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Girls returning on the Superior High School girls hockey team have chips on their shoulders. The Spartans had their sights set on playing in their fifth straight WIAA state tournament last spring, but those plans were dashed when they lost to Northland Pines in the sectional championship game at the Superior Ice Arena. Fast forward nine months and memories of that defeat still linger in minds of many of the returning players, including in senior Ashley Martin. "It was especially tough because we lost to a new team that we never heard of before," Martin 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.
Tuesday night's non-conference basketball game between the University of Wisconsin-Superior Yellowjackets and the Bemidji State University Beavers was a game of streaks. Unfortunately for the Yellowjackets, the Beavers went on the game's final streak, nailing six free throws in the final 36 seconds for a 76-71 victory before Mertz Mortorelli Gym crowd of around 400. "We scored enough points to win," UWS coach Dave Buchanan said.
For the fifth time in seven games, the University of Wisconsin-Superior men's hockey team played into overtime. And for the fourth time the Yellowjackets finished with a tie. The latest extra session game came Saturday night at Wessman Arena as UWS and UW-River Falls skated to a 3-3 tie. The tie gives the 'Jackets a record of 2-1-4 overall and 1-0-1 in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association.
The rosters for the Superior High School boys and girls hockey teams have been set and the Spartan girls will be first to test the waters when they compete in the Fond du Lac tournament tonight and Saturday. The SHS girls will take on Appleton at 7 tonight and Onalaska at 10 a.m. Saturday. The Spartan boys' first action will be at Monday's Lake Superior Jamboree, which will take place at the Mars Lakeview Arena in Duluth. Superior will play against the Proctor Rails from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Other match-ups include Duluth Central vs. Ashland, 5:30 p.m.; Hermantown vs.
What's wrong with the Yellowjackets? That's the question buzzing around town as the University of Wisconsin-Superior men's hockey team takes a 1-1-3 record into Thursday's Northern Collegiate Hockey Association opener at UW-Stout. The Yellowjackets opened the season with a win over Northland College (6-0), a loss to St. Thomas (3-0) and ties with St. Mary's (4-4), Augsburg (2-2) and Hamline (1-1). "It's been kind of a rough start, overall," UWS coach Dan Stauber said. "You take a look at our team defense and we're doing a pretty good job.
Andrew MacKenzie's second goal of the night, with 1:48 remaining in the third period, helped the University of Wisconsin-Superior men's hockey team pull out a 4-4 tie with the St. Mary's Cardinals Friday night at Wessman Arena. The Yellowjackets took a 3-1 lead on Rob Turville's goal 2:28 into the third period only to have the Cardinals storm back with three straight goals, including one on Jesse Polk's penalty shot, to take a 4-3 lead. "For opening night we did some good things, but then when we played poor defensively, it ended up in our net -- bottom line," UWS coach Dan Stauber said.
It was a long summer for the University of Wisconsin-Superior men's hockey team. The Yellowjackets (20-6-1) are coming off their first 20-win season in four years. They were the best defensive and offensive team in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (allowing 2.33 goals per game and scoring 4.04 goals per game) and in the process outscored their opponents by a 109-63 margin. But the season ended too early, as the 'Jackets were knocked out of the NCHA playoffs in the first round by the College of St.
The sixth year of the Tod Kowalczyk era at UW-Green Bay begins tonight when the Phoenix men's basketball team hosts the University of Wisconsin-Superior Yellowjackets in an exhibition contest. The game will tip off at 7:05 p.m. at the Resch Center. In a scrimmage last Saturday at Minnesota, Duluth, the Yellowjackets started four freshmen, Dan Culy (Rice Lake), Shane Manor (Altoona), Jake Smith (Rhinelander) and Greg Roeder (Mercer).
SHELL LAKE -- Cinderella is still alive in the WIAA girls volleyball tournament. With a 3-1 win over the Mellen Granite Diggers Tuesday night in Shell Lake, the No. 4-seeded Solon Springs Eagles knocked off their second No. 1-seeded team in the playoffs and are now just one win away from playing in their first state volleyball tournament. Solon Springs, which was also playing in its first sectional match, will now play Greenwood Saturday in Athens for a berth in next weekend's state tournament, which will take place at the Resch Center in Green Bay. Greenwood, also a No.