Arnie Johnson- Albion/Boone Central

Coach Arnie Johnson- Albion/Boone Central Arnold “Arnie” Johnson’s Cardinal football teams at Albion and Boone Central feathered the school’s nest with four NSAA trophies. They were Class C-1 State Champions in 2001 and 2014 and runners-up in 2004 and 2012. The Oakland native’s first job was at Howells, where the Bobcats qualified for state three […]

Steve Johnsen- Lincoln

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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 […]

Charles “Deacon” Jones – Boys Town

Athlete. An NCAA cross country champion, Charles “Deacon” Jones set the American record in the steeplechase in 1957 and competed in the Olympics in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 1956 and 1960. However, his first rewriting of the record books came while representing Boys Town where he set a national high school record in an AAU […]

Rex Jones – Chadron

Contributor. Rex Jones retired in 2002 after a 50-year career in Nebraska athletics that saw him rise from the playing fields to the board room. Jones played quarterback on an undefeated Chadron High School football team of 1954, played for an undefeated Chadron State football team in 1958 and coached an undefeated Rushville football team […]

Jodi Janssen Harper – Papillion-LaVista

Class of 1994 Jodi (Janssen) Harper established the standard in Nebraska high school diving, becoming the first to sweep the gold medals all four years at the state swimming and diving meet. She set the state record in 1994, breaking the previous mark by 20 points. That record still stood at the time of her […]