Superior Celebrates Champion Spartans
SHS Won 13th WIAA Hockey Title and 15th State Championship in School History
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The 2015 Superior Spartans may have been the most unlikely State Champion in Wisconsin hockey history.
But to the boys in blue, the champion part is all that matters.
Superior is now a 15–time state champ on ice, despite a sub-.500 record in 2014-15.
The Spartans and the Superior community got together Monday to celebrate the school’s most recent title.
Area dignitaries including State Rep. Nick Milroy and Mayor Bruce Hagen paid tribute to the champs.
Coach Jason Kalin even got a little emotional as he thanked his players, their parents, his coaching staff, and of course, the Spartans’ fans.
According to Kalin, celebrations like Monday’s are fun, though this one was overdue.
“It’s been 10 years, which is too long in Superior’s eyes and in my eyes,” said Kalin, who led the Spartans to a title for the third time, but first since 2005. “It’s not that we haven’t been close, we haven’t been able to finish.”
Kalin added the championship was the perfect way for the 10 Spartan seniors, including State Tournament Most Valuable Player Peyton Flanders, to end their careers.
“I’ll tell you what,” he said. “This group of seniors, it’s the right way to send them on.”
Superior has won 13 WIAA championships (15 in all), more than any school in Wisconsin.