Sam Koch-Seward

  Athlete A trail-blazing innovator, Sam Koch changed the way everyone in the football world looked at punting. While setting all major punting records for the Seward Bluejays, Nebraska Cornhuskers and Baltimore Ravens, the meticulous and hard-working Koch developed a wide repertoire of punts to adapt special-teams play according to the situation. Koch played multiple […]

Chris Kelsay-Auburn

Athlete   Chris Kelsay made his mark year-round at Auburn High School, earning all-state honors as a junior and senior in football and basketball and winning medals at the state track meet. Playing defensive line, linebacker and tight end, he led Auburn to the state semifinals as a junior then recorded 142 tackles and 14 […]

Dennis Korinek-Ulysses

Athlete A standout small-school athlete, Dennis Korinek rewrote the state six-man record books. Playing halfback and defensive back, he earned all-state honors three times and led Ulysses to back-to-back undefeated seasons and a final No. 1 ranking his junior season. Combining rushing, passing, receiving and drop-kicking skills, he set state six-man career records for points […]

Gaylen Kamrath- David City

Coach Gaylen Kamrath- David City The cowboy boots, he left on the mat at the Omaha arena. Gaylen Kamrath had signified his retirement in 2011 after 33 successful seasons as David City’s wrestling coach. The Columbus native taught two years at Monroe before coming to David City as head track coach and an assistant in […]

Dominique Kelley- Lincoln Northeast

Athlete Dominique Kelley- Lincoln Northeast The state’s Gatorade Basketball Player of the Year as a senior, Dominique Kelley-Johnson was the cornerstone of the Lincoln Northeast’s basketball program that compiled a 70-3 record over a 3-year period as she scored 1,535 points. Combining strength and quickness that made her a defensive stopper, she led the Rockets […]

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 […]

Jess Keifer – Holdrege

  Coach. His tenure as head football coach of the Holdrege Dusters covered a span of 25 years, achieving a 120 wins and being awarded three Omaha World-Herald mythical state championships. Those came in 1950, 1953 and 1959 with two undefeated seasons in 1953 and 1958. During the 1950s, the Dusters missed being in the […]

Kristie Korth Brezenski – Columbus Scotus

  ATHLETE Seven times in her high school career Kristie Korth Brezenski enjoyed lifting a state championship trophy. A three-sport standout at Columbus Scotus, she played on three state championship volleyball teams, three state champion basketball teams and a state champion soccer team. She earned all-state honors in all three sports, and was named the […]

Gene Kruger – Elkhorn

Coach.  After serving three years in the United States Marine Corps, Gene attended Midland College receiving his B.S. in 1946. His first teaching and coaching job was at his hometown of Arlington, heading up all sports. He made the move to Elkhorn in 1949 where he hired on as assistant coach in all sports and […]