Alex Gordon-Lincoln southeast

Athlete

Lincoln Southeast (Class of 2002)

Before winning multiple Gold Glove Awards and being a World Series hero, Alex Gordon was Nebraska’s Prep Athlete of the Year as a senior at Lincoln Southeast. An all-state and record-setting receiver and defensive back on the football field, he rose to stardom on the baseball diamond where he was all-state for three years, hitting .483 with 25 home runs and 112 RBIs. Furthering his career at the University of Nebraska, he led the Cornhuskers to their first College World Series game victory and was the consensus Player of the Year in 2005. The second pick in the Major League Draft, he was named the Minor League Player of the Year in 2006 and started in left field for the Kansas City Royals’ 2015 World Series championship team.

Erin (Gudmundson) Haussermann-Kearney Catholic

Kearney Catholic (Class of 2002)
A three-sport star at Kearney Catholic, Haussermann earned all-state honors in volleyball and basketball, and qualified for the state track meet in seven different events. On the volleyball court, she set school records for kills in a match and in a season. On the basketball court, she scored 1,275 points and led the Stars to the state finals. On the track, she won three state meet gold medals, including the all-class gold medal in the high jump. In college, Haussermann was a three-year volleyball All-American at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and was named the NCAA Division II Player of the Year in 2005, leading the Lopers to the national finals.

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.

Bob Green – Omaha Creighton Prep

Bob Green

Omaha Creighton Prep

Athlete

Bob Green never lost a high school tennis match, posting a 67-0 record in three years at Creighton Prep, losing only three sets throughout his prep career.  As a sophomore, he defeated the previous years finalists to claim his first of three state championships at No. 1 singles.  The class valedictorian, Green went on to excel at Boston University where his tennis success paved the way for his induction into the Terriers Hall of Fame.  He was the teams MVP for three years and the schools first-ever qualifier for the NCAA Tournament.  He went on to a six-year career in professional tennis, where he was the ATP Rookie of the Year and rose to the No. 37 ranking  in the world in 1984 after losing in the U.S. Open quarterfinals to No. 1 ranked and eventual champion John McEnroe.

Buford “Boo” Grosscup – Lincoln

Official. Imagine an game official with the nickname of “Boo”.  So it’s gone on for years for Buford (Boo) Grosscup of Lincoln, who officiated football and basketball for 37 years from 1947-1983.  In football, he worked 444 games, which included five state championship games, numerous playoff games and the Shrine Bowl.  He assisted the Nebraska School Activities Association for 12 years giving rules meetings across the state as well as evaluating and instructing football crews.  In basketball, he worked an average of 50 games per year.  He assisted the NSAA for 18 years in this sport giving rules meetings as well as supervising state tournament officials.  “Boo” officiated the state basketball tournament for 15 consecutive years from 1958 to 1972 and was one of a very few officials to officiate state tournaments in three different decades — the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s.  He was chosen by the state of Kansas to officiate their boys and girls all-star games. He even made it into films when he was selected as an official in the 1972 National Federation of High Schools football rules film that was produced in Longmont, Colo.  As president of the Eastern Nebraska Officials Association. in 1960, he led a program to assist young officials by convincing the Lincoln Public Schools and surrounding schools to allow him to assign referees for all contests below the varsity level.  Many officials starting in this program are still working today.  He still counsels officials and fields calls on rules interpretations.  He officiated almost 3,000 contests in his career.

BY RYLY JANE HAMBLETON / Lincoln Journal Star

Zebra. Blue.

Those are the nice things Buford Grosscup was called. Some things aren’t printable.

Grosscup officiated football and basketball and ran a baseball program. In 37 years, he officiated 444 football games, worked 1,850 basketball games. From 1954-67, he administered the Lincoln youth baseball program.

“My God, everyone owes kids something,” said Grosscup. “You do this because you love sports and kids.”

Grosscup is one of 22 people who will be inducted into the Nebraska Sports Hall of Fame this year.

Grosscup said other than a few rules changes, most of the differences in sports now compared to when he first started are off the field of play.

“On the court hasn’t changed much. There’s a rotten apple now and then in the stands,” he said. “And that’s more when a parent is involved as the kid’s alter-ego. You can write about sportsmanship, but it all depends on kids getting the proper direction and basic direction from their parents.”

Those changes are societal.

“There used to be three places kids learned behavior — from their parents, from institutions like churches and schools and on the street corner,” he said. “Families turned to institutions and now it’s gone to the third source.”

A teacher at Lincoln High, he was a friend and peer of Scott, who was a standout in athletics in every area — as an athlete, a coach and a contributor.

“I’ve gone back and looked at Links letters (Scott published the Lincoln High newsletter for 45 years, beginning in 1957). There was a lot of love there,” said Grosscup. “Harold didn’t need walls in his office because he had filing cabinets that served as walls. Everywhere I ever traveled around the country, people always asked about Harold because they knew him through the newsletters.”

Grosscup said that now that he is retired from officiating, his wife, Jane, often has to explain to fans when they show up at games.

“She always says, `My husband is just here to observe.’ I can’t stay away from sports just because I’m not officiating any more.”

 

Sandi Genrich – Lincoln Northeast

Coach. 

The 1985 Lincoln Journal-Star and 1999 Omaha World-Herald girls coach of the year retired after the 2003 season as the state career leader with 672 volleyball victories. She started her coaching career at Lincoln Pius X in 1972, then moved to Lincoln Northeast, her alma mater, in 1976. Her teams made 21 state tournament appearances, won state titles in 1981, 1984, 1991 and 1998 and were runners-up five times.  The Nebraska Coaches Association honored her as volleyball coach of the year in 1991 and in 2000 for outstanding contribution to volleyball in the state.

Ken Geddes – Boys Town

Athlete. 1965 grad

Ken Geddes was a member of the 1965 all-class and Class A all-state football teams. The 6-foot-2, 198-pound end also ran the third leg on Boys Town’s mile relay team that won the Class A and all-class gold medal at the state track meet. He started for the Boys Town basketball team that won the 1966 Class A basketball title and went on to play college football for the University of Nebraska from 1967 to 1970. He earned All-Big Eight honors as a linebacker in 1968 and as middle guard in 1969. He played in the Senior Bowl in 1969 and then in the Coaches All-American Game in 1970. The Detroit Lions selected Geddes in the seventh round of the 1970 NFL draft. He played eight years in the NFL for the Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks.

Al Gaston – Grant and Ogallala

 Coach.  Al Gaston coached football and track for 30 years. He spent 20 years at Grant High School prior to finishing out his coaching career at Ogallala in 1995. He also coached at Farwell, Stockville and Haigler. His career football coaching record was 163-75-1. He was 129-23-1 at Grant, winning five state championships and nine conference championships. He was Grant’s track coach for eight years and an assistant for 22. Grant won state track championships in 1975 and 1976 and district championships in 1974, 1975, 1976 and 1980. Gaston was a Shrine Bowl head coach in 1978 and an assistant in 1976, and he was a head coach in the West Nebraska All-Star Football Game in 1980. In 1981 he was named the Omaha World-Herald Coach of the Year. In 1993 Gaston was honored by the NSAA for Outstanding Service for Football.

Johnny Goodman – Omaha South

Athlete. 1927 high school grad. He is the last amateur to win the U.S. Open, claiming that championship in 1933. He also won the U.S. Amateur in 1937 and was runner-up in two other amateur tournaments. In high school, he was the captain of the 1926 Omaha South golf team. He won the Omaha City Championship in 1927 and won the Nebraska Amateur championship from 1929-31. In 1929, he defeated Bobby Jones in the U.S. Amateur at Pebble Beach.     Deceased.

Bobby Ginn – Madison

Athlete. 1939 graduate.

The depression and the need for young men to help on the farm limited Bobby Ginn’s high school career. He didn’t compete until his junior year, then won back-to-back gold medals in the 880-yard dash at the state track meet. In 1938, he won the Class A race, then in 1939 he won the all-class gold medal while running in Class B. He was the first Nebraska high school athlete to break the two-minute mark in the 880. His state record time of 1:59.3 stood for 17 years. While running for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, he won the 1942 mile run at the NCAA Championships run in Lincoln. He was a four-year letterman in 1941, 1942, 1947. He was the Big Six outdoor mile run champion four times and indoor mile champion three times. He also won the 880 outdoors in 1942 and indoors in 1947. He earned All-American honors in 1941 and 1942. Deceased.