MEDFORD - When people think of winter sports….basketball hockey or wrestling might come to mind.
But in Medford, curling is a hot commodity.
"It was kind of unexpected that we would do so well this season," said senior curler Sarah Thumes.
The Medford Girls Curling team started the season in the W column.
But with the multiple snow days, the team didn't get in the proper prep for state.
"These last two weeks, normally you get a one on one practice or a team on team practice but it really didn't happen," said Medford Curling coach Stu Amundson.
But that didn't keep the Lady Raiders from winning one match to stay alive in the state bracket.
"We started the day thinking we had a chance," Thumes said.
That chance turned into Medford giving the state champs a run for the money,
"It made them fight a little," Amundson said.
But winning wasn't the main goal.
"I just expected us to have fun and teach the younger kids our legacy," said senior Avery Apfelbeck.
Avery and Sarah took the rink for the final time in their high school careers.
"I think curling has really taught me to just go with the flow of life," Thumes said.
It won't be the records the girls will take with them after graduation.
"Curling has taught me to stay calm so I hope that helps me in the future when I am in an emergency
situation," Thumes said.
"In curling there's so many different options to like solve a problem, you can do this and do that and if doesn't
always go right the first time, try again, it works," Apfelbeck said.
Sixteen-year head coach Amundson hopes that Medford legacy will always keep their stones moving.
"To see what they learn and take what I can tell them and what others do, it's a great feeling, Amundson said.
Six Central Wisconsin teams competed in the championship. Portage won the gold