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Friday, Feb. 11

WL-B Wolverines
state champs!      
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[FEB. 11, 2005]  Reached by phone at his home early this morning West Lincoln-Broadwell coach Brian Brackney was still pretty euphoric over his team's thrilling 45-39 state championship win over Toluca Fieldcrest West. The coach of the 7A state champs told the LDN that during the preseason he felt this team had the ingredients to make it to state. However, since there is little information available about seventh-grade teams, he had no idea how good teams away from central Illinois were.

In typical coaching fashion, he was still breaking down last night's game today and felt that his team might have won in a bigger way if the ball had bounced another direction. But, the Wolverines (we wanted to call them the Illini since they're No. 1) overcame foul trouble and a little different lineup for a few minutes to claim the contest anyway.

Coach Brackney said the team set numerous records during the state tournament and that those were a testament to their hard work. If I understood it correctly, they set records for most 3-pointers in the tourney, most points in a game and made the most 3s in a title game. There were probably more as people scramble to the record books.

We know WL-B has gone to previous Final Fours when Bret Farmer was the coach, but this may be the first state championship.

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WL-B lost only one game this season and that was an overtime thriller to a bigger school, Heyworth, that finished the season as the state runner-up in Class AA.

West Lincoln-Broadwell finishes the season at 23-1, while Toluca returns home 24-3.

Congratulations to WL-B coach Brian Brackney, the assistant coaches and scouts, and to the Wolverine players for a historic accomplishment!


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