Howards Grove is a real Titletown

THERE IS A LITTLE city about 60 miles to the north of here that likes to call itself Titletown – and rightly so.

But there is also a little village about 15 miles northeast of here that can also lay claim to that title – at least for this year.

The girls basketball team from Howards Grove High School won the WIAA Division 4 girls basketball state title a little over a week ago with a thrilling come-from-behind win over LaCrosse Aquinas at the Resch Center in Green Bay – the original Titletown.

That impressive piece of hardware will go into the trophy case at Howards Grove High School right next to a similar trophy won by the Tigers’ girls volleyball team last fall.

Many of the same young ladies were part of both championship teams and they have given themselves, their high school and their community much of which to be proud.

The basketball title was the first-ever for the Howards Grove girls, while the volleyball crown was the first for the school since 1976.

The Tiger girls join a long list of local athletes who have hoisted state championship trophies over the years in many sports besides just volleyball and basketball – all of whom have made their schools and communities proud.

Winning a state championship is a moment of glory and joy that caps long, hard hours, weeks, months and years of learning, practice and preparation.

It certainly takes talent to reach the top in any sporting competition, but that kind of talent is spread around to a lot of different people.

What it takes to turn that talent into a championship is the dedication, desire and determination shown by the young ladies at

Howards Grove.

There are many long hours of practice that lead into that conversion, as athletes dedicate themselves to honing their skills and learning the ins and outs of their particular sport.

Beyond that, creating a championship team is truly a collaborative effort.

Dedicated coaches, from the lowest level on up to high school varsity, put their time and effort into teaching their charges about the sport, from the basics to the nuances that create championship players.

Fellow students provide needed support and encouragement for their classmates and can take great pride in being a part of the championship achievement as well.

Finally, parents and family sacrifice and provide encouragement and more so that their children can enjoy and excel at whatever sport they choose.

All of that goes into the formula that comes together to create a championship team – in this case, two of them in one year for Howards Grove High School.

Congratulations to all involved - thanks for giving us something more to be proud of and something more to help set Sheboygan County above the rest.

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