10 Area Former Athletes Named to Fairbury Journal-News’ First Hall of Fame Class

Frank Rice, Fairbury

Frank Rice began playing with the Fairbury Independents in the 1930s. After high school, he signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates and played 12 seasons. In 1990, Rice was indicted into the Nebraska Baseball Hall of Fame.

Bob Siegel, Fairbury

Bob Siegel competed in football, receiving three letters, and basketball, earning four letters. He scored 31 points in his very first high school basketball game and managed to average over twenty points a game between 1970 and 1973 and then went on to a highly successful basketball career at UNL. Siegel was inducted into the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame in 1996. His uniform number 51 was retired by Fairbury High School.

Sara McCord-Carroll, Fairbury

Sara McCord earned Most Valuable Player status at the southeast Nebraska All-Star Classic in Beatrice in 1993. She scored 15 points in the game, helping the West run by the East, 74-53. McCord graduated 1994 and then went on to play with the Nebraska Wesleyan women’s basketball team. 

Mandy Osborne Kacmarynski, Fairbury

Senior Season at Morningside College (2015-2016): Averaged 4.4 points per game and 4.4 rebounds per game
During national title run (2015-2016) in the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Championships Tournament Average: 5.8 points per game, 7.8 rebounds per game
High School
Graduated in 2011
Took third in the discus and fourth in the shot put in Class B at state track meet as a senior in 2011.
Led Fairbury Girls Basketball Team in 2011 to victory over then No. 1 Sandy Creek, who was previously undefeated, by the score of 53-44 in the C1-2 Subdistrict Semifinals. Osbourne scored 20 points in the game.
Class C-1 Honorable Mention All-State Girls Basketball Selection in 2011 according  the Lincoln Journal Star.

Melanie Uher, Wilber-Clatonia

Melanie Uher set the Nebraska state girls discus record at 185’ 4” on April 16, 2002. She is a four time Class C discuss state champion and broke the meet record her senior year of high school at 163’ 10”. 
She was the All Class State Discus Champion three times. She won the Kansas Relays High School Discus event three times and set the meet record in 2002. She won the Southern Nebraska Conference discus championship all four years of her high school career and still holds the meet record. 
In 2005 she broke the University of Missouri women’s discus record with a throw of 166’ 7”.

Dirk Desmond, Hebron

Dirk Desmond has one of the most storied wrestling careers in Hebron High School history.
Desmond was the epitome of dedication to his sport and a pure competitor.
In his four year high school career, Desmond a state wrestling title every year (1996-1999).
He finished his high school career with 136 wins.

Kris Kugel Huss, Hebron

An all-around athlete, Kris Kugel Huss was a standout for Hebron High School. Graduating in 1990, Huss would go on to hold the Hebron High School girls basketball record for most points in one game during her senior year with 37.
After high school she was a four-year letter winner for the Lady Jays of Creighton in Omaha.
Huss is in the top 10 in several basketball categories for the Lady Jays: single season record for field goal percentage (.632); season all-time blocked shots (30), ninth in team history; eighth all-time in free throw attempts (161); 10th in field goals made in one season (195); career-seventh all-time in field goals made (553); fifth all-time in free throws made (297); fifth in free throw attempts for a career (435); first in field goal percentage for a career (.576) connecting on 523-908 shot attempts; first all-time in games played (118); eighth leading scorer in Creighton Lady Jays basketball history with a total of 1,343 points.

Seth Wiedel, Thayer Central

Track and Field State Champion in the following events: 1st 100 m (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016), only the ninth male athlete to win the same event four times; 200 m (2013, 2016), 1st Long Jump (2016)

Tracy Long, Hebron

Tracy Long  Hebron high school:  800 m State champion (1965,1967); part of 1600m relay state champion (1965); pole vault (1967); long jump state champion

Tyler Johnson, Hebron

After an outstanding high school careeer for Hebron High School, Tyler Johnson would take his athletic prowess to Wayne State College and become one of the greatest basketball athletes in WSC history.
Johnson ranks as one of the greatest scorers and passers in Wayne State men’s basketball history from 1995-99. 
In 2006 Johnson ranked second on the all-time scoring list with 1,625 points and was the all-time leader in assists with 610. In three of his four seasons, Johnson led the Wildcats in scoring. 
A a three-time All Nebraska selection by the Omaha World Herald, Johnson averaged 12.3 points per game as a freshman, 16.0 as a sophomore, 15.7 as a junior and 15.0 points per game as a senior to earn All-American honors. During Johnson’s senior season, he helped the Wildcats to a 23-5 record and the top seed in the NCAA Division II North Central Region. 
In 2006 Johnson was inducted into the WSC Athletics Hall of Fame.

Nominations Now Open For 2019 Hall of Fame Class

Nominations were submitted to the Fairbury Journal-News with information provided about each person nominated and FJN staff did additional research.  All nominations were voted on by a panel of FJN staff members based on accomplishments in high school, college and the professional ranks. 
All nominations not chosen this year will be eligible for coming Hall of Fame classes.
Nominations are now open for the 2019 class. Send the name of the athlete, where they went to school, when they reached their accomplishments and as much other information known to: PO Box 415, Fairbury, NE., 68352; trevor.gill@fairburyjournalnews.com; (402) 729-6141 (office); (402) 729-5652 (FAX) or drop off submissions at 510 C Street, downtown Fairbury.
Nominations are open until July 5, 2019.