Seven State Championships headlined a banner year for the Southeast Knights. Champions in Boys and Girls Cross Country, Football, Girls Gymnastics, Boys Swimming, Girls Basketball, and Boys Golf.
Undefeated St. Paul girls State Champions
Football, Cross Country, Wrestling, Track and Field
Schuyler’s “Jolly Green Giants” 1968 Class B Boys State Champions regarded by many as the all time best team in Class B. The Warriors featured two future Hall of Fame Inductees. Chuck Jura, Class of 1995, and Gene Harmon, Class of 2003.
Taleah Williams was an honor student at Norfolk High School and in spite of being born without a lower left arm she also excelled in athletics. She held several track records and qualified for the State Meet in 4 events her junior and senior seasons and was All-Conference on the basketball team. She lettered all 3 years in both sports. Tara won the gold medal in the Paralympics Trials in the long jump and she was a member of the 2016 Paralympic team in Rio. This summer she competed in London where she won the gold medal in the long jump and is World Champion in her category. Taleah is currently a member of the Doane University Track team.
Pat was a 3 sport letter winner and 1955 graduate of Tekamah High School. They were 9-0 in football, 18-3 in basketball, and Pat competed at the state track meet in the high hurdles, high jump, and long jump. He competed at Peru State for one year and then Huron College, where he was a 3 sport letterman. He coached in south Dakota and Iowa before coming to Gothenburg. He was Head Coach of the 1992 Shrine Bowl and Head Coach of the Western Nebraska All Star game.
Son Jim was Gothenburg’s quarterback and pivot man in basketball. He pole vaulted 14’6″ at the State meet and was an All-American punter at Rose Halman College in Terra Haute, indiana. He was an al-large participant in track at Wyoming.
Jim’s twin daughters, Becky and Joyce, led Hopewell PA high school to state championships in volleyball and basketball. Becky won the State Gold Medal in the high jump 3 years in a row and icon a basketball scholarship at Dayton. Joyce is on a volleyball scholarship at Bucknell.
Son Jay was also a 3 sport athlete and All State Quarterback his senior year. As a junior he vaulted 15’1″ and as a senior at the State Track meet, he won both hurdle races, second in the high jump and 3rd in the vault. He was an All American tight end at Wyoming and competed in the decathlon in track. He played for the Phoenix Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys and was a Pro Bowler five times and had three Super Bowl Championships.
Son Jason (Bump) was also a 3 sport athlete at Gothenburg. He set the state pole vault record at 16′ and led the state in the 300 intermediate hurdles. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in 1990. Jason’s son Carson, played quarterback at Shickley and Fairfield-Sandy Creek
Westside Swimming and Diving 1964-1988
Westside swimming and diving from 1964-1988 dominated the State Championships in boys’ and girls’ competition. Those teams were coached by Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame Coaches Cal Bentz (1964-1978) and Doug Krecklow (1979-1988). Westside won 29 State Championships (18 boys’ and 11 girls’), 8 Runner-up trophies (5 boys’ and 2 girls’) and one boys’ Co-championship
An outstanding athlete at Geneva High School and the University of Nebraska, Larry Bornschlegl never got far away from the playing field, enjoying a long career as a coach, school administrator and referee. Considered one of the premier basketball referees in the 1970s and ‘80s, Bornschlegl completed a basketball officiating career that covered 20 years and included 10 state tournaments and eight state championship games. After putting away the whistle, he dedicated his efforts to improve the quality of officiating, offering advice while helping develop the Nebraska School Activities Association’s program of observing and evaluating officials. He has served as an observer for more than 20 years.
As a coach, historian, promoter and documentarian, Jerry Stine dedicated countless hours to the betterment of Nebraska high school sports. Throughout his 40-year career, Stine coached boys’ basketball & track at Wheeler Central – Bartlett and girls’ basketball and boys’ and girls’ track at Bertrand. After leaving the coaching ranks, Stine continued to contribute to high school sports as a long-time member of the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame Foundation’s board of directors, documenting and organizing the board’s historical research. A past-president of the Nebraska Coaches Association, Stine is the creator, author and secretary of the NCA milestone awards that bear his name.
Mark Wortman turned Elkhorn High School into a football powerhouse. After his arrival in 1980, the Antlers became a cornerstone of the state football playoff field, qualifying for 20 straight years from 1995-2014. At the time of his induction, his teams had won five Class B state championships and reached five other state championship games. The Antlers also put together a state-record streak of winning seasons. A recipient of numerous coaching awards, Wortman has compiled a 333-77 record which places him near the top in both wins and winning percentage in Nebraska history.