Seven Husker Letterwinners Will Be Honored Sunday
Seven Husker athletic letterwinners will be inducted into the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame Foundation Sunday afternoon at Lincoln East High School. The most prominent honoree, however, is unable to make it. Barrett Ruud, the Football Quality Control Administrator for Scott Frost at the University of Central Florida, will be in Orlando to host Memphis Saturday before UCF plays at Cincinnati the following weekend.
The Ruud family will celebrate the honor Sunday and enjoy revisiting Barrett’s incredible individual offensive achievements in high school before becoming Nebraska’s all-time leading tackler as a linebacker.
Almost lost in the shuffle is the enormity of Ruud’s offensive stats in high school. Sixteen years ago, Barrett was Lincoln Southeast High School’s all-time leading rusher, enabling the Knights to win 48 of their 50 games and claim three state championships in four years.
“The Ruuds are an iconic football family in Nebraska, and we totally understand why Barrett can’t be in Lincoln to receive his well-deserved honor,” said Chuck Johnston, executive director of the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame Foundation. “Duty is important, and we understand Barrett’s priorities.”
Frosty Anderson from Scottsbluff, Neb. (1969) will be inducted into the Hall of Fame Sunday. A three-year letterman, Anderson played split end on Nebraska’s national championship football teams in 1970 and 1971 and remains a strong supporter of the N Club in a leadership role.
Fellow Husker football letterwinner Leodis Flowers also will miss Sunday’s ceremony. A 1987 Parade Magazine All-America running back from Omaha Central, Flowers was a finalist for Gatorade National Player of the Year before rushing for 1,600 yards at Nebraska.
Three Husker Volleyball Players and an NCAA Champion Miler Will Be Honored Sunday
Johnston is equally proud of four Nebraska women letterwinners who will be inducted into the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame Foundation Sunday. They include:
Kim (Behrends) Buckendahl from Chappell (1997) was a Husker walk-on in volleyball and averaged four kills for Nebraska’s 34-0 national championship team in 2000.
Laura (Pilakowski) Buttermore from Columbus (1999) was an All-American on NU's 2000 national title volleyball team before finishing her career at basketball for NU.
Renee Saunders from Omaha Marian (1995) was the Girls' Athlete of the Year and All-Nebraska in volleyball and basketball. She played both sports on scholarship at NU.
Anne Shadle from South Sioux City (2001) was an NCAA champion in indoor mile and outdoor 1,500 meters. The two-time All-American has three Husker school records.
Congratulations to Connor Ketter, the 2017 George Sullivan Scholarship Award Recipient
Nebraska senior tight end Connor Ketter (No. 89 above) received one of Nebraska Football’s highest honors last Saturday inside Memorial Stadium.
A Norfolk, Neb., native, Ketter received the 2017 George Finley Sullivan Scholarship awarded to a Husker football student-athlete and is fully endowed by the Touchdown Club and former student-athletes and supporters in Sullivan’s honor.
“Sully” worked for the Athletic Department for more than four decades and served as Nebraska’s head athletic trainer from 1977 to 1995. George, wife Jeannie and other members of the Sullivan family were on the field with Connor’s parents, Doug and Teresa, plus his brother Austin, sister Abby and Dennis Leblanc, Nebraska’s executive associate athletic director for Academics.
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