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Adams Central: Landon Weber, Buena Vista football
Ainsworth: Benjamin Arens, UNK cross country; Shelby Jones, Concordia volleyball
Alliance: Baily Hood, Chadron State, football; Jayce Bauer, Midland football; Jayden Bauer, Midland football
Ansley-Litchfield: Christopher Paitz, Hastings football
Aurora: Ryan Hunter, Hastings football
Bellevue East: Max Wold, Midland football; Erica Perez, Doane volleyball
Bellevue Cornerstone: Jordan Strong, York track and field
Bellevue West: Shane Dailey Jr., South Dakota State football; Caedin Hays, Midland football; Bri Hoffman, Midland basketball; Caleb Miller, Midland swimming
Blair: Stewart Cemer, Midland football; Katie Gosker, UNK softball; Caddon Keatts, Midland football
Blue Hill: Olivia Buschow, Concordia track and field; Emily Meyer, Midland basketball; Colby Karr, Nebraska Wesleyan cross country/track; JC Himmelberg, Doane basketball
Boone Central: Carter Henry, UNK football
BRLD: Seth Totten, Southwest Minnesota State football
Broken Bow: Grayson Garey, Wayne State football
Centennial: Wyatt Ehlers, Concordia football
Central City: Koby Brandenburg, Hastings football; Dyllan Lee, Hastings football
Chase County: Evan Fisher, UNK football
Cody-Kilgore: Addison Johnson, Midland volleyball
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Columbus: Carson Zwingman, UNK football; Bella Beltran, Central CC soccer; Macee Trotta, Central CC softball/soccer; Larisa Rother, Central CC softball; Aspen Luebbe, UNK golf; Alyssa Turner, Northeast CC softball
Columbus Lakeview: Jacob Frenzen, Midland football; Cody Thomson, Midland football; Lucas Thatcher, Nebraska Wesleyan football
Cozad: Carissa Jensen, UNK volleyball; Grace Cargil, Central CC softball
Crete: A.J. Page, Briar Cliff, football
Diller-Odell: Nick Nelson, Hastings football
Doniphan-Trumbull: Jordan Spilnek, Concordia football
Elkhorn: Tyler Renner, Hastings football
Elkhorn Mount Michael: Matt Zarybnicky, Nebraska Wesleyan football; Garrett Hustedt, NU football walk-on
Elkhorn South: James Valdivia, Richmond baseball; Noah Miranda, Hastings baseball; Cooper Jewett, NU football walk-on
Elmwood-Murdock: Nicole Meyer, Bellevue volleyball
Emerson-Hubbard: Jacob Kneifl, Midland football
Fremont: Jackson Ritchhart, UNK football; Mikayla Paulson, Creighton softball; Dylan Kor, Midland football; Evan Glosser, Buena Vista football; Austin Everett, UNK track and field; Ross McMahon, Midland cross country and track; Avery Decker, Nebraska Wesleyan cross country and track; Lucas Arps, Nebraska Wesleyan track and field
Fremont Bergan: Riley Lindberg, Morningside football; Allison Dieckmann, Nebraska Wesleyan volleyball; Jacob Johnson, Midland football
Fullerton: Brent Wetovick, NU track
Gothenburg: Hannah Anderson, UNK track and field; Trenton Harbur, Fort Hays State football; Caden Geiken, Doane football; Dawson Graham, Northwest Missouri State football
Grand Island: Cole Evans, Creighton baseball; Javier Cruz, Cloud County baseball; Andrea Rhoads, Mount Mercy bowling; Emma Greuter, Southeast CC softball; Jaci Hunter, Southeast CC volleyball; Holly Williams, NW Kansas Tech softball; Eric Allen, Iowa Western football
Grand Island Central Catholic: Jacob Herbek, NU football walk-on
Grand Island Northwest: Carter Terry, Chadron State football; Jaryk Cole, Hastings football; Jason Bachle, Hastings football; Mia Pemberton, Hastings softball
Gretna: Morgan McLaughlin, UMKC soccer; Libby Hurd, Briar Cliff soccer; Rachel Walters, Doane track and field; Isabel Bothwell, Doane track and field; Mara Hjermstad, Concordia softball; Kierney Skiles, Doane softball; Olivia Thompson, Wayne State soccer; Jackson Armitage, Concordia football
Hastings: Quentin Synek, Hastings football
Hay Springs: Trent Reed, Black Hills football; Jarret Pieper, Chadron State football
Heartland: Olivia Casper, UNK track; Peyton Ott, Concordia football; Kate Bergen, Hastings basketball
Hemingford: Cade Payne; Chadron State football
Kearney: Phillip Moomey, Cornell wrestling; Elle Dahlgren, Kansas track and field; Claire Vanderbeek, Hastings volleyball; Courtney Thee, UNK track and field; Rhianna Bayley, UNK swimming; Michael Huebner, Iowa diving; Brayden Miller, NU football walk-on; Gabe Heins, NU football walk-on
Kearney Catholic: Sam Clinch, UNK football; Linden Howe, Drake football
Lawrence-Nelson: Lane Heikkinen, Hastings football; Jacob Sharp, Hastings football
Lexington: Jake Leger, Iowa Western CC baseball; Courtney Hanson, Southwest CC basketball; McKenna Kiburz, College of St. Mary cross country/track; Kug Kug, Iowa Western football; Daniel Kuefner, Concordia baseball
Lincoln East: Matt Meyers, Nebraska Wesleyan football; Braden Sellon, NU football walk-on
Lincoln North Star: Tyrric Scott, UNK football; Tristan Stroup, UNK football; Tariq Goode, Midland football; Makenzie Hunzeker, Morningside soccer; Megan Messersmith, Morningside soccer; Jaden Hilkemann, Doane cross country/track; Nicholas Crosby, UNK track; Tara Ferrel, Concordia tennis; Christian Harris, Nebraska Wesleyan baseball; Justin Lottman, Morningside baseball
Lincoln Northeast: Kate Schoening, Nebraska Wesleyan cross country/track; Quinn Keller, Nebraska Wesleyan football; Caleb Kyes, Nebraska Wesleyan football; Devin Rutt, Doane football; Tobin Vocasek, Midland football; Jakobi Rose, Midland football
Lincoln Lutheran: Colby Bliss, Midland football
Lincoln Southeast: Logan Bornemeier, Doane tennis; Milo Ciotti, Doane tennis; Abby Cawley, Nebraska Wesleyan cross country/track; Grant Detlefsen, UNK football; Izzy Monzon, College of St. Mary softball; Bailey Pickering, Northwest Missouri State football; Devin Trumbley, Nebraska Wesleyan football/baseball; Adam Wehrman, Nebraska Wesleyan football
Lincoln Southwest: Dru Sovereign, UNK football; Eli Meier, Nebraska Wesleyan football; TaeVyn Grixby, Minnesota-Mankato football; Regan Delozier, Nebraska Wesleyan soccer; Makenzie Haskins-Rowe, Nebraska Wesleyan soccer; Caden McCormack, NU football walk-on
Loup City: Tucker Quinn, Midland football
McCook: Colin Giron, UNK football; Morgan Fawver, Chadron State football; Paxton Terry, Hastings football; James Mockry,York baseball
Millard North: Ethan Blair, Midland golf; Allie Kerns, Missouri Western volleyball; Kennedy Kress, Midland soccer; Drew Mertz, Nebraska Wesleyan track; Madison O’Bryan, Roosevelt softball; Kevin Shubert, NU track and field; Melani Smith, Northern State swimming; Kristiana Young, Liberty cross country/track
Millard South: Zach Boyd, South Dakota State diving; Nate Jeffries, Morningside football; Isaiah Jackson, Morningside football; Gage Thomas, Morningside football; Cade Sortino, Dakota State football; Jayden Merriman, Washburn football; Kenzi Hoit, College of St. Mary’s basketball; AJ Locum, Morningside baseball; Josh Reuting, Emporia State track
Millard West: Cole Aniello, Cornell football; Devyn McDonald, South Dakota State cross country/track; Mason McDonald, South Dakota State cross country/track; Keyton Barnes, Pratt CC baseball; Shelby Bergholz, Aurora golf; Conner Carroll, Augustana football; Braydon Cundiff, Peru State football; Ryan David, Northwest Missouri baseball; Braedan Evans, Buena Vista soccer; Trevor Green, Doane soccer; Andrew Hall, Rockhurst soccer; Jacob Harmdierks, Northwest Missouri football; Abby Heffner, NU cross country/track; Sydney Miller, Concordia track and field; Grant Miskimins, Rochester CC baseball; Cole Roth, Lewis lacrosse; Jackson Unger, Morningside football; Nate Ward, Peru State football; Lauren Wilwerding, South Dakota triathlon; Shannon Wurtele, NU track and field; Andrew Zier, William Penn lacrosse; Matt Huser, NU football walk-on
Minatare: Ephroen Lovato, Chadron State football
Nebraska City: Bryce Levy, Midland football; Jaydin Aldana, Washburn football
Norfolk: Cooper Caskey, Dakota Wesleyan football; Conner Cowling, Morningside football; Carter Faltys, Nebraska Wesleyan baseball; Dylan Rodgers, Northeast CC baseball; Nick Sazama, Concordia football; Gavin Schultz, Mount Marty baseball; Cale Strong, Dakota Wesleyan football/track and field
Norfolk Catholic: Joe Teten, Sioux Falls football; Jalen Robinson, Wayne State football
Norfolk Lutheran: Connor Wilcox, Nebraska Wesleyan football/track
Norris: Nouredin Nouli, Colorado State football
North Platte: Jake Johnson, Doane football; Hunter Bose, Doane football; Brad Swanson, Simpson football
Oakland-Craig: Roby Maryberry, Dakota State football/track and field; Garrison Dodge, Peru State football; Jefferson McNeill, Midland football; Justyn Hale, Iowa Western football
Ogallala: Cameron Raffaeli, UNK football; Trey Rezac, Hastings baseball; Makenzie Anderson, McCook CC volleyball; Maddie Mendoza, McCook CC volleyball
Omaha Benson: Quinesha Lockett, Toledo basketball; Desmond Prusia, Midland football
Omaha Burke: James Burks, Northern State wrestling; Trevon Peak, Northwest Missouri football; Mason Williams, Morningside football; Tyler Chadwick, Morningside football; Gio Mainor, Peru State football; Joey Karnish, Peru State football; Dylan Sales, Peru State football; Hunter Jones, Peru State football; Terrell Turner, Peru State football; Phillip Cude, Cloud County CC baseball; Noah Olson, Cloud County baseball; Alex Wize, Iowa Western baseball; Sam Hewitt, Doane baseball; Jared Schultz, Coffeyville CC baseball; Cade Flaherty, Fort Hays State baseball; Jack Lortz, William Jewell baseball; Will Schniedewind, Nebraska Wesleyan baseball; Jadyn Andersen, Buena Vista track and field; Jaden Santoni, Rockhurst softball; Ashley Taylor, Doane softball; Tyler Mase, Hastings soccer; Dillyn Miller, Iowa Western CC wrestling; Elizabeth Richardson, Iowa State swimming
Omaha Central: Nicholas Larson, Augustana cross country; Zachary Brown, Midland lacrosse; Marcus Rivera, Coffeyville CC; Isaac Bonner, Sioux Falls
Omaha Concordia: Elise Volk, UNK volleyball; Brady Olsen, Doane baseball; Kait Rohde, William Penn softball
Omaha Creighton Prep: Ryan Bena, South Dakota football; Luke Sims, Iowa Western football; Jack Hasz, Iowa Western football; Micheal Sunclades, Midland football; Jack Abt, Missouri Valley lacrosse; Cam Johnson, Triton baseball; Austin Lewandowski, Mount Mercy baseball; Trendell Dawkins, Iowa Western football; Charlie Herold, Midland football; John Bullock, NU football walk-on
Omaha Duchesne: Sydney Kobs, Occidental swimming
Omaha Gross: Michael Monico, UNO soccer; Abby Dickey, Misssouri Western softball; Christian Riha, Morningside football; Trey Powers, Morningside basketball; Callie Billings, Briar Cliff softball; Ryan Pearson, Briar Cliff baseball
Omaha Marian: Emma Paule, Creighton soccer; Jalea Culliver, South Dakota golf; Hali Hansen, Hastings soccer; Sarah Kennedy-Croft, Hamline soccer; Grace Morey, Doane soccer; Tatum Kuti, Concordia volleyball
Omaha North: Mehki Butler, Iowa Western football; Zander Gray, Iowa Western football; Jarod Venner, Truman State football; Steven Krawczyk, Morningside football; Keegan Clark, Northwest Missouri football
Omaha Northwest: Jordelle Lacy, Midland football; Preston Sherwood, Doane football; Tyler Chavis, York baseball; Dylan Wallace, York baseball; Jaime Copenharve, Peru State volleyball; Kaylee Swinford, Stephens soccer; Genevieve Greer, UNO softball walk-on; Natalie Cotton, UNK softball walk-on
Omaha Roncalli: Isaiah Wheeler, Hastings football; Alex Rodgers, Barton CC baseball; Andrew McCoy, Morningside football
Omaha Skutt: Jarod Epperson, Augustana football; TJ Skradski, Augustana football; Alex VanDyke, Morningside football; Paige Warneke, Saint Francis softball; Sam Homan, Nebraska Wesleyan football
Omaha Westside: Cameron Kully, Des Moines Area CC baseball; Henry Zipay, Iowa Western baseball; Liz Robinson, Davenport lacrosse; Noah Wing, Nebraska Wesleyan baseball; Loren Woita, Northwest Missouri football; Dylan Packett, Morningside football; Tyson Guzman, NU football walk-on
O’Neill: Spencer Davis, Hastings football
Ord: Jesse Ulrich, Hastings football; Clayton Shoemaker, Hastings football
Overton: Schuyler Brown, South Dakota Mines track and field
Papillion-La Vista: Jordan McDonald, NU track and field; Mark Cavanaugh, Missouri Science and Technology swimming; Thad Kottich, Kansas Wesleyan baseball; Robert Pentecost, Southwest Minnesota State football; Holly Olson, Truman State swimming; Hannah Smith, Buena Vista volleyball
Papillion-La Vista South: Allison Baker, Illinois State soccer; Leah Palensky, Iowa Western volleyball; Jessica Hendrix, Missouri Western volleyball; Nate Caron, Sioux Falls football; Mike McClanahan, Minnesota-Moorhead football; Grant Oseka. Buena Vista baseball;
Platteview: Christian Jewell, Central CC golf; Jordan Hart, Northeast CC golf; Jordan Mathewson, Buena Vista baseball; Caden Mathewson, Buena Vista baseball; Josh Fryar, Dakota State football; Caden Johnson, Concordia baseball; Anna Ganzel, Doane softball; Ian Baker, Nebraska Wesleyan football
Plattsmouth: Sam West, Northwestern (Iowa) football; Haylee Heim, Dordt softball
Pleasanton: Tyler Pawloski, Hastings football
Randolph: Noah Scott, Wayne State football
Red Cloud: Mary Nibbe, Concordia volleyball
Riverside: Ty Martinsen, Doane football
Sandy Creek: Grace Messinger, Cloud County volleyball
Schuyler: Maria Semerad, College of St. Mary volleyball; Reagan Folda, Central CC soccer
Scottsbluff: Keegan Reifschneider, Chadron State football; Jeremiah Delzer, Northwestern (Iowa) football
Seward: Joseph Krause, Northwest Missouri football; Carson Core, Concordia football; P.J. Schaben, Northwest Missouri football; Reece Foreman, Truman State football
Shelby-Rising City: Max Hoatson, South Dakota Mines football
Sidney: Zach Pettit, UNK football
South Sioux City: Brad Hartnett, Wayne State football; Alex Sotelo, Hastings football
Southwest: Ty Bennett, Ripon football
Stanton: Liz Christensen, Northeast CC volleyball; Sam Bates, Morningside football
Stapleton: Jakob Trosper, Hastings football
Sterling: Morgan Haner, Northeast CC volleyball/softball; Nicole Harms, Doane track and field; Emily Agena, Concordia track and field
Superior: McKinney Edwards, UNK football
Sutton: Brett Simonsen, Hastings football
Twin River: David Kunes, Wayne State football
Waverly: Nolan Brown, UNO baseball; Alex Danson, NU track and field; Kaleb Canoyer, UNK wrestling; Mikki Larsen, College of St. Mary’s softball; Val Gerlach, Concordia softball; Kayla Blake, Concordia softball; Jordyn Boehler, Concordia softball; Mackenzie Steckelberg, Concordia softball; Sydni Schernikau, Concordia softball; Thatcher Kozal, Iowa Western baseball; AJ Laritson, Midland bowling; Kennedy VanScoy, Concordia volleyball; Maverick Wylder, Iowa Lakes CC baseball; Kaleb Carrillo, Dakota State baseball; Averie Lambrecht, Concordia basketball; Hayden Retzlaff, Nebraska Wesleyan tennis; Taylan Murphey, Bellevue soccer; Rhett Jordon, Northwest Missouri football; Tayler Beetison, Buena Vista softball; Logan Schuelke, Morningside football
Wayne: Drew Buck, Doane football
Wilcox-Hildreth: AJ Jenkins, Concordia football
Wood River: Jocelyn Rauert, UNK track; Evan Waddington, Chadron State wrestling; Ainsley Stewart, Hastings volleyball
York: Wyatt Cast, Concordia football; AJ Beins, Concordia football
Western Iowa Signings
CB St. Albert: Baylee Ratliff, Simpson soccer
Fremont-Mills: Jaeger Powers, Concordia-St. Paul football; Austin Gartner, Morningside football.
Glenwood: Noah Carter, Morningside football
Harlan: Jon Owens, Wayne State football; Derec Weyer, Southwest Minnesota State football; Eli Boldan, Dordt football; Preston Mulligan, Briar Cliff football; Luke Schaben, Buena Vista baseball
Sergeant Bluff-Luton: Colby Roos, Morningside football; Britton Delperdang, Morningside football; TJ Lake, Morningside football; Conner Groves, Briar Cliff basketball; Max Murphy, Buena Vista track and field
Sioux City East: Ray Ray Douglas, DMACC baseball; Allee Downing, Concordia soccer
Sioux City Heelan: Tyson Strohbeen, South Dakota State football walk-on; Dawson Fenton, Northern Iowa football walk-on; Deonte Walker, Northwestern football; Drew Olson, Iowa State, football walk-on; Madison Jochum, South Dakota track; Brooklin Froehlich, Simpson soccer
Sioux City West: Adien Belt, Southwest Minnesota State football; Drake Copland, Briar Cliff football; Austin Streeter, Waldorf football
Tri-Center: Conner Holben, Graceland; Kayla Jensen, Southwestern softball
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After his days as a three-sport standout at McCook, Jeff Kinney came to Nebraska in 1968 to play quarterback. But two other QBs also joined the Huskers that season. So Kinney moved to flanker and eventually I-back, and that's where he flourished over the next three seasons.
Decorated college and high school football and wrestling star. High school teacher, coach and administrator. But Charles Bryant was foremost a pioneer. Bryant, an all-state athlete at Omaha South before graduating in 1950, became the first black football player of the modern era at Nebraska in 1952.
George Flippin was once described by Lincoln Star sports editor Cy Sherman as a "charged bull, into which was bred the tenacity of the bulldog, the ferocity of the tiger and the gameness of the man who knows no fear." He was Nebraska's first black athlete, in 1891, before black athletes were banned by the university from 1917 until the late 1940s.
Former Broken Bow cowboy Paul Tierney has won arguably the two most prestigious titles in rodeo. He finished his 10-year professional career by topping $1 million in career earnings, and his 2008 induction into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame makes him the most accomplished cowboy from Nebraska.
Shelby, Nebraska, is one of the flattest towns in one of the flattest states in America. The elevation difference between the highest and lowest points is 7 feet. It is literally a town without a hill, one of the last places you’d expect to produce an Olympic gold medalist in bobsled. But that didn't stop Tomasevicz.
Rhodes did it all. The Ansley native held three state high school track records at the same time (vault, long jump, high jump); was player-coach of Ansley’s first football team in 1920, which went undefeated that season; helped Ansley win a pair of state basketball titles; and played baseball. After graduating from high school in 1922, Rhodes went on to earn eight varsity letters at Nebraska — three in football and track, and two in baseball.
After a stellar three-sport high school career at Cambridge, Houghtelling surprised many by signing to play volleyball instead of basketball at NU.
Even though basketball had been her first love, she’s never regretted the decision.
Ruud is Nebraska’s all-time leading tackler with 432 stops. As a senior captain in 2004, he was a third-third All-American, a first-team All-Big 12 performer and NU’s defensive MVP. He was selected in the second round of the NFL draft. Ruud played eight NFL seasons, leading Tampa Bay in tackles for four of those.
Trotter starred at Omaha Creighton Prep, where he was a two-time all-state selection, and was Nebraska's first — and only — player named to the McDonald's High School All-American team.
Grand Island coach Doug Whitman once noted that swimmer Scott Usher was "one to watch." As it turned out, the entire country had the chance to watch Usher. Usher finished seventh in the 200 breaststroke in the 2004 Olympics and in 2008 fell just short of returning for a second Olympics.
Ron Kellogg is considered one of the best pure shooters in Nebraska prep history. The Omaha Northwest grad wasn't bad in college, either, according to then-Kansas coach Larry Brown.
Skinny 14-year-old Geddes left his father, eight brothers and eight sisters in Jacksonville, Florida, and arrived at Boys Town in 1962. Geddes had played football just once before arriving but took such a beating in a sandlot game against older players that he didn’t plan to play again. But Boys Town coach Skip Palrang spotted him and talked him into giving it a try. He eventually thrived and helped the Cowboys win a state title.
The 1978 Holdrege graduate turned down multiple scholarship offers from other schools, including a football and track package from Iowa State, to walk on with the Nebraska football team. The 150-pound walk-on became an integral part of the Husker offense. The three-year starter ranked in the top 10 in receptions and yards by the time he left in 1982.
While a career in the NBA never materialized for the Omaha Benson and Iowa graduate, Woolridge played overseas for 13 years. Leagues in Turkey, France, Germany, Venezuela, Israel and Cyprus. And the money was good. "To do what I loved professionally for 13 years, I can't complain about it," he said in 2013.
Louise Pound, in so many fields, was the trailblazer for women's athletics in the state. And this while becoming a preeminent educator in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln English department over a half-century. In 1890, Pound won the Lincoln city tennis championship. She captured the university's men's singles and doubles titles in 1891 and 1892 — the only female in school history to receive a men's varsity letter.
The best softball teams used to hail only from the West Coast. Keaton changed that. The former Papillion-La Vista and Nebraska star put Nebraska softball on the map with her dominating presence and performances in the pitcher's circle.
Once the last player to survive the cut on Nebraska's recruiting board, Noonan ultimately became a household Husker name. He earned first-team All-America honors and was named the Big Eight athlete of the year as a senior. His 12 sacks that season are tied for third in school history, and his 24 career sacks are tied for fourth.
John Parrella was Nebraska raised, the pride of Grand Island. NU defensive coordinator Charlie McBride once ranked him among the top three defensive tackles he had ever coached.
One press clipping described Hopp, a first baseman and outfielder, as "a dynamo who, perhaps more than anyone else, typifies the dashing, hell-for-leather play” of the St. Louis Cardinals. Hopp's 14-year career spanned five teams and as many World Series appearances, including back-to-back World Series victories with the Yankees. In all, he won four World Series and was an All-Star in 1946, when he hit .333 and drove in 48 runs for the Boston Braves.
Born in Holdrege in 1939 and raised near Axtell, Anderson began his quest at an early age and eventually built a makeshift shooting range as a high school senior at Axtell. After attending Nebraska for one year, Anderson joined the U.S. Army so he could pursue his Olympic dream.
Hare picked Nebraska from a slew of offers after starting for four years for Omaha Tech, where he averaged 26.4 points a game as a senior in 1963. Tech won the Class A title that year after going 22-2 and cruising through the state tournament by an average of 21 points a game. That team was voted into the Omaha Sports Hall of Fame and recently was chosen as having one of the best starting fives in Nebraska high school sports history.
Osborne remains just one of two men to win The World-Herald’s high school (1955) and state college (1959) athlete of the year awards. In high school, Osborne was all-state in football and basketball in 1954-55 and helped Hastings win a state title on the hardwood. In track, he won the discus at the state meet and placed second in the 440-yard dash. The future coach and congressman also stood out on the baseball diamond and had a pro football career.
Hoppen turned down a Kentucky scholarship offer. He also said no to Notre Dame, Missouri, Kansas and Colorado. And yes to Nebraska. Between 1982 and 1986, the 6-foot-11 center became NU’s all-time leading scorer, and he did it with clinical efficiency.
The only native Nebraskan to win a national wrestling championship at NU, Vering took his success to the international level, representing the U.S. in a pair of Olympics, claiming a world silver medal and winning gold at a Pan Am Games.
As a junior, Henry won golds for Bellevue West in the 200, 400 and long jump. Henry went on to set a national age-group record in the long jump and was part of the USA Junior World Team in 1995. At Nebraska, Henry won the NCAA indoor and outdoor long jump titles in 1996. All told, Henry was a three-time Big 12 champion and a 10-time All-American.
Kindig-Malone won gold medals at state in the long jump, hurdles and relays, but it wasn’t until she started getting scholarship offers from UCLA, Iowa and NU that she realized she might be good. Later, she won Big Eight heptathlon and pentathlon titles at Nebraska, becoming an All-American and helping the Huskers win their first indoor national championship in 1982. Kindig-Malone also won a Class C state basketball title with Hastings St. Cecilia in 1977.
Sauer and Bernie Masterson — No. 43 on the Nebraska 100 — paired together in the backfield to usher in one of the first great runs for Husker football. The two led Nebraska to Big Six championships in 1931, ’32 and ’33, when the Huskers went undefeated in league play. Sauer was an All-American in 1933 for the second-ranked Huskers. He also lettered in track, baseball and wrestling.
Cantwell, from Crete, won four straight Class B shot put and discus titles, including three consecutive all-class gold medals in the shot. She was a two-time NCAA shot put champion at SMU and was the 2002 U.S. indoor and outdoor champion as well as a 1999 world indoor bronze medalist. Cantwell also competed in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.
Orduna lettered at running back for the Huskers in 1967, ’68 and ’70, running for 1,968 yards and 26 touchdowns. The Omaha Central graduate also played three NFL seasons.
A two-way football player even during his professional career with Green Bay, Charles Brock helped revolutionize the linebacker position in the pros while helping the Packers win two NFL championships. The Columbus native was recalled as a fierce competitor by the late Lee Remmel, a team historian who covered the Packers for nearly 30 years.
Lindsey, a Millard North graduate, was a standout defender for Notre Dame, the U.S. national team and San Jose of the WUSA, in which she played three seasons.
The image of Cory Schlesinger barreling into the end zone for the winning touchdown in the 1995 Orange Bowl burns brightly in the memories of Nebraska football fans. Schlesinger did some barreling in his day, but prided himself on being a bruiser. That trait served him well, especially in his 12 years with the Detroit Lions.
Schmidt represented the U.S. in the 2008 Olympics in the 800. Four years later, she returned to run the 800 and 1,500. The Olympic appearances are accompanied by plenty of other honors: a 2006 U.S. indoor 800 championship; a pair of U.S. outdoor silvers in the 800 (2006, 2008); and while with the North Carolina Tar Heels, two outdoor 800 titles and a distance-medley relay championship.
Mann was a jack of all trades, but a master of all of them, too. “Les did everything well. He was tops at football, basketball, track and baseball. He would have been equally great in other sports,” said Mann’s close friend, Scott Dye, in a newspaper account following Mann’s 1962 death in a car accident.
Dan Brand’s path to an Olympic wrestling medal was anything but typical. He competed in football, basketball and track at Bellevue High, but never was all-conference. He made the Nebraska freshman team in basketball, but after being cut, he signed up for the intramural wrestling tournament. He won and went on to compete in the Olympics.
Vinciquerra played football at Tech High and Creighton University, but is better remembered for making the 1936 U.S. Olympic boxing team. A natural heavyweight, he won a national Golden Gloves championship that year as a 175-pounder. He had a pro record of 42 wins (26 by knockout), four losses and five draws from 1937 through 1941, fighting over 20 times in 1937.
The résumé almost seems too much to comprehend. Four-sport star at Lincoln High. Nebraska football great. Pittsburgh Pirates baseball signee. Four-time football All-Pro with the Green Bay Packers.
At Beatrice, Hohn was a four-time state hurdles champion, a state basketball champion and an all-state football player. As a senior in 1960, he was the Nebraska high school athlete of the year.
Lincoln High football went 23-1-1 during Debus' three seasons on the varsity squad. Debus also played basketball and was all-state in American Legion baseball. But his best sport was track and field, where at state he single-handedly nearly doubled the point total of the second-place team.
Skinner won two high school state golf titles, two junior state championships and the 1980 state match-play crown. She went to Oklahoma State, where she was a two-time Big Eight champion and was named Golf Magazine’s 1982 college player of the year. On the LPGA Tour, Skinner won events in 1985, ’86, ’87, ’93, ’94 and ’95 before leaving in 2003.
Woohead rushed for the second-most yards (7,962) in the history of college football in all divisions and won the Harlon Hill Trophy (Division II’s version of the Heisman) twice. He finished his NFL career with 2,238 yards and 15 touchdowns rushing, along with 2,698 yards and 17 touchdowns receiving.
The 6-foot-5, 300-pound offensive tackle was a model of consistency. The three-time all-conference pick flattened plenty of defensive players, with an incredible one sack allowed in 46 career games with the Huskers. As a senior, he captained Tom Osborne's first national title team.
A 2009 inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame, the former Iowa and Omaha Central great was a two-time All-America linebacker, three-time first-team All-Big Ten selection and an NFL draft pick. At Omaha Central, he was twice named to the All-Nebraska team.
At Nebraska, Cahoy — an Omaha South grad — earned four NCAA national championships — two on the horizontal bar and two on the parallel bars. He made the 1980 U.S. Olympic team.
As a senior in 1985, Rathman produced the best season ever by a Husker fullback. He ran for 881 yards, a position record by 164 yards. He went on to win two Super Bowls with the San Francisco 49ers in a nine-year NFL career. In 1989, he led NFC running backs with 73 catches, and he capped the season with two touchdowns in a Super Bowl victory over Denver.
A left-hander with a nearly unstoppable fadeaway hook, Witte, a Lincoln High grad, became a three-time All-American (1932-34) at Wyoming. He was the first collegian to score more than 1,000 points in a career (1,069), earning him the nickname "One Grand Witte."
Losing was something Olson never dealt with at Omaha Northwest, going 27-0 with a 0.76 ERA, 276 strikeouts, seven no-hitters — including four in the state playoffs and one in the state championship game — and four state titles before playing at Auburn and being drafted fourth overall in the 1988 MLB draft.
Stecher won the world wrestling championship on July 5, 1915, in Omaha, beating Charlie Cutler in two falls at Rourke Park in front of 15,000 fans. Stecher wore a championship belt studded with 308 diamonds. He became a celebrity across Nebraska. In 1920, he reportedly earned a winner’s purse of $40,000 — four times what Babe Ruth earned the year before.
As a senior, Jones earned all-state honors in football as a halfback and then as a point guard, helping Boys Town win the Class A state basketball championship. But where he really excelled was track. He was the state champion in the mile run, became an All-American at Iowa and was a two-time Olympian.
The first woman from Nebraska to make the U.S. Olympic team, Frost competed in the discus at the 1968 Mexico City Games. In June 2015, at the age of 70, Frost set one world (javelin) and two American records (shot put, discus) for the 70-74 age group. She already owned two USA Track and Field age group records in the discus — 60-64 and 65-69.
A native of St. Paul, Nebraska, Randy Rasmussen was part of one of the great upsets in Super Bowl history when he blocked for Joe Namath in the 1969 win over Baltimore. He was selected in the 12th round of the draft by the Jets. He stayed for 15 seasons and 207 games, including 144 in a row.
Schonewise had been a three-sport star at Bertrand High School, earning All-Nebraska honors in volleyball and basketball while winning state titles in the 100-meter low hurdles in 1981 and 1982. She helped Nebraska reach its first national title game in 1986 and won the Honda-Broderick Award, the Heisman Trophy of volleyball, in 1987.
Scott Frost — a Parade All-American in football and a state champion shot-putter in track at Wood River — battled through criticism to lead the Huskers to the 1997 national title. He became the first NU quarterback to accumulate more than 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 passing yards in the same season.
Nicknamed "The Burr Oak" after his hometown, Steinkuhler rode a strong work ethic when he enrolled at Nebraska in 1979 as a freshman. In practices, he prided himself on finishing first in running drills. The effort paid off. Steinkuhler was a starter at guard for Husker teams that were never ranked lower than eighth in his junior or senior years. In his final season, he became one of only 13 players to win both the Lombardi and Outland — the most prestigious awards given to college lineman — and his No. 71 jersey became one of only 17 to ever be retired at Nebraska.
Reynolds garnered All-America honors as he scored 22 touchdowns in the 1950 season and added enough extra points to score 157 points. He finished second in the country with 1,342 yards rushing in just nine games, had eight straight 100-yard games and finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting.
Hokuf was twice All-Nebraska in football and basketball and state pentathlon champion at Crete High; three-time all-conference in football at Nebraska; two-time All-Big Six in basketball for the Huskers and a charter member of the school’s basketball hall of fame; the 1933 Big Six javelin champion while scoring in three events; played three years in the NFL with the Boston Redskins. Not to mention his versatility for the Husker football team.
Roland "Gip" Locke was called the "greatest of all time" by his coach, Henry Schulte — and for good reason. Locke held world records in the 100 and 220 (20.5 seconds on May 1, 1926). He went on to become the NCAA outdoor champion in both the 100 (9.9) and the 220 (20.9) in 1926. He captained the NU track team in 1925 and '26, and lettered in football and baseball.
Masterson helped lead the Huskers to 23 wins and a tie in 28 games under coach Dana X. Bible, never losing a home game as a Husker quarterback. Elected into the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame in 1977, Masterson was also a swimming and track star at Lincoln High and in college.
Presnell was a three-year letter winner at halfback for Nebraska, earning All-Missouri Valley Conference honors in 1926 and 1927. As a senior in 1927, he led the nation in total yards. The two-time All-Pro, who was 5-foot-10 and 190 pounds in his playing days, played halfback, quarterback, safety and kicker in the NFL. Presnell led the league in scoring in 1933 for the Portsmouth Spartans — the forerunners of the Lions.