Cross Country

Jeralyn Poe

Lincoln North Star

Jeralyn is the second runner in Nebraska history to win four all-class gold medals at the State Cross Country meet.  She set the state 5000-meter cross country record (18.09) and was named the Nebraska Gatorade Runner of the Year in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.  She attends Michigan State, majoring in Earth Science/Meterology. She is a member of the Spartan cross country and track and field teams.


Great Moments, Wrestling:

  • 2004: “No. 1 Every Year”:
    Four-time wrestling champions Chris Oliver, 125-0 from Omaha Creighton Prep, and Jason Katusin, 139-5 from Springfield Platteview.
  • 2003: “Kingpins.”:
    Four-time state wrestling champions Dirk Desmond of Hebron (136-3), Kasey Kohl of Omaha Skutt (139-1) and Jake Rucker of Louisville (140-5. with 104 pins).
  • 2002: “Unbeaten, Untied Career”:
    Brett Allgood, Bennington, completed his high school career in 2002 without a single loss. and a record in his four years in NSAA sponsored competition with 140 wins, which placed him in that select group of only ten young men in the history of the sport to gain this elite status of being a four-time State Champion. He was also undefeated in club level competition during those same years. Brett was awarded the Guy Mytty Outstanding Senior Wrestler Award in Class C by the Nebraska Scholastic Wrestling Coaches Association plus being named to their All Star team for the year 2002.
  • 2002: “Champion Every Year”:
    Todd Menelly, Omaha Skutt Catholic, joined that very elite group of four-time high school state wrestling champions. His high school record was 135 wins and only one loss, which was to Brett Allgood, another four time champ crowned in 2002. Todd received the Guy Mytty award for the outstanding Class A wrestler by the Nebraska Scholastic Wrestling Coaches Association and was also selected for their all-star team.
  • 2000: “Shades of Dan Gable”:
    The 2000 state wrestling tournament wrapped up a phenomenal high school career for Brad Metzler of Omaha Westside High School. He became the first Nebraska high school wrestler to complete four consecutive seasons undefeated. This also placed him in that elite group of four-time state champions.
  • 1998: “Pin Master”:
    A career of record-setting wrestling wins by pin by David Miller of Kearney during 1995-98. His state records: Most pins season (36), career (120), state tournament (13), consecutive (41). He also holds the Class A record for most career victories (141).
  • 1995: “Wrestling History”:
    Cousins Don and Ken Nordhues of Greeley both won fourth individual state championships in 1995.


Great Moments, Volleyball:

  • 2005: “Volleyball Aces”:
    The Columbus Scotus volleyball team’s state record winning streak reached 115 matches before a loss in the 2004 state championship match to Lincoln Lutheran. The Shamrocks’ last loss was in the 2000 state final when they lost to Central City. After that, the Shamrocks went 29-0 for three straight years and were 28-0 entering the match with Lincoln Lutheran.

Track & Field

Great Moments, Track & Field:

  • 2014: “To Close to Call”:

    Darren & Damon Schmadeke of Albion High School

    The Schmadeke twins finished in a 1-2 photo finish (Darren at 22.65 and Damon at 22.66 seconds) in the Class C 200 meter dash at the 1991 Track State Championships.  Their efforts were a part of the Class C state title secured by the team.

  • 2006: “Robert Rands, Bellevue East, and The Jump that beat THE Jump”:
    Just as we’ve touted Gale Sayers’ 1961 long jump record leap of 24-10 1/2 as a great moment in high school athletics, we are just as eager for the athlete who broke that record to be elevated to similar status. The honor goes to Robert Rands, a 2005 Bellevue East graduate, for his 25-feet, 1/4-inch jump in March, 2005, to break the NFL star’s 44-year-old record, and for his 24-11 1/4 that replaced the Sayers’ state meet record.
  • 2004: “Lift Off”:
    Grand Island Central Catholic pole vaulters Gable Baldwin and Jenny Green setting state records (16-4, 13-3, respectively) at the Central Nebraska Track Championships and state meet records (16-0, 13-0) in 2003.
  • 2002: “A Track & Field Machine”:
    Tony Little, the one-man track team from Mullen, won the 220, long jump, and triple jump and came in second in the 100-yard dash to score all of Mullen’s 38 points in the 1977 State meet to win the Class D state championship single-handedly for his school. Runner-up Cambridge followed by four points.
  • 2001: “Achievement of the Century”:
    Gale Sayers’ 24-10 1/2 long jump in 1961 state track meet, coming on his last jump in a duel with Lincoln High’s Bobby Williams, continues to rank as one of this state’s best achievements in high school sports. Now 40 years later, it hasn’t been seriously challenged for the state record.
  • 1999: “A Century of Gold”:
    The state track meet, which recently passed its 100th year, is the longest standing high school championship event. The state track meet has produced great entertainment in those 100 years and the Hall of Fame chooses to honor the event for its 100 plus “Great Moments” by saluting those who directed this great meet. In the last 40 years of the century: Charlie Foster, Burton (Bud) Feaster, Willa Scudder, Merle Bauer, Tom Hallstrom, Rex Jones and Duane Haith.
  • 1999: “Barrier Breakers”:
    The pole vault is one high school event which has a measuring stick to specifically identify when an athlete “takes it to the next level.” A Great Moment came when the following athletes were the first over the vaulting bar at the even-foot levels.

    12 Feet – John (Choppy) Rhodes, Ansley, 12-0, 1922.
    13 – Merlin (Beanie) Lawrence, Alliance, 13-3/4, 1958
    14 – Randy Reeves, Omaha Benson, 14-0, 1965.
    15 – Bill Lauer, North Platte, 15-1¼, 1971.
    16 – Bump Novacek, Gothenburg, 16-0, 1985.

    11 – Jaime Volkmer, Kearney Catholic, 11-8, 1999.

  • 1998: “Awesome 800”:
    State record run of 1:51.7 by Ryan Barrows, York, in the 800 Meters at 1997 State Track and Field Championship Meet, beating a 20-year-old record many believed would be good for another 20 years.
  • 1997: “Miracle Mile”:
    1947 State Track Meet, Class A mile run between Marvin Zimmerman, Nebraska City, and Bill Mountford, Red Cloud, a meeting of talented athletes that captured the attention of track and field that season and remains even after 50 years one of the great high school head-to-head competition of all time of any sport. Mountford’s winning time was, of course, a state record 4:26.2. 1997. After 58 years, they meet again.
  • 1995: “Fast 100”:
    Hastings College Invitational’s 100-yard dash in 1961 produced five runners all at 10 seconds or faster, led by Bob Williams of Lincoln High at :09.5. Kent McCloughan of Broken Bow, Steve Regan of Hastings, Tom Millsap of Grand Island, Doug McArthur of Hastings and Allan Wingert of Arapahoe followed.

Swimming & Diving

Great Moments, Swimming & Diving:

  • 2015: “Jacob Molacek”:

    Jacobs record-setting performance in the 2014 Nebraska State High School Swimming and Diving Championships included his becoming the fastest swimmer in Nebraska Boys High School Swimming history in every event except two.  He became the first boy in US. high school swimming history to break 53 seconds in the 100 yd. breast stroke, and being both a two individual event state champion and a two relay event state champion, resulted in his achieving four gold medals while setting six state records and one national record.

  • 2011: “Record After Record”:

    Shannon Guy, Millard West

    Shannon’s final state swim meet performance was one for the record books, not because she won the same event four

    years in a row (a great feat in itself), but because she lowered the state record in the 100-yard butterfly each year. Her times: freshman 56.20, sophomore 56.15, junior 55.71 and senior 55.05.

    Coach Tracy Stauffer’s research indicates this has never been done previously in swimming.


Great Moments, Football:

  • 2012: “Not Once a Foe Inside the 10 Yard Line”:
    Grand Island’s 1936 mythical state champs were never out-downed, out-yarded and their ten-yard line was never crossed. They outscored their opponents 128-0, out-yarded them 2,313-728 and out-downed them 114-34.
  • 2011: “Prep-Central 50 Years Later”:
    In October, 1960, the two best football teams in the state met at Rosenblatt Stadium and played to a 0-0 tie before an estimated record Rosenblatt crowd of 14,000. Central had the great Gale Sayers. Prep had an star-studded defense. Coaches were legends—Don Leahy of Creighton Prep and Frank Smagacz of Central. They were both 4-0 and never lost after their epic draw. There were no overtime in the rules in 1960. In 2010, was decided to honor the 1960 teams when they met.  They went to Rosenblatt Stadium again (for the last competition at Rosenblatt), had reserved sections for the 1960 teams, drew more than 10,000 and, as Prep Coach Tom Jaworski said, “Tonight was our overtime from 50 years ago.” Prep won in 2010, 30-25.Pictured are 1960 players who attended the 2010 game.

  • 2010: “Kicking Spree”:
    Greeat Moment
  • Jacob Ramsay, Lincoln Pius X, enjoyed a magic night of place-kicking in 2009.  In a 26-7 win over Ralston, Ramsay was 4 for 4 on field goals of 32,50,50 and 22 yards. He also as 2 for 2 on extra points.
  • 2004: “On the Run”:
    Fillmore Central’s Michael Brower, the first 11-man football player in Nebraska to rush for 1,000 or more yards in each of his four seasons. His season totals in order were 1,063 yards, 1,321, 2,342 and 2,374 in 2003 and 6,099 yards in his career.
  • 2001: “Action Packed Final 2 Seconds”:
    In a 1960 high school football game, Broken Bow and Hall of Famer Kent McCloughan lead Valentine by 21-18 with two seconds go. Jim Murphy of Valentine intercepted a Broken Bow pass in the end zone and the clock ran out while he was running 102 yards for a game-winning touchdown. Final score: Valentine 24, Broken Bow 21.
  • 2000: “Unbeaten, Untied, and Unscored Upon”:
    Class B Ravenna’s 1968 team completed the season not only undefeated but allowed no opponent to cross their goal line or score a point. Gibbon came the closest, coming within six yards but the threat ended with Gary Reiter’s pass interception. The Blue Jays netted a total season output of 275 points to their opponents nil. Add to this a third consecutive conference championship and things were to be right with the world in Blue Jay land. Dick Roberts was the head coach.2000Roster:

    Dana Christensen
    Terry Ripp
    Kerwin Stover
    Don Ondrak
    Henry Heider
    Mike Gillming
    Doug Roth
    Steve Haught
    Larry Heathers
    Barry Solomon
    Mike Rager
    Ron Schroll
    Kenny Bock
    Dave Johnson
    Dean Psota
    Kerwin Stover
    Steve Shrader
    Henry Heider
    Don Hervert
    Don Blaschko
    Gregg Hanna
    Don Lammers
    Cordell Bullis
    Greg Ondrak
    Don Kusek
    Dan Rogers
    Dave Johnson
    Kim Stover
    Gary Reiter
    Gary Zeller
    Alan Schmaljohn
    Ben Rager
    Rick Fox
    Terry Miller
    Mike McKeon
    Ron Young
    Doug Roth
    Larry Heathers
    Mike Rager
    Kenny Bock
    Dean Psota
    Steve Shrader
    Don Hervert
  • 2000 – Football/Basketball: “Historic Double”:
    In 1975, the first year of the NSAA-determined football championships, Nelson High School won the Class D 11-man football title and followed it with the basketball championship in March, thus becoming the first official winner of state championships in the two sports in the same year. Gary DeBoer was the football coach, Tom Murray the basketball coach.Team Members:

    Dan Buresh
    Randy Garvin
    Terry Jensen
    Craig Jones
    Dan Judy
    Marlin Meyer
    Mark Collins
    Tom Garvin
    Vic Jacobitz
    Leon Michels
    Mike Wilford
    Dave Wroughton
    Paul Grueber
    Dennis Holsteen
    Calvin Meyer
    Larry Miller
    Randy Porter
    Greg Bohling
    Ivan Culbertson
    Jeff Harris
    Brent Jensen
    Todd Jensen
    John Mazour
    Allen McClure
    Steve Melvin
    Jon Meyers
    Tom Schleif
    Marty Sunday
    Randi Thomberry
    Roger Biltoft
    Steve Gerbers
    Curt Jensen
    Rick Mazour
    Byron Myer
    Lorrell Peterson
    Doug Porter
    Nick Biltoft
    John Ensign
    Scott Farver
    Dan Mazour
    Brian Soulek
  • 1999: “End of an Era”:
    Six-man football, the salvations for years for the sport in small schools, was invented in Nebraska in 1934, spread across the country in rural America and flourished for most of the rest of the 20th century, until school consolidations provided schools with larger enrollments and less need for the six-man game. The Hall of Fame inducted its inventor, Stephen Epler of Chester in 1995, and chooses today to honor the sport once more by saluting the two teams playing last November in the final six-man state championship sponsored by the Nebraska School Activities Association–Milligan and Benedict. Milligan won game at Memorial Stadium by the score of 35 to 28. The teams are honored equally here today for making their contribution to high school sports history.Team rosters:

    Eric Allen
    Nate Wittgren
    Josh Larkin
    Adam Watson
    Stuart Nickel
    Jacob Schall
    Justin Schoch
    Brian Burhoop
    Nate Doremus
    Gregg Heiden
    Gertjan DeVries
    Andy Bowman
    James O’Rourke
    Reggie Wittgren
    Joe Friesen
    Nick Lott
    Ryan Doremus
    Coach Mark Rotter
    Assistant Coach Phil Burhoop
    Matt Filipi
    Corey Koca
    Arich Uldrich
    Tyler Bartels
    Brent Kassik
    Dustin Filipi
    Jeff Havel
    Jon Halama
    Tim Uldrich
    Jon Vavra-Fong
    Jeff Graham
    Lance Lock
    Corey Vavra
    Dan Hadherny
    Jason Pribyl
    Mike Uldrich
    Coach Dean Filipi
    Assistant Coach Craig Rafert
  • 1998: “End Zone Blitz”:
    John Cook, Beatrice, for 98 points scored in 1912 in one high school football game. His team won by 128-0.
  • 1997: “Running Wild”:
    Cory Eikmeier of Dodge, competing in eight-man football, established state records for one season rushing, of 2,965 yards, career rushing of 8,330 yards; one season touchdowns of 68 and career touchdowns of156. His career covered four seasons, 1994 to 1997. His Friday night gains covered almost five miles.
  • 1996: “Gridiron Rampage”:
    Falls City Sacred Heart’s 87-game football winning streak challenged for the national record.
  • 1995: “Football Fun”:
    To the Nebraska School Activities Association, for initiating the football playoffs.