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OFFICIAL INDUCTEE NOMINATION FORM
Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame
500 Charleston St., Suite 3
Lincoln, NE 68508-1119

CIRCLE THE APPROPRIATE CATEGORY FOR NOMINATION:

Inductee:  AthleteCoachOfficialContributor

NOTE: Nominations must be submitted by October 1st in order to be considered for the next year’s class.

BaseballBasketballCross CountryFootballGolfGymnasticsSoccerSoftballSwimmingTrack & FieldTennisVolleyballWrestling

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND OF NOMINEE

School Name(s), City, State, Years at School, Graduation Year

College, Years at School, Degree, Graduation Year

PERSON SUBMITTING NOMINATION FORM:

(Forms submitted anonymously will not be considered.)

ACHIEVEMENTS, CONTRIBUTIONS, HONORS

On the following page or an attached sheet, please make your points in support of thenomination.List objective, statistical records, such as won-lost records, titles, points scored, career facts, and highlights. Include details, such as year (9,10,11,12) when the nominee was a State Champion or named as an All-State Player (Please indicate the Newspaper/s and/or other media that named the All-State Team). List the year and the achievements from high school through post-high school. You are to focus on the nominee’s contributions that have had the most significant impact on high school sportsIn the case of non-athletes/coaches, list contributions as a writer, speaker, or innovator, or list other achievements that support this person’s candidacy.

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Complete all required information in either hard copy form or submit electronically. If possible, trytogather your nominee’s information without contacting thatperson.
  2. Include letters of recommendation, limited to one typewritten page.
  3. If possible, submit a current black and white or color photo of the nominee.
  4. If applicable, submit black and white or color photos of nominee during the period of time he/she was involved in the category.
  5. If you wish, attach a limited number of newspaper clippings,magazine articles,or other supporting materials.

The nomination form, letters,and photos willbe retained by the Nebraska High School Sports Hallof Fame Foundation and remain in the Hall of Fame’s active file.

GENERAL CRITERIA

The nominee must have:

  1. been involved in an athletic activity in a Nebraska High School category for which he or she is nominated;
  2. demonstrated outstanding abilities and contributions in the category for which he or she is nominated;
  3. demonstrated high moral character, outstanding citizenship and ideals.
The following definitions and criteria shall apply to the four inductee nominating categories. There are no quotas for any category.

  1. Athlete/High School Achievement

    Any high school athlete who participated in Nebraska high school athletics and whose primary achievements in the field of athletics occurred during such high school participation. Any such person may not be considered until 15 years after high school participation.

    Athlete/Post High School Contribution

    Any high school athlete who participated in Nebraska high school
    athletics and whose primary contribution to athletics occurred after
    his/her high school participation. Any such person may not be
    considereduntil 15 years after high school participation.

  2. Coach

    A coach who must have been a Nebraska School District employee who
    has coached a sanctioned sport for at least 20 years. A coach would be
    eligible for Hall of Fame induction if he he/she has retired from
    coachingor has reached the age of 60.

  3. Official

    An official who has been registered with the Nebraska School Activities
    Association for a minimum of 20 years.

  4. Contributor

    Those persons who have made contributions to high school athletics in
    some capacity other than the above-mentioned categories. This category
    would include sportswriters, broadcasters, tournament officials,
    community leaders, athletics administrators, or any individual who has
    made a significant contribution to high school sports in Nebraska.

OFFICIAL HONOREE NOMINATION FORM
Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame
500 Charleston St., Suite 3
Lincoln, NE 68508-1119

CIRCLE THE APPROPRIATE CATEGORY FOR YOUR NOMINATION:

Honoree:Fischer Family AwardGustafson Inspiration AwardGreat Moments in SportsSilver Anniversary TeamDominant DynastiesGolden Anniversary Team

PERSON SUBMITTING NOMINATION FORM:

(Forms submitted anonymously will not be considered.)

ACHIEVEMENTS, CONTRIBUTIONS, HONORS

On the following page or a separate attached sheet, make your points in support of yournomination. Please include pertinent information with as much detail as possible related to the chosen category.

Bob Cerv – Weston

Athlete.  A big-time talent from a small town in Saunders County, he graduated from Weston High School in 1942. Star of his basketball team (Class C state runner-up, 1941), he was named all-state in both 1941 and 1942. Following service in World War II, he did well in two sports at the University of Nebraska. He played on the last NU basketball team to win  their conference championship, both 1949 and 1950. At the same time. Bob Cerv, matured as a baseball player under the guidance of Coach Tony Sharpe, becoming an All-American college slugger. This versatile athlete played a dozen years in the major leagues, with his best year as a home run hitter in 1958, hitting 38 that season while with the Kansas City Athletics.

He had a lifetime batting average of .276 with 105 home runs. His best year produced 38 home runs at Kansas City. Was understudy to Mickey Mantle while playing for the Yankees and roomed with Mantle and Roger Maris.

His major league stats can be found here: http://www.thebaseballpage.com/players/stats/cervbo01

 

Jim Mather – Arapahoe

Athlete. The premier Nebraska high school long jumper of the 1930s, Jim Mather was a 1936 graduate of Arapahoe High School in Furnas County. He was years ahead of others in this track & field event and capped his career in 1936 at the state track meet by jumping 23 feet, 4 inches, a record which lasted in Class C until the 1970s. He was also the winning Class C 220 yard sprint champion at the ‘36 state meet. A four-year varsity man at Arapahoe High in both football and track, he was a Peru State College star in both track and football.

Another point in history: James Mather held the long jump record for all classes between 1936 and 1961 when a great leap by Gale Sayers (24-10) took away that honor.

ARAPAHOE — James D. “Jim” Mather, 85, of Arapahoe died Sunday, Oct. 12, 2003, at his home. He graduated from Arapahoe Public Schools in 1936 and attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln from 1936 to 1937 and Peru State College from 1939 to 1941.

Vern Plambeck – Kearney

OfficialIt is enough said, perhaps, that Vern Plambeck has officiated high school sports since 1954. That’s six decades, and it would have been continuous except for a 1957 Army tour of duty. In the whistle-blowing fraternity, he developed into one of the best — calling seven state basketball tournaments, including the 1973 Class A boys championship game; officiating 33 football playoff games since 1976, including the first overtime game played in Nebraska (Nov. 12, 1976, Wheatland 38, Hampton 32, Class D championship game). He worked the Coaches Association All-Star Basketball and Shrine Bowl All-Star Football games. He has served the NSAA as a basketball observer starting in 1990, and did the proofreading in 1999 of the National Federation of State High School Association football rulebook and other publications. Hastings High School graduate. College degrees: Hastings College, University of Nebraska. Lives in Kearney, retired professor of English.

Theresa Stelling Gosnell – Auburn

Athlete. Theresa Stelling Gosnell, who started her high school career at Wakefield and finished at Auburn, won four all-class gold medals in the 1,600-meter run and three in the 3,200. She had career-best times of 5 minutes, 0.6 seconds in the 1,600 and 10:44.0 in the 3,200. She set the Class C state track meet record in the 1,600 and the Class B state track meet record in the 3,200. In 1989 she was the Class B state cross country champion.

Stelling went on to compete for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in cross country and track, lettering in cross country from 1990 to 1993 and earning Academic All-Big Eight and Academic All-American honors.

She was a four-year letterwinner in track where turned in some of the school’s all-time best performances in several events. Stelling was a four-time NCAA Division I All-American, placing as high as fifth at the national outdoor meet in the 5,000 meters. Stelling was named the 1994 UNL Woman Athlete of the Year