Playing for late teammate, Henning High School advances in state tournament

Henning High School, an underdog class A boys basketball team playing for a teammate who died two years ago, won its first game of the state tournament Thursday to advance to the semifinals. 

Henning beat fifth-ranked Christ's Household of Faith at Williams Arena Thursday 63-56.  

FOX 9 caught up with the small-town Henning squad earlier this week and learned about their coming together story. 

The team is notable because seven of the players are related, but also, because of one major loss.

That loss was number 33, Jacob Quam. He was a teammate that was killed when his car was hit by a semi two years ago. He’s a teammate who has been with them every step of the way. Jacob was originally from Delano, which earned him the nickname, “City Boy.”

Henning will take on Spring Grove High School at noon Friday at Target Center, putting them just two wins away from a state title in Jacob's honor.