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Purgolders advance to 2019 State finals

MPS congratulates the boys basketball team at Washington High School of Information Technology for advancing to the State finals for the third year in a row! The Purgolders earned second place in Division 2. Their season record of 22-5 placed them within striking distance of the state championship.

The team battled La Crosse Central on Friday, March 15, to earn the right to compete for the top spot. After rallying from a 14-point deficit, the score was tied at the buzzer and the game was forced into overtime. Sweat and strategy put the team on top, with a final score of 72–71.

On Saturday, March 16, the Purgolders faced Nicolet but trailed throughout the game. They closed the gap to only 8 points, but as time expired, they fell 57–64.

Coach Freddie Riley praised the boys for their determination and hard work. “I’m so proud of these boys for how far they’ve come,” he said. “They fought hard this season and it paid off.”

The 2019 boys join the elite ranks of Washington basketball teams who finished in second place in 1997, 2000, and 2018. Washington boys were State Champions in 1985, 1990, and 1993.

Congratulations to the entire Washington basketball program!

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