For the 1-st time in 29 years .
the Viroqua baseball team is headed to the W-I-A-A
For most of that time .
Pete Swanson's led the program .
but even he wasn't head coach in 1985.
His 1-st trip to state .
is special for another reason.
News 8's Kyle Deckelbaum explains.
If there is a Tommy Lasorda .
Tom Kelly .
or Bobby Cox of Viroqua .
his name is Pete Swanson.
Swanson 59/15 I think if you just stay around things
happen, so I've been here a long time, I guess.
40 years to be exact coaching legion .
21 managing the high school team.
Swanson 59/21 I don't know where the years went, but
they went laughs.
And Swanson shows no *signs* of slowing down.
Swanson 59/36 We'll stay with it for a while, yep.
Even after battling prostate cancer.
After Viroqua lost last year in sectionals .
he had surgery the next day.
Swanson 00/10 Wasn't bad, you get through the first
week and then it was pretty easy after that.
It was a good diet program.
Lost a little weight so that was kind of nice.
What was tough, Swanson spending time away from the
diamond, as he missed a month of legion ball.
Dustin 5/47 We just kinda rallied around that and
got wristbands and just made that a focal point in
us having a good legion season last year.
And we did.
That hunger carried over to the spring .
and one year later .
his players are sending Swanson to state for the 1-st
Mitch 16/04 Be able to get him there .
BUTT it's awesome.
BUTT He's kind of a role model instead of a coach.
Swanson 00/55 You know though, you don't dwell on
it a lot.
You're worried about getting guys out and getting
guys on base, so you're thinking more about that I
Just as the Bobby Cox of Viroqua's been doing for
Swanson 59/30 I don't have 40 left probably!
Viroqua's opponent tomorrow night...Ripon...is managed
by a longtime coach of their own.
Dan Jonas is in his 20th year coaching the Tigers.