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It was a year of triumphs, resurgences, heart-breaking losses and near misses for local athletic teams and athletes during 2007. The Superior High School boys basketball team was one win away from its first state tournament since 1974, the SHS boys hockey team finished second in the state tournament for a record 11th time, and the Solon Springs volleyball team advance further than any other Eagle team before it lost in the sectional championship match. The Northwestern Tigers enjoyed a ton of success but also had to work through some obstacles with an expansion project that forced a late sta
Led by Jake Smith's 28 points and 18 more from Dwight Hill, the University of Wisconsin-Superior men's basketball team defeated the UW-La Crosse Eagles 71-61 Saturday afternoon at Mertz Mortorelli Gym. Smith scored 18 of his points in the first half as the Yellowjackets, who were playing without three injured players, took a 35-32 lead into the locker room at halftime. Hill also had 13 points in the first half and UWS needed all of them to counter the 18 first-half points by Eagles' Chris Fehrenbach, who finished with a game-high 31 points. "A Great win, a great feeling," Smith said.
The friendly confines of Mertz Mortorelli Gymnasium were once again kind to the University of Wisconsin-Superior men's basketball team as the Yellowjackets defeated the Northland College Lumberjacks 77-64 Saturday afternoon. The win was the third straight at home for UWS, now 4-6 on the season. "It was nice to win our third straight home game," UWS coach Dave Buchanan said. "Last year we won one home game overall. This was one game we didn't win at home last year, Northland beat us here.
The friendly confines of Mertz Mortorelli Gymnasium were once again kind to the University of Wisconsin-Superior men's basketball team as the Yellowjackets defeated the Northland College Lumberjacks 77-64 Saturday afternoon. The win was the third in a row at home for UWS, now 4-6 on the season. "It was nice to win our third straight home game," UWS coach Dave Buchanan said. "Last year we won one home game overall. This was one game we didn't win at home last year, Northland beat us here.
DULUTH -- The Superior High School boys hockey team snapped a three-game losing skid with a 7-1 victory over the New Ulm Eagles Thursday afternoon at Mars Lakeview Arena. The Spartans (4-3) will now face the winner of the Simley/Providence game in the Duluth Marshall Hilltopper Holiday Classic consolation championship game at 11:30 a.m. Friday. The Spartans, who lost to Fort Frances (Ont.) 7-4 Wednesday despite outshooting the Muskies, dominated Thursday's game and outshot the Eagles 45-11.
The Fort Frances Muskies scored five unanswered goals to defeat the Superior High School boys hockey team 6-4 in the opening round of the 8th annual Duluth Marshall Hilltopper Holiday Classic Friday afternoon at the Mars Lakeview Arena in Duluth. Seven of the game's 10 goals were scored in the first period, including four by Superior. After George Halverson score unassisted 2:42 into the game for the Muskies, Superior took a 4-1 lead on goals by Tim Smith, Andrew Mattson, Mike Plummer and Pat Dalbec. Fort Frances' Joe Basaraba and Matt Beck finished the scoring in the opening period with un
Saturday afternoon's battle between Wisconsin's top two boys hockey teams lived up to its billing. The game between the No. 1 ranked Eau Claire Memorial Old Abes and the Superior High School Spartans featured a seven-goal first period, two short-handed goals and even a save on a penalty shot. But when the dust settled, the Old Abes held on to their top ranking with a 6-5 victory over the Spartans before a Wessman Arena crowd of about 1,000. "It was a good game from start to finish," SHS coach Jason Kalin said.
The Chippewa Falls Cardinals showed those on hand Friday night at the Superior Ice Arena just why they are the top ranked girls hockey team in the state of Wisconsin as they defeated the Superior High School Spartans 6-0. The Cardinals improve to 9-0 with the win, while the Spartans fall to 3-8-1. Superior actually outshot Chippewa Falls 6-5 in the first period, but the Cardinals dominated the second period, outshooting the Spartans 10-1 and taking a 4-0 lead in the process. "That was the game right there," SHS coach Scott VanDamme said.
There's a dent in our armor. It was bound to happen, but it wasn't suppose to be so soon. Jim Rink, Bob Archambault and myself are in our mid-40s, we've been friends for 40 years, we were in each others' weddings and when you see one of us out on the town, the other two usually aren't far away. We have all of that going for us and just recently, we were talking about how lucky we were that our parents were still alive. That is until Monday when Jim's dad, Jim Sr., passed away after a battle with cancer. Jim called me just hours after his mom, Jan, and brothers, David, Donny and Danny, sai
The Superior High School boys hockey team's three-game shutout streak came to an end with a 4-1 loss to the Duluth Denfeld Hunters Tuesday night at the DECC. All four of the Hunters' goals came on power plays, including three during a 5-minute major penalty on SHS defenseman Tim Smith, which carried over from the first period to the second. Superior's goal also came with the man advantage as Andrew Mattson scored with an assist from Wade Berkseth at 11:47 of the second period to get the Spartans within two, 3-1. Denfeld sealed the victory with Logan Talarico's power-play goal with 3:07 rema