Valders pumped for state after stunning win

VALDERS, Wis. (WBAY) - There was no case of the Monday blues in the Village of Valders today.

The community is on cloud nine after the Vikings boys basketball team stunned top-ranked Appleton Xavier on Saturday to advance to state for the first time in 34 years.

After securing the greatest upset in Wisconsin boys basketball this season, the Vikings are the toast of the town.

"After the game everybody was out in the streets, it looked like a college town," says Valders resident Tom Schuh.

"We had fire trucks, there was an ambulance and they took us through the town, people were on the sidewalks and there was just a huge group of people in front of the high school here, it was awesome," says Vikings Senior Kyle Tuma.

According to head coach Trevor Schwoerer, it took a team built on mental toughness and grit to end Xavier's 53-game winning streak.

"They've invested a ton of time, effort, sweat, tears, blood, you name it and for them to knock the door down finally, it meant a lot, showed all the hard work they put in paid off," says Schwoerer.

Meaning the Vikings are Madison-bound, and they won't be there alone.

"It started as no school for the high school and it continued to grow, so it became no school for the district," says Valders principal Julie Laabs.

Not only is the district busing students to Madison free of charge, area businesses are organizing bus trips for the community.

"Town is going to be pretty much empty Thursday afternoon, everybody is going to leave town and head to Madison, this could be the year, everybody is pretty confident I think," says Schuh.

As the number one seed, Valders is seeking its first ever gold ball to cap a season the student body will never forget.

"They look up to them and I think our students on the team understand that and recognize themselves as mentors and leaders for our school, it's just a real positive experience," says Laabs.

The Vikings first game is Thursday afternoon at 1:35 pm.