For the first time in nearly two decades .
the Central Girls basketball team is headed to state.
That was a long time ago .
especially for the players .
but not so much for their coach.
News 8's Kyle Deckelbaum has the story.
It doesn't seem *that* long ago.
Katlyn /50 1995 I believe?
The last time Central went to state.
And then you hear this ...
Brooke 4/52 I was not born yet.
Brittany 53/30 I was not born yet.
Shianne 9/20 Not born laughs.
It was '96 I was born.
Brittany 53/33 I was born in 1996.
Nahmie 57/44 Oh geez, don't do that to me.
Head coach nahmie george graduated from Central that
so he remembers 1995 like it was yesterday.
Nahmie 56/20 I was sitting in the student section,
probably in the front row.
I was a big girls basketball fan and those teams were
1995 was the second of back to back state runner up
finishes for the Red Raiders.
Nahmie 56/30 I can tell you, almost play-by-play of
the fourth quarter, how things went down.
The Red Raiders that year were led by Kelley Paulus
who went on to play at Wisconsin.
She's still 17-th on the Badgers' all-time scoring
Nahmie 58/35 I graduated with her, so I was friends
with her as well.
Wow, was she a phenomenal athlete and the thing I
think I remember the most is probably, what a lot
of people didn't realize, was how much work she put
And I remember coming in to stop at my locker over
Christmas break, over Thanksgiving and Kelly was
in shooting baskets.
Just constantly in the gym.
You couldn't get her out of here.
NAT FROM PRACTICE
Nahmie sees some of Kelley in his own team.
Nahmie 59/40 I see the work ethic.
These girls work their tails off.
Brooke 6/28 We're all in here working our hardest
everyday at practice, and yeah I think a lot of people
have that really hard work ethic.
Katlyn 2/38 I really appreciate that in our team,
because we have that love for the sport.
All traits Kelley had .
even though they weren't around to see her play.
At Central, KD, N8 Sports.
Kelley Paulus now lives in Colorado.
Nahmie George says he heard from her before their
sectional final game...wishing them good luck.
The Red Raiders face DeForest Friday afternoon at
the Resch Center in Green Bay....tickets are still
available...and will be on sale tomorrow from to
at the Central Activities Office.