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.
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.
Athlete. An all-around athlete who stood out in football, basketball and track through high school and college, Hokuf was called “The greatest all-around Cornhusker of them all,” by Omaha World-Herald sports editor Frederick Ware. In high school, Hokuf was a two-time all-state selection in basketball and as an end in football. He also won the 1928 high school state pentathlon. At the University of Nebraska, he earned nine letters He was All-Big Six in football in 1929, 1930 and 1932 and was All-Big Six in basketball in 1931 and 1933. He earned All-American honors in 1933. He was the Big Six javelin champion in 1933. He played three years of professional baseball for the Boston Redskins and tried his hand at minor league baseball. He was an assistant football coach at Wyoming, Columbia and Pittsburgh universities before becoming head coach at Lafayette College and Baltimore Junior College. He has been inducted into the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame, the Nebraska Basketball Hall of Fame and the Maryland Football Hall of Fame. Deceased.
Cedric Hunter dribbled through one of the greatest eras of basketball in Nebraska High School history. The Omaha South guard who lettered in all four years, averaged more than 23 points per game as a junior and then scored 27.3 points per game as a senior and was selected the captain of the Omaha World-Herald’s All-Nebraska squad. He went on to play at Kansas, starting eight games as a freshman and 107 in his four-year career. He finished with 1,022 points for the Jayhawks and set the school’s single-season record for assists. He went on to play for the Charlotte Hornets for three years before a long career in the CBA/WBL where he set career records for assists and steals.
Athlete. This 1982 graduate of Omaha Benson High School ranks near the top of any all-time list of great Nebraska high school basketball players. He led the Benson Bunnies to the state tournament twice, to a state runner-up his senior year. He amassed over 1,200 high school points, understandable in view of his accuracy. Averaged 23.9 in 1982 in his senior year, a figure helped by 64.5 field goal shooting accuracy. Surpassed 1200 points in his career. Top game: 42 points. Member of first Nebraska all-star team that competed in Las Vegas during the summer. All-state twice. Had a strong career at the University of Nebraska (all Big-Eight). His career record at NU was an incredible 2,167 points. An unfortunate injury limited and shortened a professional basketball career.
Contributor. The long-time coordinator of physical education and athletics for the Omaha Public School system from 1979-1998, Duane Haith made it possible for the Nebraska School Activities Association to have track, baseball, softball, tennis and soccer state championship events in Omaha, including serving as co-meet director of the combined boy-girl state track meet for 25 years and the softball tournament for 10 years. He also has been an administrator/advisor to the State Special Olympics and Junior Olympics programs. He joined the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame board of directors in 1995 and served as board president from 1996 to 2000. Honors have come from the Omaha Sportscasters Association, Nebraska Athletic Directors, Coaches Association and Nebraska School Activities Association. Plattsmouth High School graduate. College degrees: Peru State, University of Nebraska.
Hartington Cedar Catholic
Russ Hochstein turned an all-around athletic career at Hartington Cedar Catholic into a football career that culminated in three Super Bowl Rings. A BlueChip Illustrated football All-American as a senior, Hochstein was a 12-time letterman at Cedar Catholic, earning all-state honors for three years in football and basketball and broke the schools 23-year -old shot put record in track. He came close to logging more that 100 tackles three years running and averaged a double-double on the basketball court (15 points, 10 rebounds) as a senior. An all-class, all-state offensive lineman as a senior, Hochstein signed to play for the Nebraska Cornhuskers where he was a first-team All-American and a two-time first-team All-Big 12 selection. In his 12-year NFL career, he became the second player to win a Super Bowl ring in three consecutive years.
Athlete. A 1973 graduate of Boys Town High School, this sturdy, exciting athlete set the standards for high school track & field in an era when more multiple-races were permitted by high school authorities. Barney Hill became the first back-to-back Class A cross country champion in 1971 and 1972. Perhaps his cross country exploits showed what he could do if allowed to run more than one distance race in track. In 1973, he accomplished a very rare triple victory in the state track meet: winning gold medals in the 880-yard run, the mile run and the two mile run. He won the mile title two years in a row. The times recorded for Barney Hill are still very high on the all-time lists for both the half-mile and the mile.
Athlete. Tom Haase was the pillar of success for the Aurora Huskies in the 1986-87 school year. He was named the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal Star Athlete of the Year in 1987 after successful football, basketball and track seasons. In football, he quarterbacked Aurora to the state finals, including three straight wins over undefeated opponents. In basketball, he led the Huskies to the state championship. He qualified for the state track meet in 11 events in his high school career, winning nine medals. A Kansas Relays long jump champion, he posted what was then Nebraska’s second-best long jump with a 24-foot, 6 ½-inch effort at the state meet. He played quarterback for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, earning letters in 1990 and 1991.
Athlete. In the annals of Nebraska athletic history, this 1920 graduate of Falls City High School ranks very high, for at one time during the 1920s he was America’s finest middle distance runners and one of the best in the world. Starting his track career in high school, it is interesting that he starred in shorter events, the 100-yard dash, the 220-yard dash and the quarter mile. He set records all over the place in those events. Then after high school, he pursued self-improvement on his own, especially in longer races, the middle distances. Success came quickly. He was a member of the 1924 and the 1928 US Olympic Teams and at one time held world records at 800 meters, 880 yards, 1000 yards, 1,000 meters, 1,500 meters, the three-fourths mile and the indoor mile while running for the Boston Athletic Association. He eventually returned to farming outside of Falls City, and became a good friend and coach to the great Gil Dobbs, another great runner from Falls City.