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 […]

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 […]

Howard Debus – Lincoln High

Athlete. The 1940 graduate of Lincoln High School earned his way into a very elite club of Nebraska athletes who held a best-in-the-nation record while in high school. His 174-foot discus throw in 1940 was a national high school record which lasted through World War II. One of the most versatile athletes in state history, […]

Chuck Deter – Gering

Coach. In the last half of the twentieth century, a talented coach who had a yearning for wrestling joined the faculty at Gering High School in Western Nebraska. Chuck Deter was a successful football coach, an athletic director and educator. Yet his specialty was being a superb wrestling coach, one of the best in the […]

Dick Davis – Omaha North

Athlete.  Of the many fine athletes to wear the blue and gold of the Omaha North High School Vikings, this 1966 graduate was a tremendously gifted football star. He averaged 10.4 yards per carry as a fleet-footed halfback and has held the Metropolitan Conference record for most touchdowns per game for nearly a half-century. In […]

Joe di Natale – North Platte

Contributor. Competitors and spectators alike came to the Nebraska High School Track and Field championships to see the action, but for 40 some years, they also reveled in the distinctive voice of the announcer, Joe di Natale of North Platte. His booming reports of the action added a special cachet to the atmosphere of the […]

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 […]