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Northwoods Spotlight - Lac du Flambeau girls basketball - March 12Submitted: 03/12/2014
Story By Marisa Silvas


- Many young basketball players look up to NBA stars like Lebron James. But in Lac du Flambeau, they've found other 'natives' to inspire them instead.

Finding positive role models for young people is important.

"It was really inspiring seeing them having fun and just playing basketball," Ariana Allen - a seventh grader explains.

"I want to be like them one day and play for the Louisville Cardinals," Ash'lynn Thoms - another seventh grader adds.



They're talking about the Schimmel sisters. Shoni and Jude grew up on a reservation in Oregon. Now they're stars on the third ranked Louisville Cardinals and have become Native American sports icons.

The Lady Warriors basketball team piled into a bus last week and took the trip of a lifetime. They drove 11 hours to see the Schimmel sisters play.

"Borrowed, fund-raising, our youth funds," coach and parent Sheldon Williams explains. "It was all able to make this happen. To see the look on their faces to me was priceless."

The ladies of Lac Du Flambeau are members of the Ojibwe band. But they're just part of 1,500 who made the journey to Louisville.

"One of the signs said we traveled from Alaska to see the Schimmel sisters," seventh grader Nicole Wayman said. "So I was like - 'wow, it was not only us.'"

"It was amaizing," fifth grade player Amaya White adds. "Because it shows people around the world how the Schimmels inspire them."



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