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SPARTAN ROUND-UP: SHS hoop teams fall at Hermantown

Hermantown rallied past the Superior High School boys basketball team for a 75-70 victory Saturday on Lake Superior Conference day in Hermantown.

Superior led 39-28 at the half and then by as many as 15 points early in the second half.

“This loss really stings,” SHS coach Jake Smith said. “I feel bad for our guys, they took this loss tough. We played really well throughout this game in many different spurts to build the big lead. But, I don’t even know what happened after that. The lead quickly diminished and we started trading baskets.

“We looked really good at times and even with the loss we got better. It never feels good to lose, but we got better in certain aspects of our game and that’s what it’s all about. I don’t care about our record. I want to continue to improve and play our best basketball at the end of the season.”

The Spartans got 22 points apiece from Mason Ackley and Xavier Patterson. Noah and Peter Soumis led the Hawks with 24 and 21 points, respectively.

Adding to Superior’s woes were shooting just 6-of-21 on 3-pointers and 10-of-18 on free throws.

“We had a lot of great looks from guys that always make those shots in practice, but tonight they weren’t dropping,” Smith said. “To Hermantown’s credit, they were aggressive offensively and got to the line 35 times. That was the difference.”

The Spartans rebounded with a 100-47 win Monday night at Duluth Marshall.

Nine different players scored for the Spartans including five in double figures.

Mason Ackley led the way with 27 points, which included 6-of-7 shooting on 3-pointers.

Xavier Patterson was next with 13 points, followed by Joey Barker, 11; and Cam Borgh and Stephen Gee, 10 apiece.

Ackley also had six rebounds, four steals and three assists; Patterson had four assists; and Borgh had five reboiunds and three assists.

The Spartans play at Duluth East at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and play Hinckley-Finlayson at 10 a.m. Saturday at Duluth East.

Thursday's game at East will be on WNXR 107.3 FM.

Superior.................................. 100

Duluth Marshall..................... 47

Superior — Mason Ackley 27, Xavier Patterson 13, Joey Barker 11, Cam Borgh 10, Stephen Gee 10, Elijah Owens 9, Kaleb Zentkowski 9, Beau Severson 7, Corey Sanders 4. Totals: 36 9-16 100.

3-point goals — Ackley 6, Patterson 3, Owens 3, Barker 3, Gee 2, Zentkowski 2.

Duluth Marshall — Totals: 17 4-19 47.

Superior........................ 39     31        —        70

Hermantown.................. 28     47        —        75

Superior — Mason Ackley 22, Xavier Patterson 22, Kaleb Zentkowski 2, Ben Rhodes 8, Cam Borgh 6, Corey Sanders 5, Beau Severson 5. Totals 27 9-16 70.

3-point goals — Ackley 2, Patterson 2, Rhodes 2, Severson.

Hermantown — Noah Soumis 24, Connor Bich 11, Peter Soumis 21, David Birkeland 16, Kaden Kucza 3. Totals 22 25-37 75.

3-point goals — Bich, Soumis 2, Birkeland 2, Kucza.

Girls basketball

The hot-shooting Hermantown Hawks made seven of their eight 3-pointers in the first half, which led to a 40-13 lead at the intermission and eventually a 54-20 win over the Spartans Thursday night in Hermantown.

“Give Hermantown credit, they shot the ball extremely well in the first half and we did not have any answer back,” SHS coach Dave Kontny said. “They’re long and athletic and blocked some shots as well, but we had some good looks and got steals but could not convert.”

The second half turned into a defensive battle with Hermantown outscoring Superior 14-7.

“The second half was the same for us offensively, but we did give Hermantown problems on the defensive end and only allowed 14 points, so we’re happy with the fact our kids did not quit playing,” Kontny said. “We have to learn to work through the bad moments and stay focused on the game at hand.”

Niya Wilson led Superior with six points, Kallie Kimmes was next with four points and Mady Stariha made a 3-pointer.

The Spartans host Chippewa Falls at 7:15 p.m. today and the plays at Duluth East at 5:45 p.m. Thursday.

Superior........................ 13       7        —        20

Hermantown.................. 40     14        —        54

Superior — Lexi Jenson 2, Niya Wilson 6, Emily Hunter 2, Lauren Raboin 2, Mady Stariha 3, Kallie Kimmes 4, Zoie Cole 1. Totals 8 1-8 20.

3-point goals — Wilson 2, Stariha.

Hermantown — Sierra Bolen 3, Megan Nelson 3, Kylee Hren 12, Maddy Foster 5, Ava Asgaard 6, Carly Zierden 2, Taylor Vold 10, Ellie Gamradt 13. Totals 22 2-5 54.

3-point goals — Bolen, Nelson, Hren 3, Foster, Asgaard 2.


The Spartans finished third in Big Rivers Conference action Friday evening in Superior.

River Fall finished in first place with a team score of 131.375. Hudson was second with a score of 127.45, and Superior had a score of 109.075 for third place.

Superior is at Eau Claire on Jan. 18.


Superior’s Results

                                Vault      Bars      Beam      Floor        AA

Payton Rusk.......... 7.60      5.10     5.475     0.000    18.175

Madison Sislo........ 6.75      0.00     0.000     6.400    13.150

Adrianne Krueger... 7.75      5.20     6.375     6.550    25.875

Alyssa Nelson....... 7.85      6.00     6.500     7.175    27.525

Reese Deyo........... 8.35      7.45     8.050     7.250    31.100

Alaina Lamoreaux.. 0.00      3.50     3.850     0.000     7.350

Megan Hansen....... 0.00      0.00     0.000     5.575     5.575

Team Totals.......... 31.55    23.75     26.4     27.375   109.75

Girls hockey

The St. Croix Valley Fusion got back at the Spartans with a 4-3 victory Saturday at the Wildcat Center in River Falls.

On Dec. 28, Superior defeated the Fusion 5-4 in the semifinals of the Culver’s Cup Tournament in Madison.

Superior got two goals from Alee Milinkovich-Gray and a short-handed goal from Lucy Drougas.

Superior’s Katrina Casper and SCV’s Sydney Seeley both finished with 27 saves.

The Spartans also lost Cloquet-Esko-Carlton 4-1 Monday night at home.

Alee Milinkovich-Gray scored Superior’s goal midway through the second period with an assist from Rose Ion.

Dana Jones scored twice for Cloquet and Elise Lund had 18 saves.

Kartina Casper had 36 saves for Superior.

The Spartans play at Eveleth-Gilbert at 7 p.m. Thursday and at Northland Pines at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Cloque-Esko-Carlton 1 2 1 -- 4

Superior 0 1 0 -- 1

First Period -- 1. CEC, Dana Jones, 1;54.

Second Period -- 2. CEC, Jones (Tenley Stewart), 7:28. 3. SHS, Alee Milinkovich-Gray (Rose Ion), 7:56. 4. CEC, Taylor Nelson (Kiana Bender), 12:03.

Third Period -- 5. CEC, Dea DeLeon (Nelson, Lexi Cooke), 3:20.

Saves -- Elise Lund, CEC, 5-4-9--18. Katrina Casper, SHS, 11-12-13--36.

Superior......................... 0       1         2        —          3

St. Croix Valley................ 1       1         2        —          4

First period — 1. SCV, Jordan Erickson (Madyson Shaw), 8:15.

Second period — 2. SHS, Alee Milinkovich-Gray (Addie Young), 1:10; 3. SCV, Kamryn Jacobs (Amber DeLong), 14:57 (sh).

Third period — 4. SCV, Jacobs (Erickson), 11:27 (pp); 5. SCV, Taylar Meier, 12:39; 6. SHS, Lucy Drougas, 13:36 (sh); 7. SHS, Milinkovich-Gray (Young), 15:52.

Saves — Katrina Casper, SHS, 27; Sydney Seeley, SCV, 27.

Boys swimming

The Spartans went 0-2 in a BRC double dual meet Friday in the SHS natatorium.

Hudson went 2-0, defeating Superior, 141-42, and River Falls, 113-69. River Falls also defeated Superior 108-71.

The Spartans placed in third place in three events — Adam Young, diving; Ben Hintzman, 100 breaststroke; and the 200 free relay of Nate DeRoche, Nate Peterson, Andrew Lisak and Jimmy Peterson.

The Spartans have three meets this weekend. They are at Mesabi East at 5 p.m. today, at Eau Claire Memorial at 6:30 p.m. Thursday; and at the Duluth East Invite at 1 p.m. Saturday.


Superior’s Results

Diving — 1. Ethan Crim, H, 210.95; 2. Huck Boles, RF, 147.95; 3. Adam Young, SHS, 143.30.

200 Free Relay — 1. Hudson, 1:39.86; 2. Hudson, 1:44.32; 3. Superior (Nate DeRoche, Nate Peterson, Andrew Lisak, Jimmy Peterson), 1:46.36.

100 Breaststroke — 1. Ethan Hanson, H, 1:07.01; 2. Anders Olson, RF, 1:07.42; 3. Ben Hintzman, SHS, 1:14.63.