LINCOLN — 30 years ago, it was the shot heard around the state.
Chris Price hit the game winning jumper to earn Norfolk their first state basketball championship.
That was in 1987… now in 2017 the Panthers have done it again. A state championship with another Price on it, Chris’s son TJ. And you can count Chris as one of the biggest supporters of the team.
“If there was a team I wanted to win it, though, it would be these guys,” Price said. “It just makes it that much more special, I think, having a son on it makes it pretty cool.”
It’s not just Chris Price who remembers, the shot 30 years ago, though. TJ says the moment comes up often.
“All the time,” TJ said. “When we’ve got people over he’s always got to boast about his game winning shot. You know, it’s pretty cool.”
Arnie Robinson was in elementary school in 87 and recalls being in the crowd at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
“It was crazy. The place went nuts,” Robinson said. “I was in third grade and it was every little boy’s dream to see something like that.”
And to bring the Panthers extra luck, Robinson wore a special shirt.
“This was my dad’s shirt back in 1987 after the Panthers won,” Robinson said.
Mike Fuehrer was covering the game for the newspaper and says Price’s shot was so special because it’s what every kid practices in the driveway.
“They do that, five, four, three, two, one, shot! To hit that game winning shot. Whether you’re a first grader, or in junior high player, or (any player),” Fuehrer said.
While it didn’t take a game-winner in 2017, TJ Price contributed five points in the championship effort. He says in addition to the memory with his teammates, he now has a memory to share with his dad.
“The way it lines up, you know, it’s all in God’s hands and it’s a blessing,” TJ said. “I’m really thankful for that.”