Melrose-Mindoro sends girls basketball team off to state for first time

March Madness is in full swing, and Western Wisconsin is getting ready to send three girl’s basketball teams to state.

Melrose-Mindoro sent their girls off in style Wednesday morning before the team boarded the buses to Green Bay.

The Mustangs are heading to state for the first time ever in school history and carry a perfect record of 26-0.

They say much of their success is thanks to the support of the close-knit community.

“We’ve got the best fans in Wisconsin, I truly believe that,” said head coach Joey Arneson. “They’ve been exceptional. They’ve been to every game, they’re always supportive and the girls really appreciate it.”

Junior Erika Simmons says there’s no doubt that support will continue at the Resch Center in Green Bay.

“It feels so great to be leaving now and having the entire school standing out here waiting to send us off,” said Simmons. “It’s such an amazing feeling having the community rallied up and ready for us to go, and I already know there’s going to be so many people there supporting us tomorrow and honestly, the feeling’s indescribable.”

Arneson says the team knows it’s making history, but there’s still work to do to bring home a gold ball.

“This is a fantastic experience for the girls, the basketball team, everybody in general,” said Arneson. “We’re really soaking it in, we’re making a lot of memories that are going to last a lifetime.”

Melrose-Mindoro will face off against Manitowoc Lutheran on Thursday night. If they win, they would play in the Division 4 championship game on Saturday.