Max Kurz-Millard West

Coach Max Kurz’s 47-year coaching career was dotted by championships. As a boys cross country and track coach and a girls cross country coach at Millard, Millard South and Millard West, his teams won three state championships, finished second nine times and in the top four 21 times. His boys track team claimed one state […]

Richard Knaub-Scottsbluff

Scottsbluff (Class of 1954) The Nebraska High School Athlete of the Year in 1954, Knaub was a four-year letterman in track and a two-year letterman in football and basketball, earning all-conference and all-state honors. On the track, he established three state records and won all-class gold medals in the pole vault his sophomore and junior […]

Nile Kinnick – Omaha Benson

Athlete–One of the most nationally known of all Omaha high school graduates, this Benson High product (Class of 35) became a football legend. His athletic skills were abundantly clear, for he starred in track & field, was named all-state in football and helped Benson nearly reach the top in Class A basketball. Attending college at […]

John Kroeker – Henderson

Athlete  (1984) Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal Star 1983 athlete of the year was All-class all-state in football in 1983 and a three-time all-state pick in Class C-2. Henderson won state titles in 1981 and 1983. In 2004, he still held the 11-man state records for career scoring (672) and touchdowns (94). His 42 touchdowns […]

Nancy Kindig Malone – Hastings St. Cecilia

NANCY (KINDIG) MALONE, Athlete–High school athletics for girls in Nebraska was formally revised in the early ‘70s. One of the big stars in the revival was Nancy Kindig, who graduated from Saint Cecilia High School of Hastings in 1977. For four years as a track & field competitor, she led the Blue Hawks to state […]

John Kirby – David City St. Mary

Athlete. A prep All-American in football in 1959, John Kirby earned all-class and Class C all-state honors in football his junior and senior years. In 1960, Kirby was a Shrine Bowl captain. He also started for two years on the David City St. Mary basketball team that in those two seasons accumulated a record of […]

Tom Kropp – Aurora

Athlete–Those who witnessed the Shrine Bowl after the 1971 graduation of this young man from Aurora High School in 1971, may well believe he was the greatest Nebraska high school football player ever. He was dominating, not only in that all-star setting but in each and every game he played. Sizable at 6’3” and 225 […]

Ray Knaub – Scottsbluff

Athlete. Ray Knaub’s athleticism helped make Scottsbluff High School a threat in statewide competition and his track exploits put his name on the all-time charts as he dominated the high school Big Ten Conference. He won state track meet gold medals in the 100- and 220-yard dashes and ran on gold medal-winning 880-yard relays teams. […]

Monte Kiffin – Lexington

Athlete–Among the surprising things about this “big guy“, a 1958 graduate from Lexington High School; being six feet three inches tall and topping the scales at two hundred plus, was his agility and scoring skills on the basketball court. In 1958 he was rated of all-state quality, having a record average of seventeen points scored […]

Don Kelley – Lincoln Pius X

Coach, Lincoln Pius X. Kelley coached boys and girls state championships at Lincoln Pius X. He coached six-man football and basketball at Ohiowa from 1959 to 1961 before becoming the boys basketball coach at Norfolk Catholic. He moved on to Lincoln Pius X where he coached boys basketball from 1968 to 1980, advancing to the […]