Nora Shepherd- York

Athlete-1994 In a 1600 meter race, Nora shepherd set the pace for the pack.  Suffering from asthma, especially on hot and humid days, she emerged as a Junior Olympic Champion, before dominating the 1600, never losing at that distance in high school,  Setting a Class B record as a senior, she also set school records […]

Jerome Skrdla-Gretna

Coach Jerome Skrdla, who ranked sixth in  state history at the time of his induction with 560 victories as a girls basketball coach, has coached three schools to the state tournament, winning three state championships — at Kearney Catholic in 1984 and 1985 and Gretna in 2006.  His Kearney Catholic team strung together 55 consecutive […]

Curt Shockey- Ralston

Coach- 2019 As Head Baseball Coach at Ralston High School from 1982 to 2004, Curt Shockey’s Rams enjoyed a litany of success.  As one of the smallest Class A schools, Shockey led Ralston to six state titles, including a “three-peat” in 1986, ’87 and ’88.  As the skipper of the Rams, he surpassed the 1,000-win […]

Janet Kruse Sellon-Blair

Athlete Blair (Class of 1987) Janet (Kruse) Sellon shredded opposing volleyball defenses. With nearly half of her attacks resulting in kills, she proved to be a dynamic volleyball player, starting four years at Blair and earning all-state honors her junior and senior seasons. She also started for three years in basketball, earning all-state honors, and […]

Jerry Stine-Omaha

Contributor As a coach, historian, promoter and documentarian, Jerry Stine dedicated countless hours to the betterment of Nebraska high school sports. Throughout his 40-year career, Stine coached boys’ basketball & track at Wheeler Central – Bartlett and girls’ basketball and boys’ and girls’ track at Bertrand. After leaving the coaching ranks, Stine continued to contribute […]

Daryl Stovall-Bellevue West

Bellevue West (Class of 1978) A lock-down defender on the basketball court and a speedy outfielder on the baseball diamond, Daryl Stovall used his athletic skills to allow him to be selected by the Chicago White Sox in the Major League Baseball draft, and the San Diego Clippers in the NBA draft. At Bellevue West, […]

Anne Shadle-South Sioux City

South Sioux City (Class of 2001) The road under Anne Shadle’s feet often seemed to fly by. At South Sioux City, where her father was the coach, Shadle took the first steps to becoming a premier runner. She won three Class B and two all-class gold medals at the state cross country championships and three […]

Renee Saunders-Omaha Marian

Omaha Marian (Class of 1995) Renee Saunders kept her eye on the ball. Named all-class all-state in volleyball and basketball her junior and senior seasons, she led Omaha Marian to the state basketball tournament every year and a state runner-up finish her junior year. She graduated as Marian’s all-time leader in scoring and rebounding. On […]

Laura Spanheimer Dechant – Omaha Marian

Omaha Marian (Class of 2001) The Athlete of the Year tag stuck to Omaha Marian’s Laura Spanheimer, who twice earned the honor from the Lincoln Journal-Star and as a senior from the Omaha World-Herald. She led Marian to back-to-back state basketball championships those years, earning all-metro and all-state accolades. An outstanding runner as well, she […]

Sarah Sasse-Kildow – Lincoln High

Lincoln High (Class of 1998) In spite of her diminutive size, Sarah Sasse-Kildow cast a long shadow on Nebraska high school girls golf. After tying for fourth at the state meet as a freshman and second as a sophomore, she won back-to-back state titles as a junior and senior. She also dominated the amateur golf […]