WQOW(Eau Claire)-One of the biggest kept secrets in the state in girls basketball this season, comes from a gym in Clear Lake. The Warriors have put together an undefeated season so far, and are ranked second in division five.
"It's definitely a lot of pressure, but we try to deal with it as well as we can," says senior Julianna Rosen. "We just go out there and play every game as if it's our last, because one of these games it's going to be our last. We just go out and have fun, and try our best to win for our town and our team."
"We've always had high expectations of how well we would succeed in high school, and we've always had visions of what we could accomplish," senior Maggie Rosen says. "And really bringing it all together this year has completed our dream and our goal, and we could't have asked for it any other way."
A big part of Clear Lake's success this season, has been because of the Rosen family. Sisters Julianna and Maddie, along with sisters Maggie and Lizzie, who are also all cousins, have proved that talent really does run in the family.
"Both of my parents are really athletic," says Julianna, who is averaging 11 points/game this season. "They both played sports in high school, and everyone else in my family played sports too. So it's just kind of like our family name is to play sports."
That that connection has come alive on the court, as the Warriors are 14-0 overall so far this season.
"It's so nice to play with people who know you so well," says Maddie, who's a sophomore, and also leading the team in scoring with 13.6 points/game. "And they also know how to pick you up if you're not doing so well."
"It's such an advantage to us," Lizzie says, who's also a sophomore this season. "Because as family we push each other more, and it just makes us each get better."
"We have the ability to get on each others a little bit harder than a regular teammate would," says Maggie, who's averaging 8.4 points/game. "But we also enjoy playing with each other, as much as we don't admit it at times. It truly just adds to the story."
Basketball though isn't the only sport that the Rosen family excels at. This past fall the volleyball team went 38-0, while capturing a division four state championship. That title run gave the girls a taste of what they can accomplish as a team.
"The confidence maybe just wasn't quite there," says head coach Ryan Blanchard. "And now with their success at the volleyball level, the motivation to keep going and just the confidence that they built through the season has made a big difference compared to last year."
"A lot of our momentum carried over, says Maddie. "That was amazing, and we want to do it again."
"We want to do the same for basketball, and we know we have what it takes," Maggie says. "And we really have come together, and are trying to keep that success going."
But no matter how this season plays out for Clear Lake, it's now clear what the Rosens and the Warriors are capable of.
"We haven't had this type of success here at Clear Lake for awhile on the girl's side of things," says Blanchard. "So yeah, the Rosen girls have been very good to us."
"I don't think there is any better way that we could end our careers here," Julianna says. "Than to be playing on a big stage with our family."