2019

GREAT MOMENTS- 2019

Basketball-  “He Can’t Miss”

Lincoln Northeast 1964

  • The year was 1964, and Lincoln Northeast traveled to South Sioux City in snowy, blizzard conditions.  The Rockets’ bus even went off the road in route.  Little did the state know that night, a senior from LNE would break a Class A State Record that still exists going on 50+ years.  Ed Johnson’s team found itself in a dogfight with the home team Cardinals, but a Senior guard, Jerry Motz, put on an offensive exhibition that propelled them to a 90-75 weir.  Motz started the game 0-4 from the field, but hit his next 23 shots of the game and was 11 for 16 from the foul line, setting the Class A record.  This is still a record at Lincoln Northeast.  The next week against Lincoln High, he made his first 9 field goals, netting 32 consecutive shots.

Boys Basketball

 

The year was 1964, and Lincoln Northeast traveled to South Sioux City in snowy, blizzard conditions.  The Rockets’ bus even went off the road in route.  Little did the state know that night, a senior from LNE would break a Class A State Record that still exists going on 50+ years.  Ed Johnson’s team found itself in a dogfight with the home team Cardinals, but a Senior guard, Jerry Motz, put on an offensive exhibition that propelled them to a 90-75 weir.  Motz started the game 0-4 from the field, but hit his next 23 shots of the game and was 11 for 16 from the foul line, setting the Class A record.  This is still a record at Lincoln Northeast.  The next week against Lincoln High, he made his first 9 field goals, netting 32 consecutive shots.

2019- Alex France- Millard North

 

Alex was diagnosed in his teenage years with Retinitis Pigmentosa, which causes vision impairment.  He participated in Cross Country and Track all 4 years of his High School career at Millard North.  During his freshman year it became a slight issue and in 2017 his vision became notably worse which caused him to run off course and not be able to avoid obstacles on the 3.1 mile course.  It became evident he would need assistance to continue running safely.  The Nebraska School Activities Association was contacted and they granted permission for Alex to have a guide runner, Tim Grundameyer became that individual.  Alex is currently a sophomore at Midland University, and Tim continues to run with him.  Alex was a National Qualifier last May in the Marathon held in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

2019- Tim and Dianne Turman Family

 

Tim and Dianne Turman’s home in Wahoo stands at the crossroads of Coach and Athlete.  Tim got the ball rolling, first at Alliance St. Agnes, then at Chadron State College where he virtually broke all the school’s passing records.  Dianne’s highlight came when she ran on Bridgeport’s record setting 880 yard relay team.  Tim’s Hall of Fame coaching career followed, as did two sons and four daughters.  Sons Matt and Seth were four year, multi-sport lettermen at Neumann.  Matt went on to play for the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Seth was the quarterback for the Omaha Mavericks, before embarking on their own coaching careers.  Daughters Sara (Vedral), Stephanie (Jarrett), Krissy and Jessica (Schutt) were also multi-sport letter winners and have added to the coaching legacy through youth and community sports.  The next generation has shown little sign of deviating from the path.  Oldest grandson, Noah Vedral, kept the legacy going, earning Super State football honors, All State basketball honors and winning a State All Class Gold medal in the hurdles.  After a detour to Central Floridia, he is in line for the quarterback spot in Nebraska.  Younger brother, Eli was an All State athlete as well.  With 16 grandchildren, more Turman family athletes are rising through the ranks.

Jennifer (Warner) Ramsey- St. Paul

 

Athlete- 2019  (1993)

It didn’t take Jeffifer (Warner) Ramsey long to catch the eyes of the state’s basketball fans.  The fabulous freshmen led Greeley to an unbeaten Class D-1 State Championship.  She moved to St. Paul before her junior yer, bringing her winning ways with her, taking the unbeaten Wildcats to a Class B State Title as a senior.  Her high school teams compiled a 91-3 record as she scored 1,583 points and dished out more than 700 assists.  She enjoyed similar success on th volleyball court where she earned All-Conference honors all four years and All-State awards for three years, Greeley qualified for the State Tournament both years, and St.Paul lost hard-fought district finals.  She played basketball at Iowa State for two years before transferring to the University of Nebraska at Kearney where she twice was named the Conference Player of the Year, leading the Loper to the NCAA Division National Tournament.