Track & Field: “Robert Rands, Bellevue East, and The Jump that beat THE Jump”:
Just as we’ve touted Gale Sayers’ 1961 long jump record leap of 24-10 1/2 as a great moment in high school athletics, we are just as eager for the athlete who broke that record to be elevated to similar status. The honor goes to Robert Rands, a 2005 Bellevue East graduate, for his 25-feet, 1/4-inch jump in March, 2005, to break the NFL star’s 44-year-old record, and for his 24-11 1/4 that replaced the Sayers’ state meet record.
Girls Basketball: “West point Central Catholic Girls Basketball” Can it get any better than this: Megan Neuvirth, Jackie Knievel and Angie Ridder played four years of basketball at West Point CC and never lost a game. This amazing run of success from 2001-2006 produced a state record 111-game winning streak and four Class C-2 basketball state championships for the coach Jerry Stracke’s team. The Bluejays went 26-0 in 2002, 26-0 in 2003, 25-0 in 2004 and 25-0 in 2005. The streak ended on Jan. 12, 2006 at Bancroft (45-44) Many of the same girls who brought this basketball success also played on State championship volleyball teams in 2001-04.
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