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Spartans host undefeated Mustangs

Superior High School’s Alee Milinkovich-Gray gets carried by her teammates after her game-winning touchdown in overtime gave the seniors the win over the juniors in the powder-puff championship game Monday night at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex. (Jed Carlson /

Homecoming at Superior High School kicked off with the seniors winning the powder-puff championship Monday night and will end with the 2017 Superior Athletic Hall of Fame banquet Saturday night.

In between there will be a pep assembly, parade, alumni baseball game and other sporting events, including the Spartan football team hosting the Menomonie Mustangs at 7 p.m. today.

After losing three straight games the Spartan football team must win their remaining four games to automatically qualify for the WIAA playoffs.

The task of running the table begins tonight against a Mustang team that is 5-0 overall, 3-0 in the Big Rivers Conference and is ranked No. 5 among Division 2 schools. They are coming off a 36-24 win over Hudson.

“Our backs are against the wall, we have to win out,” SHS coach DeMeyer said. “Menomonie is as good as they’ve ever been and our team goals are still ahead of us, but we have to fight like crazy now.”

The Spartans are 2-19 all-time against Menomonie, with both wins coming in the past three seasons.

Superior defeated Menomonie for the first time ever 35-34 on Sept. 23, 2014 at UW-Stout.

The Spartans then celebrated their 2015 homecoming with a 31-28 victory over the state’s top-ranked Mustangs on Sept. 18, 2015. Sam Kline provided Superior’s winning points with a 34-yard field goal with 40.9 seconds remaining.

Menomonie defeated Superior 42-21 last season in Menomonie.

The Mustangs are averaging 42 points and 342 yards a game and have scored 30 touchdowns, including 24 rushing.

Menomonie quarterback Jake Ebert is 22-of-39 passing for 342 yards, six touchdowns and one interception.

Eight different players have caught passes and five players have scored touchdowns.

Justin Evans is the Mustangs’ main threat on the ground (844 yards, 15 TDs). He ran for a school record 325 yards last week as Mustangs won without Ebert completing a pass.

Menomonie’s defense is anchored by linebacker Mason Platter, a University of Wisconsin recruit who was in on 14 sacks last year.

SPARTAN SPIN: Tickets for tonight’s game may be purchased in advanced from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. today in the SHS treasurer’s office. Pre-sale tickets will be allowed into the game at 5:45 p.m. Please enter SHS in the front at the main office to purchase tickets. … Other highlights tonight include the SHS twirling team at 6:40 p.m.; the SHS band at 6:45 p.m.; halftime performances by the band, cheer and dance teams; and this year’s Superior Athletic and Academic Hall of Fame inductees will be introduced after the third quarter. … Today’s game begins at 7 p.m. and will be carried live on the web at


Today’s homecoming parade begins at 1:30 p.m. It starts at the Superior Middle School and ends at Wessman Arena.

Powder-puff football

Alee Milinkovich-Gray’s touchdown run on fourth down in overtime gave the seniors the win over the juniors in the Powder-puff championship game Monday night at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex.

In the first-round games, the juniors defeated the freshman and the seniors beat the sophomores.

Alumni baseball game

The inaugural Spartan Baseball Alumni Day will consist of two five-inning games Saturday on Ron Orlandi Field.

Game one will feature alumni from 1972-2003 and begin at 1:05 p.m. Game two (2004-2017) will take place at approximately 2:50 p.m.

“We’re expecting 23 participants for game one and 18 for game two,” SHS coach Don Dembroski said. “In addition, we have many alumni who will be attending as spectators. All are invited to bring your family, other relatives, and friends to watch and share in the fun.”

HOF banquet

The Superior Athletic Hall of Fame will induct eight new additions Saturday night at the Superior Middle School.

Going into the hall of fame on the athletic side for individual athletic accomplishment are Todd Florey, Lindsey Lindstrom and Mike Regenfuss. Bernie Tomzak is the coaching achievement recipient, and the 1974 and 1978 world curling championship rinks will be recognized for team accomplishments.

Bud Somerville, Bob Nichols, Bill Strum and Tom Locken won the Air Canada Silver Broom championship in 1974, defeating Sweden’s Jan Ullsten 11-4 in the finals.

Nichols then skipped the team of Strum, Locken and Bob Christman to a 6-4 win over Norway in the 1978 final in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

No other team from the United States has won a world title since and Somerville was the first inductee to the U.S. Curling Hall of Fame in 1984.

Three people will also be inducted into the Superior Academic Hall of Fame with Lifetime Achievement Awards: Gary Banker, Kent Bergum and Joan Parenteau.

Doors open at 4:15 p.m. with dinner at 5 p.m. and inductions starting at 5:45 p.m.

The public is invited to an informal gathering following the banquet at Aces on 29th.

Following are bios of this year’s inductees:

Todd Florey

Florey (1977) was a three-sport athlete earning three varsity letters in football and baseball and two in swimming. He was co-captain for the 1976 football team that went 8-1 and he held the school record for most touchdowns in a season for many years, 14. After SSHS he played four years of football at Division I Cornell University as a defensive back. In 1980 he was first-team All-Ivy League and honorable mention All-American.

Lindsey Lindstrom

Lindstrom (2007) earned 11 varsity letters, four each in basketball and track and field, and three in volleyball. Basketball honors at SHS include two-time first-team all-conference, Superior Telegram All-Area Player of the Year for three years and third all-time leading scorer in school history.

Volleyball honors include first-team team all-conference two years, and in track she was a member of the state qualifying and school record 4x200 relay team.

After SHS Lindstrom attended Michigan Tech, where she was a two-year starter and team captain of the basketball team. She was a two-time first-team GLAIC all-conference selection, four-time all-academic all-conference, and three-time all-defensive team all-conference.

Mike Regenfuss

Regenfuss (1966) attended Superior East until his senior year when SSHS opened. In high school he was a three-sport athlete, football, basketball and baseball and returned a punt for 56 yards for SSHS’s first ever touchdown.

After graduating top of his class, he enrolled at the University of Minnesota, where he was a three-year letter winner for the Gopher basketball team. He received Mr. Hustle team awards and academic all-Big Ten honors. He was recognized for achieving the highest academic performance among University of Minnesota athletes during his four-year tenure.

1974 and 1978 Curling

Superior boasts the last two world champions in the sport of curling.

Bud Somerville, Bob Nichols, Bill Strum and Tom Locken won the Air Canada Silver Broom championship in 1974, defeating Sweden’s Jan Ullsten 11-4 in the finals.

 Nichols then skipped the team of Strum, Locken and Bob Christman to the same in Winnipeg, Manitoba, defeating Norway 6-4 in the 1978 final.

No other team from the United States has won a world title since.

Somerville was the first inductee to the United States Curling Hall of Fame in 1984.

Bernie Tomzak

The coaching resume for Tomzak (1950 Superior Central) includes Wisconsin Little League Manager of the Year in 1959 (when his team won the state title); Spartan golf coach for more 20 years; an assistant basketball coach for the 1963 Superior Central state-qualifying team; and currently a volunteer assistant coach for the Spartan girls basketball team.

Tomzak is also a former athletic director at SSHS, was AD of the Year in 1990, and a UW-Superior Hall of Fame Inductee in 2013.

Kent Bergum

Bergum was hired as an assistant principal in 1994 by the Superior school district, and served as principal at SHS since 2000. As the leader at SHS, Bergum worked with staff and administrators to develop a system approach to enhance educational opportunities for students.

Joan Parenteau

Parenteau has worked for the Superior school district for the past 40 years and has been the administrative assistant for five superintendents. She has received awards from the school district and community as well as participated in several district, community and state organizations. She retired in the spring.

Gary Banker

Banker, a retired English teacher for the Superior school district and a published author, has a long list of accomplishments from the school district, UWS and community. He has been involved in many professional organizations and community groups.