On Friday, September 7, six new honorees were inducted in the Kearney High School Hall of Fame.
The induction took place at half-time at the KHS football game at UNK Cope Stadium.

Monte Christo
Football * Basketball * Track and Field

Monte Christo was a standout three sport athlete at Kearney High School who graduated in 1994. He was a two-year starter at quarterback for the Bearcats and in 1994 was the KHS total offense record holder. He was named as a Super State defensive back in 1994, a Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference (GNAC) All-Conference quarterback, and the Kearney Hub Offensive Player of the year. Monte was invited to play in the 1994 Shrine Bowl where he was a team captain and offensive player of game.
Monte was a two-year starter on the KHS basketball team and was named All Conference and received All State honorable mention. He ran the 400 meters and was on the 1600 meter relay on the KHS track team. As a Legion baseball player, he was named to play in the Cornhusker League All-Star game as a catcher and outfielder.
After high school he played quarterback for the Huskers for the 1994-97 seasons and was part of three National Championship squads. Monte was named the recipient of the UNL Tom Novak Award as the Outstanding Senior Football Player and was named to the Academic All Big 12 team.
Monte graduated from UNL and then attended the University of Nebraska Medical College (UNMC) and is now an anesthesiologist in Elkhorn where he lives with his wife, Jill and their 4 children.

Mitch May
Tennis * Basketball

Mitch May was a stellar two sport athlete at KHS. He graduated in 1988. He was most dominant as a singles and doubles player on the tennis team. In his four years as a Bearcat tennis player, he was a State Campion in 2nd singles, and 1st doubles. As a freshman, Mitch was a State Runner-Up in 1st doubles and he was a four year GNAC Tennis Champion. He holds the KHS tennis best winning percentage of 97% with a 126-4 overall record, 46-1 as a singles player and 80-3 as a doubles player. He is currently 3rd in the KHS record books for career wins.
Mitch was a two year starter on the Bearcat basketball team and was an All State Honorable Mention in his junior year. He was named to the Hub All Region Team and All-Conference teams in 1988. Mitch was a key member of the Kearney American Legion summer baseball program and was selected to play in the NE Legion All-Star game.
After high school Mitch received a scholarship to play baseball at the University of Wyoming. He was a four year Wyoming baseball letterman and three year starter at 2nd base for the Cowboys. In his senior year he garnered Academic All-American recognition.
Mitch graduated from Pharmacy School at the University of Wyoming and is now a pharmaceutical supervisor in Colorado. He and his wife, Sondra, live in Aurora, Colorado with their son and daughter.

Robyn Ramey Zafft
Volleyball * Basketball * Track and Field

Robyn Ramey Zafft is one of Kearney High School’s most versatile women’s sports stars. She was a 1994 KHS graduate. She was a three year starter in basketball and volleyball as well as a four year state qualifier in track.
At the end of her KHS basketball career she was named to the Class A 2nd team and her state tournament play as a senior merited her being named to the All-State Tournament Team.
As member of the Bearcat track team she was a two time GNAC champion in the 300m hurdles and also the 100m hurdle champion in 1993. She was a District 300m hurdle champion, and the Class A Runner-Up in the 300m hurdles as a senior.
After her graduation from KHS, Robyn attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney on a basketball scholarship. While at UNK, she was a four year starter and ended her career as the 26th most prolific scorer in the long and successful history of Loper Women’s Basketball. She was a starter on the Loper Women’s basketball team with the most victories in UNK history (28-3).
Robyn received an Applied Mathematics Degree from UNK and a Civil Engineering Degree from UNL. She resides in Grand Island with her husband, Allan and their two children.

1996 Boys Track and Field Team

One of the two most dominant teams in Nebraska high school track history, the 1996 the Boys Track and Field team set the State Meet team scoring record of 111 points, winning the State Track Meet by 54 points. This was accomplished by 7 State Champions, 2 Runner ups, 17 State Meet medal winners, and scoring in 13 of the 17 State Meet events. Several members of the 1996 team were also members of the 1997 KHS Hall of Fame track team, the other most dominant Nebraska high school track team.
The 1996 Boys Track and Field team was undefeated during the regular season. They were GNAC and District champions, scoring an average of 202 points in invitational meets and winning every invitational meet by an average of 112 points. During the 1996 season members of the team broke four varsity records and seven JV records. They were featured on ESPN’s Scholastic Sports America.
Coaches for the 1996 Track and Field team were Roger Mathiesen, Steve Larson, Bob Talbitzer, Pat McFadden, and Craig Lathrop.

Gloria Mitchell – Coach
Girls Volleyball * Girls Track and Field * Gymnastics

Gloria Mitchell was a pioneer for girls athletics at Kearney High School and was instrumental in the initiation and organization of our first modern era girls athletic programs. She coached Kearney High School’s first Girls Track and Field teams (1968-71) and first Volleyball teams (1970-73). She assisted with the first KHS Drill Squad and was Assistant Girls Gymnastic Coach (1982-83).
Coach Mitchell’s 1971 Volleyball team placed 1st in the Big Ten East Division. The 1972 Volleyball team had a perfect season with a 10-0 record.
She was a recipient of the Nebraska Sports Hall of Fame 2001 Fischer Family Hall of Fame Award—representing with her siblings the family of Earl and Lenore Thorell of Loomis. Gloria taught Physical Education at KHS from 1968 to 1984. She and her husband, Harry, reside in Kearney as does her daughter and son-in-law, grand children, and great grandchildren.


Tim Higgins – Meritorious Service

Tim Higgins has been a continuous and prolific supporter and friend of Kearney High School athletics and activities since he and his family moved to Kearney in 1997. Kearney Runza and the Higgins family have been major philanthropic contributors to KHS through their sponsorship and promotion of many KHS Booster Club and other KHS activities. .
Tim has served KHS and the Kearney community in many roles. He has been a past President and an eighteen year member of the Kearney Public Schools Board of Education, past Chair of the Kearney Chamber of Commerce, sponsor of the Kearney Runza Senior Legion baseball team (20 years), member of the Kearney Parks and Recreation committee, Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference Chair, and Co-Chair of the Kearney Chamber of Commerce Sports and Recreation Committee. Tim and his wife, Sue, have been KHS Booster Club Presidents (two years). Tim and Sue’s three children are Nick (KHS 2010), Katie (KHS 2013), and Cal (KHS 2021).

Hall of Fame Committee:
• Dennis Long
• Riley Harris
• Gloria Mitchell
• Tami Anderson
• Wayne Garrelts
• Jeff Ganz
• Don Clark
• Ryan Hogue A.D.
• Chris Loofe, Principal
• Steve Wickham
• Jeff Ganz
• Bill Kenagy