VIDEO: Strafford enters this season with a target on its back

By: Taylor Kauffman

There’s not a player on the Strafford Lady Indians roster that knows what it’s like to lose a state championship.

“It’s been amazing. It’s like a dream come true. We thought maybe it would happen our senior year, but when we won it our freshman year it was like dang,” said senior Kayley Frank.

Back then, no one thought Strafford would be hoisting the trophy in 2016, and head coach Steve Frank and his young team used that as an advantage.

“You know when this group of seniors were freshman, we kind of played the underdog role and had a really good year,” said coach Frank, “no one was really looking at us or giving us any attention.”

But there comes a point when a team is no longer considered a Cinderella story.

“After their freshman year I think that’s when it really started to hit home that hey, this group really has an opportunity to do some things and really expand on it. And I don’t think that anyone would have ever dreamed that we’d be where we’re at right now,” said coach Frank.

Strafford’s third straight state title extended the lady Indians win streak to 82 games – one of the longest active streaks in the nation.

“Oh yeah, I think there’s a lot of pressure,” said Kayley Frank.
“It was never a goal to go on this huge streak, it was obviously awesome, and we’re proud of it,” said senior Hayley Frank.

The Lady Indians are focusing on one game at a time, while everyone else is aiming to knock them off.

“People definitely bring it up, and when I say we try to put it in the back of our head it is difficult for that reason,” said Hayley Frank, “but we just have to be humble about it and not let it get to our head, and just keep working every day to get better. Because a lot of people want to beat us because of that streak.”

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