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Spartans-Warriors end in 4-4 tie

Superior High School’s Katheryn Polkinghorne (15) battles with Rice Lake’s Grace Forsberg (23) in the first half of Thursday night’s game at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex. The game ended in a 4-4 tie. (Jed Carlson/

The Superior High School Spartans and Rice Lake Warriors played to a 4-4 tie Thursday night at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex.

The Spartans held a 3-1 halftime lead, but needed Erin Walpole’s goal, her second of the game, with 2:47 remaining in the second half to pull out the tie.

After Rice Lake took a 1-0 lead on a corner kick at 12:46, Walpole tied the game at 1-1 for the Spartans with an assist from Sophie Kintop at 24:37.

Superior also scored the next two goals -- Kathryn Polkinghorne at 28:46, and Ashley Welsh at 41:43. Natalie Stodola and Kintop helped out on the goals.

Rice Lake scored three straight goals in the second half to take a 4-3 lead with the four goal coming with 8:31 left in the second half.

Jillian Reuille had 22 saves for the Spartans, who put 12 shots on the Rice Lake goal.

The Spartans wrapped up the regular season Friday night at Ashland.

Superior is the No. 8 seed for the upcoming WIAA playoffs and will play at No. 1 Eau Claire Memorial at 5 p.m. on Thursday. The winner plays against on Saturday.

Rice Lake 1 3 -- 4

Superior 3 1 -- 4

First Half -- 1. RL, corner kick, 12:46. 2. SHS, Erin Walpole (Sophie Kintop), 24:37. 3. SHS, Kathryn Polkinghorne (Natalie Stodola), 28:46. 4. Ashley Welsh (Kintop), 41:43.

Second Half -- 5. RL, 61:04. 6. RL, 74:34. 7. RL, 81:29. 8. SHS, Walpole, 87:13.


The Spartans wrapped up the regular season with a 9-1 loss at New Richmond Thursday evening.

Game two of the doubleheader was canceled in the fourth inning because of lightning. The Spartans were trailing 5-1 when the game was called.

The Spartans will now take a 14-8 into the WIAA Division 1 playoffs, which begin by hosting No. 9 Hudson Raiders at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Superior and New Richmond both had eight hits Thursday, but the Tigers’ hits included a two-out grand slam by Noah Towberman in a five-run sixth inning.

Superior took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Ben Rhodes led off  the game with a single, moved to second on Conner Fonger’s single, moved to third on a double play and scored on a wild pitch.

New Richmond took the lead for good with a four-run third inning.

Superior threatened in the seventh inning when Rhodes, Fonger and Mason Moen singled with two outs. But the game ended with a strike out.

Fonger finished with three hits, Rhodes and Moen both had two and Isaac Riso had one.

Drake Samarzia and Spencer Udeen pitched for Superior, allowing four hit apiece with three strikeouts and three walks.

Towberman did most of the damage for the Tigers, going 3-for-4 with six RBIs.

The Spartans (14-8) host No. 9 Hudson in the opening game of the WIAA Division 1 playoffs at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the NBC Spartan Sports Center.

SPARTAN SPIN: Superior stranded nine runner and committed two errors, which led to three unearned runs. … The Spartan JV split with New Richmond, losing 9-1 and winning 6-1. Joe Barker pitched the first two innings of the opener, allowing four runs on four hits and four walks while striking out two. Sean McCoshen pitched four innings of relief. The got one hit each from Carter Fonger, McCoshen, Kaden Kimmes, Jason Samarziya, Wyatt Johnson and Jonathan Rhodes. Jake Edwards started the second game and pitched five innings, allowing one run on one hit and five walks while striking out 11. Austin LeJeune pitched two innings of no-hit ball while striking out five. The Spartans got two hits from Max Reed and one each from Austin Hunker, Rhodes, LeJeune and Blake Arnovich. The SHS JV finishes with a record of 15-5.

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