Great Moments, by Year: by Sport


Great Moments, 1995 Boys Basketball: “Miracle on Vine Street”: Lincoln East’s last second shot by Scott Copple, winning the 1971 state tournament final against Papillion. Football: “Football Fun”: To the Nebraska School Activities Association, for initiating the football playoff Boys Basketball:  “Wahoo High School, The Streak”                    […]


Great Moments, 1996 Girls Basketball: “Point Champion”: Darcy Stracke of Chambers reaches a record 2752 career points in girls basketball. Football: “Gridiron Rampage”: Falls City Sacred Heart’s 87-game football winning streak challenged for the national record. Track & Field: “Fast 100”: Hastings College Invitational’s 100-yard dash in 1961 produced five runners all at 10 seconds […]


Great Moments, 1997 Boys Basketball: “Fantastic Final”: The 50 points by Andre Woolridge of Omaha Benson in one game during the 1992 Class A state tournament, an individual showing in terms of inside-outside that had a huge Devaney Center crowd in awe of what took place on the floor in front of them. Football: “Running […]


Great Moments, 1998 Boys Basketball: “Multi Miracles”: Wahoo High School in 1989 was in the early segment of a state record winning streak that eventually in 1992 reached 114 games, The streakest biggest scare came in the finals of the 1989 boys state tournament when the Warriors won a state championship with two dramatic three-point […]


Great Moments, 1999 Football: “End of an Era”: Six-man football, the salvations for years for the sport in small schools, was invented in Nebraska in 1934, spread across the country in rural America and flourished for most of the rest of the 20th century, until school consolidations provided schools with larger enrollments and less need […]


Great Moments, 2000 Girls Basketball: “Nothing But Net”:Karen Moore’s 1982 field goal, from 73 feet, at Pershing Auditorium. This shot ended Lincoln Northeast’s championship game against Kearney. It was the longest basket made in the history of the girls state tournament. However, it was only good for two points because it was made before the […]


Great Moments, 2001 Boys Basketball: “In Focus”: The 1976-77 newspaper photograph by Rudy Smith of the Omaha World-Herald, shot at the conclusion of the thrilling boys basketball tournament championship game between Holdrege and Aurora, captured the essence of high school sports: the joy of the winners, the anguish of defeat and the compassion of a […]


Great Moments, 2002 Boys Basketball: “Huge Jump Shot”:Matt Kelly, Millard South. With two seconds left, Matt made the jump shot that defeated Columbus in the 1989 Class A State Championship game. This win for Millard South cinched the first undefeated season for a Class A team in 29 years and gave the team a No. […]


Great Moments, 2003 Basketball: “The Big Barn”: “The Old Barn,” which is what the Nebraska Coliseum was affectionately known to high school basketball fans, played host to the state tournament from 1926-76. In the Twenties, practically any team with a way to get to Lincoln came to play in the state tournament. In the Coliseum’s […]


Great Moments, 2004 Football: “On the Run”:Fillmore Central’s Michael Brower, the first 11-man football player in Nebraska to rush for 1,000 or more yards in each of his four seasons. His season totals in order were 1,063 yards, 1,321, 2,342 and 2,374 in 2003 and 6,099 yards in his career. Track & Field: “Lift Off”:Grand […]


Great Moments, 2005 Softball: “Queen of Whiff”: Molly Hill turned in one of the great performances in Nebraska softball history by pitching the Wayne High School team to the Class C state championship. Hill had an ERA of 0.00 and struck out 543 during the 2004 season while leading her team to a 34-0 record. […]


Great Moments, 2006 Track & Field: “Robert Rands, Bellevue East, and The Jump that beat THE Jump”: Just as we’ve touted Gale Sayers’ 1961 long jump record leap of 24-10 1/2 as a great moment in high school athletics, we are just as eager for the athlete who broke that record to be elevated to […]


Great Moments, 2007 General: “A Home at Last”:The NSAA’s invitation in 2006 to the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame and to the Nebraska Coaches Association to share building space in Lincoln.


Great Moments, 2010 Football: “Kicking Spree”: Jacob Ramsay, Lincoln Pius X, enjoyed a magic night of place-kicking in 2009. In a 26-7 win over Ralston, Ramsay was 4 for 4 on field goals of 32,50,50 and 22 yards. He also as 2 for 2 on extra points.


Great Moments, 2011 Football: “Prep-Central 50 Years Later”: In October, 1960, the two best football teams in the state met at Rosenblatt Stadium and played to a 0-0 tie before an estimated record Rosenblatt crowd of 14,000. Central had the great Gale Sayers. Prep had an star-studded defense. Coaches were legends—Don Leahy of Creighton Prep […]


Great Moments, 2012 Football: “Not Once a Foe Inside the 10 Yard Line”: Grand Island’s 1936 mythical state champs were never out-downed, out-yarded and their ten-yard line was never crossed. They outscored their opponents 128-0, out-yarded them 2,313-728 and out-downed them 114-34. Golf: “Golf Four in a Row”: Danielle Lemek, Doniphan-Trumbull. Danielle is only the […]


Great Moments, 2014 Track & Field: “To Close to Call”: Darren & Damon Schmadeke of Albion High School The Schmadeke twins finished in a 1-2 photo finish (Darren at 22.65 and Damon at 22.66 seconds) in the Class C 200 meter dash at the 1991 Track State Championships.  Their efforts were a part of the […]


Great Moments, 2015 Swimming & Diving: “Jacob Molacek”: Jacobs record-setting performance in the 2014 Nebraska State High School Swimming and Diving Championships included his becoming the fastest swimmer in Nebraska Boys High School Swimming history in every event except two.  He became the first boy in US. high school swimming history to break 53 seconds […]


Jeralyn Poe Lincoln North Star Jeralyn is the second runner in Nebraska history to win four all-class gold medals at the State Cross Country meet.  She set the state 5000-meter cross country record (18.09) and was named the Nebraska Gatorade Runner of the Year in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.  She attends Michigan State, majoring […]


  GREAT MOMENTS- 2017 2015- Winnebago Boys Basketball:   The Winnebago Indians captured the attention of the entire state with their up tempo game labeled “bago ball”.  Seeking to claim the first basketball championship since 1940 the Indians finished the season with a 27-1 record. 


GREAT MOMENTS- 2018 Football-  ” 1933 Friend Football Team.” The remarkable 1933 Friend football team was made up of 11 players played an 11 man schedule and didn’t lose a game.


GREAT MOMENTS- 2019 Basketball-  “He Can’t Miss” Lincoln Northeast 1964 The year was 1964, and Lincoln Northeast traveled to South Sioux City in snowy, blizzard conditions.  The Rockets’ bus even went off the road in route.  Little did the state know that night, a senior from LNE would break a Class A State Record that […]


GREAT MOMENTS- 2008 Track and Field:  Randal Carter of Papillion-LaVista High School                    Clearing 7’4″ at the 2007 State Track and Field Championships, Randal Carter broke his own state record of 7’3″ set during the 2007 season.  The previous Class A record was 7’0″. Girls Basketball:  “The […]


GREAT MOMENTS- 2013 Girls Basketball-  “The 1987-88 Gibbon Girls Basketball Team.”   In the Class C-1 State Championship game, the second-ranked Gibbon girls (24-0) had been behind #1 ranked Fremont Bergan (25-0) for the entire game; however, with Bergan leading 46-42 with 22 seconds left, the Gibbon girls outscored Bergan 5-0 and won 47-46, thus […]


May 13, 2013 a record soccer crowd reported of 8,200 fans witnessed undefeated Omaha South (22-0) defeat two-time defending champion Creighton Prep (17-4) by a score of 1-0.  It was a Creighton University stadium record by 1,300 fans.


Filley vs Barneston Basketball Game 1967 The final score was Filley 117 Barneston 106. The game was played in regulation time (no overtimes) in a small gym back before the 3 point shot rule.  It ended up being the 2nd largest number of points scored in a Nebraska basketball game (223 points). The head coach […]

Bowling & Girls’ Wrestling

NSAA Adds Bowling, Girls’ Wrestling The Nebraska School Activities Association expanded its slate of State Championships to an all-time high when it added girls’ and boys’ bowling in 2021 and girls’ wrestling in 2023


Elkhorn South Tennis Triplets Jon, Seth & Ben Fink For four years, the Fink triplets were half of the Elkhorn South boys’ tennis team.  Starting when the Finks were freshmen, the Storm at the Class B state meet finished fourth in 2015, tied for runner-up in 2016, won the 2017 title and were runners-up again […]

Boys Tennis-2023


Great Moments, 1995

  • Boys Basketball: “Miracle on Vine Street”:
    Lincoln East’s last second shot by Scott Copple, winning the 1971 state tournament final against Papillion.
  • Boys Basketball: “Scoring Explosion”:
    Ed Vondra scored 102 points for Brainard in a 1922 basketball game.
  • Football: “Football Fun”:
    To the Nebraska School Activities Association, for initiating the football playoffs.
  • Track & Field: “Fast 100”:
    Hastings College Invitational’s 100-yard dash in 1961 produced five runners all at 10 seconds or faster, led by Bob Williams of Lincoln High at :09.5. Kent McCloughan of Broken Bow, Steve Regan of Hastings, Tom Millsap of Grand Island, Doug McArthur of Hastings and Allan Wingert of Arapahoe followed.
  • Wrestling: “Wrestling History”:
    Cousins Don and Ken Nordhues of Greeley both won fourth individual state championships in 1995.