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 […]

Don Leahy – Omaha

Coach–Creighton Preparatory High School, located in Omaha, has had a plethora of great coaches over the years, but none better at the game of football than Coach Leahy. 1955 would be but one good example. That fall the Bluejays compiled a record of eight wins, no losses and one tie, ending up ranked number one […]

Kurt Lauer – Gibbon

Athlete. 1964 graduate. Kurt Lauer enjoyed the best basketball season in Nebraska history, leading the Gibbon Buffaloes to their second straight state runner-up finish in the 1963-64 season. A 6-foot-8 post player and an outstanding shooter, he set the state record with 956 points (38.2 points per game).  He scored 59 points in a single […]

Roland Locke – North Platte

Athlete—This 1923 graduate of North Platte High School was timed as the fastest sprinter in the world en route to becoming the world record holder in the 100 and 220 yard dashes. Imagine a runner with world-class speed in a high school football backfield.  He led North Platte in 1921 to an unbeaten football season […]

Dave Lebsack – Lincoln Northeast

Athlete. Dave Lebsack earned the Lincoln Journal Star and Omaha World-Herald’s Athlete of the Year awards in 1962 after earning nine letters at Lincoln Northeast in football, basketball and baseball. An all-state quarterback, he led the Rockets to a 9-0 record and the state ratings championship in 1961. He started from the first game his […]

Verne Lewellen – Lincoln High

Athlete–Truly a man for all seasons, this 1920 graduate of Lincoln High School excelled in a variety of sports and vocations. All-state in football his junior and senior years, he also did well in basketball those years, helping the Links become state champions in an undefeated season on the hardwood in 1919-20. He did well […]