Athlete. This 1982 graduate of Omaha Benson High School ranks near the top of any all-time list of great Nebraska high school basketball players. He led the Benson Bunnies to the state tournament twice, to a state runner-up his senior year. He amassed over 1,200 high school points, understandable in view of his accuracy. Averaged 23.9 in 1982 in his senior year, a figure helped by 64.5 field goal shooting accuracy. Surpassed 1200 points in his career. Top game: 42 points. Member of first Nebraska all-star team that competed in Las Vegas during the summer. All-state twice. Had a strong career at the University of Nebraska (all Big-Eight). His career record at NU was an incredible 2,167 points. An unfortunate injury limited and shortened a professional basketball career.
Athlete. Class of 1974. When the Lexington Minutemen made a run at state championships, they put the ball in Ted Harvey’s hands. A 5-foot-9, 140-pound leader, Harvey played quarterback and running back on Lexington’s state championship football teams of 1972 and 1973. He started for three years at point guard, leading Lexington to a runner-up finish in 1974, when it lost by one point in the state championship game. And, as a sprinter in track, he ran on two gold-medal relay teams as Lexington won the Class B team title. All-state in football in 1973 and all-state tournament in basketball, he started at cornerback for three years for the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
Athlete. A 1973 graduate of Boys Town High School, this sturdy, exciting athlete set the standards for high school track & field in an era when more multiple-races were permitted by high school authorities. Barney Hill became the first back-to-back Class A cross country champion in 1971 and 1972. Perhaps his cross country exploits showed what he could do if allowed to run more than one distance race in track. In 1973, he accomplished a very rare triple victory in the state track meet: winning gold medals in the 880-yard run, the mile run and the two mile run. He won the mile title two years in a row. The times recorded for Barney Hill are still very high on the all-time lists for both the half-mile and the mile.
Class of 1993
Few people have ever run faster or jumped farther than Bellevue West’s Angee Henry. A winning sprinter on the international circuit and a successful distance runner in masters competition, Henry made her high school mark in the 200, 400 and long jump, sweeping all three all-class gold medals as a junior. A chance to repeat her senior year ended when she was injured the week before the state meet. However, she graduated with the state record in the 400 (55.36 seconds) to her credit.
She went on to set a national age-group record in the long jump and competed on the USA Junior World Team in 1995. At the University of Nebraska, she was a two-time NCAA long jump champion, a three-time Big 12 Conference champion and a 10-time All-American.
Athlete. In the annals of Nebraska athletic history, this 1920 graduate of Falls City High School ranks very high, for at one time during the 1920s he was America’s finest middle distance runners and one of the best in the world. Starting his track career in high school, it is interesting that he starred in shorter events, the 100-yard dash, the 220-yard dash and the quarter mile. He set records all over the place in those events. Then after high school, he pursued self-improvement on his own, especially in longer races, the middle distances. Success came quickly. He was a member of the 1924 and the 1928 US Olympic Teams and at one time held world records at 800 meters, 880 yards, 1000 yards, 1,000 meters, 1,500 meters, the three-fourths mile and the indoor mile while running for the Boston Athletic Association. He eventually returned to farming outside of Falls City, and became a good friend and coach to the great Gil Dobbs, another great runner from Falls City.
Class of 1985
A two-time all-state and three-time All-Metro player, Haynes helped Central to back-to-back basketball state championships in 1983 and 1984. In 1984, she averaged 16.2 points and 8.4 rebounds per game and her rebound and coast-to-coast drive for a layup sealed the state championship. She averaged 22 points and nearly 12 rebounds per game as a senior when she was a Parade All-American. In track, she ran on three gold-medal relays helping Central to Class A titles in 1983 and 1984. She attended San Diego State University where she was a three-year starter and a two-time All-Big West Conference selection averaging 16 points and nearly 10 rebounds per game during her career.