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Tough Travel for State Basketball Fans

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By Addie Olson


Teams from all over Iowa have been pouring in for the girls state basketball tournament at Wells Fargo Arena. The snow has been slowing things down, but it definitely hasn't stopped them.

The first game started at ten this morning, and driving conditions were rough.

"I'm supposed to be here at eight, I got here at a quarter after nine, so it was a mess," said Joel Oswald, the Assistant Director of the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union.

Teams came from Maquoketa Valley and IKM Manning for the first game. Two and three hour drives turned into four and five hour trips.

"Only a parent and really dedicated Wildcat fans would be out on the roads today," said Maquoketa Valley parent, Linda Jay.

The storm caught some people off guard, but it wasn't completely unexpected.

"It's girls state tournament time, so we see it about every year — it's tradition," said Oswald. "I've been coming to these tournaments since I was a little kid, and it does seem like about every other year we get one."

It's a tradition that these fans aren't particularly fond of, but they're used to making the trek.

"The first game at tip off we had probably a hundred people in the stands, by halftime we had over a thousand, so they were just slow going but they got here," Oswald said. "It's only gotten better since."

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