In case anybody hadn't heard, Wahoo posted a sign at the Devaney Center that read, "Look Out Class B -- We're Back!"

Plattsmouth Coach Steve Daniell
Coach Daniell had defended the 1992 Warriors as a rightful heir to the Wahoo Dynasty. His reward? -- Wahoo eliminated his team from the tournament.

Plattsmouth Roster

Plattsmouth's roster featured one of the tallest players the Warriors had faced, 6'7" senior, Lou Vaughn.

Jeremy Herrmann brings the ball up court against Plattsmouth
Senior Jeremy Herrmann hit a 3 point shot as the clock wound down that gave Wahoo a new Class B record for points scored (92). That record was broken in 2003 by Beatrice with 99 points.

FALLING DOWN

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By the time the final buzzer sounded in the first round Class B State Tournament game against Plattsmouth, there was no doubt among any of those in the Bob Devaney Sports Center that the 1992 Warriors were just as formidable an opponent as any of its predecessors. Wahoo had dispatched the Plattsmouth Blue Devils by the gaudy score of 92 - 55, a new Class B state record for points scored.

It wasn’t that Plattsmouth was unprepared for the challenge presented them, or that the Blue Devils were a sub par team. Plattsmouth had defeated a good Platteview team to get to the state tournament and had only lost five games. But Plattsmouth Coach Steve Daniell had known that Wahoo would be a supreme challenge for his team. As he prepared his team for their first appearance at state since 1978, Coach Daniell commented on playing Wahoo: “ ... they’ve got so many ways to win the ball game. Obviously, we’re going to have to step up to a higher level.”

From the start, Wahoo was at an even higher level than Daniell expected, and his club could not step up that far. A great deal of the damage was done on defense as Wahoo forced eight first quarter turnovers, seven in the second quarter and twenty-four for the game. Daniell said, “I thought we’d be able to deal with their pressure better.” But it wasn’t just the defense that impressed Daniell: “They’re on a different wavelength than anybody else in the tournament. They’re on a mission. Every time down the floor whether it’s on offense of defense, they’re not coming down just to play -- they’re coming down to score.”

For a brief moment, Plattsmouth looked like they could compete in the game. With 5:17 to go in the first quarter, Wahoo only led 5 - 4. Then Wahoo went on a 12 point run, and with Mike Hancock going 3 - 5 for three pointers, the Warriors were leading 17 - 6 at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter produced even more of a gap as Jeff Simons poured in 10 points for the quarter, including two three’s, and the half time lead was 45 - 21. By the end of the third period, the lead was up to 30, with Trent Toline contributing 10 points in the quarter . A lot of the damage came from three point range as Wahoo made twelve for the game, including six from Hancock, tying a state Class B record.* The Warriors were led by Hancock’s 21, but all five starters contributed to the record total as Toline netted 20, Simons 16, Justin Anderson hit for 11, and Joel Weyand had 9. By the end of the third quarter, eleven of the Wahoo players suited up, had played in the game and Coach Anderson had emptied the bench early in the fourth quarter.

It was an impressive first round victory for Wahoo. And there were a lot of accolades. Sports columnist Mike Babcock wrote, “To use a baseball metaphor, Thursday’s contest amounted to batting practice for Wahoo ... As odd as it sounds, there’s no disgrace in losing to Wahoo by 37 points.” Columnist Don Wilson: “Outside, inside. Attack offense, pressure defense. Control the boards; control the pace. Typical Wahoo.” Ironically, Coach Daniell had been one coach that expected the 1992 Warriors to live up to the Wahoo reputation, and it was his team that was bounced from the tournament in a record setting performance. When reporters approached for the post game interview, Daniell’s evaluation of the Warriors was succinct: “Wow.”

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Playing just before Wahoo on Thursday morning, Ogallala took a big step forward. The Indians had lost in the first round each of the previous three years, the first year being a 76 - 40 blowout by Wahoo. But in 1992, Ogallala had the proper focus and expanded on a 25 - 21 first half lead to down Nebraska City 58 - 40. Ogallala Coach Mark Etzelmiller commented that he “wanted to play” the Warriors because of that “embarrassing” loss three years earlier. And he noted that “The pressure is all on Wahoo. There is no pressure on our kids whatsoever. They’re (Wahoo) picked by the World Herald to win this, and we’re just out to play the game.

*Hancock’s six three’s tied Bernie Inbody’s mark that was set in the 1991 tournament. The record wouldn’t stand for long as Thursday night, Schuyler’s Jeremy Kildare hit seven in a losing effort against Lexington. (As of the 2011 tournament, Kildare’s record still stands.)


"We haven't seen that kind of pressure -- no one has unless they've played Wahoo." -- Plattsmouth Coach Steve Daniell

"I've played in arenas like this in Wahoops and we played summer camp here. I like the feel of it here." -- Mike Hancock

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Wahoo vs. Plattsmouth -- 1) Joel Weyand steals the ball and hits Jeff Simons for a layup; 2) Justin Anderson feeds Trent Toline inside for a score; 3) Simons gets the steal and the layup; 4) Anderson hits a 3; 5) Keith Klemme hits a 3 at the buzzer to end the third quarter; 6) Mike Hancock makes one of his record three pointers; 7) Jeremy Herrmann scores the three that gives Wahoo the scoring record.

Wahoo vs. Plattsmouth Scorebook:
Even with the big lead, the Wahoo starters started the fourth quarter, and all five starters scored in the fourth quarter before being brought to the bench. Click here to view and enlargement of the scorebook.

Brett Eddie, Louie Wotipka, Chris Anderson
Players not in uniform still dressed for the occasion and sat on the Wahoo bench. Chris Anderson wasn't listed on the program, but was one of the players invited to stay out and practice with the varsity at the end of the regular season.

Mike Hancock interviewed after the game
Mike Hancock tied Bernie Inbody's record for three pointers in a tournament game with six.

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