Megan Neuvirth- West Point Central Catholic

Athlete-2005 When Megan Neuvirth got to high school, the W’s came in bunches.  In her four years at WPCC, the Bluejays won eight State Championship in volleyball and basketball.  An All-Stater in volleyball and basketball, she was named the Nebraska Gatorade Basketball Player of the Year in 2005.  She graduated having never experienced a loss […]

Russ Ninemire-Sandy Creek

Coach Russ Ninemire forged one of the all-time greatest dynasties in Nebraska high school girls athletics. Under his guidance, the Sandy Creek girls basketball team put together a 95-game win streak and won 10 state championships, including six straight between 1996 and 2001. Ninemire, the 2018 National Coach of the Year, departed from the program […]

Tom Novak – Omaha South

Athlete. When sports fans talk about tough athletes, no one’s name stands above this 1944 graduate of Omaha South High School. He started out as a crushing fullback and a stop-them-in-their tracks defender and led South to #1 championship fame in the fall of 1942 as a junior. He reached all-state status his final two years of high […]

Jay Novacek – Gothenburg

Athlete–A multi-sports talent, this tall young man graduated from Gothenburg High School in 1981. He set a record in the pole vault, 15-1 in 1981 and also won medals in the hurdles at state track meets. He was all-state in basketball and an all-state quarterback for the Swedes in football. After an outstanding career in […]

Ray Novak – Omaha Tech

Athlete.  In 1949 this young man was called by many the best high school athlete ever seen in the Omaha area. And for good reason. That fall he helped lead Omaha Technical High School to an undefeated Class A football state championship as quarterback of the Trojans. He was an all-around reliable athlete, starring for […]

Jill Noel Korta – Lincoln Pius X

Athlete. Jill could possibly have been the first four-time state girl’s cross country champion had that sport been sanctioned by the NSAA in 1979, her freshman year at York. So she ran with the boys that year and finished second in her first race. In her next three years, she never lost a race in […]

Carol Nunnally Countryman – McCook, Lincoln High

Athlete.  Carol started collecting gold medals from the beginning.  She began competing in AAU meets as a youngster.  She competed on the boys cross-country team her freshman year at McCook because there was no girl’s team.  She was the number 3 runner in most of the meets.  Track season was her real forte, she won  […]

Jerry Neely – Norfolk

Official. Jerry’s 40-year officiating career started while he was in the military service.  While waiting for an injury to mend he started refereeing basketball games among service teams.  While attending Hastings College and on the basketball team, he did some intramural refing and then added some high school games while still competing himself.  After graduation, […]

Lyle Nannen – Syracuse

Coach, Athlete.  A member of a very athletic family, Lyle excelled in football, basketball and track.  Lyle was a four-year letterman in football and basketball and would have been in track had it not been for a knee injury in the last basketball game his senior year.  Playing at three positions in football — quarterback, […]

Jason “Bump” Novacek – Gothenburg

Athlete.   Tremendously successful in football, basketball and track, Jason “Bump” Novacek epitomized the vision of an all-around athlete. In football, he starred as quarterback, running back and defensive back, leading Gothenburg to a state runner-up finish his junior year. He earned all-state honors in 1984, gained high school All-American status, and won the Nebraska Shrine […]