Dennis Logan – North Platte

Official. Inducted with officiating partner, Dan Newmyer. They officiated together for 40 years, so they will be inducted into the Hall of Fame together. They began officiating basketball while students at Doane College in the late 1940s and they retired in the late 1980s. They began officiating football games with Hall of Fame referee Dick […]

Cecil McKnight – Plattsmouth

Coach. Sometime during an outstanding track career at Peru State, Cecil McKnight decided he wanted to be in the coaching profession. He started at Morrill and then moved to Plattsmouth as track and cross-country coach where he spent 38 years. His teams won four Class B championships, of which three consecutive wins were in cross-country […]

Jill Noel Korta – Lincoln Pius X

Athlete. Jill could possibly have been the first four-time state girl’s cross country champion had that sport been sanctioned by the NSAA in 1979, her freshman year at York. So she ran with the boys that year and finished second in her first race. In her next three years, she never lost a race in […]

Jim Puetz – Columbus Scotus

Coach. Puetz compiled a 236-96-6 record coaching football for 34 years, 31 at Columbus Scotus. His teams won state championships in 1984 and 1993. A track coach from 1968 to 1993, his teams won two state championships, two state runner-up trophies, 18 district championships and 19 conference championships.  

Roger Sayers – Omaha Central

Class of 1959–Competing in an era where most athletes received a catchy nickname, Rocket Roger Sayers first showed a knack for speed as an Omaha Central athlete in 1957-58-59, winning 100-220 gold medals in 1958, the 220 and a relay gold in 1959. He starred at Omaha University in football and track for four years. […]

Jodi Stineman Emsick – Lincoln Southeast

Athlete.  Jodi Stineman Emsick had “champion” written all over her from the start of her career at Lincoln Southeast. She played and starred on state championship teams in cross country, basketball (twice) and track. She was the first Lincoln Southeast athlete to win 12 varsity letters along with these laurels: Female high school athlete of […]

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 […]

Leroy A. Zentic – Lincoln East

  Coach.  Lee Zentic, the inaugural coach at Lincoln East, promptly put the school in the thick of championship races. He directed six state championship teams – 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975 and 1979 — and coached 57 all-state players. His coaching honors include 1975 Lincoln Journal Star Coach of the Year, 1976 Omaha World-Herald Coach […]

Diane Beideck Van Brocklin – Millard North

Athlete. 1987. Diane (Beideck) Van Brocklin¬† was The Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal-Star 1987 girl athlete of the year, was all-class all-state in basketball in 1986 and 1987 and in volleyball in 1986 when the Mustangs were Class A runners-up. She scored 1,266 points in basketball, averaging 17.6 points as a senior. She shattered school […]

Tom Kropp – Aurora

Athlete–Those who witnessed the Shrine Bowl after the 1971 graduation of this young man from Aurora High School in 1971, may well believe he was the greatest Nebraska high school football player ever. He was dominating, not only in that all-star setting but in each and every game he played. Sizable at 6’3” and 225 […]