Contributor. For twenty-two years this conscientious gentleman helped to improve the high schools of Nebraska and their activity programs. Between 1934 to 1956, he held the position of Executive Director of the Nebraska School Activities Association. In the early days of the NSAA, high school sports was the main concern of the Association. However, under the guidance and help of O. L. Webb, rules and policies were developed that would govern school competition in all activities. A true pioneer in his chosen field of endeavor.
Athlete. Class of 1968. Whether on the basketball court or the golf course, Jim White mastered the athletic skill of putting the ball in the hole. At Hastings High School, he earned the Lincoln Journal Star athlete of the year award while leading the Tigers to the state golf championship and the state basketball tournament. On the basketball court, he set single-game and season scoring records for the Tigers, earning all-state and all-state tournament honors. In golf, he shot a state tournament record-tying 70 in 1968 while winning the individual medal and leading Hastings to the state title. He had similar success at Hastings College, earning all-district basketball honors in 1971 and 1972. He won every college golf tournament in 1972, except the NAIA National Championships, where he tied for third in 1972. He continued to have a successful career as an amateur and a professional golfer, winning the PGA Senior National Championship in 2004 with a record 14 under par.
Athlete. The names of great Nebraska athletes who received their secondary education at Omaha Central High School is legendary, and to this list should always be included the name of Jackie Washington. She was a most versatile runner in girls high school track & field meets: A gold medal winner in the l00-yard dash; gold medal efforts on record setting 440-yard and 880-yard relay teams; three times a gold medal winner in hurdle events. Her friends, relatives, opponents, and the track experts of her era saw her greatness. Jackie Washington ran with the best of them.
Athlete, Class of 1990. The Outland Trophy as college football’s best lineman and a 12-year NFL career grew from Fremont Bergan’s high school athletics for Zach Wiegert. Playing both offense and defense, Wiegert earned all-state football honors at Bergan his senior year despite missing the first six games because of illness. He logged 67 tackles in five games. He also was an all-conference forward in basketball and a weight thrower in track. He made 61 percent of his field goals in basketball, setting a school record. Once he concentrated on football, he dominated. An anchor of the Nebraska Cornhuskers’offensive “Pipeline,” he started 46 games and allowed only one sack. He was an all-conference selection three times and an All-American in 1994, the year he won the Outland Trophy and paved the way for a national championship for the Huskers. He finished ninth in the Heisman Trophy balloting and was drafted in the second round of the NFL draft by the St. Louis Rams. He also played for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans.
Official. His background as a four-time letterman in football, basketball and track at DeWitt High School in Saline County from which he graduated in 1935 helped prepare him for later life where he served as a most knowledgeable official of high school sporting events in Nebraska. Cecil Walker was an outstanding official, especially in basketball, and he was often selected to work the state tournament. For many years he served as a supervisor of officials working the Nebraska state high school basketball tournaments. He also served as a football official for the Big Eight Conference. This able gentleman contributed much to the high level of good officiating enjoyed in Nebraska high school sports. First person from the officiating community selected for High School Hall of Fame induction.
Official. When his standout athletic career at Auburn High School and Nebraska Wesleyan Universityended, Willie Weisbrook picked up the whistle and striped shirt, beginning an officiating career that would span more than 40 years. A basketball referee in high school and small college starting in 1966, he was selected to officiate 17 state tournaments including 14 championship games. On the football field, he refereed high school games from 1966 to 1983, including nine state playoff games and two Class A championships. He also officiated college football games for nearly 30 years, working the national championship Sugar Bowl in 1997. He has also umpired high school baseball games. Active in recruiting and mentoring new officials, late in his career Weisbrook officiated basketball games with his daughter, Robyn.
Coach. This football coach’s career began at Ponca High School in 1950, and then shifted into high gear when he became head football coach at Schuyler High School. While guiding the fortunes of the Schuyler Warriors, he helped develop a great program, resulting in the 1958 team widely recognized as the Class B state champion. His green and white gridiron Warriors began a 29-game winning streak which lasted into 1961. He was selected as a coach for the North Squad in the first Shrine Bowl. In 1959, he joined the coaching staff at the University of Omaha. In 1971 he returned to his alma mater, Midland College, and became head football coach and athletic director. His coaching record there of 116-81-2 ranked him as the winningest coach in Midland history.
Athlete. Class of 1962
Terry Williams can stake a claim to the title as Nebraska’s fastest man. His sprint times — 9.7 seconds in the 100-meter dash and 20.9 in the 220 — ranked at the top of Nebraska’s alltime charts and stood sixth in the nation in 1962. The 5-foot-11, 170-pounder swept the 100 and 220 gold medals at the state meet, running 9.7 and 22.0, respectively, and was the anchor man on the gold-medal mile relay for the Eagles. Racing against the best in the state, the nation and the world, “Terrific Terry” turned in many outstanding performances. As a sophomore at Omaha University, he ran a 6-flat 60-yard dash, tying the world record.
Athlete. This outstanding football and track star was selected to the All State second team and All City halfback his junior year. During this season he totaled up the most kickoff return yards in the state which included the longest at 92 yards. His senior year netted him both All City and All State honors. He packed the pigskin mail for an intercity scoring record of 72 points and set a new record of 8.6 yards per carry. Dick racked many more honors in track where he led Benson in total points scored in his freshman through senior years1950 was his banner year which included the state pentathlon championship, being undefeated in both hurdle races the entire year plus setting a new record every time he ran the lows and tying the state record. He was the only high jumper to clear six feet that year while scoring the most individual points in the “A” division of the state meet. Weston was considered by local sports writers as one Omaha’s greatest prep athletes, often comparing him with the late Nile Kinnick another Benson alum who gained All American honors at Iowa. Dick accepted a football and track scholarship at UNL but a knee injury on the football practice field dashed his collegiate hopes.
Able to hit from any angle on the basketball court, and able to keep from getting hit on the baseball diamond, earned Jan Wall Athlete of the Year staus in 1958. Wall excelled on the basketball court as a two-year all-stater and three-year starter for the Rockets. He averaged 22.3 points per game as a junior and 19.8 points per game as a senior. On the pitching mound, he struck out 121 batters in 103 innings and had an ERA of 0.88, leading Northeast to the state championship in 1957, pitching a 1-hitter in the championship only one day after throwing 7 2/3 innings in relief. Turning down several major league offers, he attended the University of Nebraska where he ws a three-year letterman in baseball and a two-year letterman in basketball. Signed by the New York Mets, he was released because of a bad knee after one year in the minors where he pitched five shoutouts.