HENNING, Minn. — The Henning High School boys basketball team was up for a statewide honor Thursday Dec. 12, after making a historic run to the state tournament last spring despite the tragic loss of their teammate Jacob Quam.
The team's story of overcoming tragedy was enough for judges for the Minnesota Sports Awards to name the team's story of triumph as "Sports Moment of the Year." The high school team was up against college and professional sports teams in the awards ceremony that was televised by Fox Sports North.
"It just puts it all in perspective and continues to keep that memory alive, but more importantly keeps Jacob's memory alive too," said the team's coach, Randy Misegades. "It was a great way to cap it off."
"I mean, it was pretty surprising, I didn't think we were going to get it," said player Isaac Fisher.
Players on the small town basketball team said that while it didn't seem like they had a lot of hope, some still had a good feeling about their chance of winning the prize.
"I told my mom before the show, 'I am pretty sure we are going to win it,' " said player Parker Fraki. "With a story like that, it's hard to beat."
The boys said that their win is a motivator for the team and the town. With a win against Sebeka Thursday night, the Henning Hornets remain unbeaten this season.
"You just don't see something like this happening all the time ... where a community comes together like this to back something," said player Blake Wallevand.