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Brekke talks about state title, her recruitment

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Appleton North's Kari Brekke talks about the past season and her college recruitment.

APPLETON (WLUK) -- Kari Brekke has been enjoying her postseason since she and the Appleton North girls basketball team won the Division 1 state title, along with going 28-0.

Tuesday, the Lightning was honored by MaxPreps for its season, where it finished ranked 28th nationally. Brekke said winning the title makes the team hungry again.

"Now that we have a test we definitely want it again," Brekke said. "Looking at next season we lose Callie (Pohlman) and Kate (Lukashewich), but we return four out of our five starters and we have that experience which proves to be very key in playoffs and at the state tournament. I think next year we definitely can do it again."

Winning the state title was great, but so is the national recognition which teams usually don't think about.

"Out of 50 states, we rank 28th, that's awesome," Brekke said. "I think it shows the hard work and dedication our team put into the season. To be recognized not just in the state, but nationally, that's pretty cool."

Brekke now enters a key offseason in which she will decide where she will play collegiately. Northern Michigan and UW-Parkside, both Division II schools, have offered Brekke and she hopes to make a decision before her senior season.

"Now that AAU's started maybe I can start reaching out to smaller Division I schools and some Division II schools and then decide where I want to go by the end of summer," Brekke said. "It's always nice to be wanted. It shows how much work that I've put in. I think once I find a school I think is right, I'll know. That will be a moment of relief off my shoulders."

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