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Athlete. Bob Siegel stepped into the high school basketball limelight immediately upon hitting the scene, scoring at a high level at a Fairbury High School player that rarely has been matched. He scored 31 points in his first high school game as a ninth grader and managed to average over twenty points a game most of the time during a career ending in 1973. Between 1970 and 1973, the Fairbury Jeffs basketball team had a 89-9 record and won 1971 and 1973 State Class B Championships. Siegel’s high school career total was 2,337 points, still high on the all-time list. He was one of the few Nebraska high school players invited to play in a national high school all-star game, he had a successful varsity career in college wearing the scarlet and cream of the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers. Siegel finished his UNL career 7th all time in scoring and was inducted into the University basketball Hall of Fame in January of 1996.  His uniform number 51 was retired by Fairbury High School.