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SPARTAN RDP: Volleyball team sweeps Rice Lake

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Superior High School's Caleigh Jensen (6) hits past Cloquet’s Lucy Sinkkonen (5) in the first game Thursday, Oct. 11, in the SHS gym. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)2 / 2

The Superior High School volleyball team improved to 23-9 with a 3-1 (22-25, 25-18, 25-19, 25-16) win over the Cloquet Lumberjacks on Thursday, Oct. 11, in the SHS gym.

The Spartans were led by Autumn Siers, 18 set assists; Zoie Cole, 16 set assists; Chloe Wilson, 23 digs; 16 kills; Hannah Hughes, 23 digs; and Caleigh Jensen, 18 kills.

Cloquet got 22 digs from Natalie Spath; 21 digs from Savannah Sears; 15 set assists from Emerson Rock; and 14 assists from Olivia Diver.

The Spartans wrap up the regular season at Duluth Denfeld at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16.

Superior is the No. 5 seed for the WIAA Division 1 playoffs and will host No. 12 New Richmond at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18. The winner will play either No. 4 Eau Claire North or No. 13 Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday, Oct. 20.

New Richmond was 15-17 this season, including 2-5 in the Middle Border Conference.

Cross-country

The Spartan boys finished third and the girls fourth in the Lake Superior Conference Cross-Country meet Friday, Oct. 12, at Grand View Golf Course in Duluth.

“Over half the team ran either an all-time personal best or a season personal record, which was a great showing of their hard work throughout the season and our focus on tapering this past week,” SHS coach Lee Sims said.

Cloquet won the boys team title with 19 points. The Spartans finished with 98 points.

Cloquet runners captured the top four spots, led by Jordan Allen’s first-place time of 16 minutes, 55.4 seconds.

Superior’s top finisher was Michael Barnaby, who finished 16th in 18:57.2.

“Michael went out hard, probably a bit harder than he should have, but he was tough and hung on to the finish and run an all time PR,” Sims said. “Freshman Bryson Craker earned a varsity spot as we head into sectionals after dropping 50 seconds. In just about every practice Bryson is pushing the pace even on slow days, and I think his body has just been waiting for an opportunity to recover and taper. Taper he did.”

Proctor won the girls team title with 50 points. Superior finished with 88 points.

Proctor’s Sydney Binsfield won the girls race in 19:32.6.

Chloe Kintop topped Superior with a ninth-place time of 21:43.9, which earned her second-team all-conference.

“She ran smart starting out in the 12-14th position, and with about 1200 meters left, she must have been feeling great because she picked off three more competitors down the finish,” Sims said. “Chloe has been such a competitor all season. Last year, she was plagued by a knee injury which prevented her from racing after our second meet. She really focused on building strength in her knee, and by picking our battles she was ready to fight for an all-conference spot.”

Also for Superior, Amelia Evavold was 17th; Shannon McCoshen, 18th; and Jennifer Nummi, 19th.

“I know Jennifer was disappointed to not repeat on the all-conference team, but she still ran a strong race despite coming off a tough illness last week,” Sims said. “She fought hard, but she just couldn't find that next gear today. She'll be ready for sectionals.”

The WIAA Division 1 sectional meet is Saturday, Oct. 20, at Menomonie. The boys race is at noon, followed by the girls at 1 p.m.

Lake Superior Conference Meet

Boys Team Scores

  1. Cloquet, 19; 2. Proctor, 74; 3. Superior, 98; 4. Duluth Denfeld, 112; 5. Ashland, 122; 6. Hermantown, 136; 7. Duluth Marshall, 157.

Individuals

  1. Jordan Allen, C, 16:55.4; 2. Jesse Bahen, C, 17:22.2; 3. Blaine Bong, C, 17:25.0; 4. Aidan Ripp, C, 17:25.0; 5. Isaac Fink, DD, 17:28.2; 6. Griffin Flaa, H, 17:46.7; 7. John Wener, P, 17:47.5; 8. Josh Knight, P, 17:57.9; 9. Joshua Sanders, C, 18:16.0; 10. Cory Carlson, A, 18:19.4.

Superior’s Results

  1. Michael Barnaby, 18:57.2; 18. Jackson Karren, 19:05.4; 19. Jonathan Rhodes, 19:09.5; 22. Shane Leask, 19:19.7; 23. Tyson Yliniemi, 19:23.1; 24. Draden Jensen, 19:23.5; 27. Luke Denninger, 19:37.5.

Girls Team Scores

  1. Proctor, 50; 2. Cloquet, 59; 3. Duluth Marshall, 66; 4. Superior, 88; 5. Ashland, 103; 6. Hermantown, 132.

Individuals

  1. Sydney Binsfield, P, 19:32.6; 2. Ashlee Siegle, DM, 19:53.4; 3. Emma Stattelman, DM, 20:34.5; 4. Lauren Cawcutt, C, 20:47.5; 5. Elena George, A, 20:54.5; 6. Maddy Olsen, H, 20:57.2; 7. Ella Bauer, A, 21:02.4; 8. Kelly Lorenz, C, 21:43.0; 9. Chloe Kintop, SHS 21:43.9; 10. Courtney Werner, P, 21:44.4.

Superior’s Results

  1. Chloe Kintop, 21:43.9; 17. Amelia Evavold, 22:35.8; 18. Shannon McCoshen, 22:37.1; 19. Jennifer Nummi, 22:42.9; 25. Halle Barker, 23:23.2; 26. Ruby Moore, 23:48.9; 36. Kennedy Flowers, 24:47.7.

Girls swimming

The Spartans won 6-of-11 events in a 57-35 win at Proctor-Hermantown Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Superior’s Maddie Casey, Erin Walpole, Kaelyn DeRoche, Elise DeGraef teamed up to win the 160 medley relay and Shelby Bresnahan, Sophia Hanson, DeGraef and Maddie Casey won the 400 free relay.

Individually, Bresnahan won the 100 and 200 freestyle events; Casey won the 100 backstroke; and Walpole won the 100 breaststroke.

The Spartans swim against at Grand Rapids Friday, Oct. 12, and host Duluth East Tuesday, Oct. 16. Both meets begin at 5 p.m.

Superior 57 Proctor/Hermantown 35

160 Medley Relay -- 1. SHS (Maddie Casey, Erin Walpole, Kaelyn DeRoche, Elise DeGraef); 2. PH (Ariel Carlson, Sam Mulvain, Amelia Voss, Elizabeth Nicolai), 1:38.72; 3. SHS (Sophia Hanson, Cassie Stank, Sasha Peterson, Taylor Amundson), 1:45.67.

200 freestyle -- 1. Shelby Bresnahan, SHS, 2:11.26; 2. DeGraef, SHS, 2:19.19; 3. Elizabeth Nicolai, PH, 2:20.32.

160 individual medley -- 1. Haley Melin, PH, 1:53.53; 2. Walpole, SHS, 2:01.52; 3. Casey, SHS, 2:01.88.

60 freestyle -- 1. Hannah Ewer, P, 32.85; 2. DeGraef, SHS, 35.71; 3. Voss, PH, 35.88.

100 butterfly -- Melin, PH, 1:08.16; 2. DeRoche, SHS, 1:13.75; 3. Voss, PH, 1:15.62.

100 freestyle -- 1. Bresnahan, SHS, 58.81; 2. Ewer, PH, 59.53; 3. Sam Mullvain, PH, 1:02.29.

500 freestyle -- Elizabeth Nicolai, PH, 6:11.62; 2. Jazmine Wilkinson, SHS, 6:26.51; 3. Mackenzie Marthaler, SHS, 6:40.91.

160 freestyle relay -- PH (Ewer, Carlson, Voss, Melin), 1:26.07; 2. SHS (Bresnahan, Walpole, DeGraef, Kae Olson), 1:26.20; 3. SHS (DeRoche, Taylor Amundson, Wilkinson, Cambria Tinsley), 1:33.20.

100 backstroke -- 1. Casey, SHS, 1:06.89; 2. Hanson, SHS, 1:09.22; 3. Emma Vanneste, PH, 1:09.63.

100 breaststroke -- 1. Walpole, SHS, 1:15.14; 2. DeRoche, SHS, 1:23.58; 3. Gena Sleen, PH, 1:31.83.

400 freestyle relay -- 1. SHS (Bresnahan, Hanson, DeGraef, Casey), 4:11.09; 2. PH (Ewer, Carlson, Melin, Mullvain), 4:11.94; 3. SHS (Amundson, Maggie Sengenberger, Wilkinson, Sam Wicklund), 4:29.83.