Preston Love, JR-Omaha Technical

  Athlete All-state in football and basketball and the state champion in the hurdles, Preston Love Jr., earned accolades as Omaha’s Athlete of the Year in 1960. He accepted an athletic scholarship to Northwestern, playing football and track. In 1963 he finished third in hurdles at the Big Ten Indoor Championships. After transferring to Nebraska, […]

Nate Lashley- Mitchell

Athlete  (Class of 2001) A two-time state golf champion, leading Mitchell to the Class C1 team title both years, he went on to play for the University of Arizona where he was the Pac-10 runner-up in 2005. He turned professional after graduating from Arizona, winning the PGA’s Rocket Mortgage Classic in 2019. At Mitchell High […]

Jordan Larson- Logan View

Athlete  (Class of 2005) On the volleyball court, Jordan Larson killed it.  A key player on the U.S. Olympic volleyball teams in 2012 and 2016, Larson earned 12 letters in volleyball, basketball and track at Logan View.  An All Class All State selection for three years, Larson earned high school All-American honors.  On the basketball […]

Chris Leigh Thomas – Platteview

Athlete. One of the best girl basketball players in high school history, this 1979 graduate of Platteview High School in Springfield, Sarpy County, was a favorite with fans from the time she first stepped on to any athletic arena for her varsity team. She was named all-state in both volleyball and basketball, and she won […]

Ralph W. “Swede” Langer – Ainsworth

Before graduating from Ainsworth High School in 1939, Ralph had an outstanding career in all three sports offered at that time. His honors included being selected twice to the All State Teams in basketball and once football. His track events were the pole vault and high jump. In order to gain more practice time Ralph […]

David Lammel – Millard South

Athlete (1984) A five-time gold-medal swimmer at the state meet, the seven-time high school All-American still held the state record in the 100-yard butterfly in 2004. That mark was the second-fastest in the nation his senior year. He started on Millard South’s state runner-up baseball teams of 1983 and 1984. He was honored by the […]

Jack Lewis – Omaha

Contributor. Dr. Jack Lewis gave countless honors to the athletic program at his alma mater, Omaha Central High School.  Every year, he has provided free fall, winter and spring physical examinations for athletes and  can’t remember an Omaha Central football game where he wasn’t on the sidelines. He was the school’s “team” doctor for 39 […]

Max Linder – Plattsmouth

Athlete (1968) The Omaha World-Herald’s 1968 athlete of the year enjoyed an outstanding career in football, basketball and track at Plattsmouth.  The Class B all-state quarterback in 1967 played in the 1968 Shrine Bowl after accounting for 45 touchdowns and 2,979 yards as a senior. In his career, he threw 48 touchdown passes and scored […]

Bill Lewis – Lincoln

Official.  Bill Lewis began officiating basketball in 1961 while he was in junior high school and rose to become the Nebraska School Activities Association’s Supervisor of Officials. An intramural referee at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Chadron State, he continued to officiate after becoming a teacher. He worked the state basketball tournament from 1975 to […]

Dennis Logan – North Platte

Official. Inducted with officiating partner, Dan Newmyer. They officiated together for 40 years, so they will be inducted into the Hall of Fame together. They began officiating basketball while students at Doane College in the late 1940s and they retired in the late 1980s. They began officiating football games with Hall of Fame referee Dick […]