Ted Butler-Lincoln Southeast

Athlete The consensus athlete of the year as a senior, Ted Butler wreaked havoc on the football field and the wrestling mat, and he carried a big stick on the baseball diamond. A two-time state champion heavyweight wrestler, he compiled a 111-19 record, losing only one match after his sophomore year.Playing center and defensive line, […]

Andy Birkel-Lincoln Southeast

Athlete Andy Birkel swept the all-class gold medals in the 100, 200 and 400 meter dashes at the state track meet to complete an undefeated senior season and one of the most outstanding years in state high school history. The consensus Athlete of the Year, Birkel earned all-state honors at wide receiver on the Knights’ […]

Nicole Brungardt-Norfolk Catholic

Athlete From the second she entered high school, Nicole Brungardt established a standard of greatness. Starting every volleyball and basketball game for four years, and accumulating seven gold medals at the state track meet, she earned Athlete of the Year honors as a senior. On the volleyball court she set the Norfolk Catholic record for […]

Chris Bober- Omaha South

Athlete Chris Bober- Omaha South A “late bloomer” who went on to a successful football career at UNO and the NFL, Chris Bober lettered in football and baseball while playing for Omaha South. At UNO, he started 46 consecutive games in the offensive line and was a two-time Division II All-American. An outstanding blocker and […]

Bruce Benedict- Millard

Athlete Bruce Benedict-Millard A 12-year catcher with the Atlanta Braves who twice was selected for the All-Star Game, Bruce Benedict was a two-year starter at Millard High in football, basketball and baseball and starred at UNO in baseball. At Millard, the starting quarterback and defensive back led a relatively new Class A school to back-to-back […]

Elizabeth Bahensky- Kearney

Athlete Elizabeth (Bahensky) Schott                                                                                      Kearney High (1996) Elizabeth capped her high school golf career by winning every meet her senior year and leading Kearney High to its third State Championship in her career.  She also won the Class A State Championship as a junior.  In amateur tournaments, she won the Nebraska Girls’ Match Play Championship […]

Dani Busboom- Freeman

Athlete Dani (Busboom) Kelly                                                                                                       […]

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. […]