Ethan Lee Todd – Grant

Athlete.  This 1932 graduate of Max Rural High School in Dundy County set a lifetime example of the successful athlete. He single-handedly captured the 1932 Class D State Track Championship by winning four events and placing second in another. That was the sensational part of his career. The rest of the time, he was a […]

Dick Thompson – North Platte

Official. Dick worked for 40 years officiating high school football, 20 years of officiating basketball, and was starter at the state track meet for 17 years. Dick was a member of the crew that worked the first Nebraska Shrine Bowl game plus some time in the Big 8. In the early 1950’s, he began a […]

Stephanie Thomas Clark – McCool Junction

Athlete, Stephanie Thomas Clark played every sport she could.  The 1988 McCool Junction graduate collected honors enough for more than one person.  She was all-conference three years in volleyball and four years in basketball.  With her stats one would think that there should have been a re-count on the volleyball votes her freshman year.  However, […]

Heather Taggart Long – Millard North

Athlete (1988) Heather Taggart led Millard North to the state soccer championships  in 1988, recording 10 shutouts and earning all-state honors.  The three-sport standout played a state championship team in volleyball (1987), winning all-state honors in this sport, too. She gained state honors in basketball.  She became a record-setting soccer goalkeeper at the University of […]

Irving Thode – Loup City

Athlete (1949) Irv Thode was a dominating all-around athlete in high school. His 6-foot-3 high jump was the unofficial national schoolboy best in 1949. He was gold medalist in the long jump in 1948 (21-9) and 1949 (22-3) and the high jump in 1949 at the state meet. He was on the 1948 Class C […]

Kathy Travis Miiller – Lincoln Christian

Athlete.  Bottom line in the outstanding high school track career for Kathy (Travis) Miiller: She never lost an individual race during an NSAA-sanctioned event. She also was a volleyball all-stater and the female high school athlete of the year in 1991. In her four starring years of track at Lincoln Christian, she led her team […]

Charlie Toogood – North Platte

Athlete.  A seven-year NFL player, Charlie Toogood got his start as a high school star in North Platte. Toogood was a two-time all-state football player in 1943 and 1944 at tackle. He also won the gold medal in the shot put at the 1945 state track meet with a throw of 47 feet, ¼ inch. […]

Laura Tietjen – Byron

Athlete, Class of 1976. In the early days of girls athletics, Laura Tietjen dominated. A four-year starter in volleyball and basketball, Tietjen made her mark early, scoring 30 points in her first basketball game as a freshman. Throughout her career she had multiple games of 40 points or more, twice scoring 49 points and twice […]

Larry Tomlinson – O’Neill St. Mary’s

Athlete. Class of 1959. Larry Tomlinson earned his place in Nebraska history when he caught the first touchdown pass for the first touchdown of the Bob Devaney era with the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The O’Neill St. Mary’s standout had more than one play in his career. Tomlinson earned all-state honors while leading St. Mary’s to a […]

Ed Thompson – Cambridge

Class of 1995 Ed Thompson wasn’t the typical small-town superstar, he was the prototype. Whether it was football, basketball or track, Thompson excelled on teams that excelled. A three-year starter at quarterback, Thompson led the Cambridge Trojans to a 38-1 record. He earned all-state honors on offense, defense and as a punter. In basketball, he […]