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High School Football: An early ending for Phantoms

West De Pere fell two points short with late rally against Xavier

12:09 PM, Nov. 6, 2013
West De Pere High School teammates Matt Willems (51) and Joe Young (48) celebrate with Jake Bostedt (18) after he made an interception during the third quarter of the Phantoms' 30-28 loss to visiting Appleton Xavier in the second round of the WIAA Division 3 football playoffs Friday night, Nov. 1.
West De Pere High School teammates Matt Willems (51) and Joe Young (48) celebrate with Jake Bostedt (18) after he made an interception during the third quarter of the Phantoms' 30-28 loss to visiting Appleton Xavier in the second round of the WIAA Division 3 football playoffs Friday night, Nov. 1.
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As head coach Bill Turnquist and some of his assistants wrapped up a hushed postgame talk with their players in the north end zone, the dulcet tones of Louis Armstrong on "What a Wonderful World" played over the PA system.

If any of the West De Pere High School Phantoms did hear the endearing song just as they broke their huddle for the final time this year, it may not have been of much comfort at that moment.

"This loss will hurt for months," senior halfback Alex Schmitt said a short time later. ...

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