The game plan was simple for Eau Claire North. Grind down a hard-working but young Chippewa Falls team in the first two periods and pounce in the third. The Huskies sped up that process by about 24 minutes on Tuesday night. Thanks to a four-goal avalanche in the final 5:35 of the first period that put the game in a Huskies vice grip, second-seeded North advanced to its second sectional final in the last three seasons with a 5-2 win over third-seeded Chippewa Falls at Hobbs Ice Center.
It’s sort of a new development to have Sam Stange and Joey Koller play on the same line. Just one of those late-season switches coach Ryan Parker thought might create a bit of a spark given Stange’s speed and Koller’s defensive mindset. It may very well have saved the season on Friday. The pair scored two goals each, and second-seeded Eau Claire North had to claw and fight its way to a 4-3 win over seventh-seed Rice Lake in a regional final at Hobbs Ice Center.
Eau Claire North athletic director Joe Eisenhuth announced on Monday the hiring of Justin Jablonske as cross country coach at the school. Jablonske was an assistant the last two years under Tiffany Miller. Together, they coached David Ecker to a sectional title and back-to-back state appearances. Jablonske serves on the board of the Indianhead Track Club.
It’s almost equivalent to a flash of lightning. It can happen like a snap of the finger, and if you’re not looking you might even miss it. But the lasting damage can be insurmountable. That’s the kind of electricity Eau Claire Memorial’s speed can generate. The Old Abes, blessed with quickness on every one of their lines, turn close games into blowouts in a matter of minutes. Eau Claire North was directly in the eye of the storm on Thursday. The Old Abes got their
Trailing by five early against a school his squad hadn’t beaten in six years, Eau Claire Memorial senior Jacob Guibord trotted out to the mat for his 145-pound match just trying to do whatever it took to win. He knew his fellow Old Abes middleweights were more than capable of going on a run. It was his job to get the ball rolling. That’s just what he did. Guibord earned a pin a minute and a half into his match, and it set off a Memorial fall frenzy. The next five Abes all
It’s been evident for a long time that Eau Claire North hockey coach Ryan Parker is done being the feel-good, return-to-prominence story that’s still so easy of a narrative to get wrapped up in. After all, before he took prior to the 2014-15 season, the Huskies had combined for 10 total wins in the four previous campaigns. The fact that the Huskies have found themselves in back-to-back sectionals is no small feat. But that’s the past. Parker wants to be mentioned in the same
Eau Claire North came out a bit off in its first game back from a signature win on Saturday in Superior over the state-ranked Spartans. The Huskies picked perhaps the absolute worst opponent to come out of the gates slow against. And top-ranked Hudson made them pay. The Raiders set the tone early and took advantage of North mistakes in a 6-1 Big Rivers win on Thursday night at Hobbs Ice Center. “Basically tonight, we didn’t play our game,” North coach Ryan Parker said.
Numbers can sometimes be deceiving. Not in the case of the Eau Claire Area Stars girls hockey team and its nine-game win streak. In those games, the Stars have given up one goal per contest while pitching three shutouts. Yup. The defense of the state’s No. 2-ranked team has been the driving force. “We look back statistically, and that’s one thing we talk about is eliminating teams’ opportunities,” coach Tom Bernhardt said. “Our defensemen and our