Bob Whitehouse has influenced sports in Nebraska at every level, including as a coach, administrator, and volunteer for more than 50 years. A coach, athletic director and administrator in the Omaha school system, he was inducted into the Omaha Public Schools Hall of Fame as a special contributor in 2012 and the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Hall of Fame in 2015. Selected as a Hall of Fame athlete at Bellevue High School and Kearney State College, Whitehouse has been involved in numerous organizations supporting athletic programs, including the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame where he served as President of the Board of Directors on two separate occasions.
Mark Wortman turned Elkhorn High School into a football powerhouse. After his arrival in 1980, the Antlers became a cornerstone of the state football playoff field, qualifying for 20 straight years from 1995-2014. At the time of his induction, his teams had won five Class B state championships and reached five other state championship games. The Antlers also put together a state-record streak of winning seasons. A recipient of numerous coaching awards, Wortman has compiled a 333-77 record which places him near the top in both wins and winning percentage in Nebraska history.
Lincoln Southeast (Class of 1980)
Bill Weber had an attraction for the action of state tournaments. The Lincoln Journal-Star’s Athlete of the Year in 1980, Weber played in seven state high school state tournaments and three American Legion baseball state tournaments. He earned all-state honors his junior and senior seasons in football while playing defensive end and tight end for Southeast. During his playing career, the Knights qualified for the state playoffs three times and won the state title in 1977. He also picked up all-city accolades in basketball and baseball, playing on the Knights’ state runner-up baseball team of 1979 and the state runner-up basketball teams of 1978 and 1979. At the University of Nebraska, he started at defensive end for three years, earning All-Big Eight honors in 1984. He was named to the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame in 2012.
Battle Creek (Class of 1985)
Linda Schnitzler Walker was the cornerstone of Battle Creek’s multi-sport success in the mid-1980s and ’90s. The daughter of Hall of Fame coach Bob Schnitzler, she earned all-state honors in basketball as the Bravettes won back-to-back Class C-1 state championships in 1984 and 1985 – teams that launched a streak of four straight state titles and 15 straight state tournament appearances. She was an all-conference volleyball player and a four-year state track meet qualifier, winning seven medals and capturing the gold medal in the long jump her senior year. At Wayne State, she set numerous basketball and track records while earning All-American honors in both sports. Her 2,224 points established a scoring record for Nebraska state colleges.
Athlete. The names of great Nebraska athletes who received their secondary education at Omaha Central High School is legendary, and to this list should always be included the name of Jackie Washington. She was a most versatile runner in girls high school track & field meets: A gold medal winner in the l00-yard dash; gold medal efforts on record setting 440-yard and 880-yard relay teams; three times a gold medal winner in hurdle events. Her friends, relatives, opponents, and the track experts of her era saw her greatness. Jackie Washington ran with the best of them.
Athlete. Class of 1989. Angie Wilson is the only four-time Nebraska high school state champion in girls golf, sweeping Class A titles from 1985 to 1988. She was the sixth person nationally to become a four-time state champion. Her scores in the state meets were 81, 77, 77 and 79, making her the first to break 80 three times at the state high school golf meet. She was an academic All-American at the University of Tulsa and played on the Futures Golf Tour. Lives in Phoenix, AZ.
Official. His background as a four-time letterman in football, basketball and track at DeWitt High School in Saline County from which he graduated in 1935 helped prepare him for later life where he served as a most knowledgeable official of high school sporting events in Nebraska. Cecil Walker was an outstanding official, especially in basketball, and he was often selected to work the state tournament. For many years he served as a supervisor of officials working the Nebraska state high school basketball tournaments. He also served as a football official for the Big Eight Conference. This able gentleman contributed much to the high level of good officiating enjoyed in Nebraska high school sports. First person from the officiating community selected for High School Hall of Fame induction.
Athlete. A 1992 Omaha Benson graduate, Woolridge scored a championship-game record 50 points to lead the Bunnies to the state title his senior year. He was All-Metro for three years and finished with 1,911 points, a Class A record. A four-year starter at Iowa, he led the Big 10 in scoring and assists his senior year and earned third-team All-American honors. He set the Iowa record for career assists. He played professionally in France, Italy, Turkey and Greece.
Coach. This football coach’s career began at Ponca High School in 1950, and then shifted into high gear when he became head football coach at Schuyler High School. While guiding the fortunes of the Schuyler Warriors, he helped develop a great program, resulting in the 1958 team widely recognized as the Class B state champion. His green and white gridiron Warriors began a 29-game winning streak which lasted into 1961. He was selected as a coach for the North Squad in the first Shrine Bowl. In 1959, he joined the coaching staff at the University of Omaha. In 1971 he returned to his alma mater, Midland College, and became head football coach and athletic director. His coaching record there of 116-81-2 ranked him as the winningest coach in Midland history.
Athlete. The captain of the 2000 Olympic volleyball team in Sydney, Australia, Weston was a multi-sport standout and a 1992 graduate of Papillion-LaVista High School. The 1992 Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal Star Athlete of the Year, Weston was all-state in volleyball and basketball her junior and senior seasons, and she was named the Gatorade Circle of Champions Nebraska Basketball Player of the Year. She also qualified for the state track meet and was an all-state soccer player. She played professional volleyball in Italy. She is arguably one of the best collegiate volleyball players in NCAA history. Nebraska’s first three-time, first-team AVCA All-American, Weston capped an impressive career by winning the 1995 national title and sharing Player-of-the-Year honors with Cary Wendell of Stanford. The former captain of the U.S. National Team, Weston still holds school records for kills in a four-game match (37) and career kills (1,778). She also ranks in the career top 10 in nearly every statistical category and holds three of the top-10 single-match kill performances. A two-time Academic All-American, Weston was also a two-time Big Eight Player of the Year.