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Three teams. Two states. One goal. To win a championship.Hockey programs from Hermantown, Duluth East, and Superior are no strangers to state hockey tournaments.
The Madness is coming, but before March ushers in Minnesota's State Hockey Tournaments, the end of February is section final week.The first Section 7 title will be handed out Wednesday as Hermantown meets the Marshall at AMSOIL Arena.
South Shore's Megan Gustafson went in to the Cardinals' game against Chequamegon Monday needing just 10 points to tie Joelene Anderson's school record of 2,881 career points.By the way, Anderson's mark was also the Wisconsin state girls' scoring record.Gustafson finished with 46 points as she blew past Anderson in to the state record book.The new record stands at 2,917 and counting.Gustafson watched Anderson as a kid and looked up to her.The new record holder says it was an honor to pass someone she respects so much."She's a great player, I knew her really well," Gustafson said of Anderson."I'm just really thankful for my teammates, they've looked out for me," Gustafson continued. "They always help me to do my best, and I try to help them as well."And what about South Shore producing the top two scorers in Wisconsin history?"It's such a small school," Gustafson said. "(There are) only 50 kids in the entire school, 9th through 12th. I'm really excited to be a part of this, but I'm sad it's coming to an end, but I'm really excited for the future."The Cardinals visit Solon Springs Thursday and Mellen on February 24th.
South Shore's Megan Gustafson leads Wisconsin in scoring this season as she did in each of the last two seasons as well. Now, she leads the all-time scoring list as well.Gustafson assed South Shore alumnae Jolene Anderson Monday with her 2,882nd point in the 1st half against Chequamegon.Gustafson finished with 46 points in an 81–45 Cardinals win, giving her 2,917 in her career with two regular season games plus playoffs left this season.Gustafson, who also leads Wisconsin in rebounds, pulled down 18 boards and dished out six assists.Gustafson is South Shore's first Division I recruit since Anderson, having recently signed with the University of Iowa.
"People see the thousand points, they need to understand the work that comes into getting that," said Proctor basketball coach Todd Clark.
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The Superior Spartan Basketball teams will do their part in the fight against breast cancer Tuesday.The Spartans will host Duluth East in Superior's 3rd annual Slam Dunk Cancer night, benefitting St. Luke's Cancer Center.The Spartans will play in special pink jerseys, which will be auctioned off afterwards.Also in the silent auction will be signed Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson Packers jerseys.Slam Dunk Cancer is sponsored by Como Oil and Propane, but this year's event doubles as the senior project for Spartans Nate Sanders and Jeb Kimmes, who say they wanted to make a difference."This is a big event, a lot of people attend it," said Sanders. "Bringing the community together, spreading breast cancer awareness, raising money for it. It's going to be a lot of fun.""I didn't really know a lot about breast cancer before this," said Kimmes. "I know so much more and really care for more people that are going through that because I know how hard it is now."
"Great basketball players are not made between November and March, they're made between March and November. Lexie is that kind of player," said Proctor girl's basketball coach Chad Brenna.
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."