COLUMBUS — Lakeview High School will induct five people and one team into its athletic hall of fame.
The 2017 inductees will be honored during halftime of the Vikings’ home football game Friday against O’Neill. This group of players, coaches and a contributor represent just the third class of the Lakeview Hall of Fame.
This year's inductees are:
2006 softball team
The 2006 Lakeview softball squad was the first female athletic team from the school to win a state title. The Vikings beat Yutan 7-5 in the championship game to cap a perfect 4-0 record at the Class C state tournament.
Lakeview finished with an overall record of 24-4 and also won the Central Conference Tournament title.
Prokesh coached and taught at Lakeview for 21 years, from 1989 to 2009. During that time he coached 46 seasons in four different sports.
However, it was his tenure as Lakeview’s first head softball coach (1996-2009) that he will be remembered for. During his reign he built a powerhouse program that qualified for the state tournament 10 times, was the Class C state champion in 2006 and Class C state runner-up in 2002 and had nine top-five finishes, 14 Central Conference Tournament or regular-season championships and 38 total tournament championships.
With a 278-102 record at Lakeview and 356-119 career record, Prokesh ranks in the top 10 in Nebraska high school softball history in both total wins and winning percentage. He coached 30 all-state players and 25 players who went on to play softball at the collegiate level.
Prokesh was also the head wrestling coach from 1989 to 2003, freshman football coach for six seasons and an assistant track coach for 12 years.
Osten was the office manager and public relations director for the high school and organizational manager for every club and organization associated with the school during her 36 years with Lakeview.
Osten was not merely a patron and supporter of the school district, she knew every student who came into the office by name, who their parents were and where they lived. She was without a doubt the “heartbeat” of Lakeview High School.
Osten served as the administrative assistant to the superintendent and secretary of the school board, sponsored various clubs and was especially active in the school’s FFA organization, in which her three sons Jerry, Cory and Cody were leaders and active members. Four of her grandchildren are currently enrolled in the district elementary schools.
Osten lost her battle with breast cancer on Oct. 10, 2010, but her Lakeview legacy will live on forever.
Wurdeman-Bennett was Lakeview’s first female Class B state champion in track and field. She earned nine athletic letters and numerous accolades. Wurdeman-Bennett won the 200-meter dash as a junior in 26.4 seconds. She also holds the school record in the long jump with a leap of 17 feet, 6 1/4 inches.
Wurdeman-Bennett earned two varsity letters in volleyball and three letters in basketball. She was named to the Lincoln Journal Star Academic All-State Team as a junior and senior in volleyball and as a senior in basketball. She earned all-conference honors in basketball and played on The Columbus Telegram/Central Community College All-Star volleyball and basketball teams.
Wurdeman-Bennett was the 1994 Lakeview Booster Club Female Athlete of the Year, Women’s Scholar Athlete, KLIR Prep Club Award recipient, Sertoma Athlete of the Year and Who’s Who in Sports as a junior and senior. She earned scholarships to Northwest Missouri State, where she competed in volleyball and track.
Jura was a three-sport athlete at Lakeview, competing in football, basketball and soccer.
He experienced most of his success in basketball. During his four years, the team qualified for the state tournament three times, with a championship and runner-up finish his junior and senior years, respectively. Both years, Jura was the leading scorer in the state tournament for all classes.
Twice, Jura was named the Class C-1 Player of the Year in basketball. He was also named first-team Super State his senior year. Jura was also named first-team all-state in football during his senior year. He finished his football career as the school’s all-time leading receiver and held numerous punting and kicking records.
After graduating from Lakeview, Jura continued his basketball career at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. He went on to compete professionally overseas. After beginning his career in Spain, Jura became a first-team All-League forward in the Australian Basketball League.
As a three-sport athlete, Lake’s resume includes 10 varsity letters and all-conference recognition in all three sports he played — football, basketball and track and field.
When he graduated, Lake held school records in the 100, 200, high jump and pole vault in track and field and the single-season scoring record in basketball. In 1993, Lake was chosen as the Tom Vandenberg Memorial Award recipient and KLIR Prep Athlete of the Year.
Following graduation, Lake walked on to the Husker football team and won national championships in 1994, 1995 and 1997. He was a two-year starter, four-year letter winner and received first-team academic all-conference honors as a wide receiver for Nebraska.