Athlete. A 1992 Omaha Benson graduate, Woolridge scored a championship-game record 50 points to lead the Bunnies to the state title his senior year. He was All-Metro for three years and finished with 1,911 points, a Class A record. A four-year starter at Iowa, he led the Big 10 in scoring and assists his senior year and earned third-team All-American honors. He set the Iowa record for career assists. He played professionally in France, Italy, Turkey and Greece.
Coach–In the first half of the twentieth century, no Nebraska high school coach was a more successful example of great track coaching and promoting the sport of track and field. During his long career, while at Omaha Technical High School, his teams won six state track & field meet titles: 1932, 1933, 1937, 1941, 1943 and 1949. After he retired, for several years a relay event was hosted by Omaha Tech most deservedly in memory of his many accomplishments.
Athlete. The captain of the 2000 Olympic volleyball team in Sydney, Australia, Weston was a multi-sport standout and a 1992 graduate of Papillion-LaVista High School. The 1992 Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal Star Athlete of the Year, Weston was all-state in volleyball and basketball her junior and senior seasons, and she was named the Gatorade Circle of Champions Nebraska Basketball Player of the Year. She also qualified for the state track meet and was an all-state soccer player. She played professional volleyball in Italy. She is arguably one of the best collegiate volleyball players in NCAA history. Nebraska’s first three-time, first-team AVCA All-American, Weston capped an impressive career by winning the 1995 national title and sharing Player-of-the-Year honors with Cary Wendell of Stanford. The former captain of the U.S. National Team, Weston still holds school records for kills in a four-game match (37) and career kills (1,778). She also ranks in the career top 10 in nearly every statistical category and holds three of the top-10 single-match kill performances. A two-time Academic All-American, Weston was also a two-time Big Eight Player of the Year.
Athlete. A legend of Wolbach High School on the edge of Greeley County, this 1937 graduate accomplished a very rare feat, setting a national high school record in the discus of 154′ 9″ during an era when the high school discus was the exact same weight as the college discus in America. High schools went to a lighter discus in 1939 and began separate record-keeping, so Wibbels fans can claim he still holds the national high school mark. He was an all-state football player in 1936 and a state meet gold medal winner in the discus and javelin throw in 1936 and 1937. In addition, Edsel Wibbels was an all-state fullback on the gridiron for the Mustangs. In short, a famous name on the great plains is the legacy of this talented young man.
Athlete. A 1924 Gothenburg graduate, Welch attended Berwyn High School until his junior year. He played football at Gothenburg and was a four-year letterman in basketball at Berwyn and Gothenburg, but track is where he excelled, never losing a mile race in Nebraska. As a junior, he won the mile and was second in the 880 at the state meet. He won the 880 and mile as a senior and competed in the National Interscholastic Track Meet at the University of Chicago, beating 53 runners in the mile under rainy conditions with a winning time of 4 minutes, 35.3 seconds. His only loss in the mile was at the Drake Relays. At Hastings College, he was all-conference in football and basketball his junior and senior years, and on the track, set the state conference records in the 880 and mile as a freshman.
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.