2016- Basketball/Boys Golf, Holdrege

Golden Anniversary Team: Holdrege basketball and golf, 1967. The Dusters went 23-1 in basketball, losing only to Grand Island, one of eight Class A games on their schedule. They defeated Schuyler’s “Jolly Green Giants” 66-54 in the state final. In golf, the Dusters shot the lowest single-round Class B score (237) to date while winning the first of back-to-back state titles.

1995 – Football: 1945 Gothenburg Swedes

Unbeaten, untied, five shutouts and a 27-21 victory over Omaha Creighton Prep in the high school game of the year. Those were the Swedes of Gothenburg and Coach Dutch Zorn in 1945, the winner of the Hall of Fame’s first Golden Anniversary Team Award, announced at the 1995 Hall of Fame banquet.

Gothenburg’s 10 wins came in this order: Curtis Aggies 18-0, Holdrege 25-0, North Platte 34-0, Callaway 59-6, Cozad 31-6, Gibbon 46-0, Cambridge 51-0, Creighton Prep 27-21, Broken Bow 19-7 and Lexington 19-7.

The key win was in Omaha on Nov. 10 against No. 1 rated Prep. The game was a during-the-year arranged contest between outstanding teams, a regular occurrence in the years prior to the football playoffs. A crowd estimated by a World-Herald writer at 2,000 watched the Swedes jump to a 20-7 lead that, despite a rousing comeback at the end, Prep was not able to overcome.

Gothenburg Roster – 1945:

51 Dick Arnall 155 B Jr.
81 Kenneth Bauman 170 G Jr.
62 Douglas Beath 155 T Jr.
32 Dale Block 134 G Jr.
55 Bob Bullock 141 G Jr.
79 Corky Campbell 185 T Jr.
.20 Dale Clark 129 C Sr.
41 Robert Clark 114 G So.
70 Harold Cumpston 134 B Sr.
71 Jim Cunning 170 E Sr.
88 Don Dyer 168 G So.
75 Keith Gruber 186 T So.
89 Jim Gustafson 220 T So.
85 Ted Haney 134 B Jr.
50 Wade Haynes 135 HB So.
46 Melvin Hicken 130 E So.
77 Jim Holmes 172 B Sr.
61 Ermal Jones 176 G So.
60 Tom Loutzenheiser 155 E Sr.
50 Don Mann 113 B So.
52 Jack McKim 129 B Jr.
52 Bill Mundell 187 E Sr.
22 Jack Ostergard 131 G Sr.
53 Duane Peterson 130 E Sr.
80 Glenn Peterson 168 T Sr.
43 Clark Reeves 116 B Jr.
55 Bill Rubenthaler 119 E Jr.
66 Virge Schulz 134 E Jr.
54 Dale Smallfoot 126 G Jr.
40 Virge Stebbins 126 B So.
62 Paul Sulc 135 B So.
69 Tom Swancutt 114 B Jr.
43 Don Turner 111 C So.
59 Elliott Wagner 134 C Jr.
35 Scott Ward 142 E Jr.
65 Jim West 131 E Sr.
33 Jim Williams 130 B So.
42 Bud Wilson 150 B Jr.
Manager-Clark Seaquist
Coach-Dutch Zorn

1996 – Basketball: McCook Bison, 1946

In 1946, McCook High School utilized a blend of the speed from a state track championship team and the experience of a talented senior class to win the school’s first and only football state championship (written in 1996).

The Bison went 9-0 and defeated Fremont, 7 to 0, in the Big 10 Conference playoff game in the final game of the year. The prized victory for this team was 40-7 over Grand Island. This victory put McCook in line for the championship because Grand Island later defeated the Lincoln champion Lincoln High, which had defeated Omaha champion Omaha South.

In those pre-football playoff days, comparative scores were the basis for final ratings and state title selections.

McCook also won the Southwest Conference championship and scored 176 points for the year, giving up 26. Coach Russ Sautter’s team usually won easily but in the few close games they had, they showed a knack for the big play.

Roster:

Dale Allen
Robert Bell
Jack Boyd
Jim Brown
Gary Creasman
Dick Drake
Melvin Drews
Phil Dulaney
Howard Fletcher
Pete Gonzales
Don Hein
Richard Hill
Harvey Hoffinan
Merlin Hoyt
Wallace Keen
Milton Krogh
Dale Lyons
Joe Magrath
Jerry McClain
Jerry McIlmoyle
Leo McKillip
Roger Messinger
Don Payton
Alan Peterson
Bob Porter
Robert Real
Merrill Ream
Richard Schafer
Everett Skillman
Glen Sliger
Ted Sloniker
Allen Strunk
Bob Wallen
Robert Warburton
Stanley Webster
Joe Weiland
Bob Wilcox
Coach:
Russ Sautter
Asst. Coaches:
James Meader
Lloyd McCullough
Student Managers:
Kenneth Bollerup
Keith Roper
Cheerleaders:
Mary Lou Shubert Drake
Georgine Waugh
Mary Ann Wagner
Lee Avis Coler Rutt

1996 – Basketball: Atkinson St. Joseph, 1946-47-48

Take away a three point loss opening the 1946-47 season to Class A Creighton Prep and Atkinson St. Joseph would have won 78 games in a row over a three-year period, a streak which nobody would have touched in Nebraska high school basketball until the 70’s.

In those days, St. Joseph went looking for competition, more times than reaching out to schedule a Class A team. Beyond that game, St. Joseph ‘s size was Class D and that’s where the NSAA had them assigned. But the Bluejays opted to play up to Class C come tournament time and won state championships in that class in 1946 with a 27-0 record and again in 1947 with a 28-1 record.

St. Joseph then won its first 23 games of the 1947-48 season for its official 51-game winning streak.

Members of all three teams are honored:

George Barrett
Bob Berigan
Myron Collamer
Fred Deemer
Jerry Judge
Charles Kokes
Gary Kokes
Bob Mack
Bill Miller
Pat Miller
Leo O’Malley
Leon Schaaf
William Schom
Ed Scott
Tom Slattery, Jr.
Don Straka
Ben Troshynski
Leonard Troshynski
Tom Troshynski
Gerald Vogel
Ben Weichman
John Weichman
Lew Wewel
George Witter
Coach Tom Slattery
Assistants: Harold Grof, Frank Mancuso
Cheerleaders: Gladys Domina, LaQuita Parsons, Marianne Tasler (Jensen), Norma Jean Parson, MaryCoonnelly, Ethel Pettinger, Rita Troshynski, Dorthy Wilkinson, Mary Ellen Engler, JoAnn Seger. Mascots: Pat Keating, Bob Faust.

1997 – Football/Basketball: Grand Island Senior High, 1947-48

Grand Island Senior High School’s post-World War II athletic surge produced state championships in both football and basketball in the 1947-48 school year, with the junior class that year being able to boast that their teams won two football championships and two basketball championships while they were in school.

The basketball titles came in 1947 and again in 1948. Football titles came in 1947 (although the mythical state championship had to be shared with Creighton Prep) and again in 1948 when they were unanimously No. 1.

The 1947-48 teams had great coaches in football’s Jerry Lee and basketball’s Aubrey Givens. The football star was Bobby Reynolds and the basketball stalwart was Dale Toft. But they were not one-man teams.

Memorial Stadium was a buzz word for the 1947 football team. They opened the season with the first game in Grand Island’s new high school stadium, called Memorial Stadium, and then played in Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium late in the year, defeating Lincoln High by 25-14 before a crowd some estimated close to 20,000.

The basketball team built a Class A state record winning streak during its 1947-48 school year only to have the streak ended by Hastings in the district finals. In those day, the district champion and runner-ujp advanced to the state tournament so the Islanders moved on to Lincoln.

Once in Lincoln, Grand Island won two easy games and then defeated Lincoln Northeast in the championship game by 50-24. The basketball team’s season record was 22-1. The football team finished 9-0 with its Big Ten Conference playoff win over North Platte.

Players:

Jerry Andersen
Larry Andersen
Elgie Armour
Bob Bachman
Eugene Budde
Larry Carney
Ronald Clark
Bob Eck
Don Frei
Don Haack
Bob Hann
Lowell Hayman
Duane Hueneke
Howard Jelinek
Bud John
Bob Knickrahm
Charles LaMoore
Al Lyons
Lyle Martin
R.L. Massey
Wally McMullen
Bob Murray
Bill Noble
Bob Poppert
Bob Reynolds
Jed Ryan
Virgil Sawicki
Max Scheel
Mervin Schroeder
Richard Simpson
Dale Toft
Duane Treadway
Neale Wells
Basketball Coach Aubrey Givens
Football Coach Jerry Lee

1998 – Basketball: Seward, 1948 and 1949

Seward High School basketball, coached by Tom McLaughlin, made a name for itself in the era of 50 years ago, making it to the state championship game three consecutive years in 1947, 1948 and 1949. Only a handful of schools after the time when districts determined state tournament teams could boast of three-in-a-row trips to the state finals.

The Hall of Fame chose to bestow its Golden Anniversary Award, planned for an outstanding team in the school 50 years ago, on Seward’s championship teams of 1948 and 1949, both of them.

The late Roland Rivers made all the all-state teams during the 1947-49 era and was the leading Class B scorer in the state two years in a row when Seward won its state championships.

The 1948 team posted a 20-2 record and came to Lincoln for a state tournament sweep with wins over Cozad (41-33), Crete (41-33) and Ord in the finals (52-42). The 1949 team collected a prized regular season victory over Class A’s highly-regarded Hastings and its star Chuck Stickels (who is in the Hall of Fame), and the Bluejays finished off a 21-1 season with another successful trip to the state tournament–beating Loup City (51-38), Gothenburg (51-44) and Omaha Holy Name in the finals (33-29).

Rosters:

Dick Briggs 49
Ted Dierberger 48(s)
Don Hagemoser 48(s)-49(s)
Jim Hayes 48-49
Don Imig 48-49(s)
Dick Miller 48
Cleon Nagel 48
Roland Rivers 48(s)-49(s)
Don Rolfsmeier 48(s)-49(s)
Jack Rousselle 48-49
Bernard Scheer 49(s)
Bruce Schroeder 48
Eldon Schuknecht 49
Don Strunc 48(s)
Norman Walla 49
Dick Welsh 49
Ken Wergin 48-49
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Coach Tom McLaughlin
Assistant–Cecil Walker

1999 – Basketball: Lincoln Northeast, 1949-50

The 1949-50 Lincoln Northeast basketball team, a veteran team that had won the Class A state championship the previous year, played a good one on their new coach.

In Ed Johnson’s first game, they lost. Scottsbluff beat ‘em. At Northeast, no less.

Apparently, no one pushed the panic button. The team did not lose another game that year. And Ed Johnson hung around and became a legend in Nebraska high school basketball coaching (inducted into this Hall of Fame in 1994).

Scottsbluff figured twice in the 1949-50 school year. It was Northeast’s state tourney finals opponent and the Rockets this time had all the answers, culminating their 19-1season with a 36-31victory.

Northeast averaged 49.6 points per game. Opponents could score only 30.4 per game. Jack Wood and Paul Fredstrom won all-state honors.

Guard Bill Bowmaster notes that 13 of the 14 players on this team, and the 1949 team, also played football at NE. And Northeast finished second in The World-Herald’s final football ratings to Omaha Tech, the football team honored by the Hall of Fame as a Golden Anniversary Team in 1999.

Lincoln Northeast Basketball:

1950 – 19-1
Junior Amend F
Gerald Bingham F
Bill Bowmaster G
Paul Fredstrom C
Jim Gekas F
Ed Glass F
Harvey Groth C
Richard Grell G
Leon Lehr F
Duane Rankin G
LeRoy Seng G
George Stephens F
Jack Wood G
Coach: Ed Johnson
Manager: Jack Childress

1999 – Football: Omaha Tech, 1949

The 1949-50 Omaha Tech school annual staff tried its best to review the football season and make it sound interesting. “It would be virtually impossible to pick out the one outstanding game of the season,” editors concluded. “Every one was thrill-packed.”

Well. To put it a few other ways, every game also was a romp… a flat-out walkaway… a good thumping… a very long night for the opposition. Victories all for the Tech High squad anywhere from 13 points to 46. Coach Ken Kennedy’s team had six shutouts and gave up only two touchdowns in an 8-0 season that was aptly rewarded at the end with the state championship.

This team was behind just once all season long, briefly in the Benson game when Benson scored the first touchdown. Tech won the Missouri Valley championship, the Intercity Conference championship as well as the state title.

“The impressive way the Maroons marched through an undefeated campaign is all happy history for Tech rooters,” wrote The World-Herald’s Don Lee. “They’ll have a right to crow about the Blitz of “49 for as long as they wish.”

Ray Novak, Ralph Brown, Mike Cottrell, Jerry Lawson, Leonard Singer and George Sader all made all-conference, which gives us an idea on how dominating this team was in a strong conference. Brown, Singer and Novak were all-state. Novak was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a pioneer athlete on the same day this team was honored as a golden anniversary team.

Tech High in 1949

Game by Game — 8-0
Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln, 28-0
Omaha North, 13-0
Omaha South, 46-0
Omaha Benson, 34-6
Omaha Central 28-0
Omaha Creighton Prep, 38-0
Lincoln High, 33-7
Sioux City Central, 33-0

Roster:

Eddie Anderson
Dick Artison
Dick Boonstra
Art Erickson
Alfred Brown
Ralph Brown
Clayton Bullard
Bob Caffarelli
Bliss Carlson
Dick Case
Al Cattano
Mike Cottrell
Dick Crounse
Leon Farris
Wallace Gray
Milton Hearn
Jack Howell
Ray Kennedy
Jerry Lawson
Don Madison
James McGary
Don Mosiman
Ray Novak
Bill Olderog
Jack Pearson
Aaron Reed E
Roger Rosenquist
Lou Rusin
George Sader
Leonard Singer
Jack Spina
Norman Swanson
Gene Waldecker
Coach Ken Kennedy