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The next season, the Spartans had a conference championship under their belts. Two years later, they’re playing in the state tournament for the first time.
“What a turnaround with a lot of the same kids,” Carpenter said. “That 9-22 year was the worst I ever had since I’ve been here. But we were in a lot of games. We were close in a lot of games. We were just trying to figure out how to win. At the end of the year we had an open and honest discussion about what you need out of us as coaches and what we need from you as players. I think coach [Sarah] Chapman and I did our absolute best to try and meet those demands and be willing to adapt to what they thought they needed to be successful. And we hit the ground running last year and tried really hard to be good at the things they wanted us to be good at, and they met us right back trying to give us the things we expected out of them.”
Now the team is two wins away from a state championship.
“To us, their records and who they are doesn’t really matter,” Swedberg said. “Other teams we’ve played have been really good too, and we’ve beaten them. Who they are and what their record is doesn’t really matter to us. We just have to play hard and play loose.”
CLASS 3A SCHEDULE
St. Francis vs. McNamara, 10 a.m.
Mount Zion vs. Sycamore, 12:30 p.m.
Semifinal losers, 9 a.m., third-place
Semifinal winners, 11:30 a.m., championship
All games at EastSide Centre, East Peoria