GREAT MOMENTS
A great moment in high school sports is one game, one play, one record, one series of outstanding performances which ranks as a outstanding achievement down through the years.

Organized below by sport. Year chosen indicated on each great moment.
 

BBB: Miracle on Vine Street
Lincoln East’s last second shot by Scott Copple, winning the 1971 state tournament final against Papillion. Chosen in 1995
BBB: Winning Ways
Wahoo’s 114-game boys basketball winning streak. Chosen in 1995
BBB: Scoring Explosion
Ed Vondra scored 102 points for Brainard in a 1922 basketball game. Chosen in 1995
BBB: 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.  Chosen in 1997
BBB: 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 goals in a Class B finals overtime victory. Down by 61-55 with 11 seconds left and no timeouts remaining, Bernie Inbody made a 30-footer , then made a steal and got the ball to Troy Glock whose last-second field goal did some dramatic bouncing from rim to backboard and back, sending the game with Lincoln Pius X into overtime. Inbody started the overtime with a three-pointer and Wahoo went on to win by 68-66. Chosen in 1998.
BBB: 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 dedicated coach. Chosen in 2001.
BBB: Point Parade
1934 basketball game. With Avoca winning by 100-0 against Syracuse, a game which is believed to be the only Nebraska high school game mentioned in "Ripley's Believe It or Not."
BBB: 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. 23 team ranking in the nation. Chosen in 2002.
Basketball: The Big Barn
"The Old Barn," is what the Nebraska Coliseum was affectionately known. It played host to the state basketball tournament from 1926-76. In 1926, 339 teams competed in 22 classes. With the 1976 state finals to be played in the new Bob Devaney Sports Center, the Class C semifinal in 1976 was the last game played at Barn, Walthill 56-54 over Howells before a crowd of 3,421. Brian Blum of Howells scored the last basket.
Chosen in 2003.
FB: Football Fun
To the Nebraska School Activities Association, for initiating the football playoffs. Chosen in 1995
FB: Gridiron Rampage
Falls City Sacred Heart’s 87-game football winning streak challenged for the national record. Chosen in 1996
FB: Running Wild
Cory Eikmeier of Dodge, competing in eight-man football, established state records for one season rushing, of 2,965 yards, career rushing of 8,330 yards; one season touchdowns of 68 and career touchdowns of156. His career covered four seasons, 1994 to 1997. His Friday night gains covered almost five miles. Chosen in 1997
FB: End Zone Blitz
John Cook, Beatrice, for 98 points scored in 1912 in one high school football game. His team won by 128-0.  Chosen in 1998.
FB: 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 for the six-man game. The Hall of Fame inducted its inventor, Stephen Epler of Chester in 1995, and chooses today to honor the sport once more by saluting the two teams playing last November in the final six-man state championship sponsored by the Nebraska School Activities Association--Milligan and Benedict. Milligan won game at Memorial Stadium by the score of 35 to 28. The teams are honored equally here today for making their contribution to high school sports history. Team rosters:
Benedict
Eric Allen
Nate Wittgren
Josh Larkin
Adam Watson
Stuart Nickel
Jacob Schall
Justin Schoch
Brian Burhoop
Nate Doremus
Gregg Heiden
Gertjan DeVries
Andy Bowman
James O’Rourke
Reggie Wittgren
Joe Friesen
Nick Lott
Ryan Doremus
Coach Mark Rotter
Assistant Coach Phil Burhoo
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Milligan
Matt Filipi
Corey Koca
Arich Uldrich
Tyler Bartels
Brent Kassik
Dustin Filipi
Jeff Havel
Jon Halama
Tim Uldrich
Jon Vavra-Fong
Jeff Graham
Lance Lock
Corey Vavra
Dan Hadherny
Jason Pribyl
Mike Uldrich
Coach Dean Filipi
Assistant Coach Craig Rafert
   Chosen in 1999.
FB: Unbeaten, Untied, and Unscored Upon
Class B Ravenna's 1968 team completed the season not only undefeated but allowed no opponent to cross their goal line or score a point. Gibbon came the closest, coming within six yards but the threat ended with Gary Reiter's pass interception. The Blue Jays netted a total season output of 275 points to their opponents nil. Add to this a third consecutive conference championship and things were to be right with the world in Blue Jay land. Dick Roberts was the head coach.Chosen in 2000
Dana Christensen
Terry Ripp
Kerwin Stover
Don Ondrak
Henry Heider
Mike Gillming
Doug Roth
Steve Haught
Larry Heathers
Barry Solomon
Mike Rager
Ron Schroll
Kenny Bock
Dave Johnson
Dean Psota
Kerwin Stover
Steve Shrader
Henry Heider
Don Hervert
Don Blaschko
Gregg Hanna
Don Lammers
Cordell Bullis
Greg Ondrak
Don Kusek
Dan Rogers
Dave Johnson
Kim Stover
Gary Reiter
Gary Zeller
Alan Schmaljohn
Ben Rager
Rick Fox
Terry Miller
Mike McKeon
Ron Young
Doug Roth
Larry Heathers
Mike Rager
Kenny Bock
Dean Psota
Steve Shrader
Don Hervert
FB/BB: Historic Double
In 1975, the first year of the NSAA-determined football championships, Nelson High School  won the Class D 11-man football title and followed it with the basketball championship in March, thus becoming the first official winner of state championships in the two sports in the same year. Gary DeBoer was the football coach, Tom Murray the basketball coach. Team Members:
Dan Buresh
Randy Garvin
Terry Jensen
Craig Jones
Dan Judy
Marlin Meyer
Mark Collins
Tom Garvin
Vic Jacobitz
Leon Michels
Mike Wilford
Dave Wroughton
Paul Grueber
Dennis Holsteen
Calvin Meyer
Larry Miller
Randy Porter
Greg Bohling
Ivan Culbertson
Jeff Harris
BrentJensen
Todd Jensen
John Mazour
Allen McClure
Steve Melvin
Jon Meyers
Tom Schleif
Marty Sunday
Randi Thomberry
Roger Biltoft
Steve Gerbers
Curt Jensen
Rick Mazour
Byron Myer
Lorrell Peterson
Doug Porter
Nick Biltoft
John Ensign
Scott Farver
Dan Mazour
Brian Soulek
Chosen in 2000.
FB: Action Packed Final 2 Seconds
In a 1960 high school football game, Broken Bow and Hall of Famer Kent McCloughan lead Valentine by 21-18 with two seconds go.  Jim Murphy of Valentine intercepted a Broken Bow pass in the end zone and the clock ran out while he was running 102 yards for a game-winning touchdown. Final score: Valentine 24, Broken Bow 21.Chosen in 2001.
FB: 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. Chosen in 2004.
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. Chosen in 2007.
General: Program of the Decade
Lincoln Southeast won all sports championships nine times in the 1990's. The school has won 106 state championship trophies since its opening in the 1950's, more than any other school in any class during that period. In the 90's decade for the Knights, 1993 was the banner year with six state championship trophies. The Total Championships Tally in the 1990’s for Southeast:
State Championships
Girls Cross Country - 8
Boys Cross Country - 6
Girls Basketball - 4
Football - 4
Boys Gymnastics - 4
Girls Golf - 3
Boys Golf - 3

Boys Swimming - 2
Boys Tennis - 2
Girls Gymnastics - 1
Boys Track – 1
Softball – 1
Girls Swimming - 1
District - 67
State - 41
City - 110
Chosen in 2000.
GBB: Point Champion
Darcy Stracke of Chambers reaches a record 2752 career points in girls basketball. Chosen in 1996
GBB: Record Wins
In its first 20 years of existence in modern times, girls basketball had its big scorers, had its steady growth in skill level, had some outstanding games. If all the sport needed to complete its growth beyond respectability was a bigtime winning streak then Chambers High School provided it with its 1993 to 1997 consecutive winning streak to 87. If anyone wants the record now, they have their work cut out for them. And that’s the way records should be. Chosen in 1997
GBB: Girls Basketball’s Biggest Shot
Girls Basketball had its greatest finals crowd at the 1996 Class B state tournament, had one of its finest finals games ever regardless of class and perhaps was headed for one of the sport's greatest upsets, as Lincoln Pius X led favored South Sioux City into the final seconds. Alas, what the sport got was its most dramatic state tournament finish, via a last-second three-point goal by South Souix City's Kim Sublet that won the championship game by one point, 67-66. Chosen in 1998.
GBB: Cougar Power
Sandy Creek’s sixth girls consecutive girls basketball state title and 95 consecutive wins, both state records for the Cougars and their coach, Russ Ninemire. Chosen in 2001. (See pictures of teams.)
GBB: 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 inception of the three-point rule. Northeast lost by one point.
Chosen in 2000
GBB: West Point Central Catholic
Girls Basketball and Four Fun Years
Can it get any better than this: Megan Neuvirth, Jackie Knievel and Angie Ridder played four years of basketball at West Point Central Catholic and never lost a game. This amazing run of success from 2001-2006 produced a state record 111-game winning streak and four Class C-2 basketball state championships for the coach Jerry Stracke’s team. The Bluejays went 26-0 in 2002, 26-0 in 2003, 25-0 in 2004 and 25-0 in 2005. The streak ended on Jan. 12, 2006, at Bancroft (45-44). Many of the same girls who brought this basketball success also played on state championship volleyball teams in 2001-04. Chosen in 2006.
Golf: Fore (Times Two, Plus Three)
Oakland-Craig’s 11 straight golf championships in golf, a streak gaining national recognition for Nebraska in this sport. It appears this streak is the longest state title run in any high school sport in the state. Chosen in 2001.
Officials: Fifty Years of Officiating
Vern Plambeck of Kearney approaches 50 years in stripes. A referee who has officiated football since 1954, he missed only the 1957 season while serving in the Army Reserve. He also officiated basketball for many years and has been an observer of officials. Chosen in 2003.

SB: 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. Chosen in 2005.
 

Track: 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. Chosen in 1995
Track: Miracle Mile
1947 State Track Meet, Class A mile run between Marvin Zimmerman, Nebraska City, and Bill Mountford, Red Cloud, a meeting of talented athletes that captured the attention of track and field that season and remains even after 50 years one of the great high school head-to-head competition of all time of any sport. Mountford's winning time was, of course, a state record 4:26.2. Chosen in 1997.  After 58 years, they meet again.
Track: Awesome 800
State record run of 1:51.7 by Ryan Barrows, York, in the 800 Meters at 1997 State Track and Field Championship Meet, beating a 20-year-old record many believed would be good for another 20 years. Chosen in 1998.
Track: A Century of Gold
The state track meet, which recently passed its 100th year, is the longest standing high school championship event. The state track meet has produced great entertainment in those 100 years and the Hall of Fame chooses to honor the event for its 100 plus "Great Moments" by saluting those who directed this great meet. In the last 40 years of the century: Charlie Foster, Burton (Bud) Feaster, Willa Scudder, Merle Bauer, Tom Hallstrom, Rex Jones and Duane Haith. Chosen in 1999.
Track: Barrier Breakers
The pole vault is one high school event which has a measuring stick to specifically identify when an athlete "takes it to the next level." A Great Moment came when the following athletes were the first over the vaulting bar at the even-foot levels.
Boys
12 Feet - John (Choppy) Rhodes, Ansley, 12-0, 1922.
13 - Merlin (Beanie) Lawrence, Alliance, 13-3/4, 1958
14 - Randy Reeves, Omaha Benson, 14-0, 1965.
15 - Bill Lauer, North Platte, 15-1¼, 1971.
16 - Bump Novacek, Gothenburg, 16-0, 1985.
Girls
11 - Jaime Volkmer, Kearney Catholic, 11-8, 1999.
Chosen in 1999.
Track: Achievement of the Century
Gale Sayers’ 24-10 1/2 long jump in 1961 state track meet, coming on his last jump in a duel with Lincoln High’s Bobby Williams, continues to rank as one of this state’s best achievements in high school sports. Now 40 years later, it hasn’t been seriously challenged for the state record. Chosen in 2001.
Track: A Track & Field Machine
Tony Little, the one-man track team from Mullen, won the 220, long jump, and triple jump and came in second in the 100-yard dash to score all of Mullen's 38 points in the 1977 State meet to win the Class D state championship single-handedly for his school.  Runner-up Cambridge followed by four points.  Chosen in 2002.
Track: Title Run
Kearney High boys winning nine straight Class A state track championships.
Chosen in 2003.
Track: Lift Off
Grand Island Central Catholic pole vaulters Gable Baldwin and Jenny Green setting state records (16-4, 13-3, respectively) at the Central Nebraska Track Championships and state meet records (16-0, 13-0) in 2003. Chosen in 2004.
Track: 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 ½ as a great moment in high school athletics, we are just as eager for the athlete who broke that record to be elevated to similar status. The honor goes to Robert Rands, a 2005 Bellevue East graduate, for his 25-feet, ¼-inch jump in March, 2005, to break the NFL star’s 44-year-old record, and for his 24-11 ¼ that replaced the Sayers’ state meet record. Chosen in 2006.
VB: Decade of Dominance
Bellevue West dominated Class A volleyball like no one else since 1989, winning eight state championships (including a state record six in a row) under the direction of Coach Joanne Kappas. The school currently has a string of 12 straight years where it qualified for the state tournament (that’s a record, too), has collected numerous team and individual state records and had several players honored as all-conference and all-state. Prior to this decade of dominance, no Class A school was able to win more than two consecutive state championships in this highly competitive sport. Current records standing from this Bellevue bunch include team kills and team assists in one season, 1496 career kills by Jamie Hamm, 544 season kills by Hamm, per match kill average (13.6) by Hamm, 2,891 career assists by Stephanic Clerc, 1,050 one season assists by Morgan Monzingo and per match career average by Monzingo.
Bellevue West Volleyball Players & Coaches, 1989-1997
Jamie Boardman, 93-96
Elisa Booth, 91-92
Jennifer Clerc, 89-90
Stephanie Clerc, 89-92
Tara Dorn, 97
Debbi Ellerbroek, 90-91
Kelly Fitzgerald, 89-90
Leslie Garvey, 97
Beth Gilbert, 92-93
Erin Godfrey, 90-91
Kristin Grohs, 91-92
Jamie Hamm, 94-97
Amanda Hedin, 96-97
Amanda Henk, 90-93
Nikki Henk, 92-95
Sara Heppell, 89
Wendi Hughes, 89-90
Stephanie Joekel, 97
Jaisa Kappas, 91-93
Kathy Kent, 89-91
Katie Kozlic, 97
Traci LaMontagne, 93-94
Kari Landsvork, 91-93
Sherri Langolf, 92
Sondra Lima, 94-96
Marie Lukens, 89
Amy Martin, 93-94
Susan McGraw, 89-91
McKenzie Monzingo, 95-96
Morgan Monzingo, 97
Rachel Morgan, 92
Melissa Munch, 95-97
Megan Porter, 92-95
Natalie Porter, 89-90
Cheri Pribyl, 91-94
Brandy Schade, 96-97
Ashlee Scofield, 95-97
Airon Scofield, 95-97
Jennifer Smith, 89-91
Kim Storey, 92-94
Kristine Storey, 93-96
Michelle Story, 89-90
Jeanne VanWaart, 89-90
Jennifer Walters, 89
Kelly Wheeler, 95-97
Julie Williams, 95-97
Assistant Coaches
Julie Daugherty-Braun, 90-97
Alyssa LeGrande, 96
Bill Stanley, 96-97
Bob Stanley, 97
Ralph Tosti , 91-97
Head Coach
Joanne Kappas, 89-97
Chosen for Great Moment in 1999.
VB: Volleyball Aces
The Columbus Scotus volleyball team's state record winning streak reached 115 matches before a loss in the 2004 state championship match to Lincoln Lutheran. The Shamrocks’ last loss was in the 2000 state final when they lost to Central City. After that, the Shamrocks went 29-0 for three straight years and were 28-0 entering the match with Lincoln Lutheran. Chosen in 2005..
Wrestling: Wrestling History
Cousins Don and Ken Nordhues of Greeley both won fourth individual state championships in 1995. Chosen in 1995
Wrestling: Pin Master
A career of record-setting wrestling wins by pin by David Miller of Kearney during 1995-98. His state records: Most pins season (36), career (120), state tournament (13), consecutive (41). He also holds the Class A record for most career victories (141).
Chosen in 1998.
Wrestling: Shades of Dan Gable
The 2000 state wrestling tournament wrapped up a phenomenal high school career for Brad Metzler of Omaha Westside High School. He became the first Nebraska high school wrestler to complete four consecutive seasons undefeated. This also placed him in that elite group of four-time state champions.
Chosen in 2000
Wrestling: Unbeaten, Untied Career
Brett Allgood, Bennington, completed his high school career in 2002 without a single loss. and a record in his four years in NSAA sponsored competition with 140 wins, which placed him in that select group of only ten young men in the history of the sport to gain this elite status of being a four-time State Champion.  He was also undefeated in club level competition during those same years.  Brett was awarded the Guy Mytty Outstanding Senior Wrestler Award in Class C by the Nebraska Scholastic Wrestling Coaches Association plus being named to their All Star team for the year 2002. Chosen in 2002.
Wrestling: Champion Every Year
Todd Menelly, Omaha Skutt Catholic, joined that very elite group of four-time high school state wrestling champions.  His high school record was 135 wins and only one loss, which was to Brett Allgood, another four time champ crowned in 2002.  Todd received the Guy Mytty award for the outstanding Class A wrestler by the Nebraska Scholastic Wrestling Coaches Association and was also selected for their all-star team. Chosen in 2002.
Wrestling:  Kingpins.
Four-time state wrestling champions Dirk Desmond of Hebron (136-3), Kasey Kohl of Omaha Skutt (139-1) and Jake Rucker of Louisville (140-5. with 104 pins).
Chosen in 2003.
Wrestling: No. 1 Every Year
Four-time wrestling champions Chris Oliver, 125-0 from Omaha Creighton Prep, and Jason Katusin, 139-5 from Springfield Platteview. Chosen in 2004.

 

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