1996 – Basketball: McCook Bison, 1946

In 1946, McCook High School utilized a blend of the speed from a state track championship team and the experience of a talented senior class to win the school’s first and only football state championship (written in 1996). The Bison went 9-0 and defeated Fremont, 7 to 0, in the Big 10 Conference playoff game […]

1996 – Basketball: Atkinson St. Joseph, 1946-47-48

Take away a three point loss opening the 1946-47 season to Class A Creighton Prep and Atkinson St. Joseph would have won 78 games in a row over a three-year period, a streak which nobody would have touched in Nebraska high school basketball until the 70’s. In those days, St. Joseph went looking for competition, […]

1997 – Football/Basketball: Grand Island Senior High, 1947-48

Grand Island Senior High School’s post-World War II athletic surge produced state championships in both football and basketball in the 1947-48 school year, with the junior class that year being able to boast that their teams won two football championships and two basketball championships while they were in school. The basketball titles came in 1947 […]

1998 – Basketball: Seward, 1948 and 1949

Seward High School basketball, coached by Tom McLaughlin, made a name for itself in the era of 50 years ago, making it to the state championship game three consecutive years in 1947, 1948 and 1949. Only a handful of schools after the time when districts determined state tournament teams could boast of three-in-a-row trips to […]

1999 – Basketball: Lincoln Northeast, 1949-50

The 1949-50 Lincoln Northeast basketball team, a veteran team that had won the Class A state championship the previous year, played a good one on their new coach. In Ed Johnson’s first game, they lost. Scottsbluff beat ‘em. At Northeast, no less. Apparently, no one pushed the panic button. The team did not lose another […]

1999 – Football: Omaha Tech, 1949

The 1949-50 Omaha Tech school annual staff tried its best to review the football season and make it sound interesting. “It would be virtually impossible to pick out the one outstanding game of the season,” editors concluded. “Every one was thrill-packed.” Well. To put it a few other ways, every game also was a romp… […]

2002 – Basketball: Chester, 1952-53

Class D undefeated state basketball champions, 1953: Larry Cook Allan Dueyn Don Fraley Jerry Fraley Richard Fraley Doyal Hartley Cecil Hayes Larry Houchin Gary Parsons Kenneth Ray Reuben Schleifer, Coach James Irwin, Ass’t. Coach Lavern Alloway, Student Manager