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Even though the season is barely half over, the Northwestern Tigers football team finds itself in a must-win situation. With just four games remaining, the Tigers must not only win Friday night at Bloomer, but the remaining three games to be WIAA-playoff eligible. "We have to win out the rest of the games to get into the playoffs," NHS senior John Felker said. "We have to get it done.
It's not too often a high school coach makes any guarantees, but that isn't the case this week as the Superior High School football team gets ready to host the River Falls Wildcats at 7 p.m. Friday at Ole Haugsrud Field. No, Spartan coach Bob DeMeyer did didn't guarantee a Superior victory in the Spartans' annual homecoming game, but he did make a couple of other predictions. "It's going to be an exciting, intense physical football game -- I guarantee it," DeMeyer said. The Spartans and Wildcats enter the Big Rivers Conference winless with 0-3 records.
The slow-starting Superior High School volleyball team found itself in a battle with the winless Duluth Marshall Hilltoppers Tuesday evening at the SHS gym. With Marshall coming across the bridge with an 0-4 record in the Lake Superior Conference, the Spartans may have overlooked their opponent a bit. Fortunately for the Spartans, they were able to respond and pull off a 3-0 sweep of the Hilltoppers in front of a crowd of around 200. "We've been starting out slow every match this season," SHS senior Lindsey Lindstrom said.
For the first time this season, the Superior High School football team has been hit by the injury bug. Heading into Friday night's game at Chippewa Falls, the Spartans are hurting a bit on defense, especially in the backfield. "This is the first week we kind of got hit by injuries," SHS coach DeMeyer said. "We're especially thin at linebacker and defensive back, and may be missing a number of starters.
The Superior High School football team got the start it wanted. But after that it was all Eau Claire Memorial as the visiting Old Abes defeated the Spartans 43-13 Friday night at Ole Haugsrud Field. Doing most of the damage for the Old Abes was running back Taylor Comeau, who rushed for 197 yards, including four first-half touchdowns. The loss drops the Spartans to 1-3 on the season and 0-2 in the Big Rivers Conference.
Looking for something to do this weekend? If you're into sports, you won't have to look very far. Starting with Friday night, the Superior High School football team hosts the Eau Claire Memorial Old Abes at 7 p.m. and the Superior Showdown II: Friday Night Fights boxing event begins at 8 p.m. at Wessman Arena. If football and boxing aren't your fancy, there's volleyball as UW-Superior and St. Scholastica co-host a five-team tournament, with games taking place at UWS on Friday night and at St. Scholastica Saturday. On Friday, the Yellowjackets play at 6 p.m. against Viterbo and 8 p.m.
Jim Susens always had a dream that some day the Superior-Douglas County Pony League would have a football field it could call its own. Even though Susens passed away a couple of years ago, that dream is now becoming a reality. Thanks to funding of $20,000 from the City of Superior and $5,000 from various fundraising events, the James Susens Memorial Field is currently being constructed and is expected to be complete and ready for use next fall. The field is located behind the Billings Park Civic Center, 3903 N. 18th Street (18th and New York Avenue).
By KEN OLSON Daily Telegram Sports Editor The Northwestern Tigers begin Heart O' North Conference football action today when they host the Hayward Hurricanes at 7 p.m. at Gordon L. Nelson Field in Maple. Hayward enters the contest with a 2-0 record after posting a pair of shutouts, 21-0 over Colfax and 34-0 over Phillips. Against Colfax last week, Hayward's defense allowed just 205 total yards, including 134 on the ground. On offense, the Hurricanes gained 293 yards and got a pair of 1-yard touchdown runs from sophomore quarterback Bryan Dixon and a 3-yard TD from Jim Thompson.
Matt Johnson played a big roll in helping the Superior High School football team snap its 10-game losing streak in last Friday's 28-21 win over the Duluth East Greyhounds. The junior running back and linebacker rushed for 55 yards and two TDs on offense and turned in seven tackles on defense. But when the final horn sounded, Johnson wasn't around to help celebrate the Spartans' first victory since Sept. 24, 2004 as he was on his way to the hospital with a neck-area injury. "Last week was great," Johnson said.
Every time Zach "Jungle Boy" Walters steps into the ring, he treats it as if he's fighting for the world championship. But his next bout on Sept. 15 against Lloyd Brian took on even more importance this week with a pending televised fight waiting in the wings. Chuck Horton and Sharky Promotions has secured another fight for Walters with the possibly of it being televised on a major cable outlet.