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The Superior High School football team's short-handed defensive unit didn't miss a beat as the Spartans soundly defeated the Rice Lake Warriors 27-16 Friday night at Ole Haugsrud Field. Playing without three starters, the Spartans nearly shut out the Warriors, who scored both of their touchdowns in the final 2:18 against Superior's backups. "Our defense played incredible," SHS coach Bob DeMeyer said. "They scored 16 points, but that was just giving our young kids a chance to play. "Our starters really stepped up.
Not only will the Superior High School football team be battling the Rice Lake Warriors at 7 p.m. Friday night at Ole Haugsrud Field. Now the Spartans find themselves in a tussle with the injury bug. Fresh off what SHS coach Bob DeMeyer said "was one of the best games a Superior football team has played in a long time," the Spartans found out earlier this week they will be without the services of three defensive starters. Out of Friday's Big Rivers Conference opener for the Spartans will be juniors Kellen McCoshen and Jordan Butera and sophomore Joel Lindberg.
The University of Wisconsin-Superior Yellowjackets and Bethany Lutheran Vikings of Mankato, Minn., battled to a 1-1 double overtime tie Sunday afternoon at the Superior High School soccer fields. Bree Ean's fourth goal of the season gave the Yellowjackets a 1-0 lead in the 34th minute of the first half. The Vikings tied it up when Anna Potz scored with five minutes remaining in the second half. The teams played through two scoreless 10-minute overtime periods. Anna Olsen finished with six saves for UWS, while Katie Renner had five for the Vikings UWS returns to action at 3 p.m.
It was about 15 minutes after the D.C. Everest Evergreens held on for a 16-14 win over Superior High School Spartans Friday night at Ole Haugsrud Field and Chris Blake was still looking for a tee. Blake, the Spartans' kicker, wanted to see if he could make a 51-yard field goal. Why from that distance?
The Superior High School football team has never been afraid to put on miles to play a game. For years the Spartans have played throughout the state of Minnesota, including games at Rochester and Moorhead. They've also played in North Dakota and a few years ago went halfway across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Nothing's changed much as Superior opened the 2008 season last week playing at Medford, a trip that resulted in the team not returning home until nearly 2:30 a.m. One team that's getting a taste of what the Spartans have gone through over the years are the D.C.
The following is a spinoff of the "Fields of Dreams" series by Don Leighton (Lance Boyle) and Mike Granlund (Billy Pirkola) which runs occasionally in The Daily Telegram. Don Leighton and Mike Granlund have been doing a great job writing their "Have Fun or Get Out of the Way" columns for The Daily Telegram the past couple of months. One group of their features included "Fields of Dreams." They've done columns on Liebaert Field, the Superior Women's Field, the two Little League Fields and Wicklund Field in Billings Park and I know they're working on something about Wade Bowl as well as a coup
The word "new" is prominent with the 2008 University of Wisconsin-Superior women's soccer team. The Yellowjackets not only have a new coach in Melissa Nelmark but 15 freshmen are on their roster. Fifteen new players join five returnees, all of which were named captains by Nelmark. Among those returning to the 'Jackets are junior Andrea Beck (Superior) and sophomores Beth Leque (River Falls), Karley Potter (Duluth) and Breanna Ean (Eyota, Minn.) The remaining captain is junior Jessica Olson (Duluth), who returned after taking last season off. "They all showed me that they can lead, they've
The Superior High School football team qualified for the WIAA playoffs for the first time in 16 years last season. Their postseason stay didn't last long as they were defeated by the D.C. Everest Evergreens 50-20 in the opening round in Schofield. With that said, guess what the Spartans did during the off season? They went out and signed a two-year contract with D.C. Everest and the Evergreens will make their first-ever appearance in Superior on Sept. 5. "The coaching staff and players are excited to play them," SHS coach Bob DeMeyer said.
The Superior Blues baseball team will join seven others at this weekends 16U Junior Legion Regional tournament at Casper Park in Chippewa Falls. The winner will receive a berth in the Wisconsin State Tournament in Prairie du Chien. The Blues (10-21) open district play against Prescott at 3 p.m. Thursday. Other first-round games are Eau Claire vs. Ellsworth, Cumberland vs. Hudson and Chippewa Falls vs. Menomonie. If the Blues win their first game, they'll play the winner of the Cumberland-Menomonie game at 5:30 p.m. Friday.
Superior High School boys hockey fans can get a glimpse into the future this weekend when the Spartans compete in the Lakeview Varsity Boys Hockey Tournament at Mars Lakeview Arena in Duluth. The tournament gets underway today with the host Duluth Marshall Hilltoppers playing Moose Lake at 5:45 p.m. and Duluth Central taking on the Bismark Arrows at 8 p.m. Superior opens against Eveleth at 9:15 a.m. Saturday with quarterfinal action wrapping with Team Wisconsin U-16's taking on St. Cloud Tech at 11:30 a.m. The Spartans will play either Team Wisconsin or St.