By Russ Owens
(WAOW)- The Wausau West hockey team was ranked at the top of the poll nearly all year long.
But unfortunately for the Warriors, they couldnt quite capture the state title falling to University School 5-3 on Saturday in Madison.
The team was welcomed home on Sunday afternoon at Wausau West high school.
It gave all the guys time to reflect on how great a year it was, and how much these Warriors accomplished who got down to state for the first time in seven years.
Says Senior Mitch Borneman, "At the beginning of the year, we knew where we wanted to be and at the end of the year, coach pointed out that everything has been handed to us, and we need to go out there and take it, so that's what we were trying to do and we got as far as we could, but sometimes things don't always turn out the way you want."
Says Senior Derek Knetter, "I was expecting a lot of great things and I have to say even though we didn't win the state championship, I'm not disappointed with the season, we had a great year."
Says Head Coach Pete Susens, "These kids played hard all year long, we had a big target on our backs and unfortunately it just didn't end the way we would have liked it to, but I'm extremely proud of the way they played, the way they've acted, the way they've behaved throughout the whole course of the year."
Online Reporter- Russ Owens