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.
Chappell (Class of 1997)
Kim (Behrends) Buckendahl rewrote Nebraska high school volleyball’s record books. From her 42 kills in the state championship match to her 1,643 career kills, Behrends dominated small-town volleyball like no other. She led Chappell to back-to-back undefeated state championships and a 55-match winning streak. All-class all-state for two years and Class D-1 all-state all four years, she earned Nebraska Gatorade Player of the Year honors in 1996 and was Volleyball Magazine’s runner-up for National Player of the Year. Also a basketball standout, she finished her career with 1,384 points. The Lincoln Journal-Star’s 1997 Female Athlete of the Year, Behrends went on to letter four years on the Nebraska Cornhuskers volleyball team and was one of the tri-captains on the 34-0 national championship team of 2000.
Jim Barker arrived at Scottsbluff in 1988 and turned the Bearcats into a cross country power – a project that has resulted in 11 boys state championships, more than any other coach in Nebraska history. In addition, the Scottsbluff boys accumulated five runner-up finishes. In his 28 years at the helm, the Scottsbluff boys qualified for state 26 times, finishing in the top four 22 times. Dedicated to the success and improvements of all on his team, not just the best, he also coached a number of highly successful girls cross country teams, including two state runner-up squads. He coached girls and boys track and field for nine years, including the 2012 boys team that won the Class B championship and the 2013 and 2015 boys squads that placed second. He retired as the school’s track coach in 2016, but he continues to coach cross country.
Omaha South (Class of 1991)
Terrance Badgett, a two-time all-state player, led the Packers to the Class A state championship in 1990 and averaged 24 points and 11 rebounds per game the following year while earning honors as the Gatorade Nebraska Player of the Year. A Nebraska Cornhusker recruit, he made the Big Eight All-Freshman team and, as a senior, was named to the Big Eight All-Bench team. As a Husker he played in 127 games and scored more than 200 points each season, finishing with a career total of 953. He played professionally for five seasons in the U.S. and overseas.
Athlete, Coach–One of the few who was both a fine athlete himself and also a fine coach, this gentleman played on the undefeated 1922 state championship team of Lincoln High School; being selected as an all-state quarterback. In addition, he was all-state in basketball and a member of the state track & field championship group of Links. After moving into the profession of coaching, he began the task of building Falls City High School into an important part of Class A athletics in Nebraska. Frankly, his teams put Falls City on the map. His Tigers won the 1939 State Basketball Championship in Class A. He had several unbeaten football teams at Falls City. The undefeated 1934 state championship in Class A football was a good example. Today the stadium at Falls City is named for this great coach.
Class of 1989
Scott Bream’s eight-year minor league baseball career had its moments but was limited by injuries. But nothing slowed the Millard South star in high school. He earned All-Metro honors at quarterback and all-state honors as a shortstop, and he started at point guard on Millard South’s undefeated state championship basketball team. The captain of the all-state baseball team his senior season, he hit .493 with eight home runs, 10 triples and 26 stolen bases. He had scholarship offers in football and baseball, eventually signing to play baseball for Creighton, but signed with the San Diego Padres after being selected in the second round of the baseball draft. Back surgery limited him to 32 games his first two years in the minors, but he recovered and reached the triple-A level before retiring in 1998.
Athlete. Charles attended Kramer High in Columbus from 1932 to 1935 where he was earned 12 varsity letters, four each in football, basketball and track. He was selected to the All State Football and Basketball teams two years each year. As a way of demonstrating his all around athletic ability his resume would include state championships in the shot put and discus plus top scorer on the 1933 State Championship Basketball team. After high school Charles attended UNL where he was a two sport athlete lettering three times in football and once in track. In football he was All Big Six twice at center and All American in 1937 and 1938. He was the starting center in both the East-West and College All Star games in 1939. Charles was the second round draft pick by the Green Bay Packers where he played center from 1939 to 1947. He was nominated for All-Pro three times before his selection in 1945. Leaving the Packers in 1948 Charles took the job of line coach at UNO, but the “Pack” lured him back with the same job in 1949. Charles has two previous Hall of Fame inductions, one into the Nebraska Hall of Fame in 1972 and the Green Bay Packer Hall of Fame in 1973. He served as President of the Green Bay Packer Alumni Association for four years and served as Youth Director for the Green Bay Packer Association for four years. Charles is deceased. Playing Stats Season Team(s) Games Defense Total
Points INT Yds Avg TD 1939 GB 10 — — — 1 6 1940 GB 11 3 7 2.3 0 0 1941 GB 11 0 0 0.0 0 0 1942 GB 11 6 25 4.2 0 6 1943 GB 6 4 61 15.3 0 0 1944 GB 10 1 1 1.0 0 0 1945 GB 10 4 122 30.5 2 12 1946 GB 11 0 0 0.0 0 0 1947 GB 12 2 14 7.0 0 0 Career 92 20 230 11.5 3 24 Season Team(s) Other Stats 1942 GB 1 TD/Fum Rec
A 1975 graduate of Omaha Benson, Bass was the Omaha World-Herald’s first three-time all-state football selection. He was a scoring machine on the gridiron, highlighted by a 22-touchdown junior season. Member of the 1,000-yard rushing club.
He also lettered in basketball, baseball and track, contributing to the baseball state championship won in 1974 by Benson High School.
College career at UN Omaha.
Coach–During the roaring twenties of the 20th century, no high school football coach in the country was more inspiring than this gentleman. Between the 1922 and 1929 seasons, he led the Red and Black Links of Lincoln High School to 68 victories, 3 losses and 2 ties for multiple state championships. His skills also included being an excellent basketball coach, leading Lincoln High to two state championship titles in the late 20s. As head basketball coach for the University of Nebraska he led the Cornhuskers to a tie for the championship of the Big Six Conference in 1937. During World War II he went into the service of his country. The first really modern football stadium of Lincoln High was made possible through the disciplined success of this fine coach.
As a player, coach, organizer, promoter and guardian of history, Dick Beechner has never been far from Nebraska high school athletics. An ultra-active member of the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame Foundation Board of Directors, he has served as president and executive director of the organization that has strived to keep alive the legacy of high school athletics. The son of Hall of Fame coach, Ralph Beechner, Dick began his involvement in athletics at Lincoln High School where he played football and basketball and was a conference golf champion. He returned to the school to coach, leading the Links to the state golf titles in 1957 and 1964. College football coaching positions followed – at Hiram Scott, Nebraska, Washington State and Missouri – before he took the position of athletics director at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. At UNK, he helped coordinate state high school golf and cross country meets as well as district basketball events.