Jina Johansen Douglas- Centura

Athlete-2019  (2001) Jina (Johansen) Douglas epitomized the small-town girls who rose to greatness on the basketball court.  A gym rat who honed her skills in Class C, she led the Centurions to three State Tournaments and back-t0- back championship games in Class C-1.  During her four years as a starter, Centura compiled a 91-7 record […]

Keith Jones-Omaha Central

Athlete Omaha Central (Class of 1984) Keith Jones’ legacy is stamped into his nickname: “End Zone”. A speedy and powerful running back at Omaha Central, Jones broke records that belonged to the legendary Gale Sayers. Jones rushed for 1,710 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior, including a 235-yard effort against state champion Omaha Creighton […]

Trevor Johnson-Lincoln Northeast

Athlete Lincoln Northeast (Class of 1999) In the classroom and on the playing field, Trevor Johnson excelled. In the top one percent academically, the unanimous prep athlete of the year excelled in three sports. After missing most of his junior football season with a broken leg, the tight end/defensive end caught 42 passes for 736 […]

Stacy Jakubowski Longacre – Howells

Howells (Class of 1981) A proven winner, Stacy Jakubowski led Howells to the state championship in volleyball and a state runner-up finish in basketball. A four-year, three sport letterman, Jakubowski placed in the high jump at the state track meet all four years, winning gold medals her junior and senior seasons. A three year starter […]

Charles Borner, Jr. – Lincoln High

Lincoln High (Class of 1964)           The face of Lincoln’s Hillcrest Country Club as the resident teaching professional who stresses fundamentals and a respect for the game, Charles Borner, Jr., forged a very successful competitive golf career that included back-to-back Class A state championships in 1963 and 1964, a feat not […]

Chuck Jura – Schuyler

Athlete. This 1968 graduate of Schuyler High School received well-deserved plaudits from Nebraska newspapers as one of the best high school basketball players ever in this part of the country. In 1968, the year of the Class B state championship title for the tall green and white lads, Chuck Jura averaged 30 points per game […]

Calvin Jones – Omaha Central

Calvin Jones Omaha Central Athlete  Calvin Jones speed put him at the front of Nebraskas football and track scene.  A prep All-American, Jones averaged 8.4 yards per carry as a senior and established Class A single-game (367 yards), single-season (2,196 yards) and career (3,965 yards) rushing records.  On the track, he won five gold medals […]

Clint John – Cambridge

  Coach–It is no accident that Cambridge High School has done well through the years in athletics, regardless of class. Always good coaching has been their fortune and this gentleman was no exception. A pharmacist by profession, in the early part of the 20th century he turned to high school coaching for which he definitely […]

Bill James – Bellevue

Coach. Bill James made a couple of Central Nebraska stops in his coaching career (Arapahoe and Loup City) before landing in Bellevue where he coached football for nearly four decades, a coach who won in one of the toughest competitive conferences. Head football coach at the original Bellevue High School (which became Bellevue East) from […]

Bill Jackman – Grant

Athlete. Because of his outstanding basketball skills, many Nebraska fans may not know that this 1982 graduate of Perkins County High School also played on three Class C football state championship teams from the fair city of Grant. During his high school playing days, Bill Jackman led his teammates to two straight high school basketball […]