Mallery Ivy Higgs – Omaha Central

Athlete. Although Mallery (Ivy) Higgs was a three-year starter on the Omaha Central basketball team that twice qualified for the state tournament, she is probably better known for her prowess in track where she set the standard with 14 all-class gold medals at the state track meet.  She is the only girl to win four all-class gold medals in one day at the Nebraska state high school meet, and she did it her junior and senior seasons.  She picked these up winning in the 100, 200, and 400-meter dashes and ran a leg on the 1600-meter relay.  In her four years of state meet competition she won Class A gold medals in all the events in which she participated with the exception of her sophomore year when she won three.  She won all of the individual events she entered throughout her high school career. She set many invitational and state records only to turn around and break them herself. She still holds the record for the fastest time in Nebraska history in the 100 and ran on the 400-meter relay that still has the state’s best mark.  Mallery received a scholarship to the University of Tennessee where she graduated in 1992 with a degree in psychology and three letters in track.  Now a mother of two boys, she coaches youth track in Atlanta for the Gwinnett Light in Youth Track Club. She also works with children with problems.

Published Monday September 29, 2003 OMAHA WORLD-HERALD, BY STU POSPISIL

LINCOLN – The newest members of the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame proclaimed their gratitude, as usual, to family members, coaches and teammates. Mallery Ivy Higgs came up with a new category.

“I’d like to thank all the officials who picked me up at the finish line,” said the former Omaha Central gold-medal sprinter.

Higgs choked up as she accepted her award. She follows her older sister, Maurtice Ivy, into the hall as the only pair of sisters to be honored.

“She’s someone I had to chase after,” said Mallery, the state record-holder with 11 individual state track meet gold medals and 14 overall. “I’m still chasing her. And I can’t seem to catch up to her.”

Mike Iseman – Fremont

Athlete. The 1957 Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal-Star athlete of the year, Iseman was a high school standout in football, basketball, track and baseball, who went on to compete in football and track at Princeton. In high school, Iseman earned all-state honors in 1956 as a running back, averaging 9.5 yards per carry. In basketball, an all-state center, led Fremont to two Big 10 Conference championships and a No. 1 rating. He placed in the 100 and 200 at the state track meet and was a high school All-American in baseball. At Princeton, Iseman was a four-year letterman in football, starting at wingback and defensive back. The Tigers rose to No. 15 in the national rankings his senior year. In track, he lettered for four years, competing in the sprints and hurdles. Iseman continued to compete in athletics after college and was named to the New York Times NYC Rugby Team of the Decade in the 1960s and won a bronze medal in the world championships while rowing for the Yale Old Fellows Rowing Association. Lives in Englewood, CO.

Maurtice Ivy – Omaha Central

Athlete.  From the grade school playgrounds of Omaha arose one of the leading female athletes of all-time, Maurtice Ivy of (1984 graduate) Omaha Central High School. She was Metro Conference scoring leader in basketball for four years and the state scoring champion three times. She was selected all-state for three years, and in 1983 and 1984 she helped the Eagles win the girls basketball state championship. She made the end-of-game free throws which won the first championship final. Her career point total of 1,926 still is high on the all-time list. Class A state tournament record holder for points in one tourney (80) and field goals in one game (14). Invited to Olympic Trials. Very talented in track & field, she won seven gold medals at the state track meets and was part of the team that set the 4×400 state record. Outstanding college career at University of Nebraska.

Stacy Imming Sykes – Kearney

Athlete. Class of 1983. During the late 1970s and early 1980s, fortunate sports fans in Buffalo County could have seen one of the best young lady athletes to ever wear the royal blue and gold of Kearney Senior High School, Stacy Imming. She excelled in basketball, volleyball and track. Named Class A all-state twice in volleyball, she also scored over a thousand points playing basketball. Her lowest one game scoring effort her senior year was 17 and her high was 35. She scored over 20 points in 23 games that year. Even with all the scoring, she also is remembered for assists off her passing, including half-court bounce passes to feed fast breaks. In track & field, she did well, once having a shot put toss of nearly 41 feet and winning a silver medal at the state meet. At the University of Nebraska she lettered in basketball all four years, twice being named to the All Big Eight Conference Academic Team. She has been inducted into the Kearney Senior High School Hall of Fame.