Hall of Fame Inductees, by Year . Search by Name

2005

Al Gaston - Grant and Ogallala

Bill Lewis - Lincoln

Charlie Toogood - North Platte

Dale Bubak - Hayes Center & Tekamah

Don Erway - Lincoln High

Fred Bessler - Chase County

Jim Riley - Lincoln

Joe Orduna - Omaha Central

John Johnette - Omaha Burke

John Kirby - David City St. Mary

Ken Geddes - Boys Town

Mike Cielocha - Columbus Scotus

Mike Fultz - Lincoln High

Phyllis Rice-Honnor - Centennial

Randy Reeves - Omaha Benson

Shelly Block Tvrdy - Gothenburg

Theresa Stelling Gosnell - Auburn

Todd Brown - Holdrege

Athlete.  Despite his height – 6 feet, 6 inches – Willard Schmidt did not start playing basketball until his junior year when he joined the team coached by Hall of Famer Joe Sukovaty. His junior year, Schmidt led his team to a Class L state basketball championship. Schmidt scored 43 of the 107 points the team tallied in four games. His senior year (1928), Schmidt, by then an inch taller, led Swanton to a 22-1 record and a Class F title. Swanton outscored its opponents 109-46, and Schmidt had 45 of the 109. Schmidt went on to play for Creighton University from 1931 to 1934 and was a three-time All-Missouri Valley Conference selection. Creighton was the MVC champion the 1931-1932 season and runner-up the next two seasons. Schmidt played for the AAU national championship team from McPherson, Kan., in 1936 and was picked for the 1936 Olympic team that won the gold medal in Berlin – the first American team to win an Olympic gold medal.