WMBD/WYZZ-TV - EL PASO, Ill. - Codee Schlipf and Rebekah Ehresman have been playing basketball together as long as they can remember.
"Me and Beks, since day one, have always played together," said Schlipf. "We always had a goal to be competitive in high school."
Schlipf, a forward, and Ehresman, a guard, are two of the reasons El Paso-Gridley had an 84-5 record over the past three seasons. Now they have about a month left in their senior seasons.
"It's so bittersweet. I can't tell you how bittersweet it is," said Ehresman. "I'm happy to spend these years with her. Even when we were
younger. I still think about it alot."
The Titan stars have to think about the end of the line. The four-year starters would like to lead their team back to the state basketball tournament, where last year they took third place at Redbird Arena.
"That's always on the back of my mind," said Ehresman. "Playing on that court, I don't think there's too many feelings greater than that."
The Titans (10-2) lost their first games of the season at last week's State Farm Classic in Bloomington.
"One of the biggest areas of improvement those two have made is through leadership," said El Paso-Gridley coach Kyle Bobbitt. "When they were first here, it was by example. Now this is it."
Both players have been a part of three straight Heart of Illinois Conference.
"When me and Beks were freshman on that team, we've always had that trophy," said Schlipf. "It's what we strive for, we really don't want to give it up."
Just like it'll be hard giving up playing together.