North volleyball coach Cooley retires

Eau Claire North volleyball coach Perris Cooley is retiring from the position, North athletic director Joe Eisenhuth announced in a press release Monday.

Cooley coached the Huskies for 26 years, taking them to the state tournament three times and winning eight Big Rivers Conference titles. Under Cooley, the Huskies never had a losing season.

Cooley departs with a career .741 winning percentage.

“Coach Cooley’s efforts, along with his assistant coaches, players and families have made a long and positive impact here at North High School,” Eisenhuth said in the the release.

Urlaub competes in Continental Cup

Flying Eagle Andrew Urlaub placed 46th and 48th in Saturday’s two Continental Cup ski jumping tournaments at Iron Mountain, Mich., as the fourth of eight U.S. jumpers and did not ski in Sunday’s snow-hampered event. He had rides of 97 and 95 1/2 meters (318 and 314 feet). Casey Larson, Chicago, led the U.S. by placing 16th, 22nd and 25th with a long jump of 126 meters (413 feet). The winners were Norwegians Thomas Markeng, this year’s World Junior champion and Marius Lindvik, the 2018 Junior champ. Germany’s Pius Paschke was the other winner.

—In a recent National Junior qualifier at the Iola Winter Carnival, Flying Eagles suffered tough luck. The Gundry boys would have won or challenged for the victory in their class but fell and dropped down the list. In U20, Logan Gundry had jumps of 54 1/2-53 meters (179-174) and wound up fourth. In U16, Stewart Gundry had jumps of 55 1/2 and 54 1/2 (182-179) and placed third while Eli Gundry fell on both rides and placed third in U12. Stewart and Eli took firsts in their class in Nordic Combined.

Tony Benzie won Masters Class and others to place high on the small hill were Mason Gorski, who also fell and took a fourth; Otto Schwinn, 1st; Annie Misurek, 2nd; Jack Misurek, 2nd and 3rd; Trevor Bush, 3rd and Gracie Amundson, 7th.

From staff reports