CHENEY, Kan. As freshmen, Madison Freund and Haley Albers witnessed Cheney's second-place finish in the state tournament and made plans to be back and build on the Cardinals' tradition.
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Three years later, the two Cardinals' seniors have orchestrated a 35-4 campaign and knocked off Chaparral (25-10, 25-4), Garden Plain (25-12, 25-13) and Kingman (26-24, 25-14) on their way to the Class 3A state tournament.
"Ever since then, they've been working and working," Cheney coach Sara Walkup said. "They've worked their tails off and deserve every bit of this. The juniors have done the same thing. They've been right there with them and they finally get to see the fruit of their labor."