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 […]

Charles Brock – Columbus

Athlete. Charles attended Kramer High in Columbus from 1932 to 1935 where he was earned 12 varsity letters, four each in football, basketball and track.  He was selected to the All State Football and Basketball teams two years each year.   As a way of demonstrating his all around athletic ability his resume would include state […]

Kelli Benson Jeffries – Grand Island

Athlete. Class of 1980. Kelli (Benson) Jeffries was not a stranger to the state tournaments, or state championships. She was the Class A high jump champion and an all-state volleyball player who helped her Grand Island team to a state runner-up finish her junior year. In basketball, she started every game on Grand Island’s state […]

Bob Boozer – Omaha Tech

Athlete. Today in western Omaha is situated an interesting junction of history. The main line of the Union Pacific Railroad’s push west across America intersected Pacific Street. Years later another street crossed Pacific, Bob Boozer Drive, appropriately bearing the name of one of the finest basketball players in our nation’s history. Graduating from Omaha Technical […]

Merle Bauer – Holdrege & North Platte

Coach. Before graduating from Shubert High School in 1943, Merle earned All State honors in basketball and football in both junior and senior years.  He took his bachelors degree at Peru State where he was a four letterman in basketball, receiving All Conference recognition three years and selected  N.A.I.A. Division II All American.  Merle’s first […]

Dan Brand – Bellevue

Athlete. Dan Brand’s path to the 1964 Olympic bronze medal in wrestling followed a round-about path. At Bellevue High School, he participated in football, basketball and track, achieving modest success. At the University of Nebraska, the 6-foot, 5-inch Brand played on the freshman basketball team but was cut from the varsity as a sophomore. He […]