Dick Morrissey- Omaha

  Official- 2018 Official Over a 40-year career, Dick Morrissey became one of the most recognized and most respected referees in Nebraska while officiating from 1972-2013. Also busy in the collegiate ranks, Morrissey worked approximately 300 football and 1,300 basketball games. He was selected to officiate 10 state basketball tournaments and drew the state championship […]

Jack McCartney-North Platte

Athlete North Platte (Class of 1944) “Bullet” Jack McCartney blended speed, drive and a change of pace that made him one of the most dangerous football players of his time. Tagged as Nebraska’s best high school athlete in his sophomore year, McCartney made a name for himself in track, winning all-class gold medals in the […]

Duane Mendlik-Wisner-Pilger

Coach A devotion to the sport of basketball and a pursuit of excellence helped Duane Mendlik put together a career of more than 650 victories ╨ second-highest in Nebraska boys basketball history. A 35-year stint at West Point Central Catholic and a decade at Wisner-Pilger resulted in 15 state-tournament appearances. He coached West Point Central […]

John Miller-Chambers/Southern Valley

Coach Few can match the diverse success enjoyed by John Miller. A 36-year coaching career garnered seven state championships and more than 700 victories in girls’ and boys’ basketball and football. His longest tenure came as the Chambers girls’ basketball coach where his teams won five state championships, four runner-up trophies and 585 games. The […]

Kathy Mettenbrink-Centura

Coach At Centura High School, Kathy Mettenbrink was simply known as “Coach.” Her 34-year career as the Centurions girls basketball coach resulted in 549 wins, 11 state tournament appearances and two runner-up finishes. But her biggest accomplishments can’t be quantified by numbers. “She turned a lot of average players into great ones,” one of her […]

RICK MEYER – Superior

Superior (Class of 1980)           When Rick Meyer spins around, the discus usually sails a long way. By the time he was named the Hastings Tribune’s Prep Athlete of the Year in 1980, Meyer had already embarked on a record-setting career. The first Nebraska prepster to eclipse the 190-foot mark, Meyer […]

DON MEYER – Wayne

Wayne (Class of 1963)           Don Meyer made his mark nationally as a successful and legendary college basketball coach, setting a record with 923 wins at Hamline (MN) University, Lipscomb (TN) University and Northern State (SD), but his playing accomplishments can’t be overlooked. The only player at Wayne High School to […]

JON MCWILLIAMS – Sidney

Sidney (Class of 1952)           Jon McWilliams was noted for his speed. Labeled “Greased Lighting” after a three-touchdown performance against Oshkosh, the Sidney senior sprinted to Class B all-state honors in football and the 120-yard high hurdles silver medal at the state track meet, helping his team win the state title. […]

Gregg McBride – Lincoln

Contributor.  Considered the “Father” of Nebraska high school sports writing because of a long, noted career with the Omaha World-Herald. His weekly ratings of high school basketball and football teams began in the 1930s and created enormous interest in high school athletics. He wrote sports from 1917 to 1967, mostly for the World-Herald, and was […]

Rita Makovicka – York

Athlete. As an outstanding athlete at York High School, Rita has often been referred to as the greatest female athlete around, whether it was cross-country, basketball, track, volleyball, or softball. During her sophomore year (1976-77) York won the first Class B Girls State Basketball Tournament and Rita tossed in the winning basket with 4 seconds […]