John “Choppy” Rhodes – Ansley

Athlete. It was often said of this legendary athlete that he was the first Nebraska high school track & field competitor to high jump six feet, pole vault twelve feet and long jump twenty-two feet. A 1922 graduate from Ansley High School in Custer County, he excelled to all sports: football, basketball, track & field […]

Herman Rohrig – Lincoln High

Athlete. No better example of the complete athlete exists than this 1936 graduate of Lincoln High School. He lettered three years in three separate sports: football, basketball and track. His versatility is illustrated by the help he gave the Links at state track meets. He did well in the long jump and tossing the then […]

Bill Ramsay – Cozad

Coach. Bill’s coaching career spanned 40 years and four.schools with a record of 490-264. After graduating from Kearney State, he held positions at Odessa, Gibbon and Grant where his Grant team won him his first state championship. In 1967, he settled at Cozad and under his tutelage the Haymakers had a combined record of 313-166 […]

Susan Roll – Chadron

Athlete, 1984 graduate. Susan Roll was a three-sport standout and a three time Nebraska state high school individual gold medal champion in girls golf, Susan led her Chadron High team to four consecutive team championships. In the winter months, she was involved in basketball and garnered All Conference recognition in 1983 and 1984. She competed […]

Jim Riley – Lincoln

Contributor.  Jim Riley served in the field of education for 44 years and in the Nebraska School Activities Association for 31 years. Riley was hired as Assistant Executive Director for the NSAA on Aug. 1, 1970, and was promoted to Executive Director in August 1976. The NSAA staff grew from three employees to 11 full-time […]

Phyllis Rice-Honnor – Centennial

Coach.  In 30 years as volleyball coach at Centennial, Phyllis (Rice) Honnor posted a 459-151 record and led her team to the state tournament 12 times. Centennial won state championships in 1984, 1985 and 1987 and finished second in 1998. Her teams won 14 subdistrict and 12 district championships. Centennial’s volleyball team was ranked in […]

Randy Reeves – Omaha Benson

Athlete. Randy Reeves, the 1966 Omaha World-Herald Athlete of the Year, excelled on and off the field. Reeves was the valedictorian of his class of more than 800 students and a National Merit Scholar. On the football field, he was a three-year starter for the Benson football team and received All-Metro, All-State and All-American honors […]

Larry Ribble – Millard South

Coach. Larry Ribble’s boys basketball teams enjoyed more than their share of success, winning seven state championships and qualifying for 10 other state tournaments. His teams’ state championship success started in Class C at Pawnee City before his Millard South squads won five Class A crowns. His 1970 and 1971 Pawnee City teams won 35 […]

John Reta – Lincoln Southeast

Coach. John Reta was the center of swimming in Nebraska for nearly 20 years. Instituting the program at Lincoln Southeast, Reta coached the Knights to eight consecutive boys state swimming championships from 1959 to 1966. His swimmers won 11 individual state titles and set 18 state records. The Knights put together a winning streak of […]

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 […]