Athlete. The 6-foot-7 forward from Schuyler starred with center Chuck Jura on the 1968 Class B state championship basketball team. Referred to as the “Jolly Green Giants,” the Schuyler Warriors were considered by some to be the best Class B team of all time. During his high school career, Gene was a noted rebounder and defensive player, while maintaining a scoring average of 24.3 points per game. Gene scored 53 points against York in 1969 for a single-game school record. Gene racked up a career total of 1,466 points. He also played football and was a gold medal champion in the high hurdles. He played college basketball for Creighton University graduating with a business degree in 1975.
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