Scenes from the 2016 Omaha Sports Hall of Fame Banquet

Highlights from the 2016 Omaha Sports Hall of Fame banquet

WOWT Channel 6 Sports Director and Omaha Sports Hall of Fame committee member Ross Jernstrom recaps the 2016 Hall of Fame event held at the Scott Conference Center on the campus of Nebraska-Omaha.

Nebraska volleyball players Kadie and Amber Rolfzen were also honored as the Sports Women of the the year for their contributions on the court leading the Huskers to the 2015 national championship. NU head coach John Cook was in attendance at the event as well to show his support for the two Papillion natives.

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Former Creighton basketball coach Dana Altman highlights this year's Omaha Sports Hall of Fame class.

Former Creighton basketball coach Dana Altman highlights this year’s Omaha Sports Hall of Fame class.

The 2016 Omaha Sports Hall of Fame Class has been announced. This is the 10th class inducted into the Omaha Sports Hall of Fame. Here are this year’s inductees:

Dana Altman – Former Creighton basketball coach

Ron Kellogg – Omaha Northwest/Kansas basketball player

Jed Ortmeyer – Omaha Lancers/Michigan/NHL Hockey player

Alice Schmidt – Elkhorn/North Carolina/USA Olympic distance runner

Grant Simmons – Omaha Benson/Nebraska basketball player

Kerry Trotter – Omaha Creighton Prep/Marquette basketball player

1996 Creighton Soccer Team

This year’s Hall of Fame Event will once again be at the Scott Conference Center on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Omaha on April 21. Tickets can be purchased on the link below.

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About the Omaha Sports Hall of Fame
The Omaha Sports Hall of Fame was founded in 2006 with the goal of providing a permanent place to honor individuals with strong ties to Omaha and who have achieved tremendous success through athletics. The Omaha Sports Hall of Fame honors athletes and coaches who have highly excelled on their field of play. The Hall welcomes nominations of individuals who are either originally from Omaha or have spent a significant amount of time in the community.

2015 Hall of Fame class announced

Inductees for the 2015 class of the Omaha Sports Hall of Fame were announced Wednesday, December 17, 2014. “It is an outstanding group of inductees, certainly worthy of this recognition” said Dr. Jack Lewis, Co-chair of the Omaha Sports Hall of Fame committee. The 2015 inductees are:

Bruce Benedict -A four sport standout at Millard High school, Bruce went on to the University of Nebraska-Omaha where he was a two-time All-American. A fifth round draft pick for the Atlanta Braves in 1976, Benedict had a 12 year career in the Atlanta Braves highlighted by two all-star seasons in 1981 and 1983. He finished his career with a .990 fielding percentage and holds the major league record for most runners thrown out in a single inning (3).

Ken Geddes – Ken Geddes was a member of the 1965 all-class and Class A all-state football teams. The 6-foot-2, 198-pound end also ran the third leg on Boys Town’s mile relay team that won the Class A and all-class gold medal at the state track meet. He started for the Boys Town basketball team that won the 1966 Class A basketball title and went on to play college football for the University of Nebraska from 1967 to 1970. He earned All-Big Eight honors as a linebacker in 1968 and as middle guard in 1969. He played in the Senior Bowl in 1969 and then in the Coaches All-American Game in 1970. The Detroit Lions selected Geddes in the seventh round of the 1970 NFL draft. He played eight years in the NFL for the Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks.

Peaches James – No one dominated Nebraska high school softball like Peaches James. The pitching ace on four straight state championship teams, the four-time all-state hurler set numerous state records, including 11 no-hitters, five perfect games and an 0.04 ERA in 1999. Her exploits included 31 consecutive wins, 19 consecutive shutouts and a streak of 257 2/3 innings without allowing an earned run. After high school, she became the first pitcher to earn All-Big 12 honors four times at Nebraska and she became a second-team All-American as a senior. She pitched professionally for four years and was a National Pro Fast-pitch all-star in 2005.

Christy Johnson-Lynch – A two-time all-state selection from Millard North High School, she led the Mustangs to the 1990 Nebraska Class A state championship and was then named the captain of the U.S. Junior National Elite team. She then went on to post a stellar career at the University of Nebraska leading them to the National championship in 1995 and earning First Team All-American and All-Big Eight honors while setting several school records. Christy has been the Head Coach at Iowa State University since 2005 earning Big 12 and National Coach of the Year honors in 2009.

Charles “Deacon” Jones – An NCAA cross country champion at the University of Iowa, Charles “Deacon” Jones set the American record in the steeplechase in 1957 and competed in the 1956 and 1960 Olympics in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. An all-around athlete at Boys town, Jones was the Nebraska high school Class A champion in the mile run and anchored Boys Town’s champion mile relay team. He played outfield on Boys Town’s baseball team, halfback on the football team and point guard on the basketball team. He earned all-state honors in football and basketball as a senior and helped Boys Town win the Class A state basketball championship his senior year.

Omaha – The 1935 Triple Crown winner, “Omaha” won 9 of his 22 major races during a three-year career. Elected to the U.S. Racing Hall of Fame in 1965, he was also ranked 61st out of the top 100 U.S. Racehorses of the 20th Century. Upon his death in 1959, “Omaha” was buried at the Ak-Sar-Ben racetrack.

1985 Omaha Creighton Prep Football – The first of five consecutive championship teams, the 1985 squad is considered by many to be the best in state history. The Junior Jays dominated the Class A field not allowing a first-half touchdown all season until the 45-7 finals win over Papillion on an ice-covered Caniglia Field. The team featured Eight All-Nebraska players, 14 Division I recruits and two future NFL players (Gene Williams and Junior Bryant). Led by Hall of Fame coach Tom Jaworski, they finished 20th in final USA Today ratings.

The induction ceremony and banquet for the class of 2015 will take place on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at the Scott Conference Center on the campus of the University of Nebraska Omaha. Social hour begins at 6:00 p.m. with the dinner and induction at 7:00 p.m.

For ticket information, please visit www.omahasportshalloffame.com.

About the Omaha Sports Hall of Fame
The Omaha Sports Hall of Fame was founded in 2006 with the goal of providing a permanent place to honor individuals with strong ties to Omaha and who have achieved tremendous success through athletics. The Omaha Sports Hall of Fame honors athletes and coaches who have highly excelled on their field of play. The Hall welcomes nominations of individuals who are either originally from Omaha or have spent a significant amount of time in the community.

2014 Omaha Sports Hall of Fame Class

Thanks to everyone who came out to support the 2014 Omaha Sports Hall of Fame ceremony. Pictured below is this year’s class. (Back) Dean Thompson Jr. Phil Cahoy Sr., Rik Bonness, Phil Cahoy Jr., Chris Bober & Christy Neneman. (Front) Sami Spenner, Ted Baer, Heather Taggart-Lang & Mike Kemp. (Not pictured: Mike McGee)

2014 Omaha Sports Hall of Fame Class

Photos from the 2014 Omaha Sports Hall of Fame Ceremony

Below are photos from the 2014 Omaha Sports Hall of Fame Ceremony at the Scott Conference Center. A crowd of nearly 400 people attended this year’s event.

 

2014 Class of the Omaha Sports Hall of Fame Announced

Inductees for the 2014 class of the Omaha Sports Hall of Fame were announced Friday, December 13, 2013.  “It is an outstanding group of inductees, certainly worthy of this recognition” said Dr. Jack Lewis, Co-chair of the Omaha Sports Hall of Fame committee.  The 2014 inductees are:

Ted Baer – Ted Baer, an Omaha businessman, purchased the Lancers in 1987 and almost immediately turned them into the premier franchise in the USHL.  He moved the team to venerable Ak-sar-ben Coliseum and instantly began to establish attendance records. During his time of ownership, his teams captured four Anderson Cups, six Clark Cups and one national championship. He sold the Lancers in 2004 and Baer was recognized with the USHL Distinguished Service Award in 2007. In addition, Baer has been a PBA member since 2000, and he is a member of three bowling Halls of Fame: the Council Bluffs Bowling Hall of Fame, Omaha Bowling Hall of Fame and State of Nebraska Bowling Hall of Fame.

Chris Bober  –A standout from Omaha South High School, Bober was a two-time All-American at UNO and was also selected as the Offensive Lineman of the Year in Division II his senior year.  Bober played five years in the NFL with the New York Giants and Kansas City Chiefs. He retired in 2006.

Rik Bonness – An All-Sate selection from Bellevue High School, Bonness was a two-time All-American in following the 1974 and 1975 seasons. Bonness was a three-year starter and letterman who was also a Academic All-American in 1975.  He played four years in the NFL with the Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Phil Cahoy Sr. – Cahoy Sr. helped coach several notable athletes, including NU gymnasts Phil Cahoy, Jr., current Husker assistant coach Jim Hartung and current head coach Chuck Chmelka, and has served as coach for two Olympians, three NCAA All-Around champions and several NCAA individual event champions and All-Americans.

Phil Cahoy Jr.– Cahoy led Omaha South High School to 3 consecutive State championships from 1976-1978. In 1978 he was state champion in six events. Later, at the University of Nebraska he won four NCAA national championships and was a ten-time NCAA All-American. A 2001 Inductee into USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame, He was also a member of the 1986 Goodwill Games team and was chosen to represent the U.S. at the 1980 Olympic Games.

Mike Kemp –During a 12-year tenure as head coach, Kemp guided UNO hockey from a fledgling independent to an established program with one of the best followings in college hockey.  UNO has ranked among the nation’s college hockey elite in attendance from the start and boasts college hockey’s largest booster club.  In 2004-05, Kemp was named the CCHA Coach and he was named a finalist for National Coach of the Year honors three times during his time at UNO. Kemp is currently an Associate Athletic Director at the University of Nebraska at Omaha

Mike McGee –An All-State selection at Omaha North High School, McGee scored 916 points his senior year of high school in 1976-77. McGee played college basketball at the University of Michigan from 1977 to 1981. He was the first player in Michigan Wolverines basketball history to lead the team in scoring four consecutive years.  He was a nine year veteran in the NBA and was a part of two NBA championship teams with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Christy Neneman – Neneman was named Miss Nebraska Basketball for her outstanding career at Omaha North High School.  She earned All-Freshman Team honors her first season at Creighton University and was recognized twice as the MVC Player of the Year, one of only four players in conference history to earn the honor more than once.  Neneman finished her career at Creighton with 1,732 points, which remains the fourth best in the school’s history.

Heather Taggert-Long – Led Millard North to the state soccer championship in 1988, recording 10 shutouts and earning all-state honors.  The three-sport standout played on a state championship team in volleyball (1987) and earned All-State honors in both volleyball and basketball.  She became a record-setting goalkeeper at the University of Wisconsin and was the Big 10 Female Athlete of the Year in 1992.  She was inducted into Wisconsin’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001.

Dean Thompson Jr. –Dean Thompson scored 1,816 points, played in 117 consecutive games, and led the team to 81 victories during his 1980-84 basketball career. He was nicknamed “The Dream” for his smooth, fluid style. UNO earned three trips to the NCAA Division II tournament and Dean was named All-NCC those three seasons and a second-team All-American. In 1984, he was Omaha Sportscasters’ Association Sportsman of the Year and became the school’s all-time leading scorer.

1963-65 Omaha Ryan/Pepsi Baseball Team – The 1963 team won state in the summer and finished second in the spring, the 1964 team won state in the spring and the 1965 team won both the spring and summer state championships. The 1963 and 1965 teams (sponsored by Pepsi) both played in the Legion World Series and placed. The 1963 team placed third nationally and the 1965 team finished second.

The induction ceremony and banquet for the class of 2014 will take place on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at the Scott Conference Center on the campus of the University of Nebraska Omaha.  Social hour begins at 6:00 p.m. with the dinner and induction at 7:00 p.m.

About the Omaha Sports Hall of FameThe Omaha Sports Hall of Fame was founded in 2006 with the goal of providing a permanent place to honor individuals with strong ties to Omaha and who have achieved tremendous success through athletics.  The Omaha Sports Hall of Fame honors athletes and coaches who have highly excelled on their field of play.  The Hall welcomes nominations of individuals who are either originally from Omaha or have spent a significant amount of time in the community.