During halftime of the Lakeview vs. Douglas County West football game which starts on Friday at 7 p.m., Lakeview High School will honor the 2019 inductees into the Lakeview High School’s Athletic Hall of Fame. This group of athletes, coaches, contributor, and a team represent the fourth class of the Lakeview Athletic Hall of Fame.
The athletic wall of fame for Lakeview High School is located in the south hallway of the east gym in the high school. Plaques commemorating the successes of those inducted in the past and tonight can now be found there.
1990 Lakeview Football Team
One of the most decorated teams in Lakeview Football history, the 1990 Football Team finished as Class B State Runner-ups with a record of 12-1. The team was known for its dominating defense and a punishing running game. This Viking team played one of the toughest schedules in the state. During an undefeated regular season the Vikings won the Central Conference Title and then qualified for the state playoffs where they defeated Class B powerhouses York, Aurora, and then Pierce on their way to the Class B title game. In the championship game, the Vikings lost a thriller to eventual champion Elkhorn Mount Michal by a score of 14-7. Three players from that team won All-State accolades, who helped propel Lakeview to its first state championship game in football.
Coach Inductee Sandy Harrison
Coach Sandy Harrison became the second girl’s golf coach for Lakeview in 2001. She held that position for 14 years. Between 2002 and 2014, the girl’s golf team garnered 172 individual medals. There were 12 individual state tournament qualifiers. Of the 12 qualifiers, three finished in the top 10 at the state tournament with fifth, eighth, and 10th place finishes.
Four teams qualified for the state tournament under Coach Harrison, three of those four teams finished in the top ten while the 2002 team finished in twelfth place.
The 2005 team was the Central Conference Champion and the 2006 team was the Central Conference Runner-up.
There were 12 tournament trophies during Coach Harrison’s tenure as the girl’s golf coach. The 2005 team earned seven of those trophies.
Coach Harrison coached both the girl’s and boy’s golf teams from 2012 to 2014. Then from 2015 to 2018 she coached the boy’s team only.
During the 2012 through 2018 seasons, the boy’s golf team had ten individual state tournament qualifiers. Individuals finished in ninth, 10th, and 21st place during those years. In 2014, Harrison coached Lakeview’s first individual State Tournament Champion - Samuel Morse
The boy’s teams qualified for the state tournament in 2017 and 2018 with a fifth place team finish in 2017.
Overall, during this time, the boys earned 126 individual medals, six tournament championship trophies, and 14 runner-up trophies. The teams were District Champions in 2017 and District Runner-up in 2018.
In the category of contributor, Bob Mark
As a loyal patron of Lakeview High School, Bob Mark’s roots run deep. Bob’s three children are Lakeview graduates and his wife worked as long-time head cook. Bob is best known, however, for being that smiling face behind the wheel of the Lakeview High School activity bus.
Following his retirement from the Platte Center Coop in 1994, Bob joined Lakeview as head bus driver. Bob could be seen navigating the Lakeview busses at most away athletic contests. Additionally, Bob drove to many destinations for other Lakeview activities including FBLA and FFA. Bob was a reliable, punctual, and dedicated driver. Bob had many memorable excursions including driving through the night from Colorado Springs due to a student experiencing a medical emergency, and getting stuck in a snowstorm at an away game where community members there took care of the students and the bus. Bob covered thousands of miles and can be credited for safely transporting Lakeview students, coaches, sponsors, and advisers.
Bob loved Lakeview students and the feeling was mutual. Walking down Lakeview’s hallways, you would often hear students address him with a warm ‘Hi Bob!’ Bob also enjoyed comradery with fellow Lakeview staff and was often seen during coffee break. Bob received many accolades from LHS including the Lakeview ‘Friend of FBLA’ award, an FFA special recognition award, and his honorary ‘diploma’ in May of 2008.
Bob retired as full-time bus driver in 2009 after 15 years of dedicated service. Following his retirement, Bob continued working part-time maintaining the Lakeview fleet of busses.
Athlete inductee Janae (Mueller) Chochon:
As a member of the track, basketball, volleyball, and cross country teams, Janae was an outstanding athlete in Lakeview’s sports history.
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While Janae received accolades in each of the sports in which she participated, her most prominent talent was in track. She was a four-year letter winner and participated at the state meet all four years. Janae was a four-time Central Conference Champion in the 400m dash. Her freshman season culminated in a fourth place finish in the 800m run and a state championship in the 400m dash, with a time of 58.26 seconds.
At her sophomore state meet, she finished 15th as a member of the 400m relay, third in the 800m run, and second in the 400m dash.
Her junior year, Janae boasted a 10th place finish in the 800m run, fourth in the 200m dash, and another state championship in the 400m dash with a time of 57.726 seconds.
Finally, her senior year, Janae ended fifth in the 200m dash, third in the 800m run, and second in the 400m dash at the state meet.
Janae’s other sports honors included being a two-year letter winner and highest serve receive percentage in volleyball, two-year letter winner, honorable mention all-conference, and all-city second team in basketball, and one-year letter winner in cross country.
Janae continued her track career at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she was named First-Team Academic All-Big 12 in 2007 and 2008, Big 12 Fall Commissioner’s Honor Roll in 2005 and 2006, and Big 12 Spring Commissioner’s Honor Roll in 2006 and 2007, among many others.
Athlete inductee Rick Thomas
Rick Thomas distinguished himself in football, basketball and track as both an outstanding athlete and a leader. This along with his naturally competitive nature earned him the respect of his teammates and coaches.
Rick was a three-year varsity football team member. He was the starting safety and a back-up quarterback as a junior. His senior year he was the starting quarterback and safety. He was named to the all-conference football team in 1973 and again in 1974. Mr. Thomas was selected as an Omaha World HeraldHonorable Mention Football team member in 1974. Rick had a unique skill of being an ambidextrous field goal kicker.
Starting on the basketball team as a sophomore, junior and a senior earned Rick recognition by the West Husker All-Conference basketball team in 1974. He was also a member of the 1974 Holiday Basketball All-Tournament Team. In 1975, Rick was selected as First team in the West Husker Conference and First team in the Husker Conference. Rick was named Most Valuable Player by the Husker Conference in 1975.
In track Thomas set the 1975 school record in the high jump with a jump of 6-feet and in the mile run with a time of 4:41.
In August of 1997 Rick Thomas took a position as Supervisor of Building and Grounds for Lakeview Community Schools which he still holds today. During this time, he served as a coach for the Lakeview football team from 1984-2000, the basketball team from 1984-2006 and 2009, and junior high track from 1987-1999.
Athlete Tyrel Christensen
As a four-year, three-sport athlete, Tyrel Christensen’s athletic accolades run far and wide. Christensen lettered three years in football, and four years in wrestling and track. Christensen served as a starting running back, linebacker, and was on special teams for football. He was named Fall Academic All-State three years and All-State Honorable Mention his senior year.
As a 400m and 800m runner, as well as a member of the 3200m relay team, Christensen was a multi-year state qualifier. His relay team placed third at state his sophomore year. That same year, at the district meet, he and his team set the current school record for the 3200m relay.
The highlight of Christensen’s athletic career, however, was in wrestling receiving a plethora of honors. As a grappler, Christensen was a state qualifier all four years, including a state runner-up title his junior year. Christensen set a four-year career record of 119-33. Additionally, he was a three-time Central Conference Champion, three-time Winter Academic All-State recipient, and four-year Lynn Dirks Wrestling Award recipient for most takedowns.
Additionally, Tyrel was named the Tom Vandenberg Athlete of the Year, Sertoma Athlete of the Year, and KLIR Athlete of the Year. Christensen received a scholarship to wrestle at The Citadel a D1 Southern Conference program in Charleston, South Carolina. While at Lakeview, Christensen also served as the 2000-2001 Nebraska FBLA State Vice President, as well as class president his junior and senior years.
Christensen is currently the President and CEO of Insuring Success. Tyrel and his wife Holly have five daughters, the “C-Team."
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