“They don’t owe it to anybody but themselves to get back to Lincoln and defend their state championship.  You have to create your own identity and your own trademark.” – Coach Anderson


Wahoo fans attending the 1994 state tournament waved signs acknowledging Coach Anderson's final appearance at the tournament.

"... my stomach says winning the district tournament is still the toughest thing in the world. Getting to state, every coach will tell you is the relief. The pressure is getting there, and the fun is being there." -- Coach Anderson
THE SCRIPT -- the way it all would end

When you look back on the past, it’s sometimes easy to take results for granted – you know how things work out.  It becomes hard to imagine any other outcome.  For the Warriors of 1994, they had arrived at the state tournament as expected; they had their invitation to the “big dance” in Lincoln.  For Coach Anderson, it would be his last dance -- the long time coach had announced his retirement and the script had been written for a fairy tale happy ending with Wahoo leaving the Bob Devaney court with another state championship trophy.  As Greg Hain put it, “we all want to send him out the way he deserves, and the only way to do that is by winning the state title.”  It seems easy today to view the 1994 tournament as a joyful celebration dance for the Warriors.  But the truth was that Wahoo would have some anxious moments.  The fairy tale almost didn’t come true.