ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Bloomer softball team

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BLOOMER, Wis. (WEAU) -- Another spring, and another season full of expectation for the Bloomer softball team which has started off the year with a 4-3 record. Chance Dickman catches up with the Blackhawks in our Osseo Automotive Athlete of the Week.

It doesn't take too long into a conversation with a Bloomer softball player before the word, 'state' gets mentioned.

"I do think there's a lot of expectation to make it that far, but there's not one single player here that can win this game," senior pitcher Aliya Seibel said. "We all have to play together and play as a team."

"It's everyone's goal to make it back to state, but this year, we really want to win a title instead of just going down there and playing," senior outfielder Chandler Zwiefelhofer added.

Two years ago, the Blackhawks ended their season at the state tournament. However, the rain-filled weekend forced their semifinal game against Laconia to be played in Verona, not Goodman Diamond. It was a tough loss, but they've learned from that experience.

"It gives us a lot of motivation, especially for the underclassmen," senior outfielder Kathryn Freagon said. "They know that we can make it down there. I think we can get after it and get there again."

"It's a good motivator because we have all the talented players to do it," Seibel added. "It pushes us every day, and we can make it happen."

Bloomer's roster is filled with talent, but their strength lies within their six seniors, especially their ace in the circle, Aliya Seibel.

"We're really confident in Aliya," Zweifelhofer said. "If we didn't have Aliya, I don't know where we'd be."

"Her arm is going to determine a lot on how our season goes," head coach Jason Steinmetz added. "I think your going to see really good things for her to come this year."

It's been a remarkable school year for Bloomer girls sports programs, sectional finals in volleyball, state semifinals in basketball, and maybe in June, they'll complete the trifecta with a trip to state softball in Madison.

"We're hoping that success that they've had in their previous two seasons carries over into softball," Steinmetz said.

"Just to do it for the community and for each other, making it to state is an incredible accomplishment," Zwiefelhofer explained.

"With all the sports that have been going so far, it gives us a lot of confidence and motivation to get down there as the last team," Freagon added.

Reporting in Bloomer, Chance Dickman for SportScene 13.

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