Athlete- 2019 (1993)
From the shot put to hurdles, whether on the basketball court or football field, Scott Frost could do it all. A Parade All-American quarterback, Frost set state records with more than 11,000 yards and 67 touchdown passes in his career. He also had 79 rushing touchdowns and six returns for touchdowns. On the basketball court, he scored more than 1,000 points. In track, he threw the shot put 61 feet and ran the high hurdles in 14.5 seconds, winning State Meet gold medals in both events. Frost’s college football career started at Stanford, but ended with his final two years leading Nebaska to a 24-2 record and a National Championship. He went on to play defensive back for seven years in the NFL before embarking on a successful collegiate coaching career that included National Coach of the Year Honors, before returning in 2018 to coach the Nebraska Cornhusker Football Team.
Athlete- 2019 (1965)
When Tom Osborne scouted an eight man player at Malcolm and saw him score six touchdowns in six carries, he knew Larry Frost was special. Frost set national records scoring 121 touchdowns and 765 points in his high school career, including nine touchdowns in a game. He was the first eight-man player to earn Player of the game honors in the Shrine Bowl. A versatile athlete earning 12 athletic letters at Malcolm, he is believed to be the school’s all-time leading scorer in basketball. He also won three silver medals in the 100-yard dash and placed in the 220 and 440 at the State Track Meet. At Nebraska, he was a two-year starter at wingback before becoming a successful high school coach.
From the mid-1950s to the 1970s, no one was more dedicated to the promotion of York High school athletics than “Hub” Foster. As Sports Editor of the York News times, Foster became a local icon, committing countless hours to covering York High, York St. Joseph, York college and several high schools in the York area, writing with passion and a sense of community. A 1935 York High graduate, Foster announced numerous sporting events in the area using his own public address system. A civic leader, Foster served on the York City Council, boosting youth activities and efforts to improve city parks, the sports complex, swimming pool and tennis courts. After his retirement, Foster continued to write articles for the paper until his death in 2013 at the age of 95.
Omaha Central (Class of 1987)
One of a string of standouts who gave Omaha Central the nickname, “I-Back High,” Flowers earned Parade All-American honors and was one of eight finalists for Gatorade National Player of the Year as a senior. A two-time all-state running back, he rushed for 1,800 yards as a junior and 1,200 yards and 19 touchdowns in seven games his senior year. His six touchdowns in a game set a Class A record. Also a member of Central’s gold-medal-winning 400-meter relay, Flowers used his athletic skills to rush for more than 1,600 yards in his 3-year career at Nebraska, putting together a string of six 100-yard games in 1990.
Athlete. For years, he was regarded the best athlete in the history of his high school, David City. This big bruiser excelled at everything he tried. He starred in the 1951 football state tournament when his David City teammates played the underdog role to a maximum and won the championship, by 60-55 over Wayne in the finals. At that time, the points scored by both teams in that game were the most in one game at the state tournament. Fyfe was chosen Class B basketball all-tournament in a three-game run that also included a two-overtime win in the semifinals. Doyle starred in track, too, reigning one year as state champion in the shot put. At Kearney State, his athlete prowess flourished and he chose to go into coaching, namely Hebron (state tournament runner-up 1956) and Pueblo, Colorado (state class AAA runner-up three consecutive years). He returned to UNK for 26 years. He was the first athlete selected for the UNK Hall of Fame.
Athlete. Mike Fultz, the 1973 Lincoln Journal Star Athlete of the Year, received eight letters in football, basketball and track at Lincoln High. In football, he played defensive tackle, running back and linebacker, earning all-class all-state honors in 1972 and playing in the Shrine Bowl in 1973. He won the 1973 gold medal in the shot put at the state meet with a throw of 58 feet, 8 ¼ inches. Fultz went on to earn three letters for the Nebraska Cornhusker football team. He received All-Big Eight honors in 1974 and 1975 and All-American honors in 1976. He played in the Senior Bowl in 1976 as a defensive tackle. The New Orleans Saints drafted Fultz in the second round of the 1977 NFL draft. He played for the Saints from 1977 to 1980, then with the Baltimore Colts in 1981. Fultz has also been inducted into the Lincoln High Athletic Hall of Fame and the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame.
Contributor. His 36 years as a sportswriter and sports editor at the Norfolk Daily News from 1961-1997 touched the lives of a couple of generations of high school athletes, their coaches and their fans. His coverage of all sports, particularly during the transition period of girls in sports, included ratings, rankings, charts, headlines, special sections for small schools as well as the larger ones in the coverage area. His well-chosen words touched all sports as the following honors show: NSAA Distinguished Service Award, Coaches Association Friend of High School Sports, Nebraska Baseball Hall of Fame, Northeast Nebraska track and field achievement award, American Legion Post 16 baseball award, Norfolk Coaches Association Outstanding Service Award, Golden Gloves Boxing Outstanding Journalism Award and the Associated Press Sportswriter of the Year award. High School: Sioux Falls (SD) Washington. College: University of South Dakota, Augustana College.
Athlete. Class of 1994. Sarah (Fredstrom) Secrest hit a home run in high school athletics. A four-time state champion in doubles in tennis and an all-state basketball player, the 1994 Omaha World-Herald Female Athlete of the Year was a big hit in softball. Even though it was not a sanctioned sport until her senior year, Fredstrom had established herself as a standout at the club level. As a senior, she hit seven home runs, seven triples and seven doubles while batting .592. She was named the honorary captain of the all-state team. At Colorado State University, she set almost every hitting record as a four-year starter at shortstop. The Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year in 1994 and an All-American in 1997, she was an all-conference selection three times and finished her career batting .367 with 32 home runs, 15 triples, 51 doubles and 183 RBIs.
Lauded for building character and producing teams that played beyond their potential and rose to high levels of competition, John Faiman made his mark on countless athletes through a 48-year career that included 38 years as a head football coach at David City (4 years), McCook (2), Omaha South (6) and Bellevue West (26). His career also included 10 years as a college assistant coach at Washington State, Missouri, Utah and Kansas State. His Omaha South team claimed a Metro Conference title and he led Bellevue West to an undefeated (9-0) regular season. At Bellevue West, his teams qualified for the playoffs in nine of 10 years, and in 2011, at age 70, he was believed to be the oldest head coach to take a team to the playoffs. A high school All-American quarterback, he started for the Nebraska Cornhuskers in Coach Bob Devaney’s first game as head coach, but a broken leg in practice ended his playing career.
Because Gerald was one of the most recognized athletes of his era, people came to games just to watch him play. An “every-sport standout,” Gerald W. Ferguson led Scottsbluff High School to an undefeated season and the mythical state football title in 1945. All-State in football for two years and All Big Ten in basketball twice, he also won the Class A long jump and placed in the shot put at the state track meet. At Nebraska he was a three-year football letterman playing halfback. He coached high school sports at Fairbury and in California until retiring in 1988.