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 […]

Scott Poehling – Fremont Bergan

Athlete–One of the best high school runners of all time, this 1976 graduate of Archbishop Bergan Catholic High School still draws raves from Nebraskans who were fortunate enough to witness his performance in the 1976 Boys State Track & Field meet. Winning the team grand championship for Fremont Bergan by himself, his times in those […]

Amy Paulsen-Spiering – Norfolk-Ralston-Oakland Craig

Oakland-Craig Class of 1990 Athlete Amy Paulsen-Spiering is the standard by which Nebraska weight throwers are measured. Paulsen-Spiering won seven gold medals at the state track and field championships. As a freshman, she won the Class A discus and placed second in the shot put at Norfolk.. The next three years, competing for Norfolk, Ralston […]

Bill Pfeiff – Lincoln High

Coach–Inspiring respect as both an athlete and a coach, this likable coach and school administrator became a legend in Nebraska high school track & field by setting a state record in the shot put of 52’ 2” while competing for Lincoln High School in 1936. The record stood for 19 years. After World War II, […]

John Parrella – Grand Island Central Catholic

Class of 1988 Athlete John Parrella played in three Super Bowls–the Buffalo Bills in 1994, the San Diego Chargers in 1995 and the Oakland Raiders in 2003–during a 13-year professional career at defensive tackle. His football days started at Grand Island Central Catholic High School where he excelled in football and was named a high-school […]

Fred Pisasale – Omaha

Coach. An all-around athlete at Omaha Central, Fred lettered in football, wrestling and tennis. During those years Central won the state meet in wrestling and tennis for four years and he won the gold medal in his weight class one year. After high school graduation in 1946, he spent two years in the Marine Corps. […]