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 […]

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 […]