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Hockey fans take to stands for WIAA Championship


MADISON, Wisconsin (WXOW) - The Onalaska Co-op girls hockey team takes to the ice at the Alliant Energy Center for the championship game versus Hayward Co-op.

The Hilltoppers taking aim at their first WIAA title.

Part of a good game means having good fans in the stands.

It doesn't matter their age, a true Hilltoppers fan comes out to support the team.

Ernest Yanke, 92, was cheering extra loudly for his granddaughter, freshman forward Sarah Buswell.

"Look at her grandfather," Yanke laughed. "He's a senior, but she's a freshman. She's worth it. I've watched her bloom."

Onalaska Co-op fans of all ages filled Alliant Energy Center, whether 92, or nine, like Myah Reese, who's extended family came out to cheer on the goalie, junior Jeanalyn Schindler.

Reese even had a lucky, team-colored accessory to show her cousin support.

"I made (my) earrings. I had hoops, and so I got pipe cleaners that were purple and I wrapped them around," Reese said.

There were also those fans who wished they could be out on the ice with the team.

Former Hilltoppers forward Ellie Meyer traveled from UW-Milwaukee to cheer on her former teammates.

"I wish I could be out there playing," Meyer said. "I feel like I should be still. I feel like it's unreal not to be out there, in high school, playing. But, I need to be here supporting them,"

In the final minutes of the game, many fans had a realization that this year's outcome would be similar to the last.

The Onalaska Co-op girls take second in state, a score of 5 to 2.

But the true fans know when a good game is played.

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