After two years as an assistant boys basketball coach at Elm Creek, Randy Carpenter started the girls basketball program at Lexington in 1974, creating an after-school program that would feed his varsity. The early success of his teams helped steer Nebraska into the modern era of girls basketball. Throughout his career, the passionate and colorful Carpenter earned a reputation for producing teams that played solid player-to-player defense and were well-prepared. In a coaching tenure that lasted 37 years, he led the Minutemaids to state championships in 1978 and 1987, two runner-up trophies in 1977 and 1991, 13 district championships and 12 Southwest Conference titles. He retired in 2011 with a 492-276 record. His last team set a school record with 23 victories.
Phil Cahoy, Sr.
Much of Nebraskas gymnastics glory was forged in the sweat and energy of Cahoys Gymnastics Training Center in Omaha. For more than 50 years, as owner, mentor and coach, Phil Cahoy, Sr. provided the foundation for an unprecedented number of prep and Junior Olympic gymnasts, including Olympians Jim Hartung and Phil Cahoy, Jr. The honor roll of alumni includes three NCAA All-Around champions and several NCAA individual event champions and All-Americans. Cahoy, an assistant coach at the University of Nebraska, also has coached U.S. National teams at competitions in Germany, South Africa, Japan, Australia, Switzerland, and Hungary.
Athlete. A big-time talent from a small town in Saunders County, he graduated from Weston High School in 1942. Star of his basketball team (Class C state runner-up, 1941), he was named all-state in both 1941 and 1942. Following service in World War II, he did well in two sports at the University of Nebraska. He played on the last NU basketball team to win their conference championship, both 1949 and 1950. At the same time. Bob Cerv, matured as a baseball player under the guidance of Coach Tony Sharpe, becoming an All-American college slugger. This versatile athlete played a dozen years in the major leagues, with his best year as a home run hitter in 1958, hitting 38 that season while with the Kansas City Athletics.
He had a lifetime batting average of .276 with 105 home runs. His best year produced 38 home runs at Kansas City. Was understudy to Mickey Mantle while playing for the Yankees and roomed with Mantle and Roger Maris.
His major league stats can be found here: http://www.thebaseballpage.com/players/stats/cervbo01
Athlete. Mike Cielocha put up impressive numbers on the track, winning or sharing five all-class gold medals, while winning nine Class B gold medals and leading Columbus Scotus to the Class B team titles his junior and senior years. As a sophomore in 1977, Cielocha won the Class B 220- and 440-yard dashes with times of 23.6 and 48.9 seconds, respectively. He also placed second in the 100 and was on the runner-up 880-yard relay team. As a junior, he won the 220 (21.9) and 440 (49.8) and ran on the winning 880-yard relay team (1:32.3), while again finishing second in the 100. During his senior year, Cielocha won the 100 (10.2) , 220 (22.2) and 440 (48.7) and ran a leg on the winning 880-yard relay. He was three-year starter in football, making the Class B all-state team in 1978. He also played basketball and was the captain of the track team at the University of Nebraska.
Athlete. Wahoo High School Class of 1898. As a high school star, Crawford led Wahoo to two state football championships in 1896 and 1897 and was also noted for foot racing wherever he played. Crawford showed a prodigiousness for baseball at an early age and he left his home at 17 to play in the minor leagues, taking his hometown with him as a nickname, “Wahoo Sam” Crawford.
Crawford was considered by baseball experts to be the the premier power-hitter of his day and still holds baseball’s career record for triples with 312. In fact, he led the American League in triples 5 times. Sam played in the outfield with Hall of Fame legend Ty Cobb. He played with the Detroit Tigers for 15 of his 19 big league years during which Detroit won the pennant 3 years in a row. Sam became the first player in the modern era to win home run titles in both the NL and the AL. Named to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1957. Died in 1968 in California.
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Coach. A graduate of North Loup High School, Ken Cook began coaching in 1959 at Trumbull, went to Douglas and landed in Adams for a career spanning six decades, most of which was spent at Adams then Freeman High School. In coaching football, he has a 260-94-3 career record that includes three state championships, four runners-up; 12 undefeated regular seasons, 12 state playoff teams and 14 conference championships. In basketball, he coached five girls state championships, three state runners-up and 16 state tournament appearances while posting a record of 550-123. When combined with his years of coaching boys basketball, he has a 656-210 record, amassing the most victories by any basketball coach in state of Nebraska. In track, he coached two state runners-up (88-89), four district championships and four district runners-up teams. He is a High school Coach of the Year winner, an inductee into the University of Nebraska at Kearney Athletic Hall of Fame, an all-star game head coach and twice a national coach of the year finalist. He helped form Eight-Man Football Association and started eight-man football all-state game. High School: North Loup. College: Kearney State.
Coach. Conrad “Cornie” Collin coached basketball at South High for 30 years. He won 400 games. He won basketball state championships in 1937, 1944 and 1960. He also was a football, track and baseball coach. His 1960 basketball team was 21-0 and the only unbeaten Class A team for a 29-year period. At one time he was the only public-school coach in Nebraska to have state-championship teams in football, basketball and baseball.
At Huron SD, he played sports and led the high school to two state basketball titles, was all-state four years in basketball and two years in football and also excelled in track and baseball.
Captained both the basketball and football teams at Creighton. In 1933, he was an All-America selection in basketball after leading the Missouri Valley Conference in scoring. In football, the halfback was all-conference twice and he was an outstanding punter as well. Played for the Chicago Bears in the first college all-star football game in 1934 (though he never played an NFL game). He also spent one year in the Detroit Tigers’ baseball organization. He officiated in the Big 8 and Big 10 for a dozen years in football and basketball.
Coach. Coleman’s McCook golf teams won seven Class B state championships and two runner-up trophies from 1990 to 2004. He also was an assistant football and assistant basketball coach, playing a part in two state championship football teams, two state runner-up football teams and a state runner-up basketball. He started coaching at Barneston where he was head football and head basketball coach for two years. He was the co-head basketball coach at McCook in 2004. He was a standout athlete at Aquinas.
Coach–Where Nebraska highway 91 meets the Cedar River in northeastern Greeley County is the home country of the Spalding Academy High School. One who dedicated his life for nearly a half century to the improvement of athletics here was Coach Ed Colleran, between 1933 and 1980. Doing double duty as both boys basketball and football coach, he doubled as a mailman-coach for several years and became a teacher when the state rules changed to require the head coaches to be on the staff. His football teams had a 169-84-8 record. This important member of the community compiled an enviable lifetime list of 648 wins in basketball and 169 victories in football. During the late 1960s, the green & white-clad Shamrocks of Spalding Academy were high on list of successful boys basketball teams in the state tournament, reaching the semifinals in Class D in 1967.
Coach. Carlson started the volleyball and track programs at North Platte, guiding the Bulldogs to the inaugural Class A state track championship in 1971. But it was in volleyball where she made her mark, compiling a 476-252 record from 1970-2003. Her teams won state championships in 1979 and 1980 and was runner-up in 1975. North Platte qualified for the state volleyball tournament 15 times and won 14 conference championships. She also coached tennis for 17 years.