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Beach Bucs back to State

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    The Beach Girl's Basketball team hasn't missed the state tournament in a half decade.
    For Head Coach Bob Waldal-- it's become a bit of a routine this time of year-- preparations for a Bucs trip to state.
    Jon Schaeffer has more on the Buccaneers.

Bob Waldal has coached 3 state champion teams-- he knows what it takes to get the W.

Tom Selsly he says Bob make sure you keep those kids in condition. Girl's don't need a day off and I listened to that and I believe in that. We are going to work hard. We are going to condition hard and grit our teeth on the practice floor."
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He's won state titles with two of his daughters playing for him-- and now he's looking to win another with his grand daughters on the squad-- you could call it a family tradition.

"Every State title means a lot. Would it be more special, sure it would but you know what I'm attached to all of these kids on the floor so I don't like to single them out, love them to death but I love the other kids too."

"It's fun. I mean he's hard on everyone I guess so he doesn't take favorites or anything but it's fun having family on the team like bailey and taryn too."

"If you are struggling with something in one game you can go to your aunt or your grandpa or a cousin and say hey what can I do to make myself better."

This is Beach's fifth straight state tournament appearance-- and they open with Thompson-- the same team they opened against when they won their last state title in 2010.

"we had an overtime game with them and what I did notice was that they did have three 8th graders on the floor and I thought my goodness, when they're seniors who's going to want to play them? Guess what, here we are."

The Bucs are also senior heavy with 6 on their roster-- giving them plenty of experience on the big stage.

"I think that helps us out a lot but anything can happen at state so hopefully it benefits us."

The amount of state tournament exposure also adds pressure for success in Fargo.

"Yea there's pressure on them. But we don't talk about that. We just talk about the things that we're capable of doing and how to get better every day."

(BAILEY WALDAL) "Everybody already kind of knows the feel of it. They know what they're supposed to expect kind of a thing and it's only going to push us to play our hardest.

Bailey says this is the last chance for this group of seniors to get something done-- so look for the Buccaneers to rock the boat at state this weekend.
In Beach Jon Schaeffer"

    Beach is the opening game of the tournament, they take on Thompson at 1 pm on Thursday afternoon.

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