Andrea Conner-Millard South

Athlete-2019  (1991)

Nebraska’s high school girls’ gymnastics record book is written around the career of Millard South’s Andrea Conner.  She won 13 individual gold medals, and no one else won more than nine.  She swept the gold medals in the floor exercise all four years and was a three-time winner on the uneven bars and the all-around.  No other gymnast won more that two gold medals in any event.  Conner’s efforts helped Millard South win back-to-back team titles in 1988 and 1989, establishing another gold standard by winning five gold medals in 1990.  A top ten finisher in the National Junior Olympics all-around, Conner went on to letter for two years at the University of Missouri where a torn anterior cruciate ligament cut short her career.










After two years as an assistant boys basketball coach at Elm Creek, Randy Carpenter started the girls basketball program at Lexington in 1974, creating an after-school program that would feed his varsity. The early success of his teams helped steer Nebraska into the modern era of girls basketball. Throughout his career, the passionate and colorful Carpenter earned a reputation for producing teams that played solid player-to-player defense and were well-prepared. In a coaching tenure that lasted 37 years, he led the Minutemaids to state championships in 1978 and 1987, two runner-up trophies in 1977 and 1991, 13 district championships and 12 Southwest Conference titles. He retired in 2011 with a 492-276 record. His last team set a school record with 23 victories.

Linda Carlson – North Platte

Linda Carlson 2007Coach. Carlson started the volleyball and track programs at North Platte, guiding the Bulldogs to the inaugural Class A state track championship in 1971. But it was in volleyball where she made her mark, compiling a 476-252 record from 1970-2003. Her teams won state championships in 1979 and 1980 and was runner-up in 1975. North Platte qualified for the state volleyball tournament 15 times and won 14 conference championships. She also coached tennis for 17 years.

Lloyd Cardwell – Seward

Athlete–Success in all sports and coaching was the fate of this multi-talented 1933 graduate from Seward High School. An all-state football running back in 1931 and 1932, an all-state basketball player in 1933, he then led Seward to state track & field championships in Class B in both 1931 and 1932. Cornhusker football fans are familiar with his hard-running style as a NU competitor and all-conference star in both 1935 and 1936. After playing professional football with the Detroit Lions, this versatile friend of Nebraska known as “Cardy,” became a football coach at UNO after World War II, finishing up his coaching career with a 20-year stint as their track & field coach until 1978. None deserve the label of legend more than this fine athlete and coach.
The 1931 Seward High School football team had a record of nine wins and no losses. Seward scored 320 points to their opponents 2. The 2 points being scored in a blizzard at Auburn.

While playing for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, he was All-Big Six in 1935 and 1936 when his team lost only two games. That’s when he collected the tag “Wild Hoss of the Plains.” Entered five events in college track and scored in all of them.   Selected for Nebraska Football Foundation Hall of Fame.

Pro Playing Stats Season Team(s) Games Rushing Receiving Total

Points Rush Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD 1937 DET 9 36 181 5.0 0 3 51 17.0 1 6 1938 DET 10 73 294 4.0 4 9 138 15.3 1 30 1939 DET 10 29 141 4.9 1 13 250 19.2 2 18 1940 DET 10 48 186 3.9 2 20 349 17.5 1 18 1941 DET 4 10 19 1.9 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 1942 DET 7 6 78 13.0 1 5 135 27.0 0 6 1943 DET 7 3 6 2.0 0 1 9 9.0 0 0 Career 57 205 905 4.4 8 51 932 18.3 5 78 Season Team(s) Punt Ret. Kick Ret. PR Yds Avg TD KR Yds Avg TD 1941 DET 3 25 8.3 0 1 22 22.0 0 1942 DET 2 45 22.5 0 1 13 13.0 0 1943 DET 2 21 10.5 0 3 56 18.7 0 Career 7 91 13.0 0 5 91 18.2 0 Season Team(s) Other Stats 1938 DET Pass: 1-1,35yds 1940 DET Pass: 0-1 INT: 4/17yds 1942 DET INT: 2/40yds


Article: Lloyd Cardwell to Hall of Fame  Date: May 10, 1972  By: Harold Davisson

When Lloyd Cardwell called me last week and asked if I would be his guest at the NU Hall of Fame Honors Banquet the next night I couldn’t say “yes” fast enough. When I called the Seward County Independent the next morning following the banquet and asked them if they had the story of the local boy who had made good, namely Lloyd Cardwell, the sweet young thing at the other end of the wire said “Who’s Lloyd Cardwell?”

After telling her why Lloyd Cardwell was about Seward’s only claim to fame and that he was without a doubt (in most everyone’s opinion) the best football player ever to tear up the sod at Memorial Stadium at the University of Nebraska, I was invited to do a story on the Wild Hoss.

I, and almost everyone in Seward, who has lived here any length of time at all can talk for hours about Lloyd, but to write in a few short paragraphs about this fellow takes a heap of doing.

My first look at this guy came on a Thanksgiving day forty years ago when it was still the custom to have a Turkey Day Game in the afternoon. This particular day, the game was to be one between Seward and David City. I had been hearing a lot about the local team being a great one mainly because of a fellow named Lloyd Cardwell. Having nothing else to do, I went to the local fairgrounds to see this great player. David City kicked off to Seward. Cardwell fielded the punt on the run and did not slow down until he had knocked most of the entire David City team down and deposited the ball in the end zone. So far, so good, but was Cardwell really this good?

Two more times that afternoon he did the same thing, returning punts seventy or eighty yards into the end zone for touchdowns. The only reason he did not run more of them into the end zone was that the David City coach decided punting where Lloyd could get the ball was charity to the Seward team. He was that good and more so. I was told after the game that Lloyd was sick and should not have even been in the game.

From that game on through University, I never missed a home game and very few games away that Cardy played in and in all of those games I never saw Lloyd play a bad game. He was that kind of a guy. As they said at the banquet, he was strictly a Saturday ball player, lousy at practice, but give him the ball on any Saturday afternoon and he was at his best. Always the last one on the field, usually carrying his shoes in his hands, which he calmly put on sitting on the cement curbing around the running track. Lloyd never lost his cool.

There was never a more exciting player to don the Big Red pads. When his play was called and the ball passed to him, (his specialty was a wide sweep) everyone in the stands stood up as they knew something big was going to happen and they were seldom disappointed. True there was an occasional loss on these end sweeps, but more often a 20 or 30 yard gain and very often six more points on the scoreboard. I’ll never forget one run when he covered the entire field from end to end and from side line to side line, a 200 yard run, but again those six points.

I I am not going to bore you with statistics, because I do not know how many touchdowns he made either in high school or university, let the boys with the records do that. Neither am I going to tell you about the Detroit Lions in the pro game. But always he was great.

Football was not his only cup of tea. Many are the points he picked up for the great track coach Henry Schulte. Entered in as many as five events, he always came up with points in each. He would have made the Olympics in tryouts at Randall Island in New York except for an unfortunate injury.

Lloyd had never played tennis. I was going to teach him and taught him well. After winning two games I never again came close to beating him. He was a natural at anything connected with sports.

I have another reason for knowing Lloyd about as well as anyone. Claire taught him in high school and many are the episodes I learned about through her.

Many were the happy hours that Lloyd, Ted Rupp and I (as well as many others) spent together fishing and other things which best remain untold! There is no question when I say Lloyd is Seward’s one claim to fame, at least I can think of no other individual who has gained so much national recognition for this city. Correct me if I am wrong. At the same time Lloyd received his place in the NU Hall of Fame, Sam Francis, Charley Brock, Link Lyman, Dave Noble, Bobby Reynolds and Tom Novak were likewise honored. Thus far there are fourteen members.

To give Lloyd all the credit for his success in high school and college football would not be entirely fair and knowing Lloyd as I do, he would be the first to want his teammates to
receive credit for contributing their full share.

The 1931 Seward High School football team has a record of nine wins and no losses. Seward scored 320 points to their opponents 2. The 2 points being scored in a blizzard at Auburn. Here are the members of that great team: Art Baker, Roy McCalip, Henry Imig, Loraine Patterson, John Tomandl, Chas. Coke, Palmer Welsh, Von Hillyer, Russ Souchek, Lloyd Cardwell, Lyle Foster, Wilmar Jacobs, Jimmy Dowding, Ev Oaks, John Hintz, Les Menze, Lloyd Morrow, Frank Ost, Bill Thomas, Floyd Gleisberg, Gordon Diers, Harry Campbell, William Roussell and coaches Ben Kellner and Walt Hansen.

The few that I can recall on the Big Red Teams with Cardy were: Mehring, Amen, Francis, Yelkin, Brock, McDonald, Callihan, Mills, Doyle, Brown, Schwartzkopp, Strasheim, Sauer, Fischer, and again the great Staplehurst athlete Elmer Dohrmann.

Lloyd is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Cardwell who live at 534 No. 4th here in Seward. He and his wife, the former Beth Horner, also of Seward reside at 5008 Parker in Omaha where Lloyd is affiliated with the University of Nebraska of Omaha, having been connected with the University of Omaha until it was taken over by the State. Also living in Omaha is Butch Cardwell another of Lloyd’s achievements (with an assist from Beth). There you have it folks, my memory of Lloyd Cardwell, truly a LEGEND IN HIS OWN TIME!

Don “Moose” Cooper – York

2010Athlete. Class of 1944. For two hours, Don “Moose” Cooper was the best pole vaulter in the history of college athletics. On April 21, 1951, Cooper cleared 15 feet, 1/8 inch at the Kansas Relays – the first collegian and fourth person ever to clear 15 feet. Later that day, Don Lax of Illinois went 15-1 ¾ in a meet at Los Angeles. Cooper had been an outstanding pole vaulter throughout his career, using bamboo and steel poles and landing in dirt and sawdust pits. He was a two-time Nebraska high school all-class gold medalist, a three-time winner at the Drake Relays. At York High School, he also lettered in football and basketball and was the starting guard on York’s state championship basketball team of 1944. He was named to the all-state tournament and all-state teams of 1944.


Bob Cerv – Weston

Athlete.  A big-time talent from a small town in Saunders County, he graduated from Weston High School in 1942. Star of his basketball team (Class C state runner-up, 1941), he was named all-state in both 1941 and 1942. Following service in World War II, he did well in two sports at the University of Nebraska. He played on the last NU basketball team to win  their conference championship, both 1949 and 1950. At the same time. Bob Cerv, matured as a baseball player under the guidance of Coach Tony Sharpe, becoming an All-American college slugger. This versatile athlete played a dozen years in the major leagues, with his best year as a home run hitter in 1958, hitting 38 that season while with the Kansas City Athletics.

He had a lifetime batting average of .276 with 105 home runs. His best year produced 38 home runs at Kansas City. Was understudy to Mickey Mantle while playing for the Yankees and roomed with Mantle and Roger Maris.

His major league stats can be found here:


Bill Conner – Scottsbluff

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Bill Conner arrived at ScottsbluffHigh School in 1947 and became a fixture in the Bearcats’ athletic program as a coach then the atheltics director for the next 34 years. A 10-year stint in football highlighted his coaching career. After an 0-10 inaugural campaign, Conner turned Scottsbluff around, winning 58 games the next nine years, including a 21-game winning streak and four outright West Big 10 titles and one co-championship. As an assistant track, he coached several state champion jumpers and vaulters. He became the athletics director in 1964, overseeing the start of girls athletics and swimming, tennis and golf programs. In the 1967-68 school year, Scottsbluff enjoyed its best year in athletics, winning won four state championships

Sam Crawford – Wahoo

Athlete.  Wahoo High School Class of 1898. As a high school star, Crawford led Wahoo to two state football championships in 1896 and 1897 and was also noted for foot racing wherever he played. Crawford showed a prodigiousness for baseball at an early age and he left his home at 17 to play in the minor leagues, taking his hometown with him as a nickname, “Wahoo Sam” Crawford.

Crawford was considered by baseball experts to be the the premier power-hitter of his day and still holds baseball’s career record for triples with 312. In fact, he led the American League in triples 5 times. Sam played in the outfield with Hall of Fame legend Ty Cobb.  He played with the Detroit Tigers for 15 of his 19 big league years during which Detroit won the pennant 3 years in a row. Sam became the first player in the modern era to win home run titles in both the NL and the AL. Named to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1957.  Died in 1968 in California.

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Eric Crouch – Millard North

inducteeAthlete. Millard North (1997)

The 2001 Heisman Trophy winner, Eric Crouch was a four-year starter at quarterback for Nebraska where he finished his career as the third-leading rusher and third-leading passer of all time. At Millard North he rewrote the Class A football record book as one of the top prep quarterbacks in state history. A 1996 Parade All-American, he was named the state’s offensive player of the year by both major newspapers. He set records with 50 touchdowns, 308 points 5,134 yards of total offense over a three-year career. In track, he was the Metro Conference champion in the 100 and 200 meters as a senior and the 200 as a junior.

Conrad “Cornie” Collin – Omaha

Coach. Conrad “Cornie” Collin coached basketball at South High for 30 years. He won 400 games. He won basketball state championships in 1937, 1944 and 1960. He also was a football, track and baseball coach. His 1960 basketball team was 21-0 and the only unbeaten Class A team for a 29-year period. At one time he was the only public-school coach in Nebraska to have state-championship teams in football, basketball and baseball.

At Huron SD, he played sports and led the high school to two state basketball titles, was all-state four years in basketball and two years in football and also excelled in track and baseball.

Captained both the basketball and football teams at Creighton. In 1933, he was an All-America selection in basketball after leading the Missouri Valley Conference in scoring. In football, the halfback was all-conference twice and he was an outstanding punter as well. Played for the Chicago Bears in the first college all-star football game in 1934 (though he never played an NFL game). He also spent one year in the Detroit Tigers’ baseball organization. He officiated in the Big 8 and Big 10 for a dozen years in football and basketball.