Luke Pinkelman-Cozad

Athlete Luke Pinkelman paved the way for several successful seasons by the Cozad football and track teams. In the throwing rings, Pinkelman qualified for the state track meet in the shot put and discus all four years, winning five Class B gold medals and three all-class gold medals. As a senior, he set the state-meet […]

Niles Paul- Omaha North

Athlete Niles Paul- Omaha North The consensus Athlete of the Year as a senior, Niles Paul epitomized the multi-sport athlete. A Parade All-American in football, he had 78 pass receptions his junior and senior years for 23 touchdowns and was a game-changing return specialist. On the basketball court, he averaged nearly 19 points and 12 […]

Larry Porter- Lincoln

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Meredy Porter- Bellevue West

Athlete Meredy (Porter) Smith                                                                                                       […]

Zach Potter- Omaha Creighton Prep

Athlete Zach Potter                                                                                                         […]

Elroy Pierce- Eustis-Farnam

Coach In his 50-year coaching career, 48 years at Eustis and Eustis-Farnam, Elroy Pierce earned the title of “Coach”.  He started at McPherson County, coaching football, basketball and track.  Moving to Eustis, he was the head coach or an assistant coach in football, boys and girls basketball, cross country, golf, and track and field.  Preaching […]

Ben Plucknett-Beatrice

Athlete Beatrice (Class of 1972) Walter Harrison (Ben) Plucknett, a four-year letterman in football and track at Beatrice High School and the all-class gold medalist in the shot put and discus throw in 1972, developed into the premier discus thrower in the world. At the University of Missouri, “Big Ben” won three Big Eight Championships […]

Laura (Pilakowski) Buttermore-Columbus

Laura (Pilakowski) Buttermore excelled on every field and court. The first female four-year, three-sport letterman at Columbus High School, she earned all-state honors in volleyball and basketball and qualified for the state track meet all four years. The consensus 1999 Female Athlete of the Year, she was the Nebraska Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year […]

Jim Paige – Official

Official Jim Paige spent more than 50 years calling fouls and penalties in football, basketball and track at Nebraska high school athletic events. Described as “quiet, unassuming and hard-working,” Paige displayed a respect for athletes and coaches while maintaining fairmindedness in the implementation of the rules. Selected as the Nebraska Football Official of the Year, […]

Mike Purdy- Contributor

Contributor         No one could account for all the athletes and students who have benefitted from the unselfish contributions Mike Purdy has made to their lives. A coach and administrator in the middle school and high school ranks for more than 40 years, Purdy pioneered and promoted programs and activities that made […]