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 […]

Jeff Kinney – McCook

Athlete.  It may have been said that some were faster, some were stronger and some may have shot a basketball better, but few athletes had as much impact on the outcome of competition as Jeff Kinney, a 1968 graduate of McCook High School. His reputation began in his high school days within Red Willow County […]

Joanne Kappas – Bellevue East-Bellevue West-Omaha Bryan

Coach In an unequalled coaching career, Joanne Kappas watched her volleyball teams collect 11 state championship trophies, including six straight from 1992-1997. She started at Bellevue East, coaching for five years before moving on to a 19-year career at Bellevue West. She finished at Omaha Bryan, completing a unique triple crown of leading three different […]

Ron Kellogg – Omaha Northwest

  Athlete.  When only a sophomore at Omaha Northwest High School this star on the hardwood was already one of the best basketball players in the state. It was obvious from the start that he could shoot the basketball. By his graduation in 1982, Ron Kellogg had compiled a career total of 1,644 points. As a […]

Jami Kubik Hagedorn – Cambridge

Class of 1994Athlete Jami Kubik did it all for the Cambridge Trojans, who dominated their class in her time. With Kubik one of the centers of attention, Cambridge won back-to-back state volleyball and back-to-back state basketball championships. She earned all-state honors in volleyball as a junior and a senior, and was the honorary Class C1 […]

Marty Kobza – Schuyler

Athlete. The attraction is to the weight events for many strong young men in high school. Many double in the events, but rarely do they reach star status in both the shot put and discus throw. Marty Kobza of Schuyler Central High School made it, big time, especially in 1981. His top throw in the […]

Ginger Keller Marx – Gibbon

Athlete. Gibbon (1990) A pillar of Gibbon’s back-to-back state championship teams of 1988-89, Ginger Keller scored 1,413 points in high school – making the all-class all-state second team as a senior. The Buffs won 66 straight games with Keller at center, and she averaged a double-double — 15.3 points and 10.5 rebounds per game – […]

George “Bus” Knight – Jackson

Athlete. A 1937 graduate of Jackson High School situated in northeast Lincoln, this versatile athlete had an honorable career in three sports: football, basketball and track from his freshman year forward. He was an all-city back for four years on the gridiron. Named all-state in football his junior and senior years, the Jackson High team […]

Nicole Kubik – Cambridge

Athlete. Class of 1996 Nicole Kubik epitomized the word winner. She led Cambridge to four state tournament finals, three state championships and an 81-game winning streak, averaging 22.5 points, 6.5 assists and 5.9 steals per game. An outstanding 3-point shooter, she finished with 2,179 points and averaged 28.3 points per game her senior year. At […]