Winning a state championship takes talent, skill, and probably some luck. It also takes a lot of hard work. “It all starts from the heart,” said Tyler Herzberg ’20, whose two goals and two assists helped secure the Wildcats’ victory over Neenah Co-op 6–2 in March. “You have to have the desire to do it,” he said. “During the off-season I skated and worked out almost every day.”
USM completed the 2018–19 season 28–2 and won the third WIAA state title in program history.
The team came close in previous years, reaching the sectional finals in 2017 and 2018, and losing in the quarterfinal of the state tournament in 2016. “It hasn’t been a one-year journey, it’s been a four-year journey,” said Head Coach Jason Woods. “We just kept building and building and building. You face some disappointment along the way, but you grow from it. These kids were determined this year. Nobody was going to stop us.”