Appleton North girls basketball receives national honor

The Appleton North girls basketball team poses for a photo after receiving a trophy from MaxPreps. (Doug Ritchay/WLUK)

APPLETON (WLUK) -- It's been about one month since the Appleton North girls basketball team completed a perfect season and won the Division 1 state title, but Tuesday the Lightning received a national honor.

MaxPreps visited North and awarded the Lightning with a trophy for its 28-0 season, which led to a national ranking of No. 28. North is one of 20 schools being honored throughout the country and part of the qualifications for receiving the honor was winning a state title, going undefeated and strength of schedule.

"You kind of get used to (winning a state title) after a while and then you get into the flow of school again, but having something like this is incredible again," senior Callie Pohlman said.

"It's been fun," junior Kari Brekke said. "We called it like the media tour the last week after state. People in the city of Appleton were saying, 'Hey, congrats.' People I haven't even talked to before."

North, which lost in the 2016 state tournament in a semifinal to Verona, defeated Milwaukee King and De Pere to win this past season's state title. Even though time has passed the thought is still fresh in the team's mind.

"I think it's a real special honor and for our team it proves all the hard work paid off," junior Sydney Levy said. "It's really cool. As a team I think we're just proud."

"The recognition is cool and I'm really happy for the kids because of all the time and effort they put in, their parents and so forth," coach Joe Russom said. "It really hasn't sunk in."

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