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Tomahawk softball prepares for first state tournament since 1983Submitted: 06/04/2018
Story By Mark Spillane

Tomahawk softball prepares for first state tournament since 1983
TOMAHAWK -
The last time the Tomahawk softball program reached the state tournament, Lynn Dickey was playing quarterback for the Packers.

In other words, it's been a while.

But this week, the 35-year drought will be broken when the Hatchets head to Madison.

"We've talked about this probably since we were 10 years old," said Tomahawk senior Courtney Theiler.

"We have talked about this since we were like 8 years old," added Tomahawk senior Rachel Dallman.


"This group has had this embedded in their heads since they were in tee ball," said Head Coach John Larson.

If you talk to the Hatchets, you'll notice a theme. This year's journey to the state tournament didn't start just this season.

"To look back and know we've had that dream for so long, eight years later, it's really awesome," said Theiler.

But the realization of their success can be hard to soak in, even for a group that expected it to happen.

"I don't want to say I can't believe it, because I knew we could do it as a team, but it still hasn't hit me yet that we're going to state," said Tomahawk junior Katy Volz.

Now the Hatchets look to finish off the dream that doesn't stop with just advancing to state.

"There [are] still two games ahead of us that I know we have a great chance [in] to claim the state title," said Theiler.

On their largest stage yet, Tomahawk's players know they'll need to block out the noise to keep winning.

"We just need to not get too excited and focus more on practicing than our pictures on the jumbo-tron or what we're going to eat when we get down there," said Dallman.

That focus helped the Hatchets defeat two number one seeds to win a sectional title.

And with that title, has come a boost of confidence.

"Our next step is Prescott in the semifinals, and we fully expect to be playing on Saturday [in the state final] at one o'clock as well," said Larson

Tomahawk's Rachel Dallman threw a perfect game against Brillion to win the sectional championship last week.

The Hatchets will play Prescott on Friday at 10 a.m.

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