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At Ole Haugsrud Field Friday night, the Superior High School football team gave a standing-room-only crowd its money's worth with a come-from-behind 27-20 win over the Rice Lake Warriors. With the homecoming victory, the Spartans improve to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the Big Rivers Conference.
When Superior High School senior Willie Stream made the move from offensive tackle to defensive end, junior defensive back Nate Sanders went up to him and said, "Welcome to the Dark Side." "Coach (Rob) Scott came up that name with last year," Stream said. "It's about the bad guys getting the job done.
The Superior High School football team will attempt to improve to 4-0 for the first time since the Spartans' state championship season in 1990 when it plays at River Falls at 7 p.m. today. The Spartans improved to 3-0 overall and 1-0 in the Big Rivers Conference with a 35-7 win over Eau Claire Memorial last Friday at Ole Haugsrud Field. Superior has outscored its three opponents 144-25 this season, including 76-0 in the first quarter. River Falls enters the contest with records of 1-2 overall and 0-1 in the BRC.
Kylie Nordness, daughter of Mark and Angela (Lanhart) Nordness, formerly of Superior, was named captain of the DePaul Blue Demons women's soccer team. Nordness has been a three-year starter on defense with the Blue Demons and was recently selected for the 2013 Women's Soccer Preseason All-Big East Team (as defender).
In roughly 40 years of golfing, James Larson had never recorded a hole-in-one. So when his wife, Alice, accomplished that feat two weeks ago, James admitted he was bitten envious. "You bet I was jealous, without a doubt," James Larson said. "She's only been golfing for around 20 years and then she beat me to the punch." Alice Larson's ace came on Aug. 10 at the Nemadji Golf Course when she used a 7-wood on No. 3E, which measures 107 yards. James Larson witnessed his wife's shot and must have taken a few notes because on Monday he got an ace of his own on No. 9N with an 8-iron.
The Superior High School football team scored early and often in a 57-6 season-opening victory over the Rhinelander Hodags Friday night at Ole Haugsrud Field. It actually took longer to fix the clock and get it set at 12:00 to start the game than it did for the Spartans to score their first touchdown of the season. Once the game got under way, Taavi Mattson returned a short opening kick 30 yards to the Rhinelander 45-yard line. Three plays and 54 seconds later it was 6-0 on Nick Mehlum's 4-yard touchdown run around the left end.
In 2012 the Superior High School football team didn't find out until 1:30 a.m. on the Saturday following their season-ending victory over Chippewa Falls that they had qualified for the WIAA playoffs. SHS head coach Bob DeMeyer hopes to make it a lot easier on the Spartan faithful this season and have his team leave no doubts when it comes to making the playoffs. "It was certainly an exciting way to find out," DeMeyer said. "We knew we had a shot, but it was nice and it was a fun week of practice. The kids deserved it.
The Superior High School boys soccer team begins a new season tonight with a new coach at the helm. Jack Hajewski takes over for Gabriel Mozzini, who coached the Spartans to a 6-11-1 record during the 2012 season. Hajewski, who played collegiately at UW-Superior, was an assistant coach under Mozzini with the Spartans last year. "The season is looking good," Hajewski said. "We have a lot of kids coming back, they worked hard in the offseason, are looking to increase theIR number of wins and go fUrther in the playoffs," Hajewski said.
The first ever Superior Watercross Shootout will take place this weekend at Barker's Island. Preliminary races are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday and the finals are Sunday. The event will take place in the same area as the annual Dragon Boat races. Around 70 International Watercross Association riders from around Minnesota and Wisconsin will compete in drag and oval racing. Drag racing starts from the shore and the riders drive 300 feet out and back at speeds more than 60 mph.
Ever wonder who won the first football game on Memorial Football Field (Ole Haugsrud)?