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2012 Hall of Fame Inductees

Former pros highlight 2012 class
Ahman Green, Redwine, Strickland among honorees
When: The induction dinner is at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 28.
Where: North Omaha Boys and Girls Club, 2610 Hamilton St.
Cost: Tickets are $320 for a table of eight and $40 for individuals.
Reservations: Call 402-250-0383, 402-618-5386 or 402-830-3710 for tickets.
To nominate for the 2013 class:
Mail nomination to P.O. Box 11755, Omaha, NE 68111. Inductees must have been born in Nebraska or played for a team in the state.
Additional information: For action photos, a calendar of events, capsule biographies on all the athletes in the Nebraska Black Sports Hall of Fame or to make a contribution, see

This year’s Nebraska Black Sports Hall of Fame induction class includes former pro athletes Ahman Green, Erick Strickland, Reshea Bristol, Jarvis Redwine and Kerry Trotter. Green, from Omaha Central, is the Green Bay Packers’ all-time rushing leader. Strickland, from Bellevue West, spent nine seasons in the NBA. Redwine, eligible for the hall as a former college athlete in the state, was in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings. Bristol, from Omaha Bryan, and Trotter, from Omaha Creighton Prep, played in European pro basketball leagues.
Also to be honored on July 28 at a dinner at the North Omaha Boys and Girls Club are Thomas “Marvin” Hall (track), John Mackey (basketball) and David Washington (wrestling) from Omaha Tech, Byron McCane (football) from Boys Town, Lionel McPhaull (track) from Omaha North and Sarah Lyons (track) from Omaha Brownell-Talbot. Lyons, whose high school graduation was 2006, is the youngest in this year’s induction class. The hall’s Image Award will be given posthumously to Mildred Brown, the longtime publisher of the Omaha Star newspaper.
— By Stu Pospisil

Byron McCANE Byron McCANE Boys Town (1964) “Hurricane” McCane was All-Nebraska in 1963 when he led the city with 14 touchdowns. Also started for the Cowboys’ state semifinalist basketball team in 1964 and was Class A long jump champion as a junior. Played freshman football at Nebraska and later was a standout rusher in minor league football.

John Mackey John Mackey Omaha Tech (1965) A two-time All-Nebraska basketball player, his 514 points in the 1964-65 season were the Metro Conference’s single-season record until 1974. At Omaha University, he lettered three years and was the Indians’ leading scorer and rebounder as a senior.

Kerry Trotter Kerry Trotter Omaha Creighton Prep (1982) A rare four-year starter for the Junior Jays (freshmen were made eligible in the Metro Conference the same year he entered Prep), Trotter was a two-time All-Nebraska player who scored 1,672 points. Prep won the state title when he was a junior and he averaged 26.8 points a game as a senior. He remains the only player from Nebraska selected to play in the McDonald’s All-America game. At Marquette, he started his final three years and had career totals of 1,221 points and 569 rebounds. He had a long career in Belgium professional basketball.

David Washington David Washington Omaha Tech (1980). In three years of high school wrestling, he was a two-time prep All-American and had an 89-2 career record. Won state titles at 105 pounds as a junior and senior and was a three-time Metro champion. He was the first from Nebraska chosen for the Pennsylvania Wrestling Classic. Coached wrestling at Omaha North.

Erick Strickland Erick Strickland Bellevue West (1992). Was the first boys athlete to be All-Nebraska in three sports — football, basketball and baseball. He was named Big Eight freshman of the year in 1993 while playing basketball at Nebraska, where he was also named to the all-league defensive team three times. After two years of minor league baseball, he played nine seasons in the NBA with six teams.

Lionel McPhaull Lionel McPhaull of Omaha North (1993). A 10-time Division II All-American in track at South Dakota, he was the 1997 national male track athlete of the year. At North, he won four gold medals as a senior and seven overall. The two-time Gatorade track athlete of the year for Nebraska set the then-state record in the 400 meters in 47.93 seconds. He was a 13-time conference champion at USD, including four golds in the 400 in indoor track. He was the Division II runner-up in the 400 meters, leading the Coyotes to third place at the 1997 Division II indoor championships.

Ahman Green Ahman Green Omaha Central (1995)
After a high school career in which he was All-Nebraska in football in 1993 and 1994 and won the 100 and 200 meters at the 1995 state track meet, he rushed for nearly 4,000 yards at NU and more than 9,000 yards in the NFL to become Green Bay’s all-time rushing leader.

Reshea Bristol Reshea Bristol, Omaha Bryan (1996)
A two-time All-Nebraska and three-time All-Metro first-team basketball player, she led the Bears to three state tournament appearances and a runner-up finish in 1995. She was second team All-Metro as a junior and senior in volleyball. Also lettered in soccer and track. At
Arizona, the All-Pac-10 player was the school’s career leader in steals (260) and held the No. 5 spot on the all-time scoring list with 1,260 points. The 50th pick in the 2001 WNBA draft by the Charlotte Sting, she has played professionally for several teams in Europe.

Sarah Lyons Sarah Lyons Omaha Brownell-Talbot (2006)
She was the state’s dominant high school sprinter in the 2000s, sweeping the gold medals in the 100, 200 and 400 as a junior in 2005 and a senior in 2006. Holds the state record in the 200 (24.06). Competed one season at Nebraska, then transferred to Rice and won Conference USA indoor and outdoor titles in the 400 as a freshman in 2008.

Jarvis Redwine Jarvis Redwine Nebraska football
One of the Huskers’ best-known walk-ons, the Los Angeles native and former Oregon State player was the first at NU to rush for 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons. He was an All-American as a senior in 1980. The Minnesota Vikings drafted Redwine in the second round in 1981 and he played three seasons in the NFL.

Mildred Brown Mildred Brown Her Omaha Star newspaper, which she co-founded in 1938, continues to chronicle north Omaha and the city’s black community after her unexpected death in 1989. The Star led the charge to open public accommodations to blacks, including hotels, restaurants, theaters and taverns, and was instrumental in working with the Omaha Public Schools to ensure that black teachers had equal participation.