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Viroqua Ready For State


La Crosse, WIS. (WXOW) ------ Viroqua is a baseball town, three legion state titles, back-to-back Coulee Conference Titles, but for the first time since 1985 Viroqua is back in the WIAA State Baseball Tournament.

"It's crazy, it's surreal, we all knew we had a shot at the beginning of the year but I guess we didn't know it was going to happen and when it did it was just unbelievable," say senior Tyler Bentz.

"Words can't describe it really, because ever since we were little we have been playing for this and to finally make it and play our final games at state is awesome," says senior Mitch Stalsberg.

The Blackhawks are an experienced group, they feature seven seniors, who have won 56 games the last three seasons and reached the state title game in legion baseball last summer.

Head Coach Pete Swanson has spent 41 years in the Viroqua baseball program, 21 of which as the head coach. He's won over 250 career games but prior to this season he had never reached the state tournament.

"It's a dream fulfilled, it's a good group of kids, just fortunate I guess," says Swanson.

"Swans is a great guy, a good coach, he has put in a lot of time and a lot of effort into this baseball program and he deserves it, to be that team that sends him there, it's awesome," says Bentz

Despite accomplishing something no Blackhawk team has accomplished in three decades, this group is hoping to achieve more.

"We may never get back there, so we are going to do our best to move on," says Swanson.

In a town filled with history, this group of Blackhawks look to make some of their own, by capturing the school's first baseball state title.

Viroqua takes on Ripon Wednesday at 8:15 p.m.

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