Jeff Bellar- Norfolk Catholic

Coach As Nebraska’s all-time leader with 363 football coaching victories entering the 2020 season, Jeff Bellar’s 38-year coaching career includes nine state championships, five runner-up finishes and 34 playoff appearances.  Six of his teams went undefeated.  In three years at Beaver Valley at the start of his career, he led the team to the school’s […]

Damon Benning- Omaha Northwest

  Athlete- 2019  (1992) Damon Benning owned the spotlight at Omaha Northwest on the football, basketball and baseball teams, earning All-Metro and All-State honors in football and baseball.  A stellar performer on the football field, Benning switched from quarterback to running back his senior year and rushed for 1,548 yards and 21 touchdowns.  He put […]

Rik Bonness-Bellevue

Athlete Bellevue (Class of 1973) A three-sport athlete at Bellevue High School, Rik Bonness shone brightest on the football field where he played center and linebacker, earning all-state honors his senior season and earning a scholarship to play at Nebraska. For the Cornhuskers, Bonness achieved the honor of being the seventh two-time All-American playing center. […]

Richard Brown-Omaha South

Athlete Omaha South (Class of 1958) Richard Brown played a crucial role in bringing a championship atmosphere to Omaha South. A four-time state wrestling finalist and three-time champion, he led the Packers to three straight state championships in wrestling. In football, the standout halfback and cornerback helped the Packers win the mythical state championship in […]

Larry Bornschlegl-Hastings

Official An outstanding athlete at Geneva High School and the University of Nebraska, Larry Bornschlegl never got far away from the playing field, enjoying a long career as a coach, school administrator and referee. Considered one of the premier basketball referees in the 1970s and ‘80s, Bornschlegl completed a basketball officiating career that covered 20 […]

Kim (Behrends) Buckendahl- Chappell

Chappell (Class of 1997) Kim (Behrends) Buckendahl rewrote Nebraska high school volleyball’s record books. From her 42 kills in the state championship match to her 1,643 career kills, Behrends dominated small-town volleyball like no other. She led Chappell to back-to-back undefeated state championships and a 55-match winning streak. All-class all-state for two years and Class […]

Jim Barker – Scottsbluff

Coach           Jim Barker arrived at Scottsbluff in 1988 and turned the Bearcats into a cross country power – a project that has resulted in 11 boys state championships, more than any other coach in Nebraska history. In addition, the Scottsbluff boys accumulated five runner-up finishes. In his 28 years at […]

Terrance Badgett – Omaha South

  Omaha South (Class of 1991)         Terrance Badgett, a two-time all-state player, led the Packers to the Class A state championship in 1990 and averaged 24 points and 11 rebounds per game the following year while earning honors as the Gatorade Nebraska Player of the Year. A Nebraska Cornhusker recruit, he […]

Ritch Bahe – Fremont

Athlete, 1971. The 1971 Fremont graduate picked up seven varsity letters in high school, two in football, three in basketball and two in track.  Football honors included All State twice and All Conference twice, 1969 to 1970, and in 1970 was selected High School American both academic and athletic. Football found him running, catching, kicking […]

Roger Barry – Schuyler

Contributor. A Kansas native, Roger Barry has been an organizer and promoter of wrestling and girls track in Nebraska since graduating from Nebraska Wesleyan in 1959. As an assistant football coach at Neligh, he helped turn around a struggling program that went 17-1 in 1960 and 1961. He also inaugurated the school’s wrestling program, bringing […]