Class of 1953
Turning down a professional baseball contract after high school, Ekwall attended the University of Nebraska, building on a basketball and baseball career that was forged in one of Nebraska’s smallest schools. A four-year starter in basketball who averaged more than 20 points per game each year at Holmesville, Ekwall earned Class D all-state honors three times and was an all-class all-state player as a senior when he averaged 28.3 points per game. He finished his high school career with 1,984 points. An outstanding pitcher and hitter in baseball, he played for Hays, Kan., Ban Johnson league before reporting to the Cornhuskers to play basketball and baseball. The Huskers’ leading scorer and rebounder in 1956 and 1957, he finished his career averaging a record 10.4 rebounds per game, a record that has stood for more than 50 years. He was inducted into the Nebraska Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992.
Fred Egley’s long association with Norfolk athletics began as an assistant coach in 1939. He started the school’s gymnastics program the next year and was football coach in 1942. After serving in the Pacific in World War II, he returned to Norfolk and education. He became athletic director for the high school and the city’s junior college in November 1950. He kept his high school duties through 1969. He was on the NSAA board of control from 1965 to 1970 and was junior college AD through 1981. A basketball and football official for many years, his close association with athletics allowed him to serve as a motivator, counselor and supporter, contributing to the development and progress of coaches, teams, athletes and activities in Northeast Nebraska.
Cory Eikmeier covered a lot of ground in his high school football career – nearly five miles of running through, over, and away from opposing defenders. While leading Dodge to three consecutive Class D1 state championships, Eikmeier set five national records – points in a career (1,021), points in a season (448), touchdowns in a season (68), 100-yard games in a career (41) and consecutive 100-yard games (22). He set a state record with 8,763 rushing yards, including 2,965 yards in one season. He also earned all-state honorable mention playing on the basketball team that finished second in the state tournament. He went on to play football at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.