LOVES PARK (WREX) — The Rock River got some attention on Wednesday night in Loves Park. But soon the Ski Broncs stadium will sit empty as this is the last week of performances for the team.
The Loves Park Ski Broncs is more than just Emily Binger's water ski team.
"I don't know what else I would be doing," laughed Ski Broncs Show Director Emily Binger.
Binger has been a Ski Bronc since the age of 11 and now another season has come and gone.
"This year was different because we had to put ourselves back into a competition team and kind of focus a little bit more and push a little bit harder," said Binger.
"Really the last week of the year, it's all about fun. It's all about taking everything we learned this year, the results of the tournaments, and all the hard work we put into everything, and just having fun," said Ski Broncs Club President Shane Theiss.
This season also came with a lot of learning experiences. That's because out of 36 skiers, about 22 of them are new to the team. That didn't stop these athletes from taking home 5th place in division 2 at nationals.
"In '91 we started the pre-fit pyramid where we build a pyramid on the dock and then pull it off behind the boat. Now every ski team in the country is doing it but it all comes back to here so we have always been known as the innovators of acts and show skiing," said Theiss.
Even though Binger loves the thrill of competition; there's nothing like performing at home.
"They are still cheering us on and yelling our names because they know our names now," said Binger. "It makes it more like a family."
"For me, it's about the kids. It's about seeing them grow and we are teaching them skills that they are going to take outside of skiing," said Theiss.
The Ski Broncs has been making waves for more than 50 years and hope more members will join to keep it going.
The last show of the season is on Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Shorewood Park. Theiss says it takes all year to prepare for the next season and says plans for 2022 will start developing in the coming weeks.