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THE YEAR

rivalry ... prep classic ... rehearsal 1 ... rehearsal 2 ... rehearsal 3 ... slippage

One of the downsides of Wahoo's dominance of opponents from 1988 to 1995 was a lack of "big games" during the regular season.  Typically, the Warriors' schedule produced few contests against top ten opponents.  Fans approached most of the games with a Wahoo victory as a foregone conclusion.  To the credit of coaches and players, one of the amazing facets of the Warrior success was never succumbing to a "trap" game in which a perceived inferior opponent upset the Warriors.  The three losses experienced since 1988 had come in tournaments:  the 1988 loss to Syracuse in the Capitol Conference Tournament championship game; the 1992 loss to Ogallala in the State Tournament semifinal; and the 1994 loss to Monsignor McClancy NY in the Lincoln Prep Holiday Classic.  The 1995 Warriors' schedule before the district tournament presented several challenges.  The first would come in the Wahoo Holiday Tournament as the Warriors faced Wahoo Neumann (playing a cross-town rival would always have to be viewed as a "big game").  Wahoo was again entered in the Lincoln Prep Holiday Classic, but although playing in the "small school" division, the Warriors would face some ranked teams including Class B Omaha Roncalli (preseason #5) and Class D1 Paxton (preseason #2).  Ashland presented the top challenge within the Capitol Conference.  The Bluejays were ranked #8 in Class C1 preseason and would make the state tournament. The toughest non-conference foe would be Grand Island Central Catholic, #2 in Class C1 preseason.  The 1995 Warriors would rise to the occasion and defeat all challengers.  Coach Watton described his team:  "I don't know what it is about this team, but they always seem to put things together for big games."