Two local communities gather in support at WIAA state girls basketball

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WKBT) -- - The Melrose-Mindoro and Aquinas girls basketball teams took the court Thursday night for the chance to play for a state championship.

Hundreds of area fans boarded buses and cars to cheer on their schools at state in Green Bay.

Melrose-Mindoro student Chandler Deberg said state brings a whole new energy to the community. 

"It's so exciting," Deberg said. 

Aquinas fan Jack Scheidt said the experience has been thrilling so far. 

"It's the first time I have ever been here so it's been great," Scheidt said. 

Melrose-Mindoro, is making its first appearance at state, something the town couldn't miss. 

"They've worked so hard and it's so cool coming from a small community," Deberg said. 

The Blugolds are returning for a second consecutive year, Aquinas student Gary Winthorpe said he was there last season but the championship game didn't end the way fans would have liked.

"It was a disappointment but we are back here this year and I think we are going to show them what we are made of," Winthorpe said.  

Scheidt is the grandfather of Aquinas' Megan Scheidt. He said he is confident the Blugolds will be the last team standing. 

"Well, I am hoping we win because we have a hotel for another two days (laughter)," Scheidt said.  

Chandler Deberg said no lights are too bright for the Mustangs. 

"They really put up a good fight with everyone they go against," Deberg said. 

Win or lose the score doesn't take away the prestige of reaching the March milestone. 

"It's great you know the girls basketball team," Winthorpe said. "They are a real special group and they have a great coach. They really work well together and it's just cool supporting them."

Deberg said it shows the power of sports.

"Just the support everyone gives everyone is great," Deberg said. "These girls deserve to be here." 

She said she has enjoyed seeing everything the team has done this season come together at the end. 

"It's just really great to see their hard work pay off," Deberg said. 

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