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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
Not even a broken ice compressor could slow down the University of Wisconsin-Superior men's hockey team as it defeated the St. Scholastica Saints 4-2 Friday night at Wessman Arena. The downed compressor, which forced the cancellation of a couple of practices this week for the Superior High School boys hockey team, was semi-repaired in time for Friday night's game. Despite a couple of repairs to the ice by the referees, the Yellowjackets scored three power-play goals and one into an empty net to improve to 7-4-4 overall and 3-3-1 in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association.
The University of Wisconsin-Superior women's basketball team rallied for a 59-55 victory over the Northwestern Eagles Thursday at Mertz Mortorelli gym. The Yellowjackets trailed for almost 33 of the game's 40 minutes, but the play of Tessa Gronli and Amanda Rounsville down the stretch helped UWS pull off the come-from-behind victory and improve to 3-4. Gronli, who scored a game-high 15 points to go along with four rebounds and three assists, made five free throws in the final three minutes and Rounsville, who came off the bench to score 14 points, gave UWS a 55-53 lead after grabbing an off
The University of Wisconsin-Superior men's hockey team snapped a three-game losing skid with a 6-1 win over the Bethel Royals Tuesday night at Wessman Arena. After scoring just two goals in a pair of weekend losses, and just four goals in the last three games, the Yellowjackets erupted for six goals with two goals in each period. "The difference was we had some good opportunities and we were able to finish," UWS coach Dan Stauber said. "We needed this. Our morale was pretty down after last weekend." Leading the way for the Yellowjackets was Kevin Huck, who scored three goals.
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.
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.