When most people think of junior hockey, they consider all the work that takes place on the ice.
The Lake Superior Conference Basketball championship is back in Superior.The Spartans won the LSC title with a 79–62 victory Thursday in Hermantown.
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Nearly a year and a half after giving her verbal commitment, Superior's Malley O'Brien signed her Letter of Intent to play soccer at the University of Wisconsin.O'Brien committed while playing with the Minnesota Thunder Academy in Minneapolis.Last Spring, in her only season of varisty soccer so far, O'Brien re–wrote the Superior record book, scoring 40 goals and 92 points.Being from Superior, O'Brien says it only made sense she chose Wisconsin."I've always been a Badger fan," O'Brien says. "I went there and vistied and basically fell in love with the campus. After meeting the coaches and playing soccer at their camp, I knew that I wanted to pursue going there."Meanwhile, two of O'Brien's classmates will suit up for UMD's Northern Sun Conference rival Bemidji State.Quarterback Nick Mehlum and one of his favorite targets, Jake Libal signed their letters of intent Wednesday as well.This pair of Spartans are also teammates on the basketball court.They're excited to continue the trend in college."Just to have one of my best friends coming up there with me next year," said Mehlum. "And one of the best football players I've ever seen, I'm really excited for it.""Having someone there to look after my back, having someone to room with, and he can keep me up with my grades," aded Libal. "It's very important, it's pretty cool, and I'm excited."
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It's an exciting time for hockey at the Marshall School.Not only do the Hilltoppers move up to Class AA in Boys Hockey starting next season, Marshall will also field a Girls varsity team for the first time.The Minnesota State High School League is expected to give the official go–ahead soonIn the meantime, Marshall has dominated junior varsity competition this season, winning 17 of 21 games.That's promising beginning, but coach Sean Storie and company know the 'Toppers are in for a big challenge next season."It's going to be a big jump, maturity-wise, strength-wise, speed-wise," said Storie. "Minnesota is a great hockey state with a lot of tradition, and we're just happy to be part of it.""We're on a really good path," said 8th Grader Claire Boettcher. "We're working really well together, we have good team chemistry. We definitely could be headed to winning a lot of games, maybe eventually getting in the State Tournament."
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Local kids hit the slopes to compete in a ski and snowboard meet at Mt. Ashwabay Monday.
"They always say the most competitive games draw the most competitive kind of people and I think that's it right there," said Two Harbors football coach Tom Nelson.