Hayward Girls Hockey Team Makes History

By KBJR News 1

March 7, 2013 Updated Mar 7, 2013 at 1:29 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The Hayward, Wisconsin girls hockey team made history on Satuirday with a five to two win against Onalaska at state.

It's not often you see the Hayward Girls Hurricane Hockey Team on the top of a fire truck.

It's a hometown honor after the team grabbed the first Hayward, Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association State in girl's hockey.

"I think it was just an incredible feeling, like nothing else could amount to something like that. Just a huge team win. We were very happy about the win. We were very ecstatic after the game so it was great," Sarah Miley and Meredith Ingbretson, Hurricane team players, said.

"As the girls were standing on the blue line and they were announcing their names and they were getting their medals, it started to kind of sink in. It was really a surreal moment," Scott Turnbull, Hurricane Girls' Hockey Head Coach, said.

Hurricane team members, parents, students and fans gathered at the Hayward High School to celebrate the victory.

Out of 28 games this season, the girls hockey team only lost four...that includes their loss to Onalaska in their second game.

The effects of that loss didn't last long.

They beat Onalaska five to two at the championship on Saturday.

"Onalaska is extremely well coached and they had the most prolific offense in the state this year. So we had our work cut out for us, however, they didn't have the depth that we had," Turnbull, said.

Coach Turnbull says the players rehearsed their game plan and executed it perfectly.

The Hurricanes took the lead early in the game, which set Hayward fans at ease.

"I'm not going to say it was ever close but in the same breadth, with the prolific goal scores that they have on that team, they are always in the game until the final buzzer goes off," Turnbull, said.

Seniors Miley and Ingbretson have been playing hockey since they were eight years old say the win was perfect way to end their hockey season.

"I think this is really what we needed right now. For the next couple years we have a lack of girls coming in and I think this really helps us get those girls back that we needed to keep our program strong," Ingbretson, said.

Coach Turnbull says there's no wasting time, he is already preparing for next season.

"You know, barring injuries, barring illness, barring catastrophes. We are going to prepare ourselves and we'll see how she shakes out in the end," Turnbull, said.

Hayward High School Sophomore Holly Turnbull won the tournament MVP award in Madison and five others from the co–op team also were honored with top player awards on the all–tournament teams.

Justin Reis, NNC.
jreis@kbjr.com