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Abbie Anderson Athlete of the Week

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The last time the Prentice girls went to state was around the time Abbie Anderson was born in 1993. 

Her dad and head Buccaneers coach Don Anderson faxed a copy of Abbie's footprints to the team and  included a little note on the copy. 

"Maybe someday Abbie would be good enough to play in the state final," it read. 

Well, Don's prophecy was correct. Abbie led the Bucs to the state semifinals with a 17 point average before losing to River Ridge. 

"When he first showed me the footprints it was kind of weird at first," Abbie said.  "I don't know if I want to say ironic, but it was obviously meant to be, I guess so it was cool." 

Don coached the boys team for two decades, but retired after his son Donnie graduated in 2009. He was offered the girls' job just months later, he said he couldn't pass it up.  

"The opportunity to coach my daughter during her junior and senior year,that was probably the biggest reason why," Don said. 

Coach Anderson said that he's tough on his girls but especially on Abbie.  And he said that can sometimes be a strain on their relationship.

"I'm absolutely harder on Abbie than I am on anybody else on the team," Don said.  "She got it harder in practice, she got it on the way home, she got it at the dinner table." 

It must have positively influenced her, because Abbie will be playing basketball at UW Eau Claire next year. 

"I didn't really want to go far away, I'd miss my parents," Abbie said. 

And they both said going to Madison together was something special. 

"Having my dad down there with me was very special," Abbie said.  "And I'll cherish that for the rest of my life."

"I remember when I was taking the kids off the floor," Don said. "She came and ran into my arms and it literally brought a tear to my eye when that whole thing happened." 

It was an ending you could've predicted. 

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