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Prep report: Sutherland leads Northwestern past Spooner

Superior's Haley Zembo struck out the side in the Spartans regional final win over New Richmond.

Northwestern’s Anna Sutherland (10) tags out Spooner’s Natalie Martin (26)
Northwestern’s Anna Sutherland (10) tags out Spooner’s Natalie Martin (26) as she slides into third base in the fourth inning of the Tigers’ playoff game in Brule on Thursday, May 26, 2022.
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Northwestern's Anna Sutherland had two hits and drove in two runs and in the Tigers' 6-2 win over Spooner Thursday in Brule.

The Tigers led 3-1 for much of the Division 3 regional final, but plated three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Northwestern catcher Abby Wennersten (20) fields a throw as Spooner’s Lily Hotchkiss (13) beats the ball to home plate
Northwestern catcher Abby Wennersten (20) fields a throw as Spooner’s Lily Hotchkiss (13) beats the ball to home plate in the fourth inning of the Tigers’ playoff game in Brule on Thursday, May 26, 2022.
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The runs gave pitcher Ellie Peterson a little more cushion to work with after the Rails scored once in the top half of the sixth.

Northwestern’s Ellie Peterson (4) gets into her wind up
Northwestern’s Ellie Peterson (4) gets into her wind up in the first inning of the Tigers’ playoff game in Brule on Thursday, May 26, 2022.
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Peterson allowed eight hits and struck out 14 batters in the win for Northwestern.

Northwestern’s Andrea Schlais (14) fields a ball at second base
Northwestern’s Andrea Schlais (14) fields a ball at second base in the first inning of the Tigers’ playoff game with Spooner in Brule on Thursday, May 26, 2022.
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The Tigers move on to play at Bloomer Tuesday in the sectional semifinal. The Blackhawks topped St. Croix Falls 5-1 in the other regional final Thursday.

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The Northwestern softball team is reflected in head coach Scott Janigo’s glasses as he talks to his team
The Northwestern softball team is reflected in head coach Scott Janigo’s glasses as he talks to his team before the Tigers’ playoff game with Spooner in Brule on Thursday, May 26, 2022.
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Superior’s Zembo shuts down New Richmond

Superior’s Haley Zembo struck out 13 batters — her second straight game fanning 13 — to lead her team to a 2-0 win over New Richmond in the regional final Tuesday in New Richmond.

Paige "Peeps" Johnson drove home Emma Raye in the top of the third inning and Natalee Sigfrids drove in Indigo Fish in the sixth inning for the only runs of the game.

Superior’s Natalee Sigfrids (9) throws a ball to first base
Superior’s Natalee Sigfrids (9) throws a ball to first base in the sixth inning of the Spartans playoff victory over Wausau East at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex in Superior on Tuesday, May 24, 2022.
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Zembo struck out the side in the fifth and seventh innings and has not allowed a run in her last four starts for the Spartans.

With the win, Superior advances to play at Chippewa Falls Tuesday. The Cardinals topped D.C. Everest 5-4 to advance to the sectional semifinal.

Northwood/Solon Springs 1, Phillips 0

The visitors upset the No. 1 seed and No. 4 ranked Loggers on their home field by the narrowest of margins.

N/SS scored the lone run of the game in the top of the seventh inning on an RBI single from Maddelyn Swanson. Bailey Monson singled, was sacrificed over by Zoey Vaara and after a walk, ended up scoring the game's only run.

Vaara threw a four-hit shutout for the win.

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N/SS will meet No. 5-ranked Grantsburg in the sectional semifinals on Tuesday.

BASEBALL

Northwestern 9, Hayward 6

The Tigers found themselves down to Hayward but scored five times in the bottom of the fifth to take control of the game and advance in the Division 2 tournament.

Trevor Eliason finished with three hits, including a double. Kole Paulsen and Jace Nelson finished with two hits apiece.

The well-timed rally made a winning pitcher out of Luke Sedin, who allowed five runs on nine hits in five innings. Cole Lahti got the save, allowing one run on three hits in the last two innings.

The fourth-seeded Tigers play at top seed Bloomer on Tuesday in a sectional semifinal.

Duluth Denfeld 4, Northwood/Solon Springs 1

The Hunters' CJ Christensen held the visitors to one unearned run over six innings, scattering seven hits.

Owen Hindermann, A.J. Jimenez and Simon Davidson had two-hit games for Denfeld, while Kaden Corlett and Abe Ahlberg went 2-for-3 for Northwood/Solon Springs in its regular season finale.

TRACK AND FIELD

One Spartan, four Tigers headed to state

Superior's Darrel James continued an impressive season by winning a sectional championship in the 100 meters at Thursday's Division 1 meet in Marshfield.

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The junior finished in 11.14 seconds, enough to qualify for the state meet June 3-4 in La Crosse.

The top three finishers in Division 1 automatically make the cut, as do the top four in Division 2 and 3.

Northwestern's CJ Thompson will run at state in two events after winning the 110 hurdles (15.37) and taking third in the 300 at the Division 2 sectional in Rice Lake.

Pole vaulter Cam Benesch set a personal best of 14-3 and took home top honors, while high jumper Monte Mayberry placed third in the high jump.

Greg Ohman grabbed a qualifying spot with a fourth in the discus.

The Tigers team finished sixth overall with 41 points.

Northwood/Solon Springs did not automatically qualify any entries for state from the Division 3 sectional at Colfax.

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