Colby girls receive first-ever state berth

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The Colby girls basketball team is headed to the WIAA state tournament for the first time in program history.

“It’s a great feeling,” Junior forward Hailey Voelker said. “We went 16-0 in conference and we really put all of our hardwork and dedication into all of this with our school work, working out in the mornings and stuff like that, so it is a great feeling to have all of our hard work pay off.”

The third seeded Hornets punch their ticket to the Resch Center after a 17-point win over Crandon in the Wausau West sectional.

“I’m really glad that the season has come this far and no matter where we go, I am really proud of our team and everybody that has helped us get this far,” Senior post Vanessa Lopez said.”

Colby hopes its 25-0 perfect record will give the team the condidence it needs to go all the way, but first, the Hornets have to get through second seed Melrose-Mindoro.

“Yeah we definitely want to keep the tempo up,” Colby guard Ashley Streveler said. “We want to be ready for Thursday, so we keep pushing each other to get better every day.”

Lopez said, “They have some very tall girls, but they don’t really like to play as physical as we do, so I think we have that to our advantage.”

The Hornets go head to head with Melrose-Mindoro Thursday night at approximately 8:15 p.m.

Alexis Geffin

Alexis Geffin

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