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OFFICIAL INDUCTEE NOMINATION FORM
Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame
500 Charleston St., Suite 3
Lincoln, NE 68508-1119

CIRCLE THE APPROPRIATE CATEGORY FOR NOMINATION:

Inductee:  AthleteCoachOfficialContributor

NOTE: Nominations must be submitted by October 1st in order to be considered for the next year’s class.

BaseballBasketballCross CountryFootballGolfGymnasticsSoccerSoftballSwimmingTrack & FieldTennisVolleyballWrestling

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND OF NOMINEE

School Name(s), City, State, Years at School, Graduation Year

College, Years at School, Degree, Graduation Year

PERSON SUBMITTING NOMINATION FORM:

(Forms submitted anonymously will not be considered.)

ACHIEVEMENTS, CONTRIBUTIONS, HONORS

On the following page or an attached sheet, please make your points in support of thenomination.List objective, statistical records, such as won-lost records, titles, points scored, career facts, and highlights. Include details, such as year (9,10,11,12) when the nominee was a State Champion or named as an All-State Player (Please indicate the Newspaper/s and/or other media that named the All-State Team). List the year and the achievements from high school through post-high school. You are to focus on the nominee’s contributions that have had the most significant impact on high school sportsIn the case of non-athletes/coaches, list contributions as a writer, speaker, or innovator, or list other achievements that support this person’s candidacy.

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Complete all required information in either hard copy form or submit electronically. If possible, trytogather your nominee’s information without contacting thatperson.
  2. Include letters of recommendation, limited to one typewritten page.
  3. If possible, submit a current black and white or color photo of the nominee.
  4. If applicable, submit black and white or color photos of nominee during the period of time he/she was involved in the category.
  5. If you wish, attach a limited number of newspaper clippings,magazine articles,or other supporting materials.

The nomination form, letters,and photos willbe retained by the Nebraska High School Sports Hallof Fame Foundation and remain in the Hall of Fame’s active file.

GENERAL CRITERIA

The nominee must have:

  1. been involved in an athletic activity in a Nebraska High School category for which he or she is nominated;
  2. demonstrated outstanding abilities and contributions in the category for which he or she is nominated;
  3. demonstrated high moral character, outstanding citizenship and ideals.
The following definitions and criteria shall apply to the four inductee nominating categories. There are no quotas for any category.

  1. Athlete/High School Achievement

    Any high school athlete who participated in Nebraska high school athletics and whose primary achievements in the field of athletics occurred during such high school participation. Any such person may not be considered until 15 years after high school participation.

    Athlete/Post High School Contribution

    Any high school athlete who participated in Nebraska high school
    athletics and whose primary contribution to athletics occurred after
    his/her high school participation. Any such person may not be
    considereduntil 15 years after high school participation.

  2. Coach

    A coach who must have been a Nebraska School District employee who
    has coached a sanctioned sport for at least 20 years. A coach would be
    eligible for Hall of Fame induction if he he/she has retired from
    coachingor has reached the age of 60.

  3. Official

    An official who has been registered with the Nebraska School Activities
    Association for a minimum of 20 years.

  4. Contributor

    Those persons who have made contributions to high school athletics in
    some capacity other than the above-mentioned categories. This category
    would include sportswriters, broadcasters, tournament officials,
    community leaders, athletics administrators, or any individual who has
    made a significant contribution to high school sports in Nebraska.

OFFICIAL HONOREE NOMINATION FORM
Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame
500 Charleston St., Suite 3
Lincoln, NE 68508-1119

CIRCLE THE APPROPRIATE CATEGORY FOR YOUR NOMINATION:

Honoree:Fischer Family AwardGustafson Inspiration AwardGreat Moments in SportsSilver Anniversary TeamDominant DynastiesGolden Anniversary Team

PERSON SUBMITTING NOMINATION FORM:

(Forms submitted anonymously will not be considered.)

ACHIEVEMENTS, CONTRIBUTIONS, HONORS

On the following page or a separate attached sheet, make your points in support of yournomination. Please include pertinent information with as much detail as possible related to the chosen category.

LAURA SPANHEIMER DECHANT – Omaha Marian

Omaha Marian (Class of 2001)
The Athlete of the Year tag stuck to Omaha Marian’s Laura Spanheimer, who twice earned the honor from the Lincoln Journal-Star and as a senior from the Omaha World-Herald. She led Marian to back-to-back state basketball championships those years, earning all-metro and all-state accolades. An outstanding runner as well, she burst on the scene by winning the All-Class gold medal in the 1,600 at the state meet as a freshman. She went on to win two individual 800 gold medals and ran on four state-champion 4×800 relays, including one that set a state and state meet record. In cross country, she finished second in state as a sophomore and junior and won the event as a senior. At Creighton University, she earned All-Missouri Valley basketball honors and finished her career with the most steals in Bluejay history and the second-highest total of games played.

BILL WEBER – Lincoln Southeast

Lincoln Southeast (Class of 1980)
Bill Weber had an attraction for the action of state tournaments. The Lincoln Journal-Star’s Athlete of the Year in 1980, Weber played in seven state high school state tournaments and three American Legion baseball state tournaments. He earned all-state honors his junior and senior seasons in football while playing defensive end and tight end for Southeast. During his playing career, the Knights qualified for the state playoffs three times and won the state title in 1977. He also picked up all-city accolades in basketball and baseball, playing on the Knights’ state runner-up baseball team of 1979 and the state runner-up basketball teams of 1978 and 1979. At the University of Nebraska, he started at defensive end for three years, earning All-Big Eight honors in 1984. He was named to the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame in 2012.

JIM PAIGE – Official

Official
Jim Paige spent more than 50 years calling fouls and penalties in football, basketball and track at Nebraska high school athletic events. Described as “quiet, unassuming and hard-working,” Paige displayed a respect for athletes and coaches while maintaining fairmindedness in the implementation of the rules. Selected as the Nebraska Football Official of the Year, Paige worked a handful of state football championships as well as several state basketball tournaments. Primarily a starter in track and cross country, Paige has been a triple jump official at the state track meet for more than 30 years. In addition to being an active official, Paige has mentored dozens of young referees, bringing quality to the ranks of the profession. He has also been an observer and evaluator of officials for the NSAA.

JIM TENOPIR – Contributor

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Jim Tenopir took the path from small-town Nebraska to the peak of high school sports in the United States. The Chief Operating Officer of the National Federation of State High School Associations from 2010-15, Tenopir oversaw the day-to-day operations of the organization that governs high school sports across the nation. He drew on experience gained as the Nebraska School Activities Association Executive Director from 2001 to 2010 – a position he returned to in 2015. A Harvard High School graduate, Tenopir’s coaching and teaching career started at Otis-Benson High School in Kansas in 1970. He returned to Nebraska two years later as a coach, teacher and administrator at McCook. He went on to serve as the athletic director at Scottsbluff and superintendent at Cambridge before accepting his position with the NSAA. During his career he has tackled several difficult issues, including athlete safety and transgender rights.

MIKE PURDY – Contributor

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No one could account for all the athletes and students who have benefitted from the unselfish contributions Mike Purdy has made to their lives. A coach and administrator in the middle school and high school ranks for more than 40 years, Purdy pioneered and promoted programs and activities that made interscholastic activities in Nebraska a better place. Throughout a career centered on the interests of all students and athletes, Purdy developed scholarship programs, promoted sportsmanship summits and awards, supervised sporting events of every description and fostered an atmosphere of cooperation among organizations supporting athletics. A leader among his peers, Purdy earned Distinguished Service Awards from the Nebraska and National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Associations.
A past chairman of the Metro Conference, Purdy is the NSIAAA’s Executive Director. Mike retired from Bellevue East in 2004.

ALAN VANCURA – Coach

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Alan VanCura was one of Nebraska’s most successful high school volleyball coaches. He led Hastings St. Cecilia to 830 victories in 41 years before retiring in 2016. During his tenure, the Hawkettes won six state championships and 19 district championships. A coach with a calm demeanor who rarely raised his voice, he dedicated his time and energy for the good of the students. His teams built their success on solid fundamentals, great team defense and the maximum use of each player’s talent. As the girls track coach for 36 years, plus three as boys coach, he led teams to 17 district titles, three state runner-up finishes and the 1980 Class C title.

PAT HOBLYN – Coach

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Title IX and Pat Hoblyn arrived at Ansley High School at the same time, and they had an immediate impact. In her first year as the school’s volleyball coach, she led the Warriors to a 19-0 record and a state championship. She continued to coach the team for more than 40 years. At the time of her induction, she had celebrated five state championships, one runner-up finish and had compiled 681 victories and a .748 winning percentage. Her teams won 25 Loup Valley Conference titles and a total of 37 tournaments. In addition to coaching volleyball, she was head basketball coach for two years and coached boys and girls track for 17 years, winning a total of 13 conference championships and two girls’ state runner-up trophies.

 

BRAD HILDEBRANDT – Coach


Coach

Few teams have ever enjoyed the dominance of Coach Brad Hildebrandt’s Skutt Catholic wrestling teams. During his tenure from 1993 to 2015, he led the SkyHawks to a total of 20 state wrestling championships – 17 team titles and three dual championships. The run included 13 straight Class B titles from 1998-2010. After a runner-up finish in 2011, the SkyHawks embarked on another string of state titles that carried on beyond his retirement. An Omaha firefighter whose passion was coaching wrestling, Hildebrandt strived to use wrestling to prepare for life. His teams produced 63 individual champions, six high school All-Americans, 101 state medalists and 154 state qualifiers.

CHARLES “CHARLIE” GORDON – Coach

Coach
Charlie Gordon commanded respect and displayed respect throughout a 25-year coaching career that spanned four decades and provided Lincoln Southeast with its first state championship in any sport. Gordon was named the Knights’ baseball coach when the school opened in 1955. In 1958, with seven sophomores in the starting lineup, the Knights claimed their first of five state baseball championships. His Southeast teams also collected three runner-up finishes and 12 district championships. Also an assistant football coach, Gordon never took shortcuts when working with students and other coaches and was an example of what coaches hope sports can teach young people.