Oconto Falls girls make history at state basketball tournament

ASHWAUBENON, Wis. (WFRV) – A local team made history today at the WIAA girls state basketball tournament.  

The ladies from Oconto Falls High School are the community’s very first women’s basketball team to make it to state.

They took on Kettle Moraine Lutheran this morning in the division three semi-final.

“The whole town is really proud of them ” says Oconto Falls fan Brenda Auslos.

“It is unbelievable for a small town that we were able to get our girls down here” says Rick Lemke, whose daughter plays for Oconto Falls.

Oconto Falls canceled school today to have the loudest cheering section possible.

“My sister is on the team, and I am really good friends with McKenna and I want to be a part of this awesome experience” says Brooke Lacount , a Sophomore at Oconto Falls High School.

But, these fans did not just jump on the tournament bandwagon.

“We have a pretty good fan base up there” Lemke says.

“You always get that nice turn out with these smaller towns. They get behind the kids. People support each other” says Mike Kaczmarek. His son coaches the team.

But when time ran out, so did the dream of a state title.

“We all knew it was going to be a very tough game. When you get to this point it is a tough team”  Kaczmarek says.

“I do not think the loss makes a difference” says Meghan Vandenack, a Senior at the school. ” I am so proud of them and how far they have come”.

For seniors, especially,  the buzzer marked the end of an era.

“It is kind of a sweet and sour thing all at once. It is nice they made it down here to the Resch, it has been their goal for a lot of years” says Lemke.

The bittersweet experience of making history, then turning the page.

“It is [bittersweet] because we know each other so well. You get to know people through the years, the families kids” says Kaczmarek.


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