BBHS honors sports greats Friday night
The Broken Bow High School Athletic Hall of Fame is enshrining two new individuals and all state championship and unbeaten teams Friday night during the basketball games. "The community should feel proud," said Zella Briggs, chairperson of the BBHS Hall of Fame Committee. "We have two top-notch individuals that we are honoring Friday night. Terry and Nikki have both meant a lot to Broken Bow." Briggs is referring to Terry Lewis and Nikki Scott. Louis is a former state champion track athlete and Scott was a four-year letter-winner and state champion on the girls basketball team. For the first time ever, teams will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. "This has been something we've been trying to do for the past two years," Briggs said. "It's great to honor all past teams that's played a significant role in Broken Bow athletics." The team inductees will be honored prior to warm-ups for the boys game. Those inductees are: 1923 boys track team; 1951 football team; 1959, 1960 and 1961 boys track teams; 1970 cross country team; 1987 football team; and 2003 girls basketball team. In 1982 the Broken Bow Hall of Fame inducted its first five individual athletes. Since that time 45 more men and women have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. . Nikki Scott Nikki Scott graduated from Broken Bow High School in 2006. She was a three-sport letter winner for all four years. In volleyball, Nikki was a superb spiker and blocker, leading her team in kills for three years. In 2005 she recorded 311 kills in a season. She also led her team in blocks. In 2004, she had 135 blocks during regular season. She was named to the SWC First team in 2003, 2004, and 2005 and was honored her senior year by the Kearney Hub and Grand Island Independent being named to their All Heartland and All region teams. Nikki played in the Nebraska coaches All-Star game in Lincoln and the Western Nebraska All Star game in Scottsbluff where she was named MVP for the East team. In basketball, Nikki was a four-year letter winner and starter. She was named to the SWC first team three years in a row and was voted the SWC player of the year in 2005 by the coaches. In 2006 she was the co-MVP. She was a member of the championship basketball team in 2003, and named to the C-1 All Tournament team. In 2005, she was given second team All State honors and in 2006 she was named to the first team All-State. Nikki was honored by the Grand Island Independent naming her to the All Heartland team two consecutive years. The Kearney Hub recognized her on the All Region team three years in a row. Nikki was the KNOP TV player of the year in 2006. (She still holds school records for points in a game, career high points, game, season, and career rebounds and blocked shots.) Nikki ran the hurdles and sprint relays in track. She was a four-year letter winner. Her honors included: SWC champion in the 100 meter hurdles in 2005 and 2006; 300 meter hurdle champion in 2006; four- time state qualifier in the 100 hurdles, finishing in 8th place in 2006. Nikki was named the BBHS Female Athlete of the Year, KCNI/KBBN Female Athlete of the Year and the Custer County Chief Athlete of the Decade. She was named to the All Academic teams in each sport she participated in during high school. Nikki was a member of the 2003 State Champion basketball team that was recently named the Team of the Decade by the Custer County Chief. Nikki went on to compete in volleyball for the University of Nebraska at Kearney. She was a four-year starter and letter winner. Her honors at college include: AVCA First Team All American Division II, Daktronics 2nd team All American, All RMAC First team for three years, player of the year in 2009, All RMAC First team academic for three years, and NCAA player of the week. Nikki was the 2008-2009 academic RMAC player of the year. Today Nikki attends UNL where she is working on her masters degree in Speech Language Pathology. She will graduate this May.Terry Lewis The next inductee is Terry Lewis. Terry was a 1974 graduate of Broken Bow High School. While in high school Terry played halfback and corner and was a two-year letter winner in football. He led his team in rushing and receiving his senior year. Terry was third in receptions in the SWC. He was named honorable mention All Conference his senior year. Terry was the starting guard in basketball and was a three- year letter winner. Terry was a stand out in the hurdling events in track. His senior season, Terry won the 180 low hurdles and broke a 20-year-old low hurdle record at the SWC meet. He also won the high hurdles, placed in the 100 yard dash, and ran a leg of the 880 yard relay. He was the district champion his junior and senior year in both the low and high hurdles. At the state meet Terry capped off a great career by winning the high hurdles in 14.6. He placed 6th in the lows that same day. Terry still holds the record in the high hurdles today. Along with teammates Bill Hart, Carl Speer, and Kevin Brush, the 880 yard relay team placed 6th his junior year and 3rd his senior year. While in high school Terry also participated in American Legion baseball for four years. Terry went on to attend Kearney State College where he lettered all four years. He was on the record setting hurdle relay team and ended up on the all time hurdler list. Today Terry lives in Gilbert, Ariz., where he and his wife own a small business. The plaques will be presented by Shelly Scott, President of the Broken Bow Athletic Booster Club, and Ryan Hogue, Athletic Director and Vice Principal of Broken Bow High School.2012 TEAM INDUCTEES1923 Boys Track TeamTeam members and coaches: Reneau, Beal, Clark, Joyner, Rockwell, R. Nye, Bellinger, B. Nye, Jaco, Capt. Jackson, Melham, Henman, Ayers, Willard, (Assistant Track Coach), Beck, Myers, Jacobson, O’Brien, Brown and Forsyth. Summary – Broken Bow won the 1923 Nebraska State Track Championship in Group 2. Ralph Jackson won the broad jump as he leaped to 20’ 11”. Young and Jackson started the Broken Bow score to extend by taking first and second in the high jump. Young went over the bar at 5’ 6 1/2 inches and Jackson at 5’ 4 inches. Broken Bow finished off the meet by placing 2nd in the 880 relay. Broken Bow relay team consisted of Ralph Jackson, Tom Reneau, Homer Brown, and Charlie Beal. At the conclusion of the state meet, Broken Bow was crowned 1923 State Champions.1951 Football Team Team members and coaches: Bob Anderson, Bob Templeton, Bill Williams, Gary Catwright, Eugene Armstrong, Berl Spencer, Doyle Francis, Lawerence Clay, Bill Hickenbottom, Eldon Wooters, Loren Jacobsen, LaVerne Colman, Don Gross, Don Broyles, Tyke Arnold, Irving Johnson, Harry Penn, Gunner Troxel, Bob Craig, Carl Schmidt, Charles Beal, Bob Van Wormer, Ron Connely, Gary Briggs, Bob Van Horn, Bill Smets, Francis Lacher, Gail Clay, Harvey Schmidt, Kenneth Link, Benard Kelly, Eddie Kleeb, Richard Williams, Loren Haefele Loren Taylor, Jim Smets, Marvin Nelson. Coach Mark Russell Summary - The Broken Bow High School Indians had their greatest year since 1928 this year, winning eight games and tying only two. They rambled over Lexington in the opener, 18 to 6. They were more stable in the home debut as they dropped Ravenna 31 to 7. Rating second in class “B” competition, the Indians traveled to Cozad to come home victorious 38 to 7. Trying for first place, they met the Minden Whippets at home and in the mud. The two teams battled to a 7-7 deadlock. Ord was next and B.B. took advantage of this to win its second conference game 40-14. The Indians made it the second straight Trans-Nebraska North Division Championship winning over Burwell 53-0; and Loup City in a steady down-pour, 41 to 0. With conference play over, except for a Trans-Nebraska play-off, the Indians journeyed to Ainsworth for their Homecoming, and defeated them 52-7. Broken Bow had its big celebration festivities against the Curtis Aggies, emerging victorious 31 to 0. Broken Bow had one game remaining for the play-offs. They met the Minden Whippets for the championship at Minden. Fumbles were costly as once again both teams could only score once and they tied 6-6, resulting in a tie for second place in class “B” football throughout the state. For the season, Broken Bow packed up a total of 340 points to a mere 53 against them. They had an average of 34 points per game against their opponent’s average of less than one touchdown. They shut-out three opponents from scoring against them.1959 Boys Track Team Team members and coaches: Charles Hircock, Eddie Landon, Ron Devish, Dennis Storms, Don Niedt, Dan Rockwell, Kent McCloughan, Coach Virgil Korte, and coaches Jim Ambler and Mark Russell Class “B” State Champs. The 1959 track team upset Burwell in the districts by a 1-2-3- punch in the shot and discus. Charles Hircock, Ron Devish, and Don Niedt all got their best throws of the season to qualify. Other qualifiers were Kent McCloughan in the 100, 220 and the 880 yard relay. Joining him on the relay was Eddie Landon, Dennis Storms, and Dan Rockwell. At the state meet, McCloughan won the 100 and the 220 yard dash, claiming overall gold in the 220 and tying for the gold in the 100. Ron Devish won the shot put and placed in the discus. The team finished with 31 points to beat out Imperial for the team championship. 1960 Boys Track Team Team members and coaches: Charles Hircock, Kent McCloughan, Dan Rockwell, Gary Scritsmier, Dennis Storms, Larry Miller, Don Ewer, and coaches Jim Ambler, Mark Russell and Virgil Korte. The 1960 track team had to battle cold, wind, and damp weather. But they had a 1-2 punch with Charles Hircock and Kent McCloughan. McCloughan won the 100 and 220 yard dashes for the second year in a row, and shared the overall gold medal in the 100 yard dash. Charlie Hircock pulled in 8 points in the weights, placing 2nd in the discus and second in the shot. The 880 yard relay team of Larry Miller, Gary Scritsmier, Dan Rockwell and Kent McCloughan broke the school record and helped to garner the needed points to stay ahead of Holdrege in the final team standings.1961 Boys Track Team Team members and coaches: Kyle Russell, Dennis Storms, Kent McCloughan, John Bruce, Steve Holcomb, Bob Purcell, Jim Talbot, and coaches Duane Freeman, Mark Russell, and Virgil Korte. The Indians earned 25 points, a single point better than runner-up Gothenburg. Kent McCloughan was the leading point earner as he earned 18 points and ran an anchor leg on the 880 yard relay. He earned two gold medals, breaking a state record in the 220 yard dash. He raced the distance in 21.4 seconds. He equaled the 100 yard dash record with a time of 9.8. He also placed second in the shot put with 50’8.” Other points for Bow came from Kyle Russell in the high jump delivering his best performance ever clearing the bar at 6’0 to earn a tie for 3rd, 4th, and 5th. Dennis Storms also came in with his best effort in the broad jump, leaping 21’11 1/2'”, and placing second. The 880 yard relay, comprised of McCloughan, Dennis Storms, Steve Holcomb, and Jim Talbot had a big task at the end of the day as they had to place at least 4th to tie and 3rd to win the meet. McCloughan took the baton with the relay near the back of the pack and closed a big gap. They finished 3rd in the relay and won the state meet.1970 Cross Country Team Team members and coaches: Dan Kemp, Jim Shelbourn, Mark Smith, Tom Christensen, Chad Huston, Roger Ellis, Coach Jim Mills. Summary: The boys ran at Pioneer Park in Lincoln for the State Championship. It was Oct. 30, 1970, and they were not predicted to win. Roger Ellis was the top finisher at 5th place. He ran a 9:57. Jim Shelbourn was 10th and ran a 10:08. The Cross Country State Championships were run at 1.9 miles back in 1970.1987 Football Team Team members and coaches: Jim Meston, Brett Norden, Jeff McMeen, John Evans, Terry Haines, Brad Norden, Ron Millsap, Paul Swenson, Chad Baxter, Mike Gallentine, Jerry McMeen, Brad Miller, Jerry Stithem, Jim Peister, Brett Christen, Jim White, Jared Kottmeyer, Steve Dietz, Dan Yantzie, Woody Asuncion, Craig Stumpff, Carlie Wells, Joe Baxter, Shane Peck, Jeremy Province, Mike Miller, Jeff Varney, Darren Marten, Shane Campbell, Greg Klinkman, Darren Nielsen, Matt Schall, Mike Connely, Brett Fisher, Scott Prickett, Neal Golden, Chris Knoell, John Gallentine, Andy Sanchez, and coaches Jerry Scott. Dan McLaughlin, Darrel Sybrant, and the late Kevin Foster. Summary: The 1987 football season resulted in many firsts for the BBHS football team. The team compiled an 11-2 record which marks the second best season in BBHS football history - second only to the 2009 Broken Bow team that finished 11-1. The team ended its season rated first in every major football poll in the state, including the Omaha World Herald, the Lincoln Journal Star, and the Associated Press. Another first for the 1987 season was a new head coach. Dan McLaughlin assumed the head football coaching position for the first time in his career at BBHS, and his life for that matter. The team earned its state football playoff berth and its first state football championship. The Indians were picked for the number 10 spot in the pre-season Omaha World Herald sports poll. As the season progressed, they worked their way to the top. They suffered their only season losses to Ord and Lexington. The Indians had the opportunity to avenge those losses during the state playoffs by defeating Ord in the third round of tournament play. (In a sense, they also defeated Lexington when Lexington defeated Ord in the second round of tournament play.) One sports writer described the BBHS team as the dark horse for winning the state championship. The football playoffs provided an opportunity for increased school and community spirit. The home stands at Broken Bow were filled for the Kimball, Ord and Elkhorn games. Additional bleachers had to be moved to accommodate the enthusiastic fans. The only play-off game that had to be played on rival turf was the Chadron game in the second round. Fan enthusiasm remained high and the team was encouraged along the way by spirit signs posted on the road sides. 2003 Girls Basketball Team Team members and Coaches: Breanna Goeden, Kandi Ryan, Megan Ellis, Tara Arnold, Jami Pomplun, Miranda Kopeke, Lindsey Wood, Ashley Marple, Tiffany Girardin, Jaren Zimmerman, Cara Johnson, Nikki Scott, Lindsey Mattox, Staci Jones, Jaide Linder, head coach Darin Nichols, Assistant Coaches Zane Harvey and Rachelle Haines. The 2002- 2003 season was exceptional for the Lady Indians as they earned the C-1 state champion title as well as the SWC champion tournament title and the SWC regular season title. The Lady Indians captured the SWC championship title by beating Ogallala in the final round. The Lady Indians defeated Bayard to advance to the state tournament where they pulled off exciting victories in every contest. It was an on-the- edge-of-your-seat game against Valentine in the first round, but the lady Indians prevailed and then cruised to a 10 point victory over Wahoo. In the final game a last- second, buzzer-beater three-point shot by Megan Ellis sealed the first ever state title for the Lady Indians. The 2003 Broken Bow Girls Basketball Team was also named “Custer County Team of the Decade” by the Custer County Chief in 2010.