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Local communities show support for HS state football

by Brittany Earl

EDGAR/COLBY(WAOW)--It's been an exciting year for several Northcentral Wisconsin football teams. Many communities celebrated as their teams headed to Madison, two came back with championships and one as a runner-up.

As the clock winds down, the proud community of Edgar cheered on their new state Champs.

Floyd Fink, Edgar Lanes Bartender says, "We have three bars on Main here and I bet you if you go into any bar, there's at least 20 to 30 people in each one."

The Edgar community sent eight buses full of supporters to the big game, residents say the town waited all year for this moment, supporting the team since day one. "It takes all the kids to do what they do all year long and if you see our weight room they are in there all year long giving it their hearts and we support them cause of that," said Floyd.

Teams all over Northcentral Wisconsin headed to Camp Randall this week to compete for a state title but not everyone came out on top.

Clarence Zarake, Colby football supporter says, "To see Gilman win it and Edgar win it, it would of been nice to see Colby win. To have three small town schools and their teams go to state is just unbelievable from this area."

Paul Dahlke, 1989 Edgar football quarterback says, "It's a great feeling coming from a small community like this, everybody cheers for everybody else; its one big family."

But win or lose Zarake says to just make it to state is a win in his book. "I'm proud of all of them, they played one heck of a game, win or lose they're all champions, they played their hearts out," Zarake.

As for the town of Edgar they say to chalk up another title is amazing, bringing home the golden ball is what they look forward to every season. "It's one of the biggest things that keeps everybody going, keeps everybody together and it's what we all live for this time of the year," said Dahlke.

The community of Gilman also celebrated their 3rd state title in school history, in four overall trips to state.

Online Reporter: Brittany Earl

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