WINONA, Minn. (WKBT) -

It still hasn't sunk in yet. C-FC is headed to State.

"Sometimes I even think about it at my house, I just start smiling out of nowhere," Pirates senior Garrett Marklowitz said. "I'm just so happy, not for myself, just for my team and the community. That's who we did it for."

The list doesn't end there for Garrett. He did it for his three older brothers, his mom, and a family member who can't make the trip to Madison.

"I seriously, I thought he was going to come back one day and just, maybe see him again, but now I'm never going to have that chance. That's kind of what's really eating at me right now."

Garrett's dad left when he was in fifth grade.

"I don't really know why. I came home from school one day and he just wasn't there."

Last May, they found him in the St. Croix River, outside Minneapolis.

"They don't know if it was suicide or not," Garrett said. "There's still a lot of questions about it. I think they're still investigating it."

"He didn't have a lot of involvement with his dad growing up, but you know, it's still your dad," C-FC Head Coach Craig Baker said.

"It motivates me, but at the same time it's deep inside me, that he's never going to have that chance to see me again," said Garrett.

As Coach Baker said, however, maybe he will be there on Thursday after all.

"He could be up there watching me right now, so I want to make him proud," Garrett said.

He's already made his brothers, his mom and the C-FC community proud.

The Pirates, playing in their first-ever trip to State, face Thorp Thursday at approximately 3:15.

News 8 will have complete coverage from the Kohl Center.