coach as Dennis Scherz was recently named as a replacement for Pete Lawton as coach of the Tigers. Scherz is no stranger to the NHS football team, having served as a football assistant coach for 14 seasons. At NHS he was also a head coach of the baseball team for seven years, head track and field coach and an assistant coach on the golf team last spring. "The head coach of this football program is a demanding position," Scherz said.
Girls returning on the Superior High School girls hockey team have chips on their shoulders. The Spartans had their sights set on playing in their fifth straight WIAA state tournament last spring, but those plans were dashed when they lost to Northland Pines in the sectional championship game at the Superior Ice Arena. Fast forward nine months and memories of that defeat still linger in minds of many of the returning players, including in senior Ashley Martin. "It was especially tough because we lost to a new team that we never heard of before," Martin said.
Ask anybody on the Superior High School boys hockey team or its coaching staff what the team goals are this season and it's unanimous. 1. Win the Lake Superior Conference. 2. Not lose to any teams from Wisconsin. 3. Win state. During Jason Kalin's six years as head coach of the Spartans, those goals have remained the same, which is just the way the coach wants it. "Our goals stay consistent, that speaks a lot to the tradition of our program," said Kalin, who is beginning his seventh year as head coach of the Spartans.
Tuesday night's non-conference basketball game between the University of Wisconsin-Superior Yellowjackets and the Bemidji State University Beavers was a game of streaks. Unfortunately for the Yellowjackets, the Beavers went on the game's final streak, nailing six free throws in the final 36 seconds for a 76-71 victory before Mertz Mortorelli Gym crowd of around 400. "We scored enough points to win," UWS coach Dave Buchanan said.
For the fifth time in seven games, the University of Wisconsin-Superior men's hockey team played into overtime. And for the fourth time the Yellowjackets finished with a tie. The latest extra session game came Saturday night at Wessman Arena as UWS and UW-River Falls skated to a 3-3 tie. The tie gives the 'Jackets a record of 2-1-4 overall and 1-0-1 in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association.
The rosters for the Superior High School boys and girls hockey teams have been set and the Spartan girls will be first to test the waters when they compete in the Fond du Lac tournament tonight and Saturday. The SHS girls will take on Appleton at 7 tonight and Onalaska at 10 a.m. Saturday. The Spartan boys' first action will be at Monday's Lake Superior Jamboree, which will take place at the Mars Lakeview Arena in Duluth. Superior will play against the Proctor Rails from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Other match-ups include Duluth Central vs. Ashland, 5:30 p.m.; Hermantown vs.
What's wrong with the Yellowjackets? That's the question buzzing around town as the University of Wisconsin-Superior men's hockey team takes a 1-1-3 record into Thursday's Northern Collegiate Hockey Association opener at UW-Stout. The Yellowjackets opened the season with a win over Northland College (6-0), a loss to St. Thomas (3-0) and ties with St. Mary's (4-4), Augsburg (2-2) and Hamline (1-1). "It's been kind of a rough start, overall," UWS coach Dan Stauber said. "You take a look at our team defense and we're doing a pretty good job.
Andrew MacKenzie's second goal of the night, with 1:48 remaining in the third period, helped the University of Wisconsin-Superior men's hockey team pull out a 4-4 tie with the St. Mary's Cardinals Friday night at Wessman Arena. The Yellowjackets took a 3-1 lead on Rob Turville's goal 2:28 into the third period only to have the Cardinals storm back with three straight goals, including one on Jesse Polk's penalty shot, to take a 4-3 lead. "For opening night we did some good things, but then when we played poor defensively, it ended up in our net -- bottom line," UWS coach Dan Stauber said.
It was a long summer for the University of Wisconsin-Superior men's hockey team. The Yellowjackets (20-6-1) are coming off their first 20-win season in four years. They were the best defensive and offensive team in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (allowing 2.33 goals per game and scoring 4.04 goals per game) and in the process outscored their opponents by a 109-63 margin. But the season ended too early, as the 'Jackets were knocked out of the NCHA playoffs in the first round by the College of St.