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40th anniversary of WIAA Girls State Basketball Tournament

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GREEN BAY (WXOW) --  The WIAA Girls State Basketball Tournament will mark a huge milestone when it starts Thursday on WXOW.

A former player from the Appleton shares her memories of playing in the first state tournament 40 years ago.  

Julie Hammer says things have changed since she played for Appleton West in 1976.  

"The girls are stronger, faster. They are just really talented and the way they can shoot the ball is pretty outstanding."

Hammer's team actually won the first game in the tournament before losing to eventual state champion Madison Edgewood.  
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