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Colfax 8th grade girls place at State

The Colfax 8th grade girls basketball team participated in the Wisconsin State Invitational Championship Tournament hosted by Stevens Point and Waupun on April 7 and 8, 2018. 

This elite tournament, which is organized by The Great Northwest Basketball League, brought together 82 of the top community-based 8th grade girls basketball teams from all across the State of Wisconsin to play either 6 or 7 games over the two-day weekend.  State Champions were crowned in four divisions: Division 1, Division 2, Division 3 and Division 4/5, based on the enrollment of the high school into which each team feeds.

The Colfax 8th grade girls team finished thirteenth in their field.  For the weekend tournament, they went 4-2. Beating Manitowoc Lutheran (2x)(44-39 & 36-39), Cambridge (35-27) and Highland (38-39). Losing to Mineral Point (51-48) and Kewanee (33-32).  The team played with compassion, commitment, and the fight to never give up.  Coach Bowe and Rihn coached the girls to win the tournament using techniques such as pressing defenses and multi-headed offenses.  According to Coach Bowe and Rihn, “This is the best this team has ever played together”.  They also agreed, they can’t wait to see what this team brings to Colfax in the future years. 

The team squad consisted of Jasmine Best, Jillian Bowe, Emily Burcham-Schofield, Evelyn Speck-Pommerening, Aliyah Rihn, Madison Kolve Catherine Zons, Jan Bowe, Madison Barstad, Jessica Charlesworth, Maria Smith and Casey Rihn.

The Wisconsin State Invitational Championship Tournament is an annual event, held in February, March or April of each year, pitting the top community-based teams in the State of Wisconsin against each other.  The tournament is organized by size of communities, much like the WIAA state high school tournaments, so that top teams can compete on a level playing field with other programs their size.  Separate tournaments are held for 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade boys and girls.