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When Bob DeMeyer was beginning his first season as the head coach of the Superior High School football team a year ago, it took a while for his team to gel. The coaches didn't know the players and the players didn't know the coaches or what was expected of them. Fast forward to a the present and both sides are on the same page and things are flowing more smoothly. "At this point last year, I remember thinking we weren't a very physical team and could be in trouble once the season started," DeMeyer said.
The Superior Spartans and Northwestern Tigers take their first step toward the 2007 high school football season when they participate in a preseason scrimmage Friday in Rice Lake.
Five members of the Superior High School Spartans football team were named to the Big Rivers Conference 2007 Preseason All-BRCFootball.com Team. Senior offensive lineman Nate Myer was named first-team offense and junior defensive back Chris Blake was named first team defense. Listed as "Other Players to Watch" for the Spartans were junior quarterback Joe Reichert, senior running back Cole Lundgren and senior defensive back Matt Johnson. The Spartans, who begin their second season under head coach Bob DeMeyer, kick off their season by hosting Medford at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug.
Superior holds the proud distinction of being the only city to have three of its own as members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Superior can also boast being the original home of quarterback Bruce Mathison, who enjoyed a 5-year career in the National Football League. After graduating from Superior Senior High School in 1977 and playing college football for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Mathison was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the 10th round of the 1983 draft. Mathison will be back in town this weekend to celebrate his 30th class reunion, but instead of hitting golf ba
Zach Sitek was given a second chance with the Superior High School Spartan baseball team, and he didn't waste it. Midway through last season, the then junior didn't like the way the season was going and ended up quitting the team. After some soul searching, and some prodding from his buddies, Sitek returned to the Spartans this season and ended up leading the team in eight offensive and defensive categories. For his efforts, Sitek has been named the 2007 Daily Telegram All-Area Baseball Player of the Year. "Last year I got in a little scuffle with the team, but I came back strong, and I'm
The Superior High School athletic department handed out awards to its top student/athletes at the SHS Honors Night Awards Banquet Thursday in the Performing Arts Center. Logan Carpenter was named the Packy Paquette Male Athlete of the Year and Lindsey Lindstrom was named the Spartan Female Athlete of the Year. Presented Frank Cirilli Scholar Athlete Awards were Bart Bailey, Kerri Ritsche and Cara McCuskey. Carpenter was a four-year letterwinner in soccer and swimming and a one-year letterwinner in tennis, his senior year. In soccer, Carpenter was a two-year captain and was selected to play
The Northwood Evergreens were not to be denied. Not even two lightning delays, a lengthy stoppage because of rain and a four-run seventh inning by the Solon Springs Eagles could stop the Evergreens as they advanced to today's WIAA Division 4 regional championship baseball game with a 9-6 win over the Eagles Tuesday evening at Robert Link Field in Minong. The Evergreens now host the Shell Lake Lakers at 4:30 p.m.
The Rice Lake Warriors softball team finds itself in a familiar position -- playing for a sectional championship. For the seventh straight season, the Warriors have won the WIAA Division 2 regional title, the latest with a 10-1 win over the Northwestern Tigers Friday afternoon in Maple. The Warriors, 12-11 on the season, scored all the runs they needed with a three-run third inning and a seven-run fourth, which included six hits and four Tiger errors. "We gave them too many outs and they hit the ball well, too," NHS coach Rees Flint said.
The third time proved to be a charm for the Eau Claire Memorial softball team. Just three days after being swept by the Superior High School Spartans in a season-finale doubleheader, the Old Abes turned the tables on the Spartans with a 4-2 victory Tuesday evening in a WIAA first-round playoff game played at Liebaert Field. "Greg (assistant coach Campbell) said Monday it's tough to beat a team three games in a row," SHS coach Amy Zembo said. "I didn't think it would effect us, but I was a little worried about our hitting." The loss ends Superior's season at 15-5.
Even though the next football season is more than three months away, things are already buzzing around Superior. Superior High School football coach Bob DeMeyer met with students last week at the Superior Middle School and 101 eighth-graders attended a meeting for those interested in playing freshmen football in the fall. Another 100 sixth and seventh- graders also showed interest in playing in the Spartan Youth Football League. "Even though those are great numbers, we want to double it in the future," DeMeyer said. "That's my No.