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Oregon girls make first state appearance since 1980

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OREGON (WKOW) -- The Oregon Panthers reached their ultimate destination by focusing on their journey one step at a time.

"Initially, the goal was just to win conference," says senior Liz Uhl. "Then, we won conference. Then, it was like, 'OK. Let's see if we can win regionals.' Then, we won regionals. Then, it's like, 'OK. Let's get sectionals.' Then, we did, and here we are going to state."

The Panthers are advancing to the WIAA Girls State Basketball Tournament for the third time. It's been a while. Their last appearance came in 1980.

"It's so exciting. It's a dream come true, really. I've been dreaming about this my whole life going there every year since I was in sixth grade," smiles senior Kaitlyn Schrimpf.

Oregon claimed the Badger South Conference with a 21-5 record. They enter the Division 2 semifinals as the No. 4 seed. The Panthers will be facing top-seeded Hortonville on Friday at 1:35 p.m. They'll approach the state tournament the same way they've approached the entire focusing on step at a time.

"We're all about making little goals for ourselves. So, our first goal is to just be able to play for a ball," explains senior Izzie Peterson. "So, we win Friday, we have the opportunity to play for a ball. If we win Friday, then we play Saturday…it's (for) a gold ball."

You can watch all of the WIAA Girls State Basketball action on WKOW.

Lance Veeser

Sports Director, 27 News

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