Tears and sweat both fell to the ice Saturday morning, Feb. 20, at the South Wood County Recreation Center in Wisconsin Rapids after the buzzer sounded and the Superior Spartans came up short of their 14th state title, losing 4-1 to St. Mary's Springs during the WIAA Division 2 state championship game.

Students from Superior High School cheer for the Spartans as they hit the ice for the WIAA Division 2 championship game in the South Wood County Recreation Center in Wisconsin Rapids Saturday morning, Feb 20. About 300 people attended the game. The Spartans lost the game to St. Mary’s Springs 4-1. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
Students from Superior High School cheer for the Spartans as they hit the ice for the WIAA Division 2 championship game in the South Wood County Recreation Center in Wisconsin Rapids Saturday morning, Feb 20. About 300 people attended the game. The Spartans lost the game to St. Mary’s Springs 4-1. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

The Spartan hockey team get announced before the WIAA Division 2 championship game in the South Wood County Recreation Center in Wisconsin Rapids Saturday morning, Feb 20. The Spartans all rocked buzz cuts per tradition as to shave your head on your first trip to state. The Spartans lost the game to St. Mary’s Springs 4-1. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
The Spartan hockey team get announced before the WIAA Division 2 championship game in the South Wood County Recreation Center in Wisconsin Rapids Saturday morning, Feb 20. The Spartans all rocked buzz cuts per tradition as to shave your head on your first trip to state. The Spartans lost the game to St. Mary’s Springs 4-1. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

Superior’s Austin Ward (34) falls to the ice as he grieves after the WIAA Division 2 championship game in the South Wood County Recreation Center in Wisconsin Rapids Saturday morning, Feb 20. The Spartans lost the game to St. Mary’s Springs 4-1. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
Superior’s Austin Ward (34) falls to the ice as he grieves after the WIAA Division 2 championship game in the South Wood County Recreation Center in Wisconsin Rapids Saturday morning, Feb 20. The Spartans lost the game to St. Mary’s Springs 4-1. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

Superior head coach Jason Kalin hugs senior Drew Scharte (26) after the WIAA Division 2 championship game in the South Wood County Recreation Center in Wisconsin Rapids Saturday morning, Feb 20. The Spartans lost the game to St. Mary’s Springs 4-1. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
Superior head coach Jason Kalin hugs senior Drew Scharte (26) after the WIAA Division 2 championship game in the South Wood County Recreation Center in Wisconsin Rapids Saturday morning, Feb 20. The Spartans lost the game to St. Mary’s Springs 4-1. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

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The Spartan hockey team poses on the ice with the second place trophy after the WIAA Division 2 championship game in the South Wood County Recreation Center in Wisconsin Rapids Saturday morning, Feb 20. The Spartans lost the game to St. Mary’s Springs 4-1. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
The Spartan hockey team poses on the ice with the second place trophy after the WIAA Division 2 championship game in the South Wood County Recreation Center in Wisconsin Rapids Saturday morning, Feb 20. The Spartans lost the game to St. Mary’s Springs 4-1. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

Superior’s Caden Lia (4) comforts Austin Ward (34) as he grieves after the WIAA Division 2 championship game in the South Wood County Recreation Center in Wisconsin Rapids Saturday morning, Feb 20. The Spartans lost the game to St. Mary’s Springs 4-1. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
Superior’s Caden Lia (4) comforts Austin Ward (34) as he grieves after the WIAA Division 2 championship game in the South Wood County Recreation Center in Wisconsin Rapids Saturday morning, Feb 20. The Spartans lost the game to St. Mary’s Springs 4-1. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

Superior head coach Jason Kalin rubs the head of senior Gavin Tetzlaff (8) after the WIAA Division 2 championship game in the South Wood County Recreation Center in Wisconsin Rapids Saturday morning, Feb 20. The Spartans lost the game to St. Mary’s Springs 4-1. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
Superior head coach Jason Kalin rubs the head of senior Gavin Tetzlaff (8) after the WIAA Division 2 championship game in the South Wood County Recreation Center in Wisconsin Rapids Saturday morning, Feb 20. The Spartans lost the game to St. Mary’s Springs 4-1. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

Superior head coach Jason Kalin gives a second place medal to Mason Stenberg (18) after the WIAA Division 2 championship game in the South Wood County Recreation Center in Wisconsin Rapids Saturday morning, Feb 20. The Spartans lost the game to St. Mary’s Springs 4-1. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
Superior head coach Jason Kalin gives a second place medal to Mason Stenberg (18) after the WIAA Division 2 championship game in the South Wood County Recreation Center in Wisconsin Rapids Saturday morning, Feb 20. The Spartans lost the game to St. Mary’s Springs 4-1. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

Senior Gavin Tetzlaff (8) kisses the helmet of fellow senior goalie Jamin Durfee (30) after the WIAA Division 2 championship game in the South Wood County Recreation Center in Wisconsin Rapids Saturday morning, Feb 20. The Spartans lost the game to St. Mary’s Springs 4-1. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
Senior Gavin Tetzlaff (8) kisses the helmet of fellow senior goalie Jamin Durfee (30) after the WIAA Division 2 championship game in the South Wood County Recreation Center in Wisconsin Rapids Saturday morning, Feb 20. The Spartans lost the game to St. Mary’s Springs 4-1. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

Superior’s Carter Pettit (17) and Gavin Tetzlaff (8) hug after the WIAA Division 2 championship game in the South Wood County Recreation Center in Wisconsin Rapids Saturday morning, Feb 20. The Spartans lost the game to St. Mary’s Springs 4-1. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
Superior’s Carter Pettit (17) and Gavin Tetzlaff (8) hug after the WIAA Division 2 championship game in the South Wood County Recreation Center in Wisconsin Rapids Saturday morning, Feb 20. The Spartans lost the game to St. Mary’s Springs 4-1. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

The St. Mary’s Springs team mobs their goalie Hayden Rising (30) after the WIAA Division 2 championship game in the South Wood County Recreation Center in Wisconsin Rapids Saturday morning, Feb 20. St. Mary’s Springs beat Superior 4-1. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
The St. Mary’s Springs team mobs their goalie Hayden Rising (30) after the WIAA Division 2 championship game in the South Wood County Recreation Center in Wisconsin Rapids Saturday morning, Feb 20. St. Mary’s Springs beat Superior 4-1. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)