D’Vante Mosby sat in the Fort Osage gymnasium earlier this season and looked skyward.

D’Vante Mosby sat in the Fort Osage gymnasium earlier this season and looked skyward.

There, he saw some banners honoring past championship Indian teams.

“I want to come in here someday,” the senior forward said, “and see a banner with my team’s name on it. That would be special.”

The statement proved to be prophetic as Mosby and his underdog teammates downed the Kearney Bulldogs Friday night at William Chrisman High School, claiming a 56-54 victory to earn the first boys district title in the history of the school.

“It’s going to be sweet to look up and see that banner,” Mosby said Tuesday morning, “but we can’t think about now. All we’re thinking about is Blue Springs South.”

The 14-13 Indians – who cruised under the radar into the district tournament with a sub-.500 record – take on 22-5 Blue Springs South at 4:45 p.m. tonight at the Independence Events Center.

“We can’t wait, it’s going to be so exciting,” said junior forward Austin Regier, who led the Indians with 20 points Friday. “We can look up and see a 2012 district banner and know that every guy on the team played a big role in making that happen.”

Coach Josh Wilson experienced a sleepless Friday night, but he didn’t mind.

“All I thought about was that game,” he said as his Indians found a way to beat Kearney for the third time this season. “To win the first district championship in school history is special.

“It’s something I’ve thought about. It’s something we’ve all thought about. But, to win it with this team, with this special group of young men, that makes it even more special. I couldn’t be any prouder of a team.”

Unlike many teams, that break a pre-game huddle by shouting “team,” the Indians have a new mantra.
“For the past three to four weeks, all we’ve been talking about is us,” the coach said. “It’s up to us to get it done. It’s up to the guys in that locker room or the guys out on the court to get it done.

“No one is going to come from the stands and become the big hero. It’s all about us – and ‘us’ became our mantra. We use it to break our huddles, it’s all we talk about.

“And the players have really bought into it.”

That mindset helped a sub-.500 team make history.

“We didn’t think or ourselves as a sub-.500 team, because we have continued to get better as the season has gone on,” Mosby said. “We have worked harder than any team I’ve ever been a part of.

“And it’s all worth it when you make history.”