Undefeated St. Paul girls State Champions
Seven State Championships headlined a banner year for the Southeast Knights. Champions in Boys and Girls Cross Country, Football, Girls Gymnastics, Boys Swimming, Girls Basketball, and Boys Golf.
Silver Anniversary Team: Bertrand football and basketball, 1991-92. The Vikings went 13-0 in football while winning the Class C-2 state championship, then went 22-1 in basketball to complete the sweep.
Silver Anniversary Team: Lincoln Pius X girls basketball, 1991-92. The Thunderbolts went 25-0 while winning the Class B state title. The seniors graduated with a three-year record of 70-2.
What sets the Hall of Fame’s Silver Anniversary Team winner off from the others that year was how they won their state championship. They had the best won-lost record in Class A, 19-2, and they had a great state tournament, a thrilling run to the 1971 state championship in a era filled with great basketball players and teams.
East’s exciting three days began with a 76-69 win over Alliance. Next was Hastings by 84-83 and that one could have gone either way. And the 74-72 title win over Papillion came on a last-second shot by Scott Copple on an out-of-bounds play regarded one of the most thrilling windup of any boys basketball state tournament game. Ever.
1971 Lincoln East Spartans:
10 Jack Ball 5-10 Jr.
42 Tom Bothwell 6-0 So.
24 Bryce Carlson 6-0 Jr.
40 Scott Copple 6-2 Jr.
52 Reg Gast 6-2 So.
20 Steve Joekel 12 Sr.
30 Rob Ogden 6-0 Sr.
22 Kent Reckewey 6-1 Sr.
44 Rick Samuelson 6-3 So.
14 Chris Siefkes 5-11 Jr.
32 Gene Smith 6-0 Jr.
34 Kurt Stacey 6-0 So.
Student Manager-Joe Bryant
Head Coach-Paul Forch
Assistants-Ken Rippe, Rudy Stoehr, Ed McPherren
Do you know how many teams not from Omaha or Lincoln have won the state’s big school basketball championship in the last 40 high school seasons (written in 1996)?
Three: Fremont in 1961, Columbus in 1972 and Norfolk in 1987. And Silver Anniversary team winner, the ’72 Columbus bunch, won its title at the Nebraska Coliseum with a 71-67 conquest of defending champion Lincoln East.
Coach Jack Johnson’s team, a regular basketball contender in this era, flashed its talent and balance by almost making a rout of the championship game, getting a 20-point lead into the fourth quarter. Then, typical of what happens in the state tournament, they had to dig down and show some grit to survive a rally by East to pluck the championship.
The Discoverers won 19 of 23 games, were Class A’s high scoring team that year and a well deserving state champion.
Roster from the 1972 State Tournament Program:
Coach: Jack Johnson
Assistants: Dennis Van Fossen
Scorer: Don Holscher
Student Manager: Bruce Friedrichsen
Student Manager: Neil Dankert
Greg Hansmire, Student Manager
Ken Milius, Student Manager
Charlie Moore, Head Coach
Don Mahlman, Assistant Coach
The team ended the ’73 season with a record of 25-2 and a Class B State Championship. Fairbury’s two losses came at the hands of fellow Central Conference member Crete, 66-76 and 78-88. Fairbury avenged these losses with a 72-60 District win. The Jeffs had state tournament wins over Albion 74-52, Lincoln Pius X 52-47, and Sidney 60-54.
The school had one of the greatest years for any school of its size, winning two state championships and two state runner-up trophies plus having highly competitive teams in practically every sport they tried.
Alas, the Silver Anniversary award eventually focused on the two state champions, football and boys track and field, and the Hall of Fame proudly adds this group to the list of annual winners.
The football team had a 10-0 record in 1973, averaging wins by the score of 40-7, in the days prior to the football playoffs when the football championships were determined by newspaper ratings. The schools had back-to-back unbeaten teams under Coach Noel Martin and the 1973 team pushed its winning streak to 25, which was the best in the state at the time.
Back Ted Harvey won all-state honors and the Southwest Conference rewarded this powerhouse with nine spots on its all-conference team: Harvey, Mark Bappe, Jeff Richardson, Craig Ferguson, Tom Robinson, Mike Adams, Greg Bacon, Fred Knapple and Pat Hodges.
The track team shattered all opposition in its undefeated season, winning its school’s first boys track and field state championship, by doubling the score on the Class B state meet field.
At the 1974 state meet, Lexington won five events, two gold medals and state record performances from Bryan Steadman (6-6) and Pat Hodges (1:55 half-mile). School records also were set by Ted Harvey (100, 220), Hodges (440), Steadman (triple jump, long jump), by Harvey-Hodges-Fred Knapple-Brent Matz in the 440 relay and Steadman-Matz-Harvey-Hodges in the mile relay.
|1973-74 Lexington Players:
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The Eagles, who’ve played good basketball year in and year out, qualified for state a lot. But 62 years went past before another state title trophy found its way to Central’s hallways.
Credit in this Silver Anniversary award goes to a determined group of athletes, several of whom played in grade school and junior high together and stayed together in high school.
The 1974 team ended the title drought, finishing a 22-3 year by defeating Lincoln East in the Class A championship game, 57-49. Before anyone hardly had time to figure 62 years down the road to see when Central might win again, the 1975 team posted a 24-1 record and made it two in a row with a state title win over Omaha Creighton Prep, the only team to beat the Eagles that year.
Consecutive state championships….. 66 wins and just four losses in two seasons….The widest margin of victory in the Metro Conference (20.6, 1974-75), a record which still stands…..All-state honors for John C. Johnson and Clayton Bullard, coach of the year honors for Coach Jim Martin.
Johnson was a high scorer both years. Sylvester Pierce averaged in double figures both years. Bullard’s game advanced in his senior year to the point where he was ready for a career at Colorado in college. Michael Ashford was the 1974 scoring leader. Charles Lewis also was a double figure scorer in 1974. Many of the players on the two teams saw action most every game.
One additional spot where they “own” a piece of high school history: Their 1975 championship game was the last game played in the Nebraska Coliseum. The Devaney Center opened for the 1976 tournament.
Omaha Central Basketball:
1974 – 22-3
1975 – 24-1
Michael Ashford, 1974
Thommie Allen 1974
Albert Briggs 1975
Kevin Buckner 1974
Clayton Bullard 1974-1975
Greg Bullard 1974
James Dorsey 1974
John C. Johnson 1974-1975
Phil Jefferson 1975
James M. Kriss 1974
Charles Lewis 1974
Henry A. Moore 1975
Rodney Oliver 1975
Sylvester Pierce-Tally 1974-1975
Mitchell Pinkard 1975
Raymond Williams 1974-1975
Lawrence V. Wilson 1975
Steve Watson 1975
Was it the record, 10 wins and no losses? Was it the defense; five shutouts to open the season? Was it how easy they won; about a 30-margin or more in all but one game?
Might it have been the way this Class C team took on unbeaten Class B Wayne in the season finale (Husker Conference playoff game) and, although challenged, stepped through a 13-6 victory?
Historian Jerry Mathers, in his 1978 high school sports book, looked upon this bunch, coached by Dick Tingelhoff, as one of Class C’s best football teams…. ever.
They were big enough and bad enough, with all-state tackle John Havekost and linebacker Tim Dahl the leaders of an aggressive defense that permitted just four touchdowns all season long and that includes when the reserves were having their go.
Points scored: 391. Points allowed: 25. Shutouts: 7. All the while playing a strong schedule. ‘Nuff said. Great team. They had a great time.
Elmer Armstrong G
Kevin Rosenkotter, manager
Principal: Harry Swanda
Game By Game