SPARTAN ROUND-UP: SHS hoop teams pick up road wins
The Superior High School boys basketball team picked up is second straight win of the season with a 71-62 win Thursday night at Menomonie.
The Spartans (2-3) were led by Kaleb Zentkowski’s 22 points, which included three 3-pointers. Cam Borgh added 16 points, Mason Ackley had 12; and Xavier Patterson 10.
Borgh also grabbed a team-high 12 rebounds, had two steals and blocked two shots. Ackley also added two steals with three blocked shots and six assists.
The Mustangs (0-8) were led by Jace Kressin’s 16 points, including three 3-pointers.
“Menomonie is a good team despite what their record says,” SHS coach Jake Smith said. “We made it very clear to our guys that even though Menomonie was 0-7 going into this game, we had to put a full 36-minute game together in order to win on the road.
“They’ve had a very tough schedule up to this point and have been very close in just about all of their games. We knew they would be scrapping for their first win and knowing that they beat us last year we had to go out and earn this win.”
After leading 32-30 at the half, the Spartans opened up a 46-32 lead early in the second half.
“We put some really good stretches together and went on some big runs,” Smith said. “We started the game with eight straight stops on the defensive end and then opened up the second half with a 14-2 run. The good starts were the difference.”
The Spartans will compete in Shawano High School’s Sun Drop Shootout at the Kress Center in Green Bay. Superior plays Menasha at 1:40 p.m. Wednesday and Green Bay Notre Dame at 3:15 p.m. Thursday.
“It’s big for us to get two wins in a row moving forward to give the guys confidence, especially going into Green Bay when we play two really solid teams in Menasha and Notre Dame,” Smith said. “We’re looking forward to that trip knowing that we went 0-2 down there last year.
“It’s a great experience for our guys to be able to play in a big arena like that on a college floor. We want to enjoy the experience, continue to improve each game, and look forward to these challenges that lie ahead of us.”
SPARTAN SPIN: Menomonie made eight 3-pointer baskets, but committed 21 fouls to just 10 for Superior.
Superior........................ 32 39 — 71
Menomonie................... 30 32 — 62
Superior — Mason Ackley 12, Xavier Patterson 10, Kaleb Zentkowski 22, Rhodes 5, Gee 2, Cam Borgh 16, Corey Sanders 4. Totals: 26 14-19 71.
3-point goals — Zentkowski 3, Ackley.
Menomonie — Dylan Boecker 6, Jake Ebert 6, Jace Kressin 16, Sam Sleichert 13, Brenden Johnston 10, Sam Zbornik 11. Totals: 23 8-13 62.
3-point goals — Kressin 3, Sleichert 3, Johnston 2.
A dominating second half sent the Spartans to a 59-35 win Thursday night at New Richmond.
The Spartans, now 5-2 on the season, led just 25-23 at halftime, then went out and outscored the Tigers 34-12 in the second half.
“It was a tale of two halves for us offensively,” SHS coach Dave Kontny said. “We just couldn’t buy an easy basket in the first half and we got great looks — sometimes with long bus rides that happens.
“In the second half we really moved the ball well, made the extra pass and made our shots. I like how we are starting to distribute the ball with the extra pass. The kids are playing very unselfish and as a result we are getting very good balance.”
Maddy Myer led the Spartans with 15 points. Niya Wilson added 12 points and Chloe Kintop and Lauren Raboin both had nine.
Zoe Christianson led the Tigers (2-5) with eight points.
“Our defense in the second half took its toll on them and we did a great job of protecting the interior,” Kontny said. “The only baskets we gave them were the four 3-pointers. Any time you can hold a team to 12 points in a half, you’re playing well.
“It was even better to get all the kids some quality time. We have had a couple of players on the edge of double doubles the past couple games and that’s another sign of how hard they are working.”
The Spartans will take Friday off before prepping for the Wisconsin Rapids Tournament next week.
“Having Friday off is well earned,” Kontny said. “We need a little recovery time and then get back at it in the Wisconsin Rapids Tournament.”
Superior plays the host Red Raiders at 7 p.m. Thursday then again at noon Friday.
SPARTAN SPIN: The SHS JV improved to 6-1 with a 51-48 win. Zoie Cole led Superior with 20 points. Julie Haller, who was next with nine points, made her second straight half-court shot at the buzzer ending the first half.
Superior........................ 25 34 — 59
New Richmond.............. 23 12 — 35
Superior — Chloe Kintop 9, Kallie Kimmes 4, Lexi Jensen 5, Niya Wilson 12, Madisen Myer 15, Lauren Raboin 9, Mady Stariha 3, Jessica Kimmes 2. Free throws: 10-19.
3-point goals — Wilson, Stariha, Myer.
New Richmond — Leah DeYoung 3, Zoe Christianson 8, Lorin Bauer 6, Amelia Feurer 4, Amanda Johnson 6, Kate Miller 6, Audrey Feurer 2. FT: 3-5.
3-point goals — Bauer 2, Miller 2, Christianson, Feurer.
Superior JV Stats vs. NR JV
Superior JV — Abby Dolsen 4, Zoie Cole 20, Brooke Koenen 2, Briley Izzard 4, Julie Haller 9, Izzy Swanson 1, Kaileigh Miller 8, Paige Leinon 3.
The Spartans fell to 1-7 on the season with a 7-1 loss to the Hayward Co-op Hurricanes Thursday night at the Superior Ice Arena.
Alee Milinkovich-Gray scored Superior’s goal with assists from Arika Trentor and Addie Young.
Katrina Casper, playing in her second straight game due to an injury to Autumn Siers, finished with 31 saves.
Jerzy Petit scored twice for Hayward and Reone Martin, Lauren Donnellan, Mackenzie Johnson, Kennedy Spencer and Sarah Pearson all scored once.
The Spartans will play in the Culver’s Cup Wednesday through Friday at Madison Ice Arena and Hartmeyer Ice Arena.
Superior will face Onalaska in one quarterfinal game at 3 p.m. Wednesday.
Hayward-Ashland............. 2 4 1 — 7
Superior......................... 0 1 0 — 1
First period — 1. HA, Reone Martin (Lauren Donnellan), 7:19 (pp); 2. HA, Donnellan, 10:52.
Second period — 3. HA, Jerzy Petit (Kennedy Spencer, Martin), 5:33; 4. HA, Mackenzie Johnson (Sarah Pearson, Petit), 6:27; 5. SHS, Alee Milinkovich-Gray (Arika Trentor, Addie Young), 6:41; 6. HA, Spencer (Martin, Pettit), 7:14; 7. HA, Pearson, 8:42 (pp).
Third period — 8. HA, Petti (Donnellan, Pearson), 12:43.
Saves — Emma Quimby, HA, 3-4-1—8. Cat Hopper, HA, x-x-2—2. Katrina Casper, SHS, 11-13-7—31.
The Spartans went 2-2 at Friday’s Stanley-Boyd Dual Tournament.
After losing to Chippewa Falls and Stratford (70-0), Superior bounced back with wins over North Crawford-Seneca (63-12) and Stanley-Boyd (49-30).
“Going down to this tournament we knew we were going to face some very tough competition,” SHS coach Bob Coleman said. “We really battled against Chippewa Falls, but came up a little short at the end. We lost, but that does not take anything away from the way we wrestled. We had a great effort by everyone.”
Stratford is the defending WIAA Division 3 state champion and finished second in 2016.
“I thought our kids did a nice job,” Coleman said. “We were a little flat, but again, they are not use to seeing this level of competition so it probably was a little over whelming.”
The Spartans took an early lead over North Crawford-Seneca and never looked back, then ended the night with the win over the host Orioles.
“I challenged them to finish strong and that they did,” Coleman said. “It was nice to see them rise to the occasion with a couple of wins.
“I’m very proud of these guys. We have a great group of seniors that have worked hard in practice with their wrestling skills, conditioning, and team cohesion. We have a very nice team that encourages each other and is willing to show their love for each other with sacrificial acts for each other. What else could a coach ask for? Hard working young men that are willing to serve others.”
The Spartans will compete in the UW-Eau Claire Tournament at 9 a.m. Friday.
NOTE: No score was available for the Chippewa Falls match.