Don Boll – Scribner

HOFAthlete. Big Don Boll was to the All Big Seven Conference football team when playing for the Nebraska Cornhuskers during the 1950s as an outstanding lineman, traveling quite a long road to reach that athletic perfection. While a high school student at Scribner High in Dodge County, his school had no football program, so Don Boll played head and shoulders above the opposition in basketball, baseball and track. After enlisting in the US Marine Corps toward the close of World War II in 1945, he was encouraged to play football for the Quantico Marine Team and that’s where his start came in that sport. Upon leaving the service he enrolled at the University of Nebraska where he lettered three years as a great guard on the gridiron. In 1953 he was selected as Rookie of the Year while playing for the professional football Washington Redskins.

SCRIBNER — Don E. Boll, 74, of Scribner died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2001, at St. Francis Memorial Hospital in West Point.
He was born July 16, 1927, in Scribner. He attended country school near Scribner and graduated from Scribner High School in 1945. Upon graduation from high school, he enlisted and served in the U.S. Marine Corps from June 6, 1945, until his discharge July 5, 1949, at the rank of sergeant. He was recruited out of the Marine Corps to play football at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and graduated from there in 1952 with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture. He lettered on the Cornhusker football team all four years of college and was named to the All Big Seven Team. He married Priscilla Fowler Dec. 30, 1952, in Grand Island. He played football for the Washington Redskins from 1952-59 and then played one year for the New York Giants in 1960. He was a member of the United Church of Christ in Scribner, Scribner American Legion Post 121, NFL Players Association, the Tri C’s at church and was active at the Milligan Over 60 Center. He was honored by the Scribner Chamber of Commerce in 1974 with the Native Son Award. He was inducted into the University of Nebraska Football Hall of Fame in 1992 and also was inducted into the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2000.

Jerry Lee – Grand Island

Coach. During the 1940s and 1950s, the subject of high school football in Nebraska could not be discussed without a tip of the hat to the great Grand Island High School Coach Jerry Lee. A career of 25 years included a record of 101-23-5. The number of undefeated teams he coached at Grand Island was outstanding: 1947, 1948, 1953 and 1958. State championships with these fine teams included a span once of 28 consecutive games without a loss. He was selected as the North All-Star head coach in the first Shrine Bowl Game of 1959. In addition to his success on the gridiron, he was also a knowledgeable track coach. Wins alone do not tell the whole story. A former player of his stated, “His coaching went beyond the playing field. Because of his expertise, I was able to accomplish more than I had ever dreamed.”

 

Harold ‘Mac’ Maciejewski – Wayne

Coach. In 31 years at Wayne, hardly an athlete could have made it through without mentoring from Harold Maciejewski. Known as a coach who developed adults more so than athletes, “Coach Mac” coached football from 1953-61, basketball from 1953-67, golf from 1953-1985, track from 1953-1962 and boys cross country from 1962-1985. His teams compiled a 76-44-7 record in football and a 245-81 record in basketball. The basketball team won seven consecutive district championships and went on to win the state title in 1956. The boys golf team sent him into retirement in style, winning the state title in 1985. He also coached at his native Loup City and Manila, Ark.

 

Randy Rasmussen – Elba

Athlete. This 1963 graduate of Elba High School in Howard County certainly proved what all great coaches know: if you have the talent, your origins, whether small town or large city, simply do not matter. Randy Rasmussen began playing eight-man football in high school along with other sports. At Kearney State College, he quickly matured as an athlete and was eventually drafted by the New York Jets professional football team. Randy Rasmussen played for fifteen years in the pros as a lineman. His great effort of blocking for quarterback Joe Namath in the 1969 Super Bowl Game helped achieve an unexpected victory for the underdog Jets that year. Whether playing for the Elba High Bluejays, the Kearney State Antelopes or the New York Jets, this athlete could play and stay with the very best.

“Football is football whether it is played with, six, eight or 11 men. One thing I do believe,” he said in 1983, “No young man should ever be denied the right to play, no matter where he lives, small or large town. And no matter how it is played, it comes down to blocking and tackling. Without them, it isn’t football.”

Donna Spickelmier Vallin – Hayes Center

inducteeAthlete. (1985)

A mirror image of her sister, Debbie, the Spickelmier twins dominated Class D throughout their high school careers that included two state track championships, a state basketball championship and two state track and one volleyball runner-up finish. Donna won 16 medals at the state track meet, including an all-class gold medal in the 1,6000-meter run. She put her name on Nebraska’s all-time top 10 charts in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200. On the volleyball court, she led the Cardinals to three state tournaments and earned all-state honors as a junior and a senior. She was second-team all-state helping Hayes Center to the Class D-2 state basketball championship her senior year. At Kearney State College, she earned eight All-American honors and won NAIA national championships in the mile, the 1,500 and the 3,000.

Roger Barry – Schuyler

2009

Contributor. A Kansas native, Roger Barry has been an organizer and promoter of wrestling and girls track in Nebraska since graduating from Nebraska Wesleyan in 1959. As an assistant football coach at Neligh, he helped turn around a struggling program that went 17-1 in 1960 and 1961. He also inaugurated the school’s wrestling program, bringing home the state runner-up trophy in the program’s third year. He started a girls track club that competed on the AAU level. After moving to Schuyler in 1963, he repeated his efforts, launching the high school wrestling team, a youth wrestling program and a girls track club. When track became a sanctioned high school sport, he served as Schuyler’s first girls track coach from 1971 to 1998. After coaching, he continued to be active in organizing the Nebraska Scholastic Wrestling Coaches Association and the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame. The director and organizer of the NSWCA wrestling ratings and a charter member of the NSWCA Hall of Fame, Barry produces the audio-visual productions used at the NSWCA and NHSSHOF induction ceremonies.