Ken and Ryly Jane Hambleton- Lincoln

Contributors Ken Hambleton joined the Lincoln Journal Star sports staff in 1972 and Ryly Jane in 1974, becoming the cornerstones of the newspaper’s high school reporting until their joint retirement in 2017.  Ken was the Boys’ Prep Editor from 1982-’85 and Ryly Jane was the Girls’ Sports Editor from 1981-’85.  She took over as the […]

Gene Haynes-Omaha North

  Contributor-2019 He’s known as “Mr. North High,” Gene Haynes” larger-than-life presence as Principle of the school has emerged from his dedication to helping young people.  Using a humble, friendly demeanor and an infectious smile, Haynes has been a positive influence on Omaha Public Schools for more than 50 years.  “I just want to be […]

Christina Houghtelling Hudson-Cambridge

Athlete Cambridge (Class of 2003) Christina (Houghtelling) Hudson enjoyed the high school career of dreams. All-class all-state in volleyball and basketball, three all-class gold medals in track, superior ratings in music and class valedictorian, the 2003 Prep Athlete of the Year led Cambridge High School to the state volleyball and basketball tournaments while earning letters […]

Tom Heller-Kearney

Athlete Kearney High (Class of 1967) Tom Heller was the epitome of the natural athlete. Name the sport, Heller, the 1967 Athlete of the Year, excelled. Bob Devaney once said he could have played all 22 positions at college football’s highest level. Heller was the first Kearney High football player to rush for 1,000 yards, […]

Don “Tot” Holmes-Gothenburg

DON “TOT” HOLMES Contributor As the sports editor of the Tri-City Tribune, Don “Tot” Holmes used his story-telling skills and a fascination for statistics to develop the newspaper into the center of attention in Dawson County and the surrounding area. Focusing on the Southwest and Hi-Line Conferences, Holmes brought attention and notoriety to thousands of […]

Rick Hesse-Clearwater/Valentine

Coach Rick Hesse put Clearwater on the map. Called a “true mentor” who taught life lessons along with basketball, Hesse built a dynasty that became the first school to win four consecutive boys’ basketball state championships from 1984-87. After 22 years at Clearwater, Hesse moved on to Valentine where he wrapped up his career with […]

Pat Hoblyn – Ansley

Coach           Title IX and Pat Hoblyn arrived at Ansley High School at the same time, and they had an immediate impact. In her first year as the school’s volleyball coach, she led the Warriors to a 19-0 record and a state championship. She continued to coach the team for more […]

Brad Hildebrandt – Omaha Skutt Catholic

Coach Few teams have ever enjoyed the dominance of Coach Brad Hildebrandt’s Skutt Catholic wrestling teams. During his tenure from 1993 to 2015, he led the SkyHawks to a total of 20 state wrestling championships – 17 team titles and three dual championships. The run included 13 straight Class B titles from 1998-2010. After a […]

Johnny Hopp – Hastings

Athlete.  A 1934 graduate of Hastings High School, this legendary professional baseball player began his climb to the majors on the playgrounds of Adams County, Nebraska. He was such a standout in baseball (and motivated to be better) that his talents in other sports were not adequately documented. Signing a pro baseball contract at age […]

Tom Hallstrom – Omaha

Contributor.  Tom Hallstrom’s passion for track and field didn’t go unnoticed. “If a Heisman Trophy was awarded for contributions to track and field, Tom Hallstrom would certainly be this year’s winner,” President Richard Nixon said while honoring Hallstrom in 1972. A physical education teacher and administrator in Omaha Public Schools for 40 years, he coordinated […]