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.
Coach/Athlete. This well-known member of the famous Nebraska Fischer family of athletes was a fine athlete himself, reaching all-state status as a halfback in 1942 in six-man football for St. Edward High School. Also a member of the Cornhusker teams of the 1940s, he played professional football for the New York Giants in 1949. As a high school coach he did well at Columbus St. Bonaventure, but reached the top when coaching the Omaha South High School Packers of 1958 to an undefeated season on the gridiron with one tie with the state co-champion. Most auspicious was his coaching at the college level, a 26-year coaching career on Nebraska’s staff, building the offensive line for the 1970-71 national championship teams.
Athlete. Omaha Westside Class of 1957. The youngest sibling of Nebraska’s most famous athletic family, Pat Fischer was a great high school athlete, gaining football all-state honors in 1956. At Nebraska, his big plays sometimes were the highlights of the season, especially a punt return which beat Penn State, 7-6.
Fischer made his athletic mark in the National Football League, playing 17 years and starting a then record 212 straight games, playing cornerback for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1961 to 1967, and the Washington Redskins from 1968 to 1977.
Fischer joined the NFL as the 17th-round draft choice of St. Louis in the 1961 NFL Draft. He then signed with Washington as a free agent in 1968. He was a 1969 Pro Bowler. Fischer then helped lead the Redskins to Super Bowl VII in 1972. He finished his 17-year career with 56 interceptions, and ranked seventh all-time in Redskins career interceptions with 27 and fourth all-time with 412 career interception return yards. At the time of his retirement Pat Fischer had played in 213 NFL games, then a record for a cornerback. During his NFL career, Pat Fischer was well known to opposing teams as a vicious hitter and a tremendous competitor, despite the reputation as an affable person off the field.
In the late 1980’s, NFL Films named Fischer as the Redskins All-Time Netrulizer sponsored by Tums. After retiring from the Redskins, Fischer worked as a stockbroker and owned a successful real estate business.
Coach/Contributor--Much of the excellent reputation of the University of Nebraska at Kearney (formerly known as Kearney State) as a great track college is due to the efforts of this fine coach. Prior to his rendezvous with destiny at the county seat of Buffalo County, he coached at Clay Center High School and Ansley High School. Beginning in 1945, Coach Charlie Foster began building the athletic fortunes of Kearney State, at one time coaching football, basketball and track. Under his guidance Kearney had 16 track & field championship teams. He also hosted high school invitational and state championship track and cross country events at the Kearney facility. According to the University of Nebraska-Kearney Hall of Fame, Coach Foster was the “Father of Nebraska cross country”. He featured girls’ track events in meets before the sport was approved by the state and was the first to add the triple jump. The college’s football field bears his name, Foster Field.
Coach–A man who truly understands the art of coaching high school football, this talented coach was himself an all-state player (class of 1944) for St. Edward High School on their six-man football team. After completing college at NU, he went into coaching and had an early success coaching the Oakland High Vikings to a Class C state title and an undefeated season. Later, he had equal success in Class A, inspiring the Grand Island High School football team in a play-off victory and state championship in 1978. His high school coaching career included 214 wins, 69 losses and 9 ties; certainly putting Ken Fischer in the upper brackets of any discusses about great coaching. Also had outstanding officiating career, working the state basketball tournament for several years.
Coach. In 1967, the then new Lincoln East High School was fortunate to acquire for the faculty and its first basketball coach, one Paul Forch. Already a successful coach at McCook, his career produced a coaching record of 450-215. As an advocate of up-tempo offenses, he and Lincoln East basketball thrived for nearly three decades. East High Spartans qualified for the boys state tournament thirteen times, to the state finals six times, and in both 1971 and 1985 East High was the Nebraska boys state basketball champion. His impact on the basketball fortunes of Lincoln East and his influence in a faster-paced game shall be long remembered.
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.