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State playoff loss bittersweet for Verona Wildcats

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Verona Wildcat fans cheered on their team at Camp Randall Stadium Friday during the State D-2 title game. Verona Wildcat fans cheered on their team at Camp Randall Stadium Friday during the State D-2 title game.

MADISON (WKOW) -- There was plenty of noise and cheers coming out of the sea of orange and black at the 50 yard line at Camp Randall Stadium.

Fans waved signs supporting the Verona Wildcats who, for the first time in the high school's history, made it to the state championships.

It's awesome because we've definitely been underrated for so long," says Verona Senior Lesley Schaefer.

"It's amazing! I can't even describe the feeling being out here today. The team worked really hard," says Verona Senior Tim McCosh.

Both Parents and students are proud of that accomplishment.

"It's here, it's inside, it's in our belly, in our chest. It's every prideful," says parent Todd Riebau.

"It's Fantastic. This is the first time Verona's got here. So it means quite a bit," says grandparent Dale Meyer.

The Verona Wildcats lost to the undefeated The Kimberly Papermakers.

It was only their second defeat of the season.

Still, both the team and their supporters walked out of Camp Randall with their heads held high, knowing all their hard work took them further than many expected.

"It shows a lot that we made it, I am happy," Verona student Eric Murphy.

"I know all the players are proud because they eat sleep and breath football and I am proud we at least made it to state," says Verona student Meddan Carpenter.

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