The Chippewa Falls Cardinals nearly tasted gold a year ago. The Lady Cards lost in the Division 1 state title game to Ashwaubenon 1-0. This year, the Cards have their entire team back to make another run at a championship crown.
Thursday afternoon, the Cards punched their ticket yet again by outlasting Merrill 3-1 in twelve innings. Once again Chi Hi was led by ace Brooke Mallnory. She provided an RBI single in the bottom of the twelfth. Chippewa Falls will face Waukesha West next week Thursday in a state quarter-final in Madison at 9am.
Meanwhile, the Rice Lake Warriors are state tournament bound yet again. The Warriors downed G-E-T 7-4 in a sectional final Thursday evening. Rice Lake will play Southern Door next week Friday at 6pm in a Division 2 semi-final.