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"Kickapoo Kids" gather to celebrate accomplishments from high school

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MIDDLETON (WKOW) -- Many people know of the movie "Hoosiers," which tells the story of a small-town basketball team in Indiana that won a state championship. In Wisconsin there's a similar group who defied the odds and they're called the "Kickapoo Kids."

Saturday in Middleton several members of the Gays Mills High School baseball teams from the early 1950s gathered to celebrate their accomplishments.
Gays Mills made the WIAA state tournament three out of four years in the early 1950s. What makes it all the more impressive is they did it before there were divisions in high school sports. So these small school ball players were beating schools much bigger in size.

"It can never be equaled because there's divisions in sports. We were what now would be considered the lowest division there would be," Paul Lagan said, who was a member of the Gays Mills baseball team.

"They used to kid about the farm boys playing the city boys and it was kind of true, but the farm boys were pretty good baseball players," Eli Crogan said, who played on Gays Mills baseball team.

"There were a lot of kids who wanted to work and have a work ethic. We loved the game and we loved the people who were around us and we really loved our coach too," Larry McGinley said, who was another member of the baseball team.

Lagan wrote a book called "The Amazing Journey of the Kickapoo Kids" that documents Gays Mills' baseball success. The book can be bought on Amazon.com.

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