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Pursuit to Play: Superior volleyball & football spring into unique seasons

Alicia Tipcke
Updated: March 16, 2021 10:54 PM
Created: March 15, 2021 09:54 PM

For over a year neither the Superior High School football or volleyball teams competed in a game.

After postponing their fall seasons both squads are ready and excited for their spring schedules.

Cooling temperatures and falling leaves typically greet the Spartans as volleyball and football games kickoff, but not this year.

"It's weird, I've got to keep telling myself it's March and not September or October. It's weird still seeing the snow," said Brenda Pluntz, head coach of the Superior volleyball team.

Volleyball has already served up four games and football practice started about one week ago.

"It's definitely different from what I've experienced before, but it's just great to be back," said senior linebacker Dane Polkinghorne.

"It means a lot to me," said junior outside hitter Lexie Lohman. "Volleyball is my sport, I love playing it so any chance I get to play I'm going to take it and I'm just thankful for it."

Virtual meetings, open gyms and fall contact days kept the Spartans focused during the prolonged offseason.

"We've done as much as we could to prepare for this, virtually and that kind of stuff, but they just want to get out here together and play," said head football coach Bob DeMeyer. "I guess that's where the energy comes from and the focus is just something that our leaders have passed on down to the team."

The Spartans' conference opponents across the bridge completed their seasons in November, which meant Superior filled their schedules with new faces.

"I'm very excited to play these teams, some we've never seen before," said Polkinghorne. "Preparing for them, just seeing their different offensive schemes from the defensive position is exciting to me."

"There are teams that we haven't played before. We don't know their skill level, how they play, but it's been a good experience learning these teams," Loham said. "I'm glad that we get another chance to play them later on."

The season has been an exciting one, even if sometimes that means sharing gym space.

"We try to utilize every space we have," DeMeyer said. "We have one gym tonight [and] thankfully our volleyball team was flexible and willing to give up the space tonight for us. We utilize the hallways, the auditorium, wrestling room, any where we can."

The football team is set to kickoff their six game slate on March 26th hosting Eau Claire North.


Alicia Tipcke

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