Jack Lewis – Omaha

Contributor. Dr. Jack Lewis gave countless honors to the athletic program at his alma mater, Omaha Central High School.  Every year, he has provided free fall, winter and spring physical examinations for athletes and  can’t remember an Omaha Central football game where he wasn’t on the sidelines. He was the school’s “team” doctor for 39 […]

Jim Mather – Arapahoe

Athlete. The premier Nebraska high school long jumper of the 1930s, Jim Mather was a 1936 graduate of Arapahoe High School in Furnas County. He was years ahead of others in this track & field event and capped his career in 1936 at the state track meet by jumping 23 feet, 4 inches, a record […]

Jay Novacek – Gothenburg

Athlete–A multi-sports talent, this tall young man graduated from Gothenburg High School in 1981. He set a record in the pole vault, 15-1 in 1981 and also won medals in the hurdles at state track meets. He was all-state in basketball and an all-state quarterback for the Swedes in football. After an outstanding career in […]

Vern Plambeck – Kearney

Official.  It is enough said, perhaps, that Vern Plambeck has officiated high school sports since 1954. That’s six decades, and it would have been continuous except for a 1957 Army tour of duty. In the whistle-blowing fraternity, he developed into one of the best — calling seven state basketball tournaments, including the 1973 Class A […]

John Reta – Lincoln Southeast

Coach. John Reta was the center of swimming in Nebraska for nearly 20 years. Instituting the program at Lincoln Southeast, Reta coached the Knights to eight consecutive boys state swimming championships from 1959 to 1966. His swimmers won 11 individual state titles and set 18 state records. The Knights put together a winning streak of […]

Theresa Stelling Gosnell – Auburn

Athlete Theresa Stelling Gosnell, who started her high school career at Wakefield and finished at Auburn, won four all-class gold medals in the 1,600-meter run and three in the 3,200. She had career-best times of 5 minutes, 0.6 seconds in the 1,600 and 10:44.0 in the 3,200. She set the Class C state track meet […]

Stephanie Thomas Clark – McCool Junction

Athlete, Stephanie Thomas Clark played every sport she could.  The 1988 McCool Junction graduate collected honors enough for more than one person.  She was all-conference three years in volleyball and four years in basketball.  With her stats one would think that there should have been a re-count on the volleyball votes her freshman year.  However, […]

Willie Weisbrook – Lincoln

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 […]

Harold ‘Hilly’ Beck – Minden

Athlete A three sport athlete at Minden High School,  “Hilly” really excelled in football and basketball.  In his senior year the Whippets had an undefeated football season and team captain “Hilly” was selected as All State Honorable Mention as a running back. Basketball was probably his big sport, he was picked on the Class B […]

Stephen Epler – Chester

Contributor–This well-educated gentleman was the inventor of six-man football, developed for the benefit of small high schools in Nebraska and played throughout the nation. While working toward a master’s degree at the University of Nebraska during the summer of 1934, he developed and wrote the first rules of this unique new game called six-man football. […]