GREEN BAY, Wis, (WKBT) -- - It's pretty rare to have two local teams play each other in the WIAA girls basketball championship.
It's so rare, in fact, it hasn't happened before. It's a tale of the two journeys for these programs.
Melrose Mindoro took the stage for the very first time and Aquinas made its second straight trip.
Melrose-Mindoro student Brett Gerdes said the school always wants win against the Blugolds.
"It's a rivalry, and we don't want to lose to them," Gerdes said. "They recruit; it's a private school we don't like them."
It's all in fun of course but there's only room for one team to represent the Coulee Region. Aquinas student Gary Winthorpe said the team was prepared for the challenge.
"Come game time Melrose-Mindoro is going to see what we are all about," Winthorpe said.
Putting school colors aside, both fan bases have enjoyed the tournament.
"The state experience has been really fun just hanging out with my friends and seeing all that Green Bay has to offer and the vibrant downtown life," Winthorpe said.
Gerdes said it's always fun when the school can compete on a big stage.
"State's been fun," Gerdes said. "It's been a good time cheering the girls on. We are having a great time."
Fans said it's local rivalries like this that make high school sports enjoyable.
"I think this rivalry has been going on for a real long time, and I think this is just another addition to it," Winthorpe said.
Gerdes said it adds to the prestige of the high school girls basketball in our community.
"It's really big. I am proud of all the athletes," Gerdes said. "They are all amazing, and a lot of them are going to go play college ball somewhere. It's big."
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