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Shamrock Athletic Hall of Fame

The Hall of Fame was established in 1999 by the Scotus alumni/nae board to recognize student-athletes who made significant contributions to their sport at Scotus, to recognize coaches and athletic directors for extraordinary leadership of Shamrock Athletics, and to recognize boosters for special support given to Shamrock Athletics. Hall of Fame plaques may be viewed in the hallway outside of the Scotus athletic office. Inductions are announced at the annual spring athletic banquet.
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Inducted to the Shamrock Athletic Hall of Fame at this year’s Scotus Athletic Awards Program were Katie (Beiermann) Herman ’09 and Samantha (Spenner) Richardson ’09, two women who had a storied athletic career at Scotus.

Katie played four years of volleyball, three years of basketball and four years of soccer for the
Shamrocks and was known for her work ethic. In volleyball she played on three state championship
teams in 2005, 2006 and 2008 and she holds the current school record for most blocks in a game at 9.
Her volleyball career was capped with a 2nd team all-Nebraska and 1st team all-state selections in 2008
and she participated in the 2009 Nebraska Coaches Association volleyball all-star game. In basketball,
Katie received conference and tournament honors and all-state honorable mention in her 3 participation
years. In soccer, Katie was selected first team all-state in Class B in 2007, 2008 and 2009 and second
team super state in 2008. She was selected for the 2009 soccer Shrine Bowl and she was named co-
athlete of the year at Scotus and finalist for the 2009 Omaha World Herald Female Athlete of the Year.
In volleyball at Central Community College, she was named l AVCA All-American and two-time
NJCAA All-American. Katie played volleyball for two seasons at CCC and Wayne State College, and
soccer for one year at Northwest Missouri State University.

Sami was a multi-sport athlete at Scotus participating in volleyball, Basketball, soccer and track. She played on two state championship volleyball teams in 2006 and 2008 and was selected to the first team all-state in volleyball in 2008. In basketball Sami received honorable mention all-state honors in 2009 and she holds one current school record making 47% of her 3 point shots in a season. In 2008 Sami receive honorable mention all-state recognition in soccer. But it was in track and field where Sammy really shined. She was a member of the 2009 girls’ state championship track team where she captured the gold medal on the 400 meter relay team with a time of 49.9, 2nd place in the 200 meter dash, 3rd
place in the long jump and 3rd place in the triple jump. Sammy also holds the current school record in
the long jump with a mark of 17’ 7.75.” She was named the Sertoma athlete of the year and Scotus co- athlete of the year in 2009. She went on to have an extraordinary career in track & field at the
University of Nebraska at Omaha with 24 all-conference honors, the American collegiate record holder
in the pentathlon, finished 2014 ranked 12th in the world in the pentathlon, participated in the 2016
Olympic Trials in the heptathlon, and was a 4-time Team USA member.

Graduation Year/Athlete/Year Inducted
1954 Ken Cielocha 1999
1955 Clinton Gates 1999
1961 Bill Backes 1999
1964 Dave Kudron 1999
1964 Larry Liss 2002
1966 Bill Mimick 2000
1968 Bill Kosch 1999
1969 Joe Blahak 1999
1972 Dan Brock 2000
1974 Brenda Grubaugh Jazwick 1999
1975 Dan Steiner 2001
1979 Mike Cielocha 1999
1981 Glen Kucera 1999
1981 Lana Torczon 2000
1985 Jeff Podraza 2000
1986 Karl Horza 1999
1987 Pat Engelbert 1999
1987 Kelly Nicolas Podraza 1999
1987 Kelli Martin 1999
1988 Mary Fehringer Drake 2002
1991 Kristi Sobota 2001
1993 Jesse Kosch 2007
1994 Jode Cieloha Meekins 2004
1994 Jeff Herdzina 2004
1996 Shauna Greiner Flach 2006
1996 Chad Mustard 2006
1997 Carmen Burbach 2007
1997 Rhea Wemhoff Berglund 2011
1998 Kristie Korth Brezenski 2008
1998 Kim Rickert Dreesen 2011
1999 Jewelia Grennan Wagner 2012
1999 Stephanie Kruse Kros 2012
1999 Tom Rogers 2013
2000 Heather Van Ackeren Diederich 2013
2001 Molly Engel Christensen 2013
2002 Meghan Pile Campbell 2014
2004 Laura Dolezal 2015
2004 Heidi Sobota Field 2015
2006 Jamie Tooley Heine 2016
2009 Katie Beiermann Herman 2019
2009 Samantha Spenner Richardson 2019

Year/Coach/AD/Year Inducted
1954 Dean Soulliere 1999
Frank Spenceri 1999
Paul “Dutch” Ernst 1999
Cletus Fischer 2003
Jim Puetz 2004
Dan Mahoney 2007
Vern Younger 2007
Gary Puetz 2012
John Petersen 2014

Grad. Year Boosters Year Inducted
Al Grubaugh 1999
Bon Shadle 1999
Lee Hroza 1999
Leonard Feehan 1999
1960 Glenn Shonka 1999
1945 Albert Tucek 2000
Shirley Hroza 2000
Cece Feehan 2000
1942, 42 Tony & Phyl Zabawa 2000
1952, 54 Dick & Joan Tooley 2001
Helen Shadle 2001
1978 Marc Wolfe 2008
1980 John Kopetzky 2010
1981 Jim Dolezal 2010
1973 Don & Karen Mroczek 2014
Annette Hash 2015
1971 Al Niedbalski 2016
Gerry Engelbert 2018
Dick Van Dyke 2018

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