2019- Amherst Wrestling

From 2006-2017 Amherst High School dominated Class D wrestling.  During that 12 year period, Amherst accumulated 8 State Championships, 4 State Runner-up finishes plus winning the first 5 State Dual titles after NSAA initiated the Dual Championships in 2013.  The Broncos crowned 21 State Individual Champions during that time.  Tyler Herman was the Head Coach during this historical run except for the final 2017 season.  The 2017 season was coached by a former Amherst State Champion, Chase Klingelhoefer.

2018- Spencer-Naper Boys’ Basketball

1999-2007

Under the direction of Head Coach Jim Carlson and Assistant Coach Ron Kopecky, the Spencer-Naper Pirates compiled a record of 216 wins and 19 losses from 1999-2007.  Six of those losses were to State Champions.  At one point during this time period they had and 82-1 record, a 58 game win streak, seven straight tournament appearances and eight straight 20 win seasons.  They also won two State Championships and had three Runner-up finishes.  They also had eight players selected as All-Staters.

2019

 

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.