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Phelps Looks to Make HistorySubmitted: 03/05/2013
Story By Joe Dufek


PHELPS - David vs. Goliath, Jack and the bean stalk. You've heard of the fairy tales. The story of a tiny person taking down a giant.

In basketball, the underdog is known as Cinderella. The Phelps Lady Knights certianly hope the glass slipper will fit come Thursday night.

Phelps will face last year's Sectional Champion Newman Catholic in the D-5 sectional semifinal on Thursday in Antigo.


Phelps knocked off the #1 seed Marion in last weekend's regional final. It was just their second regional final title. The last one was in 2006.

Add to it, the school has only 32 kids enrolled. Just 16 girls - with 10 playing on the basketball team.

It's easy to see how the town of Phelps is sky high for their team.

Stormy Schreiber, a senior for Phelps says, "That (a Regional Championship) was our goal. When we accomplished that last Saturday, it was undescribable."

Thursday night's game in Antigo tips off at 7pm. Phelps has never made to the state tournament. In fact, they have not even reached a sectional final. Now they are just 2 games away from a trip to state.

Regardless of Thursday's result, it's been quite a ride for the players.

"Whenever we go to the gas station, we always have people yelling at us," adds junior Ashley Bolkmann. "Little kids are starting to look up to us. It's a great feeling."

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