DE BEQUE, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) "It's a great feeling. It gives you butterflies just thinking about it,” said sophomore Brennan Rigsby. “Just always dreaming about those moments in the backyard playing basketball. It's just awesome."
From conference to regionals, sectionals, and the state tournament, they won it all with a perfect record.
"It feels great knowing all the hard work that we have put in throughout the season to reach this goal,” sophomore Wesley Ryan said. “It was really amazing."
"What's funny is we came in last year in May, the boys were sitting right over there and we told them we believe we could do those things," said head coach Jake Higuera.
Since the 2008-2009 season, the Dragons have had three winless seasons and have not won more than 5 games in one season. The boys won more games this year than in the last ten seasons.
"I mean, it was really the boys,” said Higuera. “They went through some stuff, they saw it on both ends. I mean, it is a crazy turn around but it's hard to say."
"Everyone was a scoring option,” said Rigsby. “From the end of the bench to the starting five, everybody could score the ball with the best of them."
The team went to the state tournament with a 22-0 record averaging 70 points per game. The pressure was on in Pueblo to win the school’s first state title since 1998.
"It was awesome. It was super loud. I love that,” said Rigsby. “It was awesome. You get a couple butterflies to start but then as soon as the ball gets tipped its like, okay, here we go. You've got to play your best."
The 55-42 win in the championship game was their lowest scoring game of the season, but it was enough to bring home the state championship trophy back to De Beque.
"I was actually surprised how many people were here to welcome us home because I thought everyone in town was in Pueblo," said Higuera.
"It was really nice to see that the community came and supported,” said Ryan. “We owe a lot to them. I don't think I’d be where I am without my mom. I'm very appreciative of her and love her so much."
These boys will be forever linked to the perfect season as state champions.
"It's really hard to go 25-0,” said Higuera. “These kids, they earned every bit of it and I can't be more proud to be a coach of this team."