LINCOLN — Gene and Leigh Suhr will be the first father-daughter combination in the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame, and they will enter together in September.
Gene Suhr collected 200 wins in his football coaching career at Ord and Papillion-La Vista, where his 1990 and 1996 teams won state titles.
Leigh Suhr was the first four-time all-stater in softball while a student at Papillion-La Vista and played in college at Nebraska.
Leigh, who graduated in 1998, is the only member of this year's induction class to make it in the first year of eligibility. From the class of 1997 are The World-Herald's athletes of the year, Matt Davison of Tecumseh and Kelly Cizek of Millard South, and from 1996 is former Cambridge and NU basketball player Nicole Kubik.
The Hall's 20th induction ceremony will be Sept. 15 at the Lied Center in Lincoln.
Also to be inducted are athletes Bill Hawkins of Beatrice (1952), Terry Williams of Omaha Central (1962), Reggie Smith of West Point Central Catholic (1966), John Sherlock of Omaha South (1979), Donna (Chvatal) Schuetz of North Bend (1982) and Michelle Kush of Gibbon (1989); coaches John Faiman of Bellevue West, Tom McCann of Kearney, Dennis Troester of Bartley Southwest; official Darrell Lenz of Chappell; and contributors Dick Christie and Jack Payne of Omaha. Hawkins, Williams, Faiman and Christie are deceased.
On Sept. 15, doors open at noon with the ceremony beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students. Preschool children are admitted free.
Tickets can be ordered by phone or email through the Nebraska Sports Council (402-471-2544 or 800-304-2637 or email@example.com).
Kelly Cizek Millard South (1997): Lettered four years in basketball, two years in track and one year in volleyball at Iowa State after being The World-Herald athlete of the year as a senior. A four-year letter winner in three sports at Ralston (freshman year) and Millard South, she was a two-time all-class gold medalist in the high jump, winning Class A three times, and won the Class A high hurdles as a senior. She was All-Nebraska in basketball and second-team All-Metro in volleyball as a senior.
Matt Davison, Tecumseh (1997): Played football and basketball at Nebraska after being The World-Herald's athlete of the year as a senior. All-Nebraska in football and basketball as a senior at Tecumseh, he set five state receiving records in football and was the top scorer in basketball in school history as the Indians won their first state title. Also was a multi-event state qualifier in track.
Bill Hawkins, Beatrice (1952): At the 1952 state track meet, he swept the all-class gold medals in the hurdles, won the Class A shot put, tied for first in the Class A high jump and took second in the Class A long jump. He was the state pentathlon champion as a junior. He averaged 9.6 yards per carry in football and 17.4 points per game in basketball. He was a three-year letterman in football and track at Nebraska.
Nicole Kubik Cambridge (1996): The first from Nebraska to be drafted by the WNBA, she was All-Big 12 and second-team All-America as a Husker senior in 2000. She played in the WNBA and overseas. She was the first in the Big 12 with 1,800 points, 500 assists and 400 steals in a career. At Cambridge, she was all-state twice in basketball and once in volleyball and made the All-Nebraska second team twice in basketball. She was a state medalist in the long jump and both hurdles events.
Michelle Kush, Gibbon (1989): The World-Herald athlete of the year, she starred in three sports. She was Nebraska's Miss Basketball in 1989, leading Gibbon to back-to-back state championships. She was second-team All-Nebraska and first-team Class C-1 in volleyball and won three Class C titles at the state track meet. Played college basketball at Creighton and at Hastings College.
Donna (Chvatal) Schuetz, N. Bend (1982): A prep All-America basketball player as a senior, she was All-Nebraska first team as a senior and second team as a junior, making Class B all-state both seasons. She scored 1,056 points, shot 51 percent and collected 300 steals in her career. Was second-team all-state in volleyball and a three-year state qualifier in track and field. Her college career at Creighton was limited by injuries.
John Sherlock, Omaha South (1979): The World-Herald athlete of the year was a prep All-American in football and track and a two-time undefeated state champion in wrestling. He set the state record in the shot put, an event in which he was a two-time gold medalist. He lettered three times at the University of Nebraska, starting at left tackle in 1983.
Reggie Smith West Point CC (1966): A second-team Parade All-America running back as a senior, the first football player to receive the honor in the state. He was All-Nebraska after scoring 167 points for an undefeated team. Also was a three-year starter in basketball and a state qualifier in track. Injured as a freshman at NU, he went on to receive all-state college recognition as a running back and linebacker at Wayne State.
Leigh Suhr, Papillion-La Vista (1998): The first four-time All-Nebraska softball player was the first female at her school to earn 12 varsity letters and was the state's Gatorade player of the year in softball as a senior after leading the Monarchs to a third state title. Also played basketball and soccer. At NU, she lettered four years in softball.
Terry Williams, Omaha Central (1962): Nebraska's fastest man in his day, “Terrific Terry” ran the fastest 220-yard dash in state history, 20.9 seconds on a straightaway, a record that stood for 50 years. Undefeated as a senior, he won all-class gold medals in the 100- and 220-yard dashes and the mile relay. At Omaha University, he tied the world indoor record for the 60-yard dash (6.0 seconds).
John Faiman, Bellevue West: Coached high school football in Nebraska for 38 years, with 10 years in the middle spent in college coaching. His prep stops were David City (four years), McCook (two), Omaha South (six) and Bellevue West (26) before his death in 2012.
Tom McCann, Kearney: A wrestling coach for 45 years, he spent the last 42 at Kearney High. His Bearcats won one state title, 21 conference titles and 14 district titles and were state runners-up eight times. He coached 34 state champions.
Gene Suhr, Papillion-La Vista: Coached football at Ord (26-21 record) and Papillion-La Vista (174-74) for a record of 200-95. His Monarch teams won state championships in 1990 and 1996 and were runners-up in 1985, 1995 and 1997. In 28 years, his teams qualified for the playoffs 21 times.
Dennis Troester, Bartley Southwest: Coached volleyball for 40 years at Republican Valley and Southwest, compiling a career record of 709-157. His teams won seven state championships and had five state runner-up finishes along with 21 conference championships. In basketball, he was 337-206.
Darrell Lenz, Chappell: He started officiating in 1964, working basketball games for 20 years and football for 40 years until retiring at age 72. A school principal, he officiated 26 state football playoff games.
Dick Christie, Omaha: Was a teacher, coach and administrator from 1952 to 1983 at Bellevue, Omaha Tech and Omaha South, mentoring many successful coaches. His career record in football at Tech, where he coached Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers, was 73-39-3.
Jack Payne, Omaha: The longtime broadcaster at Omaha stations WOW and KFAB was the public address announcer at the state track meet for 27 years and Metro Conference for 40 years, and was the voice of the College World Series for 37 years. He also did radio broadcasts of high school sports.
Fischer Family Award: Al and Patti Bahe family of Fremont: a three-generation coaching family.
Gustafson Inspiration Award: Olajuwon (O.J.) Wilson, Omaha Central: Diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia at age 11, he suffered two strokes during treatment and lapsed into a coma. The cancer is now in remission, and he was a defensive tackle on Central's reserve team.
Golden Anniversary teams: 1963-64 Beaver Crossing basketball (Class D state champion), 1963 Lincoln Northeast football (undefeated, finished second to Omaha Creighton Prep in final Top 10).
Silver Anniversary teams: 1988-89 Gibbon girls basketball (second consecutive undefeated Class C-1 championship team), 1988-89 Millard South boys basketball (undefeated state champion).
Dominant Dynasty: Omaha Central girls track, 1974 to 1990 (11 state championships and five runner-up finishes).
Great Moment in High School Sports: Gibbon's comeback against Fremont Bergan (five points in the final six seconds to win 47-46) in the 1988 Class C-1 girls basketball title game.