Dave Eppert-Lincoln East

  Coach In a well-honored career that spanned three sports and three states, Dave Eppert was a national coach of the year in boys gymnastics and in girls gymnastics. At Lincoln East, his Spartans were state champions five times in girls and four times in boys, with seven runner-up teams. East was ranked No. 1 […]

Phyllis DeBuhr- Beatrice

  Athlete Phyllis DeBuhr- Beatrice A three-sport standout at Beatrice, Phyllis (DeBuhr) Mazour was Class A All-State in volleyball, All-Conference in basketball and a premier pitcher in summer softball leagues. A six-rotation player on the volleyball court, she led Beatrice to the state tournament. She played volleyball and softball at Kearney State, starting as a […]

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 […]

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 […]

Matt Davison – Tecumseh

Athlete, Class of 1997 Best known for his touchdown off a deflected pass against Missouri, a catch that saved Nebraska’s national championship season of 1997, Matt Davison honed his receiving skills at Tecumseh High School where he set numerous state records for receiving yards, including career (3,623), season (1,516) and single-game (313). He also set […]

Gil Dodds – Falls City

Athlete. For years Nebraska high school milers ran in the footsteps of this famous track star. Gil Dodds was graduated from Falls City High School in 1937. In his final spring he ran a mile in a record time of 4:28.1. The state record time lasted until well after World War II. He never lost […]