Gwen Egbert- Papillion-LaVista/Papillion-LaVista South

Coach- 2019 Gwen Egbert built two volleyball dynasties at Papillion-LaVista and Papillion-LaVista South high Schools, with each school forging state championship “three-peats.”  Egbert started her coaching career with Papillion-LaVista in 1987 and over the next 15 years led the Monarchs to the State Championship match eight times, winning state titles in 2000, ’01 and ’02. […]

Sheila (Miller) Estes- Omaha Central

  Athlete- 2019    (1977) In the early years of Title XI mandated girls’ athletics, Sheila (Miller) Estes emerged as one of the early starts, earning starting positions in volleyball and basketball and winning a gold medal in the State Track meet.  On the track the won the Metro Conference 220-yard dash and shot put […]

Vern Ekfelt – Omaha Central

Coach–It takes a special kind of talent to coach a sport and promote the sport at the same time. Such a man was Coach Vern Ekfelt, a wrestling and baseball coach at Omaha Central High School from 1943-1948, and then more coaching at Omaha North High School between 1948 and 1974. While his wrestling teams […]

Karlene Erickson Herrell – Wheeler Central

Athlete. In 1980, as a freshman at Wheeler Central High School, Karlene Erickson won a gold medal (all-class best) in the 3200 meter run. Her time as a Class D competitor was a full one minute faster than the time of the Class C winner in the event that year. For four straight years she […]

Robert Eickholt – Omaha Holy Name

Athlete (1959) The World-Herald’s 1959 athlete of the year was a four-year starter in football and basketball at Holy Name. The Ramblers went to state in basketball all four years, winning Class A in 1957 and 1958. He was All-class all-state in 1958 and 1959 in basketball and 1958 in football and played in the […]

Don Erway – Lincoln High

Athlete. The 1953 Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal Star Athlete of the Year, Don Erway excelled in football, basketball and baseball for the Links. He was a member of the undefeated Links football teams in 1951 and 1952, averaging 6.85 yards per carry as an all-state halfback. On the hardwood, Erway was his team’s leading […]

Jeff Evans – Fremont

Athlete: A 1973 Fremont High School graduate, he won all but two races throughout his high school swimming career, setting state records at all four state meets. He was the first Nebraska swimmer to break four minutes in the 400-meter freestyle. He won seven gold medals at the state meet.

Jerry Eickhoff – Hampton

Coach. Jerry Eickhoff retired at the end of the 2009 basketball season as Nebraska’s all-time leader in victories while compiling a 670-226 record. A rarity indeed, he coached at Hampton for the entire 40 years of his career. He and the Hawks won three state titles, three state runner-up finishes, a third-place finish in 10 […]

Ray Ehlers – Lexington

Contributor. Ray Ehlers’ influence on Nebraska high school athletics spanned playing, coaching and administration careers. He was a starter on the unbeaten Syracuse basketball team of 1954, a Golden Anniversary team selected by the Hall of Fame. He played football and basketball at Peru State and coached at Fullerton and Blair before becoming the activities […]

Tom Ernst – Columbus

Athlete. Class of 1959. Determined, hard-working and athletically gifted, Tom Ernst contributed more than his share to Columbus High School’s athletic success. The 1959 Lincoln Journal Star athlete of the year, Ernst earned 11 letters, started for four years in football, set scoring standards in basketball and tied for the gold medal in the shot […]