Fewer than 800 people live in the village of Winnebago in northeast Nebraska. The high school there didn’t have a reputation as a basketball powerhouse, but in 2015, the Class C-1 team won all but one game, earning themselves a spot in the Nebraska School Activities Association Boys Basketball Championships.
”Bago Boys” tells the story of the team’s first state championship season since 1940, the challenges players faced on and off the court and the culmination of being state champs.
When the team took the court at Lincoln’s Pinnacle Bank Arena on March 14, 2015, they expected everyone to be against them. Not so. The crowd was on its feet, cheering them on to victory and a state championship trophy.
“We did it! They proved everybody wrong. Soak it in and enjoy it, rarely you will be part of a State Championship team…soak it in,” said Jeff Berridge, Winnebago High School boys basketball coach.