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Prep playoff caps emotional week of healing for Washington, Ill., tornado victims

Updated: November 24, 2013, 9:53 AM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Kim Brownfield was numb. But it was the good kind, if there is such a thing.

The kind that came from the biting wind chill whipping across a football field here Saturday afternoon and not from the shock that overtook her after emerging last Sunday from her Washington, Ill., basement, where she had huddled with her husband and their teenage son and daughter while a deadly tornado wreaked havoc above.

"We lost everything," she said. And then, as if once was ...

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