Robert Rands-Bellevue East

Athlete-2005 Robert Rands carved out a spot in Nebraska sports history by breaking Gale Sayer’s long jump record that had stood for 44 years.  But Rands was more than a one-jump wonder.  The State’s consensus Athlete of the Year in 2005, he was an outstanding football player who rushed for over 2,650 yards in his […]

Richard “Richie” Ross- Lincoln High

Athlete- 2019  (2000) A gifted athlete in multiple sports, Richie Ross earned All-Class, All-State honors in football and basketball and was the All-Class gold-medal winner in the triple jump at the State Track meet.  The consensus 2000 Nebraska High School Athlete of the Year, Ross earned nine varsity letters at Lincoln High, established school single-season […]

Diane Rouzee-Grand Island Northwest

Coach Diane Rouzee’s 30-year career as head volleyball coach of Grand Island Northwest produced three state championships, six runner-up finishes, 23 trips to the state tournament and a 768-183 record. The recipient of the National Coach of the Year Award in 2018, Rouzee retired with the eighth-highest win total in Nebraska history. Called a “second […]

Rochelle Rohlfs-Omaha Marian

Coach Rochelle Rohlfs forged Omaha Marian into a volleyball power, rolling up a 718-245 record in her 26 years as head coach. Her career included four state championships, four other state finals appearances and a total of 21 trips to the state tournament. She coached in the Nebraska Coaches Association All-Star Game three times and […]

Katie Robinette Kock-South Sioux City

Athlete South Sioux City (Class of 2001) Katie (Robinette) Kock collected almost every basketball honor available to a prep athlete. Her coach, Kelly Flynn, said she was a coach’s dream ╨ a great player and hard worker who never hesitated to help younger players improve their game. Her list of honors included prep All-American, Gatorade […]

Danis Richards Willet-Benkelman

Athlete Benkelman (Class of 1975) Danis (Richards) Willet made the quarter-mile race her specialty, winning the Class C gold medal all four years and claiming all-class honors her junior and senior seasons. She finished her high school track career with 15 medals in the 440-, 880- and 220-yard dashes as well as the mile relay. […]

Barrett Ruud-Lincoln Southeast

Lincoln Southeast (Class of 2001) Touchdowns highlighted Barrett Ruud’s football career before tackles made him a pro. The cornerstone of three Lincoln Southeast state football championships, Ruud made the Knights varsity as a freshman, started as a sophomore and set school career records with 2,988 rushing yards and 54 touchdowns. The Lincoln Journal-Star’s Athlete of […]

Kevin Ramaekers – Norfolk Catholic

Norfolk Catholic (Class of 1988)           Good at everything he did, Kevin Ramaekers locked up the Athlete of the Year award in 1988 by earning all-state honors in football, winning gold at the state wrestling meet and winning the all-class gold medal in the shot put at the state track meet. […]

Bobby Reynolds – Grand Island

Athlete–One of the most exciting athletes of all time, this 1949 Grand Island High School graduate showed his natural ability early. While an Islander sophomore, he was already a starter on the fine basketball team there which captured back to back Class A state championships. And in football, the Purple & Gold rolled over all […]

Mark Russell – Broken Bow

Coach Mark Russell’s coaching tenure at Broken Bow lasted nearly 40 years and included nearly every sport. A track coach for 39 seasons, starting in 1947, he led the Indians to the state title in 1959, ’60 and ’61 and a runner-up finish in 1965. As the head football coach for 27 years, he had […]