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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 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 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 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.
The Superior High School baseball team entered Tuesday's game with the Proctor Rails with the attitude of doing what ever it takes to be successful. After watching the Rails jump out to a 3-0 lead through three innings, the Spartans turned things around and rallied for a 10-3 victory at Morrie Arnovich Field. "Before the game we talked, and our motto was 'just get 'er done,'" SHS coach Don Dembroski said. "No matter what happens, if we make a couple of errors, let's rebound and get a couple of extra hits. If things don't go well, let's not quit, let's fight to the end.
Amanda LeBard's key pitching and 12 base hits helped lift the Superior High School softball team to an 8-3 win over the Duluth East Greyhounds Wednesday afternoon at Liebaert Field. Four different times, LeBard stranded East runners at third base, and twice she did it by striking out back-to-back batters. Overall, LeBard finished her six-hitter with nine strikeouts and just one walk. "This was by far her best game of the season," SHS coach Amy Zembo said. "As far as throwing wise and mentally being prepared, she was ready to go.
MINONG -- At least for the time being, bragging rights on the diamond between the Northwood Evergreens and the Solon Springs Eagles belong to Northwood. The Evergreens completed a sweep of the Eagles Friday afternoon in Minong as the baseball team won 11-0 in five innings at Robert Link Field, and the Northwood girls followed up with a 8-2 victory on the nearby Bradley K.
An opportunistic Cloquet Lumberjack baseball team defeated the Superior High School Spartans 4-2 Thursday afternoon at Morrie Arnovich Field. The Lumberjacks managed just three hits in the Lake Superior Conference contest, but thanks to three hit batters and a handful of Spartan errors, Cloquet was able to win the game and improve to 4-1 on the season. "Cloquet deserved to win, they outplayed us," SHS coach Don Dembroski said. "There were plays we should have made that we didn't, but they hit better than us and their pitcher got better as the game went on.