Returning to state

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It took 35 years for Bill Turnquist and his West De Pere football team to play in a state championship game.

It took the Phantoms one year to get back.

West De Pere beat Appleton Xavier 24-13 on Saturday afternoon in a WIAA Division 3 semifinal at Papermaker Stadium to advance to its second straight title game.

It will play Waukesha Catholic Memorial at 10 a.m. on Friday at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison seeking the program’s first championship.

After living up to preseason expectations and winning a fifth straight Bay Conference title, a second trip to state is just as sweet as the first for the Phantoms.

“It is, it is,” Turnquist said. “It’s just a special feeling because our kids have worked so hard. It’s good.” (Source: Green Bay Press-Gazette)

As a West DePere alum it’s great to see the Phantoms back in the D3 title game. Best of luck next Friday.

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