Doug Denson= Millard South

Coach- 2019 Few Coaches have won more honors and accolades than Doug Denson.  In his 35-year career coaching wrestling-the last 22 at Millard South–Denson steered the Patriots to five State Team Championships, including four straight from 2005-08, and five runner-up finishes.  Millard South also won three of the first five State Dual Championships.  His 2006 […]

TONY DAVIS – Tecumseh

Tecumseh (Class of 1971) Tony Davis’ hard-nosed running style churned up yard after yard and touchdown after touchdown for the Tecumseh Indians. A four-year starter, Davis rushed for more than 5,000 yards, including 1,700 yards his junior and senior seasons. The leading tackler on defense, he also returned punts and kicks. He earned all-state and […]

Karen Dahlgren Schonewise – Bertrand

Athlete.  From the heartland of America, this bright and successful high school and college athlete, three times an academic college All-American, graduated from Bertrand High School in Phelps County south of the Platte River in 1982. A four-year high school star in basketball, track and volleyball, she was all-state in both basketball and volleyball and […]

JoAnne Dusatko – Omaha Central

Coach. As a teacher coming to Omaha Central in 1967, her first assignment was cheerleader sponsor which she handled for 20 years,  plus organizing Central’s Pom-Pom Squad in 1968.  With the surge of girl’s sports in Nebraska, JoAnne was in line for a number of firsts:  Central High’s first girls golf coach (’71), first girls […]

James L. Decker – Omaha Holy Name

Athlete.  A 1952 graduate of Omaha Holy Name, James lettered four years on football teams that went 31-0-1.  The lone tie was against Creighton Prep.  He led the city in scoring for two years racking up 96 points in 1950 and 136 in  1951.  Among his football honors were all-class all-state in 1951, Class B […]

Robert Decker – Omaha Holy Name

Athlete. Robert attended Omaha Holy Name from 1946 through 1950 excelling in football, basketball, and baseball. At 5-foot-7 and 150 pounds, he was renowned for his athleticism and fierce competitiveness. His successes contributed to Holy Name being recognized as a small-school powerhouse. Bob was varsity starter all four years in football and basketball. As a […]

Maury Damkroger – Lincoln Northeast

Athlete (1970). The Lincoln Journal-Star and Omaha World-Herald’s 1970 athlete of the year was All-class all-state in football in 1969. Also was a 3-year starter in a great era of high school basketball and starred in baseball (two-time all-city) for the Rockets. Northeast won basketball state championships his sophomore and senior years. In 2004, he still […]

Elmer Dohrmann – Staplehurst, Seward

Athlete: A 1933 graduate of Seward High School, he attended Staplehurst through the 10th grade. He started at end on Seward’s state champion football team of 1931 that went 9-0 and outscored its opponents 320-2. At the University of Nebraska, he competed in football, basketball, track and baseball, earning 11 letters, the most of any […]

Gary DeBoer – Nelson

Coach. Gary DeBoer coached winners on and off the football field. In a coaching career that included one year at Maywood and 42 years at Nelson and Lawrence-Nelson, DeBoer’s teams qualified for the playoffs 21 times, winning state championships 1975, 2001 and 2002 and acquiring three runner-up trophies. Starting in 1999, his teams made four […]

Mike Dugan – Creighton Prep

Class of 1955 Athlete Magic Mike Dugan collected all the honors–All-Catholic All-American, Wigwam All-American and a two-time all-state quarterback–while leading the Junior Jays to back-to-back state titles and 20 straight football victories. An outstanding pitcher as well, he earned two all-city selections while carrying Prep to back-to-back inter-city championships. He also played forward on the […]