Scott Frost-Wood River

Athlete- 2019  (1993)

From the shot put to hurdles, whether on the basketball court or football field, Scott Frost could do it all. A Parade All-American quarterback, Frost set state records with more than 11,000 yards and 67 touchdown passes in his career. He also had 79 rushing touchdowns and six returns for touchdowns. On the basketball court, he scored more than 1,000 points. In track, he threw the shot put 61 feet and ran the high hurdles in 14.5 seconds, winning State Meet gold medals in both events. Frost’s college football career started at Stanford, but ended with his final two years leading Nebaska to a 24-2 record and a National Championship. He went on to play defensive back for seven years in the NFL before embarking on a successful collegiate coaching career that included National Coach of the Year Honors, before returning in 2018 to coach the Nebraska Cornhusker Football Team.

Jenny Green-Grand Island Central Catholic

 

Athlete-2019  (2003)

Nebraska’s first 13-foot pole vaulter, Jenny Green dominated the event throughout her high school years, winning the All-Class gold medal all four years.  As a senior, the scored all of third-place Grand Island Central Catholic’s points at the state meet, finishing first in the pole vault, long jump and 300-meter low hurdles and finishing first in the 100-meter dash.  She also was a two-time All-state selection in volleyball, leading the Crusaders to a runner-up finish her senior year, and she qualified for the State Swim meet as a diver.  But the pole vault was Green’s bread and butter.  Nationally, she won the Nike Indoor Classic and the USA Track and Field Junior Championships.  She represented the U.S. at the Junior World Championships in Grossetto, Italy.  As a Freshman at Nebraska, she rewrote the record book while finishing third at the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships.  She won four Big 12 vaulting championships and graduated with the Huskers’ indoor record and second-best outdoor mark falling just short of 14 feet.

 

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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.

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Fred Bessler – Chase County

Coach.  Fred Bessler had a career football coaching record of 248-81-1 and got his start in Brule. From there, Bessler went to Madrid where he was the head coach of their 9-0 eight-man team that was ranked No. 1. He then moved on to Cozad where he was an assistant coach for the state champion team in 1969. From 1975 to 2002, Bessler coached at Imperial. As the head football coach for 31 years, his teams won 206 games and two Class C-1 runner-up trophies. He was a head coach in the West Nebraska All-Star Football Game twice and an assistant once. In 1983 he was an assistant coach in the Shrine Bowl, and in 1995 he was a head coach. He was also the head track coach at Imperial, where his teams won 26 consecutive conference championships. He also coached basketball.

 

 

From Imperial Republican, 2005

Coach Fred Bessler, in his final season as Longhorn head football coach, meets with his team after their August, 2001, win over Cozad, giving Bessler his 200th win in Imperial. (Republican file photo) By Jan Schultz, The Imperial Republican     Fred Bessler will join an elite group of Nebraskans later this year when he is inducted into the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame Foundation.

He will join 12 of Nebraska’s greatest all-time athletes, four other coaches, a longtime official and a contributor who make up the 2005 Hall of Fame Class.

They will be honored during an induction ceremony Sept. 25 at the Lied Center in Lincoln.

According to Buck Mahoney of the Foundation, Bessler is the first to gain the honor from Imperial in the 11 years of the Foundation’s existence. The 2005 class brings the total number to 239 honorees.

“It’s humbling,” Bessler said of his selection to the Hall of Fame.

“The fact that you are associated with longtime successful coaches across the state of Nebraska, it’s very humbling. It’s much appreciated,” he said.

Bessler retired from teaching and coaching in 2002, after 27 years in the school system and 37 years overall as a coach.

However, he remains a regular substitute teacher at CCHS and doesn’t miss very many Longhorn athletic events.

He coached football at Brule, Madrid, Cozad and Chase County, compiling a 248-81-1 career record, with 206 wins in Imperial and a pair of Class C-1 state runner-up finishes.

At the time of his retirement from football, his career coaching record was among the top five in Nebraska.

A highlight at Madrid in 1967 was his football team’s 9-0 record and a No. 1 state ranking. That was before Nebraska had football state playoffs.

Bessler was an assistant Shrine Bowl football coach in 1983, then was head coach for the Shrine all-star game in 1995.

His success in coaching track will also be highlighted when he is introduced at the induction ceremony later this year.

Most notably, he coached the Longhorn boys’ team to 26 consecutive SPVA conference championships while at CCHS.

He also spent a combined 16 years coaching boys’ basketball at all four high schools in Brule, Madrid, Cozad and Imperial. He spent six years as an assistant Longhorn coach from 1975-81.

A coach for 27 years at Chase County High School, Bessler has many, many good memories in all the sports he coached.

However, he pinpointed a few from his years as a football and track coach here.

One of his fondest memories in football was the 1989 team, he said. The team had a 2-5 record late in the season, but went all the way to the state football semi-finals that year, winning four straight games and finishing with a 6-6 record.

“That was probably most rewarding,” Bessler reminisced, “because they went so far and overachieved.”

Several state track performances are among the good memories for Bessler, as well.

Bessler coached the state championship 3200 meter team of Gary Snyder, Morgan Kunnemann, Denny Draper and Chris Bubak, who won an unexpected gold medal in 1983.

He also coached the state track second place 3200 meter relay team in 1997, comprised of Chris Skeen, Sam McNair, Steve Barger and Mitchell Vires, who still hold the school record in that event.

The other was Andy Bauman’s second-place state pole vault effort in 1983 at 14’6″.

While he wasn’t the individual jumpers’ event coach, Bessler said Ed Kaiser’s 6′ 9″ high jump in 2002 at the state track meet, another gold medal performance, is high on his list of good memories, too.

Those three still remain on the CCHS track record board.

But, at the top of the list for track are the 26 consecutive conference championships. That is hard to match anywhere in the state. “That was due to the high participation of athletes that we had. It was always satisfying to have 40 to 50 out for track,” he said.

That was true with football, as well.

During the Longhorns’ two football games in the state finals in 1997 and 1998, the CCHS team had an average of 70 players on the roster both years.  Bessler made certain they all suited up for the games and all received state medals those years, even though the NSAA only provided 38 medals to each team.

As Bessler nears the end of his third year in retirement, he said he does miss a lot of what comes with teaching and coaching. “I really miss the day-to-day association with the kids, and obviously, the games” and meets, he said.

He said he was “blessed” with great assistant coaches in all of his years in coaching, and those associations, too, go beyond the court and field.  He said he’d be remiss if he didn’t acknowledge the support from his family, as well, especially his wife, Sandy, and the community support all of those years at CCHS.

Gene Kruger – Elkhorn

Coach.  After serving three years in the United States Marine Corps, Gene attended Midland College receiving his B.S. in 1946. His first teaching and coaching job was at his hometown of Arlington, heading up all sports. He made the move to Elkhorn in 1949 where he hired on as assistant coach in all sports and taught math. The next year he was moved up to head basketball and track coach. He got the head football job in 1951. To all this, he added the responsibilities of athletic director until 1955 when he left teaching for private business. The lure of the classroom brought him back to education in 1960 when he returned to Elkhorn as a coach of all sports, athletic director, and math teacher. Over the next 15 years he gradually eased out of coaching one sport at a time but remained as AD until 1980. His track teams garnered several district championships with two winning the state runner-up trophy. He was selected as North All-Star basketball coach in 1970.