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Madison Edgewood girls look to continue dominance


MADISON (WKOW) -- Caroline Lake remembers watching her older sister play golf for Madison Edgewood High School and dreaming of the day she could become a Crusader. That day has come for Lake. With it, comes a lot of pressure.

"You're in the moment, trying to do your best. So, you don't really feel the pressure, but then, once you take a step back and look at everything Edgewood has accomplished, you're like, 'Wow. There's a lot to live up to.'"

Lake and her teammates continued the legacy by advancing to a 16th straight state tournament. Now, the Crusaders are hoping to notch a third straight Division 2 state title. They have won 11 of the last 12 state championships. Head coach Peggy Gierhart is doing her best to ease the pressure heading into Monday's championship at University Ridge.

"There's a lot of pressure on these girls to keep up the legacy, and they feel that. So, we really try to take one step at a time, one hole at a time. Try to keep them grounded and in their bubbles."

This year's squad is led by the dynamic duo of Lake and Tess Hackworthy. The juniors have teamed with three new varsity players to earn another crack at a state title. Hackworthy says she is proud of what this group has already accomplished.

"This year we had to work hard. We had three new varsity players. So, it was different this year. They definitely stepped it up."

That group will have to step it up again for Madison Edgewood to make another addition to their crowded trophy case.

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