By Frank Cuddy Twenty-one former Lincoln High Links, one team, and one family are now apart of the Lincoln High Athletic Hall of Fame. On Thursday, September 25th, athletic director Pat Gatzemeyer introduced the 2014 inductees, Shannon Barrett Poppe, Ron Bousquet, Tysheema Brown, Curtis Collins, Mike Disney, John Elliott, Cecil Hartman, Randy Hitz, Jacob “Jake”
By Frank Cuddy
Twenty-one former Lincoln High Links, one team, and one family are now apart of the Lincoln High Athletic Hall of Fame. On Thursday, September 25th, athletic director Pat Gatzemeyer introduced the 2014 inductees, Shannon Barrett Poppe, Ron Bousquet, Tysheema Brown, Curtis Collins, Mike Disney, John Elliott, Cecil Hartman, Randy Hitz, Jacob “Jake” Jacobs, Monte Mares, Tanya Pitts, Burkett Powell, Bob Raugh, Henry Reichel, Sarah Sasse-Kildow, Harold Schmidt, Chick Shedd, Ruby Stewart Dill, Duane “Dewey” Strough, Paulo Van Den Berg, and George R. “Bob” Vogel are the newest members of the Links athletic hall of fame. Also joining them is the 1985 and 1986 girls cross country teams, and the 1957-58 boys basketball team.
The recipient of the family award was the Ortiz Family. The hall of famers started the process of being in inducted with a banquet, in which they got to catch up with old friends, have dinner, and finished the night being inducted. “During the presentation time, each inductee has an introduction summarizing information about them in the program,” Athletic Director Pat Gatzemeyer said. “We present a plaque to each inductee and the inductee has the opportunity to speak during his/her acceptance, and a power point shows scanned pictures of the inductee during their days at LHS,”. Gatzemeyer continued.
Gatzemeyer is given the opportunity to be the one to induct each of these former athletes and coaches into the Athletic Hall of Fame at Lincoln High. “My favorite part is providing well deserved recognition to former athletes for their accomplishments at Lincoln High,” Gatzemeyer said about being the one to induct the individuals. “Every inductee has a huge amount of pride and respect for Lincoln High – they are very proud to say “I am an alumni of Lincoln High”.
As an Athletic Director it is nice to see pride and passion for Lincoln High School, the athletic program and history it has provided. It is also nice for LHS alumni and their families to “come back” to LHS and see great support the LHS community shows for them at the assembly and halftime recognition.” Lincoln High hosted the inductees for a school pep rally during 4th period on homecoming day, where they were all recognized for their accomplishments while at Lincoln High, and given an ovation from the entire student body. They were again recognized at halftime of the homecoming football that Friday night, where a large crowd was in attendance to recognize the new hall of famers, and see the current Links take on Papillion La-Vista. All of the former Links inducted into the hall of fame did a multitude of things for the school, and athletic program while they were here. Yet we are not told of how they are nominated, and then selected to be apart of the hall of fame. “The LHS Athletic HOF board is comprised of former LHS athletes and coaches,” Mr. Gatzemeyer explained.
“Within the board is a nomination committee that bring possible inductees to the whole board for a vote. The purpose of the Lincoln High School Athletic Hall of Fame is to recognize the athletic accomplishments of Lincoln High students, and others associated with Lincoln High School, whose contributions to athletics are worthy of merit.” For a person to be nominated to be in the Lincoln High Athletic Hall of Fame, 15 years must have passed since the persons graduation date. As well nominations and suggestions from past years lettermen winners and many others. For over 120 years Lincoln High has been building a tradition through academics, sports, and in the community. “The Hall of Fame Selection committee has done a very nice job of recognizing the many athletes since the first official sport, football was played in 1891,”. Gatzemeyer said. “Many athletes are deserving of recognition and it seems appropriate to include inductees from the more than 120 years of Lincoln High sports history,” Gatzemeyer continued on the job well done by the committee. The Athletic Hall of Fame committee tries to do their part in recognizing that hard work given to make Lincoln High into a great and recognizable school that it is, and they did it again as they recognized the 21 former Links, in a way only Lincoln High could.