COLUMBUS FORWARD CHRIS ROTH
In February, he went to Millard South for his daughter's volleyball tournament. In the hallway, he came face-to-face with Brian Nielsen's face. Actually, it was the '89 state championship photo.
"It was right there in the hall. You couldn't miss it."
In the gym, Roth spotted the '89 championship banner. He told his daughter that was the year he finished second.
"She was like, Dad, you're getting old."
LINCOLN PIUS FORWARD ED EASLEY
Nobody "flips me more crap" than my kids, Easley said.
Recently, they located his copy of the '89 championship game. A DVD, by the way, he's never given the light of day. They tried to watch it.
"I kinda joked with them, well, you're not gonna do it when I'm around," Easley said. "They'll eventually get to see it and I'll have to live with the crap every day all over again within my own house."
WAHOO FORWARD JASON GLOCK
No name is more associated with March 11, 1989, than Glock. The Warriors' best two players were brothers. Troy is an assistant principal at Douglas County West. Jason is a dentist in his hometown.
"Even to this day, we'll see dental patients in our chair that say, 'Hey, I remember that game. Sometimes they get us confused and I have to explain to them, 'That was my brother, Troy, that made the shot.' "
WAHOO GUARD BERNIE INBODY
Part of it is his name. If he were Tom Smith, nobody would draw the connection. But a few times a year, a stranger meets Bernie Inbody and instantly recalls the Pius comeback.
Inbody went on to win two more state championships he hit 12 3s in the 1991 state tournament. He grew up, had a family, turned 40. But to many hoops fans, he'll always be the skinny sophomore who hit the 30-footer in the '89 state championship game.
Inbody went to college at Nebraska, where he was a student manager for Danny Nee. Once, he met a girl from Nebraska City who said, "Oh, you're Bernie Inbody? You're in my high school yearbook."
Apparently Nebraska City High School, no fan of the Pius Thunderbolts, had done a student poll Top 10 people you wish you could be.
No. 1 was Michael Jordan. No. 3 was Bernie Inbody.
MILLARD SOUTH FORWARD MATT KELLY
Last spring, he ran into a few Omaha Central players at Berkshire Hathaway Days.
The Eagles had just completed the first undefeated season in Class A since Millard South in '89. Kelly pondered whether he should approach them. Finally, he did.
"Hey, you guys don't know me, but I don't like you very much. They looked at me like, 'What?'
"I'm like, no, I'm just kidding."
Kelly introduced himself. The Central players were stunned. Turned out, Kelly's game-winning shot made it on to their 2012 highlight video.
PIUS COACH TOM SEIB AND WAHOO COACH MICK ANDERSON
Seib has been back to Devaney hundreds of times. And every time he goes in, he thinks about that night. If he forgets, someone inevitably reminds him.
"It's amazing how many times people I don't even know who they are come up to me in Walmart or walking somewhere here in town," Seib said. "They say, 'I was there that night and it was the most amazing thing.' "
Anderson has the same experience. Of course, he's a little more willing to embrace the memory.
He has a plaque on his living room wall commemorating the '89 championship game. Anderson won six state championships, but it's the only memento of its kind.
Recently, Omaha Skutt coach Jon Burt whose brother was a starting forward for Pius in '89 invited Seib and Anderson to speak to his team about the game.
"This thing just keeps coming back over and over," Seib said.