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WATCH: Resch Center welcomes back WIAA girls state basketball tournament

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ASHWAUBENON, WI (WTAQ) - The WIAA Girls State Basketball Tournament returns to the Resch Center this weekend. 

Crews at the Resch worked hard Wednesday preparing the court for the top high school girls' basketball teams that will hit the hardwood from Thursday through Saturday.

"We're very excited, got some new things planned; we've changed our decal look. Hotels and the community have stepped up," says WIAA Associate Director Deb Hauser. "We're just thrilled to be back."

Hauser hopes the event brings in more than 40,000 fans during the three days. 

“The event was so well received by the community last year, and the girls really liked it,” says Ken Wachter, President and CEO of PMI Entertainment Group.

Fans can now buy tickets in advance, unlike in years past. Organizers say there’s also more for the community to take part in.

Distributing t-shirts, posters, and more throughout the area, tourism officials are ready to welcome players and fans. This year's theme is passing on the tradition of high school athletics to the next generation.

"We're going to have roughly 130 plus youth girls players here on Saturday to participate in the pregame with the players, and make tunnels for the girls as they come out of the locker room," said Hauser. "Just have them feel a part of it."

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