ALAN VANCURA – Coach

Coach           Alan VanCura was one of Nebraska’s most successful high school volleyball coaches. He led Hastings St. Cecilia to 830 victories in 41 years before retiring in 2016. During his tenure, the Hawkettes won six state championships and 19 district championships. A coach with a calm demeanor who rarely raised […]

Julie Vollertsen Melli – Palmyra

Athlete— Small town girl reaches big time athletic success is the story of this talented 1977 graduate of Palmyra High School. During the 1976-77 high school season, she reached all-state status while wearing the red, white and blue of the Palmyra Panthers. Her drive to play this game soon carried her to the national scene. […]

Arthur Vance – Hardy

Athlete–Along the southern border of Nebraska in Webster and Nuckolls Counties once existed Cowles High School and Hardy High School. One exposed to this early 20th century secondary education was a late blooming great baseball pitcher, Dazzy Vance. Arm troubles hampered his rise until his early thirties when he started in 1922 with the major […]

Bill Vincent – Omaha South

Athlete.  The ability to play under pressure while a student at Omaha South High School was an attribute helping this tall basketball player reach all-state status his junior and senior years. In 1960 at the state tournament in the old coliseum in Lincoln when the chips were down and a fine team from Alliance had […]

Trudi Veerhusen Nolin – Adams

Athlete. Trudi (Veerhusen) Nolin was pretty much an “All Everything” athlete at Adams High School, three-sport athlete and a total of 12 varsity letters.  She started every one of 100 total games in basketball that had a team record of 96-4.  Two of those losses were in state tournament competition when Adams lost the semifinal […]

Larry Vlasin – Madrid

Athlete.  1965 grad. The first Class D athlete named the Lincoln Journal Star’s Athlete of the Year, Larry Vlasin earned allstate honors playing for Madrid’s undefeated eight-man football teams of 1963 and ’64. He set the national eight-man rushing record averaging 338.9 yards per game. He also earned all-state honors in basketball his junior and […]

Brad Vering – Howells

Class of 1996 Athlete Brad Vering’s road to the Olympics took off while winning three state championships at the Nebraska High School Wrestling Championships. Wrestling for the Howells Bobcats, Vering set a state record with 10 state tournament pins. He finished third as a freshman before ascending to the gold-medal level, finishing his high school […]

Mathias “Mutt” Volz – Lincoln

Official Mathias “Mutt” Volz’s career as an official and an evaluator lasted 60 years, from high schools to colleges and in football and basketball. An all-state athlete at Omaha South, and a letterman in basketball and baseball, Volz began his officiating career in high schools and the Missouri Valley Conference. He worked many big games, […]

Dave Van Metre – Omaha

Contributor. A former Colorado College football player from Mount Vernon, Iowa, Dave Van Metre was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams. After injuries ended his professional football career, he went into private business and has generously lended a hand to schools in Omaha and his native Mount Vernon. He has provided new weight training and […]