Jack Guggenmos- Aurora

Coach- 2019

Jack Guggenmos produced winning football teams at three Nebraska high schools- Dorchester, Arlington and Aurora.  In a 30-year career, the bulk of which was at Aurora, Guggenmos compiled a 211-88-4 record.  Under his leadership, the Huskies advanced to the state championship game in 1981, 1986, and 1995 and played in the semifinals two more times.  Even though he started his coaching career before the establishment of state playoffs, his teams qualified for the playoffs 19 times, won six district championships and 15 conference championships.  He also coached track and basketball early in his career.  Winner of numerous coaching awards and presenter at more that 50 coaching clinics, he retired to serve as Athletic Director at Waverly.  After 12 years, he returned to the sideline as an assistant coach at Norris, helping the Titans reach the state football finals in 2012.  He was inducted into the National Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2014.

Aaron Golliday-York

Athlete-2019  (1998)

Switching from tight end to running back his senior year, Aaron Golliday displayed his strength and power as he rushed for nearly 2000 yards and scored 21 touchdowns for the Dukes football team that reached the state semifinals.  Golliday, a USA Today Honorable Mention All-American who also handled the kicking and punting duties for his football team, was a 12-time letter winner.  All-conference in basketball, Golliday excelled in track where he scored 441 points in his career.  He won State Track meet medals in the discus three times and the shot put twice, climbing his way onto the all-time charts with a 63-foot 8-inch throw.  Returning to tight end, he was a four-year letterman at Nebraska and played one year in NFL Europe.

Jenny Green-Grand Island Central Catholic


Athlete-2019  (2003)

Nebraska’s first 13-foot pole vaulter, Jenny Green dominated the event throughout her high school years, winning the All-Class gold medal all four years.  As a senior, the scored all of third-place Grand Island Central Catholic’s points at the state meet, finishing first in the pole vault, long jump and 300-meter low hurdles and finishing first in the 100-meter dash.  She also was a two-time All-state selection in volleyball, leading the Crusaders to a runner-up finish her senior year, and she qualified for the State Swim meet as a diver.  But the pole vault was Green’s bread and butter.  Nationally, she won the Nike Indoor Classic and the USA Track and Field Junior Championships.  She represented the U.S. at the Junior World Championships in Grossetto, Italy.  As a Freshman at Nebraska, she rewrote the record book while finishing third at the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships.  She won four Big 12 vaulting championships and graduated with the Huskers’ indoor record and second-best outdoor mark falling just short of 14 feet.


Alex Gordon-Lincoln southeast


Lincoln Southeast (Class of 2002)

Before winning multiple Gold Glove Awards and being a World Series hero, Alex Gordon was Nebraska’s Prep Athlete of the Year as a senior at Lincoln Southeast. An all-state and record-setting receiver and defensive back on the football field, he rose to stardom on the baseball diamond where he was all-state for three years, hitting .483 with 25 home runs and 112 RBIs. Furthering his career at the University of Nebraska, he led the Cornhuskers to their first College World Series game victory and was the consensus Player of the Year in 2005. The second pick in the Major League Draft, he was named the Minor League Player of the Year in 2006 and started in left field for the Kansas City Royals’ 2015 World Series championship team.

Erin (Gudmundson) Haussermann-Kearney Catholic

Kearney Catholic (Class of 2002)
A three-sport star at Kearney Catholic, Haussermann earned all-state honors in volleyball and basketball, and qualified for the state track meet in seven different events. On the volleyball court, she set school records for kills in a match and in a season. On the basketball court, she scored 1,275 points and led the Stars to the state finals. On the track, she won three state meet gold medals, including the all-class gold medal in the high jump. In college, Haussermann was a three-year volleyball All-American at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and was named the NCAA Division II Player of the Year in 2005, leading the Lopers to the national finals.


Charlie Gordon commanded respect and displayed respect throughout a 25-year coaching career that spanned four decades and provided Lincoln Southeast with its first state championship in any sport. Gordon was named the Knights’ baseball coach when the school opened in 1955. In 1958, with seven sophomores in the starting lineup, the Knights claimed their first of five state baseball championships. His Southeast teams also collected three runner-up finishes and 12 district championships. Also an assistant football coach, Gordon never took shortcuts when working with students and other coaches and was an example of what coaches hope sports can teach young people.

Johnny Goodman – Omaha South

Athlete. 1927 high school grad. He is the last amateur to win the U.S. Open, claiming that championship in 1933. He also won the U.S. Amateur in 1937 and was runner-up in two other amateur tournaments. In high school, he was the captain of the 1926 Omaha South golf team. He won the Omaha City Championship in 1927 and won the Nebraska Amateur championship from 1929-31. In 1929, he defeated Bobby Jones in the U.S. Amateur at Pebble Beach.     Deceased.

Bobby Ginn – Madison

Athlete. 1939 graduate.

The depression and the need for young men to help on the farm limited Bobby Ginn’s high school career. He didn’t compete until his junior year, then won back-to-back gold medals in the 880-yard dash at the state track meet. In 1938, he won the Class A race, then in 1939 he won the all-class gold medal while running in Class B. He was the first Nebraska high school athlete to break the two-minute mark in the 880. His state record time of 1:59.3 stood for 17 years. While running for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, he won the 1942 mile run at the NCAA Championships run in Lincoln. He was a four-year letterman in 1941, 1942, 1947. He was the Big Six outdoor mile run champion four times and indoor mile champion three times. He also won the 880 outdoors in 1942 and indoors in 1947. He earned All-American honors in 1941 and 1942. Deceased.


Dewaine Gahan – Oakland

Dewaine GahanContributor. Co-owner of the Oakland Independent and Lyons Mirror-Sun, Gahan has been of long-time supporter of high school athletics through newspaper coverage and columns as well as a pioneer in directing, developing and promoting all-star events for high school seniors. He won 12 national and 22 state awards for sports columns, many of which dealt with high school sports.


(Dewaine Gahan died in his home Jan 30, 2007)

Published Tuesday  |  May 1, 2007
Cancer fight can’t dim publisher’s optimism

OAKLAND, Neb. – For a newspaper publisher-columnist who’s as optimistic as a spring rain and who runs photos of smiling people on his front page every week, the news from a doctor was distinctly sobering.
You only have a few months to live, Dewaine Gahan was told in January. The melanoma, once a small mole on an ankle, has spread through your body.

Instead of retreating into a shell, Gahan is facing death as he’s faced many problems – in a public and positive way.

He has written columns about his bout with “the C-word,” crediting his strong religious convictions and family for strength, and finding a sunny side to a dark diagnosis.

“Some would say this has been a bad year for your publisher. A death sentence from cancer surely would qualify,” he wrote. “But, in many ways, 2007 has been the best year of my life.”

Even after deciding to end chemotherapy six weeks ago, Gahan was upbeat. He hadn’t given up, only chosen to live “on my terms” without the wicked side effects of treatment.

“It’s not the hurdles and strikeouts you face in life, it’s how you respond to them,” he said. “Positives can grow out of negatives if you keep your faith.”

Just how a 57-year-old man can face death with such optimism says it a lot about Gahan, an upbeat and energetic guy who returned to his hometown in 1980 for his dream job, publishing the Oakland Independent.

He’s poured his heart and soul into it – reviving the town’s Swedish Festival, raising funds for the Oakland Swedish Heritage Center and launching a regional basketball all-star game, the Swedish Classic.

He’s coordinated visits to Oakland of teachers from Afghanistan and other central Asian countries through the Center for Afghanistan Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

He’s been a cheerleader for Oakland, a farm town of 1,400, located 60 miles north of Omaha, which he calls “a neat little paradise.”

Besides seeking uplifting stories about local residents, Gahan tries to publish photographs of all 200 elementary students in the Oakland-Craig school in his newspaper each year.

“We want to give everyone a shot in the sunshine,” said Gahan, who also publishes the Lyons Mirror-Sun.

One of nine kids, whose parents were morticians, and an avid athlete who still does 300 push-ups a day, Gahan began his journalism career began at age 12, when he worked up enough courage to knock on the Oakland publisher’s door and ask for a job.

He’s lived a lifelong dream of covering sports, first as sport editor at daily newspapers in Holdrege and Fremont, then as reporter and writer of three columns a week in the Independent and the Mirror-Sun.

His Oakland sports column is called the “Hot Corner,” so named because Gahan played third base, until age 36, on local semi-pro baseball teams.

Over the years, Gahan has won a dozen awards for sports column writing from the National Newspaper Association, and several dozen more in state journalism contests run by the Nebraska Press Association.

“He’s a passionate journalist,” said Allen Beermann, executive director of the Nebraska Press Association. “He writes from the heart, and he’s got a big heart.”

Gahan recently was named honorary co-president of the state newspaper association in an emotional ceremony led by Russ Pankonin of Imperial, a fellow publisher, good friend and this year’s NPA president.

“I hope Oakland realizes how great a community supporter they have,” Pankonin said.

In January, his hometown started a community hall of fame and made Gahan the first inductee. This spring, he was inducted into the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame due to his tireless coverage of high school sports.

The state high school coaches’ and athletic directors’ groups named Gahan the “media person of the year.”

A die-hard Yankees fan, he took a first-time trip to spring training this year with his four brothers, Mike, Chris, Glen and Paul.

A past recipient of the Andy Award, given to a Midlands journalist who enhances international awareness, Gahan was surprised last week with the creation of the Dewaine and Bobbie Gahan Community International Leader Award by Tom Gouttierre, UNO’s dean of international studies.

Gouttierre said the annual award would reflect the devotion of Gahan and his wife of 35 years. The foreign students always cite the Oakland visit as a highlight because they see that America has its rural side, like their own countries, he said.

“Dewaine makes everyone feel like Oakland is the best place in the world, and the international students believe him,” Gouttierre said.

Sitting in a Main Street newspaper office wallpapered in old newspapers and bedecked with Yankee memorabilia, Gahan said he’s preparing for the worst but hoping for a miracle.

He’s been working only part time and plans to go on disability leave later this month. Both newspapers are for sale.

In the meantime, he’s finding a bright side, as always. His oldest son, Gregg, 26, a recently ordained minister, is coming home to run the paper in the interim. His youngest son, Joe, 21, who plays baseball at Highland (Kan.) Community College, will return to Oakland this summer to play semi-pro ball.

For Gahan, it means spending time with his sons, and his only grandchild, Gregg’s son, Elijah.

It’s another great chapter, he said, in what has been a great year, regardless of his sobering life expectancy.

“This is real life, man. It’s as hard as it gets,” Gahan said, “But it doesn’t have to drag you down. God’s smiled on me pretty well.”

Ahman Green – Omaha Central

2010Athlete. Class of 1995. Mixing speed and power, Ahman Green left a multitude of tacklers in his wake during a stellar career at running back in high school, college and the NFL. He started his high school career at Omaha North, enjoying a 1,000-yard season before becoming an all-stater at Omaha Central playing running back, linebacker and punter. He earned all-state running back honors in 1993 and 1994 and won the 100 and 200 meters at the 1995 state track meet. He rushed for nearly 4,000  yards at Nebraska and more than 9,000 yards in the NFL, mostly at Green Bay, where he became the Packers’ all-time rushing leader. The Big 8 Freshman of the Year, he rushed for 1,086 yards and 13 touchdowns as Nebraska won the 1995 national championship. A four-time Pro Bowl selection, Green finished his NFL career with more than 11,000 yards.