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Two female coaches made Wisconsin history Thursday nightSubmitted: 12/01/2016

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PRENTICE - Wisconsin high school sports experienced a first on Thursday night. The Prentice vs. Lake Holcombe boys basketball game tipped off at 7 p.m. Thursday evening with two female head coaches on the sidelines.

The Prentice boys basketball team is used to hearing reactions to having a female head coach.

"I've heard a few times, 'Oh, they have a female coach'," said Prentice senior Drew Rohde.

Their coach, Amy Ring, is used to it as well.

"This really isn't about me. This is about my boys and my players," said Ring. "They come in every day and they don't see me as anything other than coach, and it's a credit to their character."

But Lake Holcombe's head coach, Joy Webster, is pretty new to this.

"I started practice with the boys on Friday," Webster said.

Their old head coach stepped down and Webster came to the rescue. She had her first game with the team on Monday.

"I thought they did great. We lost in double overtime, so it was an exciting first game," said Webster.

These two women made Wisconsin high school sports history as the first two women to be head coaches in boys basketball during the same game. Webster heard about it from her son on Tuesday.

"He said, 'You know, Mom, there could be two girl head coaches.' And I thought, 'That's pretty cool,'" Webster said.

This isn't the first time Webster has been the first female to do something.

"I was the first one to be a girl in Little League team," she said. "I kind of got the trend going of letting girls play baseball."

The basketball players don't see their female coaches as different.

"She's still your coach; you have to respect her the same way you would with a male coach," said Rohde.

When Ring heard the news, she recognized the significance, but she also just wanted to coach like a normal game.

"How did it take this long? But at the same time, it's just another game, too," Ring said.

Both Webster and Ring were proud to be a part of the game. They also hope they can teach young girls that they can do the same thing.

"We hope to be role models for younger girls who maybe want to coach as well," said Ring.

The final score of that game was 71-61 with Prentice taking the victory.


Story By: Katie Leszcynski

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