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Photos: Superior Spartans fill time before WIAA State Softball Tournament in Madison

The Spartans checked out the State Capitol ahead of their state semifinal game on Friday, June 10.

The Superior Spartans softball team poses for a group photo outside of the Wisconsin State Capitol
The Superior Spartans softball team poses for a group photo outside of the Wisconsin Capitol on Friday morning, June 10, after looking around inside while they were in Madison for the WIAA State Softball Tournament.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
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MADISON — After defeating Cedarburg Thursday, June 9, at the WIAA State Softball Tournament, an interesting question arose for the Spartans: What are we going to do to fill the day?

The Spartans were scheduled to play Kaukauna, the No. 1 ranked team in the state, which is a task that would be daunting enough, but the game was scheduled for 9 p.m. Friday, June 10 — time at which the Spartans had not played all season.

So as the team was celebrating its win Thursday, just past the outfield wall at Goodman Diamond on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, a few coaches and Activities Director Ella Olson huddled to try to come up with a game plan for Friday. The last thing they wanted to do was let the girls sleep in and lounge around their hotel all day before the game. After a couple ideas were tossed around, they decided to take the team to the State Capitol and then out to eat on State Street.

“It's nice to do something educational on the trip, right?” joked Olson.

Ari Robillard, top, and Paige Johnson lay on the ground and look up inside the rotunda at the Wisconsin State Capitol
Ari Robillard, top, and Paige Johnson lay on the ground and look up inside the rotunda at the Wisconsin Capitol on Friday morning, June 10, as the Superior softball team walked through the building while they were in Madison for the WIAA State Softball Tournament.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
Superior assistant coach John Heinen, left, pauses from talking with volunteer coach Joe Stariha and Ally Zembo, on the floor above him, outside of the Senate chambers in the Wisconsin State Capitol
Superior assistant coach John Heinen, left, pauses from talking with volunteer coach Joe Stariha and Ally Zembo, on the floor above him, outside of the Senate chambers in the Wisconsin Capitol building on Friday morning, June 10.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
Emma Raye, right, makes a goofy face as she walks down the steps from the Wisconsin State Capitol towards the Wisconsin Womens Memorial
Emma Raye, right, makes a goofy face as she walks down the steps from the Wisconsin Capitol towards the Wisconsin Women's Memorial statue with Natalee Sigfrids, left, and Ava Stratton on Friday morning, June 10, in Madison.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
Superior Activities Director Ella Olson, right, leads the Spartan softball to their bus
Superior Activities Director Ella Olson, right, leads the Spartan softball team to their bus after walking through the Wisconsin Capitol and getting lunch on State Street in Madison on Friday, June 10.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
Gabbi Siers, from left, Indigo Fish and Grace Hansen get their photo taken under the Wisconsin Womens Memorial statue by Emma Raye
From left, Gabbi Siers, Indigo Fish and Grace Hansen get their photo taken under the Wisconsin Women's Memorial statue by Emma Raye, right, outside of the Wisconsin Capitol on Friday, June 10, in Madison.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
Superior softball players, from left, Avery Visger, Alayna DeGraef, Gabbi Saari, Brooke Hendry and Kaylee Baker head back to the State Capitol
Superior softball players, from left, Avery Visger, Alayna DeGraef, Gabbi Saari, Brooke Hendry and Kaylee Baker head back to the Wisconsin Capitol to meet up with teammates after shopping and grabbing a bite to eat on State Street in Madison on Friday, June 10.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
The shadow of the photographer casts near a manhole cover while walking with coaches from the Spartan softball team along State Street
The shadow of the photographer casts near a manhole cover while walking with coaches from the Spartan softball team along State Street in Madison on Friday, June 10.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

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Jed Carlson joined the Superior Telegram in February 2001 as a photographer. He grew up in Willmar, Minnesota. He graduated from Ridgewater Community College in Willmar, then from Minnesota State Moorhead with a major in mass communications with an emphasis in photojournalism.
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