- Grace Hoger and Lauryn Cook of the Northern Edge Figure Skating Club won state this past weekend at the top level.
"It's exciting," Cook said. "We'd just kind of heard that we won and we we're just, like, 'Wow. Oh my goodness.'"
Northern Edge is a co-op between Rhinelander, Three Lakes, and Tomahawk. The two girls are the first champions from the club, just three years after its creation.
"It's a lot of, like, dedication and hard work," Hoger said. "We spent a lot of hours at the rink. Some nights staying here until, like, 10:30 to 11:00, 11:30--being the last ones here, always working."
Not only are Cook and Hoger teammates; they're also best friends on and off the ice.
"Well, we kind of work together. We just kind of have fun with it," said Cook.
"Just the way we bounce off each other, like, our emotions," said Hoger with a laugh. "I'll be crabby and then she'll tell me something funny I've done in the past, get me happy."
The two girls have also helped grow the club from two girls to 14 girls. The next stop for the pair is the National High School Figure Skating Championship in Ohio in April.
"I'm really confident," Hoger said. "I think we're going to go in there strong and do well."