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It's been three years in the making, and the fruits of hours of hard labor will be reaped this weekend with the playing of the NCAA Division III National Ice Hockey Championships at Wessman Arena. The University of Wisconsin-Superior put a bid in to host a Division III Frozen Four in 2004 and a month or two later was awarded the 2007 event, which kicks off Saturday with a pair of semifinal games and concludes with the championship game at 3 p.m. Sunday. This year's field includes St. Norbert College (25-3-2) of De Pere; Oswego (N.Y.) State (21-3-3); Manhattanville, of Purchase, N.Y.
RICE LAKE -- The season came an end for the Northwestern Tigers boys basketball team with a 60-54 loss to the Spooner Rails Monday night in a WIAA Division 2 regional championship game at the Rice Lake High School. The win by the Rails completed a three-game season sweep of the Tigers, who finish the season at 19-4. "They match up well with us," NHS coach Dan Cowley said. "Most teams we play don't have five guys they can put on the floor to match our speed and athleticism. So you have to give them credit, they're one of the few teams that can.
MADISON -- A welcome home for the Superior High School boys hockey team will be held at 6 p.m.
MADISON -- The Superior High School Spartans advanced to championship game of the WIAA Boys State Hockey Tournament with a 5-3 win over the Tomah Indians Friday night at the Alliant Energy Center. The Spartans will now play the Fond du Lac Cardinals at 2:15 p.m. today. The Cardinals (23-2) advanced with a 2-1 win over the previously undefeated and top-ranked Eau Claire Memorial Old Abes.
MADISON - The Superior High School boys hockey team advanced to the semifinals of the WIAA Boys State Hockey Tournament, but it didn't come without a third-period scare from the Kettle Moraine-Mukonago Lasers Thursday afternoon at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. The Spartans led 2-0 after two periods, then saw the Lasers make things interesting with a goal 32 seconds into the third.
Northwood High School seniors Derek Denninger and Kevin Briskey had never beaten Solon Springs in their four years of playing high school basketball. That changed Tuesday night when the Evergreens pulled off a minor upset with a 47-45 victory in a WIAA Division 4 regional contest in the SSHS gym. Northwood's last win over Solon Springs came during the 2002-03 season. "This was a typical Solon Springs-Northwood basketball game," NHS coach Paul Vaara said. "Our seniors (Denninger and Briskey) are really excited about the win; this is the first time they've beaten them.
The Superior High School boys basketball team geared up for the WIAA playoffs with a 63-47 win over the Cloquet Lumberjacks Thursday night at the SHS gym. With the win, the Spartans finish the regular season at 18-2 overall and 9-1 in the Lake Superior Conference. The victory also officially clinched Superior's second straight LSC championship. The Spartans also finished second in the LSC two years ago and during a span of three years a combined 26-4 in league play. A major part of the recent success was this year's seniors, especially Bart Bailey and Ben Lindberg.
For the third straight year it's going to come down to either the Superior High School Spartans or the New Richmond Tigers representing Section 1 at the WIAA State Boys Hockey Tournament. For the Spartans, they're hoping recent history repeats itself. Superior defeated New Richmond in triple overtime in last year's sectional final in Hudson and two years ago, the Spartans claimed the sectional crown with a 5-2 win over the Tigers in Spooner. The most recent meeting became a reality as the Spartans defeated the Amery Warriors Tuesday night at Wessman Arena, and the Tigers pulled off a 2-1 wi
The College of St. Scholastica Saints men's hockey team began Saturday night with a 52-game winless streak against the University of Wisconsin-Superior Yellowjackets. After a 4-3 win in game two of the NCHA quarterfinal series at Wessman Arena, and then a 2-1 overtime victory in the mini-game, the Saints all of a sudden are owners of a two-game winning streak against UWS. CSS (14-11-2) now plays at UW-River Falls Saturday in one NCHA semifinal game. The other semifinal has UW-Stout playing at St. Norbert.
The Superior High School boys hockey team opened the WIAA playoffs with a 11-1 victory over the Webster Blizzard Thursday night before a Wessman Arena crowd of around 500. The Spartans, now 12-9 on the season, host Amery (16-5) at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Warriors advanced with a 6-5 overtime win over River Falls Thursday night. "We scored some goals, scored two short-handers and the fourth line scored twice, you couldn't ask for anything more," SHS coach Jason Kalin said. "It was a tough game against a weaker opponent, but our focus was there. "Tuesday's definitely going to be different.