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LINCOLN – The Nebraska High School Hall of Fame Foundation will induct twin
sisters for the first time. Hayes Center's Deb and Donna Spickelmier highlight
the 19th Hall of Fame induction group.
The induction ceremony will be Oct. 7 at the Lied Center in Lincoln. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for elementary and high school students and are available by contacting Tami McLaughlin, at Nebraska Sports Council, P.O. Box 29366, Lincoln, NE 68529, or by calling 402-471-2544 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
The induction class includes 12 athletes, five coaches, an official and two contributors.
The Hall selected Heisman Trophy winner Eric Crouch and his Millard North classmate, Kelly Lindsay, in their first year of eligibility.
●--Paul Amen, Lincoln High (1934): A starter on the Links’ 1932 mythical state-champion football team and an all-stater on the 1934 Class A champion basketball team, he earned three letters each in football, basketball and baseball at Nebraska and played on the U.S. baseball team in the 1936 Olympics. He was baseball coach at Army and football coach at Wake Forest, where he was named the conference’s coach of the year twice in four years.
●--Eric Crouch, Millard North (1997): The 2001 Heisman Trophy winner was a four-year starter at quarterback for Nebraska. At Millard North he rewrote the Class A football record book as one of the top quarterbacks in state history. The 1996 Parade All-American’s 50 touchdowns and 308 points over three seasons were records, as was his 5,134 yards of total offense. In track, he was the Metro Conference champion in the 100 and 200 meters as a senior and the 200 as a junior.
●--Jason Glock, Wahoo (1991): Cornerstone of the Wahoo basketball dynasty that won four state championships during his career, he was a two-time all-state selection who scored 2,167 points and an all-state defensive lineman in football. He lettered four years at Nebraska in basketball.
●--Clester Johnson, Bellevue West (1991): A two-time all-state quarterback who went on to play wide receiver at Nebraska, Johnson won the all-class gold medals in the 110 and 300 hurdles at the 1991 state meet and reached the state championship match in wrestling.
●--Ginger (Keller) Marx, Gibbon (1990): A pillar of Gibbon’s back-to-back state championship teams of 1988-89, she scored 1,413 points in high school. At the University of Nebraska at Kearney, she graduated as the Lopers’ career leader in points (1,758) and rebounds (847).
●--Kelly Lindsay, Millard North (1997): The 1996 athlete of the year, she was a four-year starter and two-year captain on the Notre Dame women’s soccer team. She also played on the U.S. under-20 national team and spent three years in professional soccer. At Millard North, she led the Mustangs to state soccer titles her freshman and senior years and was the girls gold medalist three times at the state cross country meet.
●--Dennis Loewe, Clearwater (1966): An all-around athlete, he was a four-year starter in football. In basketball, he scored 1,673 points, including 56 against Chambers as a senior. In track, he went to state every year and as a senior, helped the Cardinals to a share of the Class D team title by winning the shot and discus and taking second in the high jump. Pitched at Pershing College and played in the minor leagues.
●--Kevin Penner, Aurora (1980): The 1980 Nebraska high school athlete of the year, he was a three-sport standout whose fourth – and best sport – baseball, took him to the 1982 College World Series and the 1983 Pan American Games. He was All-America in baseball in 1985. At Aurora, he made the Class B all-state basketball team twice and was all-state as a senior, was a standout quarterback and third in the 100 at the 1980 state track meet.
●--Joe Salerno, Omaha Central (1985): Was Nebraska’s second four-time state tennis champion at No. 1 singles. In national junior competition, he defeated future Grand Slam winners Michael Chang and Jim Courier. Also played second base in baseball for the Eagles. Played at Tyler (Texas) Junior College, where he was a juco All-American, then at Nebraska and Alabama.
●--Debbie (Spickelmier) Noble, Hayes Center (1985): Winner of 15 medals at the state track meet, including two all-class golds in the 800 meters, and made the all-time top 10 in the 800. Was a Class D-2 all-stater in basketball as a junior and senior and second-team all-state in volleyball as a senior. She was a seven-time All-American running for Kearney State and Chadron State.
●--Donna (Spickelmier) Vallin, Hayes Center (1985): Winner of 16 Class D gold medals and an all-class gold at the state track meet and was all-time top 10 in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200. Was a Class D-2 all-stater in volleyball as a junior and senior and second-team all-state in basketball as a senior, when the Cardinals were state champions. She earned eight All-America honors at Kearney State, winning NAIA national titles in the mile, the 1,500 and the 3,000.
●--LaVerne Torczon, Platte Center (1953): All-state in six-man football and also a basketball standout, "Tarzan" Torczon was a two-time All-Big Seven lineman at Nebraska who was Husker captain in 1956 and played in the American Football League from 1960 to 1966, earning All-AFL honors in 1960 and playing in the 1961 AFL All-Star Game.
●--Steve Morgan, Ogallala: His 38-year volleyball coaching career at Ogallala has included three state titles, four runner-up finishes in 25 state tournament appearances. He has a 788-156 record that includes a 177-13 Southwest Conference record.
●--Rich Olson, Millard South/Lincoln Northeast: In 21 years at Millard South, his girls basketball teams won four of their seven Class A championship games in 15 state tournament appearances. He moved on to Lincoln Northeast in 2004, taking the Rockets to three state tournament appearances and now has been hired as Lincoln Lutheran coach. He has a 427-182 record.
●--Edward “Scotty” Orcutt, Omaha Benson: A champion coach in three sports, he was the dean of Omaha baseball coaches before a fall led to his death in 1972. His baseball teams won three league tournament titles and won or shared five regular-season crowns, along with a state runner-up finish in 1966. The Bunnies were 188-99-3 during his 28 years. His basketball record was 179-153 over 19 seasons, with state finals appearances in 1951 and 1954 and a No. 1 final ranking from the Omaha World-Herald in 1961. Also coached Benson to the 1943 boys gymnastics state title.
●--Del Schoenfish, Cambridge: A career basketball coaching record of 522-231 included one state title and one state runner-up finish in nine state tournament appearances. His golf teams qualified for state for 22 straight years, winning three championships and finishing second once. He coached 38 years, the first five at Valentine.
●--Dale Snook, University High: A coach for the last 19 years of the Lincoln school's existence, Snook's basketball teams won state titles in 1954 and 1965 and the track team won a championship in 1953. The Chester graduate retired as an educator from NU in 1975 after 28 years.
●--Fred Egley Jr., Norfolk: His long association with Norfolk athletics began with his hiring as an assistant coach in 1939. He started the school’s gymnastics program the next year and was football coach in 1942. He became athletic director for the high school and the city’s junior college in November 1950. He kept his high school duties through 1969 – he was on the NSAA board from 1965 to 1970 -- and was junior college AD through 1981.
●--Dave Van Metre, Omaha: The former Colorado College football player from Mount Vernon, Iowa, has provided new weight training and cardio equipment to the Omaha School District’s seven high schools and eleven middle schools and to the city’s Boys & Girls Clubs. He also has spearheaded fundraising efforts for three high school stadiums and a number of baseball and softball competition fields.
●--Joe Silverman, Lincoln: An established football and basketball referee in West Virginia before being stationed at the Lincoln Air Base during World War II, the Marshall University graduate worked the Nebraska state basketball tournament for the first time in 1943. He worked more tournaments later in the 1940s and 1950s. Received the Clarence Swanson Memorial Award from the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame in 2007.
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In addition to the inductees, the Hall of Fame also additional and those chosen for 2012 include:
►GREAT MOMENT IN HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS – 1936 Grand Island football team that was unbeaten, untied and unscored upon.
GREAT MOMENT IN HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS – Doniphan-Trumbull's Danielle Lemek winning her fourth straight state golf championship.
►DOMINANT DYNASTY – David City St. Mary's 1953-1961: Four undefeated football teams and two state track championships.
►RON GUSTAFSON INSPIRATION AWARD – Keefe Lodwig, Elkhorn, still setting Masters swimming records at age 67.
►FISCHER FAMILY AWARD – John and Connie Makovicka family of Ulysses.
►GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY TEAMS – Undefeated North Platte football team of 1962 and Class A state basketball champion Omaha Tech of 1963.
►SILVER ANNIVERSARY TEAMS – Unbeaten Atkinson West Holt basketball Class C-1 state champions of 1988 and unbeaten Cambridge Class C-2 football champions of 1987.