OSHKOSH (WLUK) -- Saturday the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association hosts All-Star games at Titan Stadium and among those competing are two players from Kimberly who have been part of a 70-game winning streak and five straight state titles.
Quarterback Alec Rosner and defensive back Nathan Endries will play one more game before hanging up the football uniform for good, but what they have been part of has been nothing short of incredible.
"It makes a sense once you spend a little time around them and you see what they do over and see the commitment from the kids," Hortonville coach Tom Kolosso said. "Their culture over there, it's not just football, it's a lot of sports over there, they got a really good thing going from the top all the way down through the bottom. And it seems unbelievable but when you spend time and see how they do things over there it makes sense, I guess, the success that they have."
Rosner was a one-year starter for the Papermakers and Endries was a key piece of the defense. Looking back at their 2017 season, it was special.
"Just to see how far we came as a class, our freshmen year we went 3-5," Endries said. "Kind of our whole career we were doubted and we just had to go out there and prove everyone wrong; see how all that hard work pays off was really special for us."
"It's unreal," said Rosner, who threw for 2,111 yards with 26 touchdown passes and four interceptions. "You think about it all the time; you don't want to be the class that loses the streak."
Because of the winning streak Kimberly was always expected to win the next game, but pressure was never an issue.
"Coach (Steve) Jones always says, don't look at the scoreboard, it will take care of itself," Rosner said. "Your hard work will pay off in the long run after your 5 a.m. workouts all four years of high school and we just trusted the process."
Kimberly will look for win No. 71 in a row in its season opener against Fond du Lac.
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