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UW-L women's hoops team competes... in wheelchairs

LA CROSSE, Wis. - For the first time since tearing her ACL in November, Katie Ehlen was back on the court with her team.

"It's the best feeling ever," she said.

Perhaps fittingly, it was as if she wasn't all the way back.

The UW-L women's basketball team took part in the Wheels for All Charity Basketball Tournament.

"That was the first time I've ever been in a wheelchair and playing basketball, so I really have a strong appreciation for those athletes, individuals that have a handicap and are in a wheelchair every day," Head Coach Lois Heeren said.

"This is a big thing for us to learn what it's like to be in a wheelchair, and playing like that," Ehlen said. "Give a lot of credit to those that have to play in a wheelchair."


"Even though I work out every day and did some yard work yesterday, I think I'll be a little sore tomorrow," Heeren said.

This is the same court the Eagles play on, but in this game, the score wasn't important.

"No, absolutely not, but there was a little pride on the line," Heeren said.

"Can't wait till we're competing next fall, but it'll come soon enough," said Ehlen.

Proceeds benefited the Jason Church Foundation.

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