Dick Beechner – Lincoln High

CONTRIBUTOR

As a player, coach, organizer, promoter and guardian of history, Dick Beechner has never been far from Nebraska high school athletics. An ultra-active member of the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame Foundation Board of Directors, he has served as president and executive director of the organization that has strived to keep alive the legacy of high school athletics. The son of Hall of Fame coach, Ralph Beechner, Dick began his involvement in athletics at Lincoln High School where he played football and basketball and was a conference golf champion. He returned to the school to coach, leading the Links to the state golf titles in 1957 and 1964. College football coaching positions followed – at Hiram Scott, Nebraska, Washington State and Missouri – before he took the position of athletics director at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. At UNK, he helped coordinate state high school golf and cross country meets as well as district basketball events.  


 

Ike Mahoney – Omaha Tech

Athlete–A 1921 graduate of the Omaha High School of Commerce then situated at 17th & Leavenworth. Ike Mahoney deserves to be remembered for his athletic prowess, just as one of his high school classmates, Roman L. Hruska, is remembered for public service. Helping the boys of Omaha Commerce achieve an early Class A state championship in basketball, he was also talented elsewhere: All-state three years in basketball, once in football and a star in baseball and track. He played in four state basketball tournaments from 1918-21 and scored 141 points, the state record for 34 years. Ike Mahoney went to college at Creighton and he assisted the Bluejays efforts in both basketball and football. He was one of the earliest Nebraskans to successfully compete in professional basketball. A great early all-state caliber high school athlete who will not be forgotten.

 

 

Glenn Presnell – DeWitt

Athlete.  An all-state football player from DeWitt, Glenn went on to UN-L where he was all-conference for two years and part of the team that beat Illinois and Red Grange in 1925.  After college Glenn moved on to pro football passing up a contract with the New York Giants to play for the Ironton, Ohio Tanks because they offered him a full-time teaching and coaching job in the school system.  When the Ironton franchise folded because of the depression, he moved to the Portsmouth Spartans.  In 1931 the Spartans moved to Detroit and became the Detroit Lions.  As a quarterback Glenn made All-Pro in 1931 and 1933.  Glenn led the Lions to the NFL  championship in 1935 beating the New York Giants 26-7.  At 5-10 and 190 pounds, the former Husker was a 60-minute player rushing for 2, 067 yards, passing for 2,317 yards and scoring 217 points in his career.  He kicked a 52-yard field goal in 1932, which stood as an NFL record for 19 years.  He returned to UN-L in 1938 as an assistant coach and became head coach in 1942 for one year.  After duty with the Army he took on the job of  head football coach and athletic director at Eastern Kentucky until his retirement in 1972.  Reaching the age of 98 this year Glenn is the oldest living NFL player and the oldest living ex-Nebraska football coach.  Glenn was inducted into the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame in 1973.   Settled in Ironton, Ohio.

 

Harold Scott – Lincoln High

Coach. Harold took the head coaching job in track at Lincoln High in 1954 and held that position longer than any other coach, nearly 30 years.  He organized the Links’ first cross-country team that year, pioneering that sport’s recognition in Nebraska.  Although he assisted in other sports he is best known for his compilation of records and history of track at Lincoln High and the state in general from 1899 on.  He also served as the president of the Nebraska Coaches Association and originated the L Club newsletter.

Larry Wachholtz – North Platte

Athlete. Larry was a three-sport athlete for the North Platte Bulldogs  (Class of 1963) and earned honors in all three.  He played offensive and defensive back for two years, then switched to quarterback his senior year while continuing to play defensive back.  When the Bulldogs won the state championship in 1962, Larry was a consensus all-state selection and tapped to play in the Shrine Bowl as halfback on offense and defensive back.  His Shrine Bowl teammates elected him co-captain of the North team.  In basketball he was named all-conference his junior and senior years and was the team’s leading scorer.  North Platte made it to the state tournament his senior year and lost in the quarterfinals, but Larry was selected on the Class A all-tournament team by the Scottsbluff, Kearney, Lincoln, and Omaha papers.  The Scottsbluff Star-Herald also placed him on its Class A All-State team.  The pole vault was his event in track where he tied for fourth in the state meet as a junior and tied for first his senior year.  In the district meet his senior year he broke a 26-year-old school record.  After receiving offers from 15 colleges, Larry chose UN-L.  Those were the days when freshman couldn’t play varsity ball so it wasn’t until his sophomore year that he earned his starting position on the Big Red.  Playing at defensive safety he also did punt returns and kicked PATs and field goals.  His junior year he was selected first-team All-Big 8 and second-team All-American as a defensive back.  Larry racked up a total of 452 yards on returns, which led the Big 8 and the nation until the last game where he lost the national title by seven yards. He made 36 of 39 PATs and 3 of 5 field goals for 45 total points.   He was chosen a co-captain his senior year and again led the Big 8 in punt return yards.  He was again All-Big 8, and this time first-team All-American. He won the Tom Novak Award presented to the outstanding senior.  He finished his Husker career with 788 punt return yards, eight field goals, and 11 pass interceptions including seven in one year. In 1967 he was named by the Omaha World-Herald to its All-Time Outstanding Football Team. In 1982 he was inducted into the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame.

 

Marlin Briscoe – Omaha South

Athlete.  At 5-9, 165 pounds, he was a high school star in both basketball and football at Omaha South from which he graduated in 1963, followed by an outstanding quarterback career at Omaha University. It was not until he played quarterback in professional football in 1968 with the Denver Broncos that the wider world began to appreciate what a truly fine athlete was the man Marlin Briscoe. In his rookie season he threw for over a thousand yards and 14 touchdowns. His career in the pros lasted with several teams, serving sometimes as quarterback and sometimes as a wide receiver, for nearly a decade. He was the first Black American to start at quarterback in the pros. Marlin was named All-Pro with the Buffalo Bills and won two Super Bowl rings with the 1973-74 Miami Dolphins.

1970 AFC PASS RECEIVING LEADER

Buffalo Bills – Led the AFC and was All-Pro
Receptions – 57
Yardage – 1,036
Yards Per Catch 18.2

Accomplishments as the First Black Quarterback

In the 1968 Season with the Denver Broncos
Passing Yards By a Rookie
Season – 1968
1,589 Marlin Briscoe
Game
335 Briscoe, vs. Buffalo 11/24/68 (12-29)
Passing Attempts By a Rookie
Season – 224
Game – 29
Touchdowns
Season – 14 Touchdowns
Single Game – 4 Touchdowns, vs. Buffalo 11/24/68
Completions Season – 93
Average Gain Per Attempt
7.09 Marlin Briscoe 1968
Best Average Gain Per Completion
Career (min. 100 passes)
17.09 yards
Season (min. 50 passes)
17.09 yards
Game (min. 12 passes)
27.92 yards Briscoe, vs. Buffalo 11/24/68
Passer Rating By a Rookie
63.1 Marlin Briscoe