Superior Wisconsin Sports
President Donald Trump wanted to show his support for the Superior High School football team during a visit to a shipyard in the battleground state of Wisconsin. After two days of training that emphasised the basics, the team won their first game since winning the national championship. In a final festive ceremony last week, football teams said goodbye to outdated uniforms and equipment from the past two decades.
After finishing third in the conference, the Yellowjackets set out on the road for the first time this season, winning their first road game of the season against the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 14-7.
Two days later, they were on the road again, winning again, this time against the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 14-7, to win their first road game since winning the conference title. The Spartans ended the year 7-3 and qualified for the playoffs for the second year in a row.
Their success in recent years has been phenomenal, they were Conference champions in 1988-89 and '90 and became the first SSHS football team to win in 1990. The men's hockey team won the 1976 NAIA National Championship, and the women's hockey team, the Yellowjacket, has enjoyed unprecedented success over the past decade and is regularly ranked among the nation's top teams. In the fall of 2013, head coach Joe Mooney led the Blue and Whites on an epic run that culminated in their first ever conference championship.
Wisconsin State College was reclassified as a university in 2010, leading to its reclassification as Wisconsin State College of Superior. The state Board of Governors changed the institution's name to Wisconsin State University College Superior in 2011 to better reflect its expanded role as a higher education institution.
Originally called Superior Normal School, the University was founded by Wisconsin legislators in the early 20th century as a teacher training school and was attended by a first class of students in 1924. The school took on the role of awarding bachelor's degrees in education and training teachers. In 1950, he became assistant coach under Harry Conley and returned to Superior (WI) to take over as head coach of the men's basketball team at the University of Wisconsin - Superior.
He led the Oredockers to five conference titles, including four conference championships, two state championships and two state championships. In 1957 he was also elected Sports Journalists "No. 6 in the Twin Ports" and became a coach at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Wisconsin State University, where he won numerous conferences and championships in both sports.
He also sent five players to the University of Minnesota, but his senior year was hampered by injuries, so he went to UW-La Crosse and signed with Minnesota on a full scholarship. He was recruited at Mount Senario College, where he began coaching as a student, and coached his students to two state championships in basketball and baseball, as well as a state championship in football.
His success continued when Central and East High Schools merged to form Superior Senior High School and he played on the Central High School football team. He also spent two seasons (2005-06) with the Miami Dolphins and took on additional coaching duties at the University of Wisconsin-St. Paul. After a stint as coordinator at Stout University, Raykovich moved to Chippewa Falls High School in 2009, a position he holds to this day. 2018 is his 44th year as a coach, with Bernie a longtime employee at St. Francis Church in Superior.
He initiated a program to make high school-age young athletes more competitive. Paquette, a talented athlete, participated in a variety of sports from an early age, including athletics, soccer, basketball, soccer and volleyball.
He reached three unbeaten seasons in 1957, 1958 and 1964 and set numerous Spartan striker and goal records in 1965-66. He won a medal at the WIAA State Athletic Meeting in athletics and held the 100-yard dash record from 1966-95 and holds the national records for 3,000-meter runs (1: 55.5) and 1,500-meter dash (2: 06.8).
He has won the All-Conference title twice and the American honor once while playing football at the University of West Africa. His legacy lives on in the form of the Packy Paquette Football Hall of Fame and the Wolf Pack football program.
Midway through his career, head coach Steve Nelson moved Mattson to defense and the Calgary, Alberta, native should become a force on the blue line. He did, earned all of them - NCHA honors and was selected as an All-American in 1995. Mestelle led the team to the quarter-finals of the WIAA state tournament in 1995. Playing on both lines, Baron recorded 53 points in his first season and followed that up with a trio that became the highest-scoring line in the nation.
Nosan was a junior and senior captain of the Yellowjackets and was a two-time conference player in both the NCHA and WIAC. He threw for nearly 2,000 yards, ran for 1,500 yards and 11 touchdowns in his junior year and was named the Big Rivers Conference player of the year. In a football game, in which UWS defeated UMD for the last time, he scored the winning point in overtime.