Hornets receive hero's welcome home after winning first-ever state title

The last time they left Henning, they were contenders. When they returned, they were champions.

HENNING, Minn. - It was a wild ride, but the Henning Hornets boys basketball team capped off their incredible season back where it all began — at the Henning high school gym.

Much like they have all season, especially at the Target Center for Saturday's 67-42 championship win over North Woods, friends and family packed the house to give the team the recognition they deserve.

"They play with so much heart," said Tena Fraki, mother of junior Parker Fraki. "I'm pretty sure the whole world is proud of them."

Parents said these kids have showed promise since third grade, and enjoyed embarking on the journey with them.

"It's pretty honorable to know that we'll always be known by everyone around town," said junior Lee Bjorklund. "And all the little kids will look up to us, and hopefully do the same thing we did."

The ceremony featured speeches from Henning head coach Randy Misegades, and several of the players and staff members.

They also watched a video reel of this season's memorable moments.

The Hornets ended a 53-year state tournament drought by making it this season.