Athlete. Class of 1989
Michelle Kush Bohlen was simply a winner. Gibbon High School didn’t lose a basketball game after she moved from Grant before her junior year. The Buffs had their best volleyball season in history her senior year. And she won a gold medal in the high hurdles in track — accomplishments that earned her the 1989 Omaha World-Herald Female Athlete of the Year award. Bohlen was a four-year state qualifier in track and cracked the all-time top 10 in the 300-meter low hurdles. She played in the state basketball tournament all four years, scoring 1,306 points and leading Gibbon to back-to-back state titles and becoming Nebraska’s first Miss Basketball. She signed to play basketball at Creighton, but a promising career hit a snag with recurring knee injuries. She completed her college career at Hastings College, helping the Broncos advance to the NAIA National Tournament.