"U" boys vs. the Normals this Wednesday

The Badgers close out their exhibition schedule Wednesday night against WIAC member, UW-Superior. Please excuse all parties involved if they aren't familiar with each other. It has been over 100 years since the two teams squared off in men's basketball (or should I say "basket ball boys"). The scouting reports from that game may not work for this season's tilt.

In the only other meeting between Wisconsin and UW-Superior, the Badgers squeezed out a 28-7 road win on March 7, 1903 in what was described as a game that "called forth bursts of enthusiasm from the most disinterested."

Thanks to David Kroll, head athletic trainer at UW-Superior, for providing the original game story that ran in the Superior Evening Telegram after the game. For clarification, UW-Superior was originally known as Superior Normal School. Otto Puls served as an eye-witness and verified the facts in this story.

It's worth a read. Make sure you "touch the high ones" like 'Ole'.
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Superior Evening Telegram

"U" Boys Win Fine Game of Ball
Defeat Normals in cleanest and fastest exhibition ever seen here. Normal credited with giving them hard work. Superior team puts up best opposition that University players have met on their trip.

March 8, 1903 -- The "U" basket ball boys won from the Normals Saturday night. The score was 28 to 7.

The excitement which has permeated the students of the local Normal school for over a month reached its highest point on Saturday evening. During the past few weeks the basket ball boys have been subjected to a rigid practice in order to put them in shape for the great game of the season which took place Saturday night in the Normal gymnasium.

The "U" of Wisconsin has won a name for itself in basket ball as well as along athletic lines and the game here certainly was up to its excellent standard. From start to finish there was a succession of brilliant plays on the part of both contestants. The local team played fast and made the "U" boys work for all they got.

The team plays called forth bursts of enthusiasm from the most disinterested, and the deafening applause must have been an inspiration to the defenders of the "black and yellow."

The "U" boys played in perfect unison, the necessary requisite for success in the game.

Individually very little can be said except that every man was in his place. Steinmetz of the varsity proved the star man of the evening. For unaccountable reasons the ball seldom missed its goal, and the fact that it was in his hands meant a gain for the visitors. Schofield, in the capacity of hurdler and all-around jumper never let the ball pass him, but "Ole" the local center, also touched a few of the high ones.

Captain Potter of the "U" was a winner although Martaindale, certainly was an immense success as a shadow. He couldn't be lost at any stage of the game and put up a splendid interference. Paust and Bartlett did excellent guard work, holding the Normal forwards down so well that they got no points from field. Captain Conley of the locals played his usual star game. "Eddie" was "all there all the time." Washburn, Gillett and Schnell kept the visitors guessing and did much toward holding the score down.

ON WISCONSIN