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 […]

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 […]

Dan Newmyer – North Platte

Inducted with officiating partner, Dennis Logan. 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 Thompson […]

Gary Neibauer – Scottsbluff

ATHLETE No matter the sport, Gary Neibauer had it mastered. Whether it was winning the state championship in the low hurdles or twice  leading the Big Ten in scoring on the basketball court, Neibauer commanded the game. He was all-conference twice in football playing quarterback and earned all-state honors as a senior. He declined a […]

Danny Noonan – Lincoln Northeast

Danny Noonan Lincoln Northeast Athlete A consensus all-state player, Danny Noonan led Lincoln Northeast to a runner-up finish in the Class A state playoffs in 1982.  Playing on the offensive and defensive lines for the Rockets, Noonan lettered three times and earned a scholarship to play at Nebraska. Playing middle guard for the Cornhuskers, he […]

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 […]