Ray Knaub – Scottsbluff

Athlete. Ray Knaub’s athleticism helped make Scottsbluff High School a threat in statewide competition and his track exploits put his name on the all-time charts as he dominated the high school Big Ten Conference. He won state track meet gold medals in the 100- and 220-yard dashes and ran on gold medal-winning 880-yard relays teams. […]

Darrell Lenz – Chappell

Official When Darrell Lenz met with the captains before a game, he reminded them, “We are here to help you play your game.”  Lenz started as a coach, but when he gave up the coach’s clipboard for the administrator’s desk, he held onto the whistle. Starting in 1964, Lenz embarked on a 42-year career of […]

John “Jack” McIntire – Falls City/Peru

Coach. Named The World-Herald’s Nebraska high school coach of the year in 1955 at Falls City and its college coach of the year in 1961 at Peru State. At Falls City from 1946 to 1956, his football teams were 71-17 and his basketball teams were 126-47 and won the 1956 Class A title. At Peru […]

Myron Oehlerking – Lincoln East

Coach. The only volleyball coach in Lincoln East’s 33 years (2006), Coach O won six state championships (74-77-82-85-86-88), three Class A state runners-up (89-93-94) and made 19 state tournament appearances. He coached more victories in volleyball than any other coach with a 726-367 record. Also head coach of a successful track program from 1973 to […]

Bobby Reynolds – Grand Island

Athlete–One of the most exciting athletes of all time, this 1949 Grand Island High School graduate showed his natural ability early. While an Islander sophomore, he was already a starter on the fine basketball team there which captured back to back Class A state championships. And in football, the Purple & Gold rolled over all […]

Joe Sukovaty – Swanton

Coach. After graduating from Swanton High School and Doane College, Joe returned to his home town in 1923 as coach, science teacher and assistant principal. In his 17-year tenure with the Jackrabbits he coached them to the basketball state tournament seven times, winning it twice. His 1933 squad was runner-up with only seven players on […]

Nikki Stricker Best – Lincoln East

  Athlete. Lincoln’s second female athlete to earn 12 varsity letters, Nikki (Stricker) Best was the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal Star Athlete of the Year in 1990. She earned all-state honors in volleyball and basketball as well as Mizuno All-America honors in volleyball. She helped the Spartans win the state volleyball championship in 1986 […]

Ed Weir – Superior

Athlete–One of the best college football tackles in America during the first half of the twentieth century, he was ever so dominating when he took the field as a high school athlete, graduating from Superior in 1921. He was an all-state halfback for Superior. He won five events in the Class B state track meet […]

Marlin Briscoe – Omaha South

Athlete.¬† At 5-9, 165 pounds, he was a high school star in both basketball and football at Omaha South from which he graduated in 1963, followed by an outstanding quarterback career at Omaha University. It was not until he played quarterback in professional football in 1968 with the Denver Broncos that the wider world began […]

Kelli Benson Jeffries – Grand Island

Athlete. Class of 1980. Kelli (Benson) Jeffries was not a stranger to the state tournaments, or state championships. She was the Class A high jump champion and an all-state volleyball player who helped her Grand Island team to a state runner-up finish her junior year. In basketball, she started every game on Grand Island’s state […]