The Hancock Owl girls basketball team finished the Section 6A playoffs strong with a win over Underwood in the Section 6A finals to earn Hancock its first state bid in girls basketball since the 2010-2011 season.
“I am proud of our girls, the program, and the community. It has been a goal for the past few seasons to get to this point. These girls have been working hard and deserve it. Both past, present, and future Lady Owls,” Owl coach Tony Thielke said.
“We have been dreaming of this day to come for the last four years and it’s finally come true! The hard work and teamwork that we have is what has gotten us to this point,” senior leader Carlee Hanson said. “We couldn’t do it without all of us, the community, coaches and fans. It is a dream come true.”
“I think I speak for us all when I say we’re more than excited to compete in the state tournament,” freshman Kaitlyn Rohloff said. “We are ready to do whatever it takes to make a run and make our community proud!”
The Owls won the Section 6A-South title over second-seeded Wheaton/Herman-Norcross on Wednesday, in Glenwood, and then defeated South’s top seed Underwood for a state tournament berth Friday, March 11, in Fergus Falls.
The Owls, seeded fourth in the Class A State Tournament, will open against No. 5 Nevis at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 17, at the Maturi Pavilion on the campus of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, in Minneapolis. Full bracket and breakdown schedule can be found online at www.stevenscountytimes.com.