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Luther fans excited about first state tournament appearance

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - Luther High School boys basketball made their first state tournament appearance Friday morning and fans were excited and bubbling with energy as they headed into the La Crosse Center to cheer on their team.

Paul (Stretch) Mendell, an alumnus of Luther High School, played basketball for them when he was in high school. He and his wife Brenda are now empty nesters but they wanted to support the team in their semifinal game.

"They've got a great team, a good coaching staff, just a great school all around. A lot of hard work has gone into it for the year, so something like this doesn't come around every year but they've got a great thing going and looking to support them in any way we can," said Paul Mendell.

He said it's great to enjoy the new facility and be able to be in the stands. They came across their tickets because the other team couldn't fill all their seats.

They were so excited about it.

"I didn't think there was a chance of getting tickets and then it came up at church the other day and someone said, 'You need some?' and it was like yeah!," said Mendell. "I just didn't even think that the public could get in so that was a breath of fresh air when there were a couple available, so it will be cool to get out there and be a part of it."

Luther fell to The Prairie School in the semifinal game Friday morning.

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