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Lakeview inducts 2018 HOF class

September 13, 2018

Lakeview High School’s Athletic Hall of Fame will be honoring its fourth class of inductees at halftime of the game Friday against Wayne.

The game starts at 7 pm, with honorees requested to be at the field by 6 p.m.

The Athletic Hall of Fame for Lakeview High is located in the high school, where plaques hang commemorating past achievements of the hall’s members.

2000-2001 Boy’s Basketball

Leading the list of honorees is the first team in Lakeview history to win a state championship. The 2000-2001 Vikings, led by coach Jake Shadley, won the Class C-1 state title in a 55-53 final over Wahoo Neumann.

Not only did the team possess exceptional talent, it was also equipped with great depth, which helped in overcoming key injuries during the course of the season to finish with a record of 23-2.

Other notable achievements of the team include the Central Conference championship, the District C1-4 Championship, and the Columbus Holiday Tournament Championship.

At season’s end, Lakeview sat atop the Class C-1 Lincoln Journal Star postseason rankings and was also rated in the all-class top five.

Connie Jensen

This year’s coach honoree is Connie Jensen.

In 1987, Jensen became Lakeview’s first high school girl’s golf coach. She took her very first team to the Class B State Tournament as District Champions.

In her 14-year career, Jensen coached eight state-qualifying teams from 1987 until 1998. At the time, girls golf held the distinction of having more state-qualifying teams than any other Viking athletics programs.

Her 1997 team finished in second place at the Class B State Tournament - one of six top-ten team placings the Lady Vikes put together at state.

Coach Jensen’s resume also boasts four Central Conference Championships (1990, 1994, 1997, and 1998), four Conference Runner-up finishes, 14 regular season championships, and 12 regular season tournament runners-up.

The respect and bond that Coach Jensen had with her female athletes were key factors in the success of the Lakeview girl’s golf program.

“She was not only my coach, but a good friend, and she still is today. She always has a smile on her face when I see her. She modeled the drive and dedication for the female golfers at Lakeview High School,” former player Becki Baker said. “Her coaching was clear and concise. The best coaches are the ones that are there to teach, to discipline, and to be a friend. Coach Jensen was that kind of coach.”

Lois and Lorenz Rodehorst

Lorenz and Lois Rodehorst were familiar faces behind the admissions table at sporting events from the first season of Lakeview sports all the way until 1997.

Lorenz and Lois’ loyalty to Viking sports made them THE ticket takers at Lakeview High School.

They began supporting the Vikings in this capacity by volunteering when the booster club requested help at home games. The Rodehorsts quickly became the primary ticket takers for all home events.

In 1977, they took over the additional responsibility of organizing ticket takers for all sporting events.

In 1991, at the All Sports Athletic Banquet, Mr. and Mrs. Rodehorst were honored by the Lakeview Booster Club for their commitment and faithfulness to Lakeview athletics.

Former Athletic Director, Doug Moss, thanked them for their dedication. No one prior to that time, or since, has consistently taken tickets for all home games.

In 1997, the Rodehorsts stepped away from the ticket booth and moved to the bleachers so they could cheer for their thirteen Viking grandchildren.

After Lorenz passed away in 2001, Lois has continued to support Lakeview athletics. Upon requests of the coaches, she has mended numerous football and wrestling uniforms and has a needle and blue thread at the ready for any emergency repairs.

Lois served as study hall monitor for Lakeview High School for 12 years and is currently a para-educator for the English Learner classroom.

Lori Eberhart

Eberhart was a three-sport varsity letter winner in volleyball, basketball and track. She won five different Central Conference awards in team sports and was also a state qualifier in basketball and track.

Eberhart set school basketball records for most points scored in a single game with 38 and most field goals made with 17 in the same contest during the 1987-88 season.

Her leadership skills were evident as she was named team captain for the volleyball and basketball teams her senior year. She was known for her aggressive style of play, which earned her the respect of her teammates and opponents alike.

In the classroom, Eberhart was on the honor roll all four years and was president of the National Honor Society her senior year. She was also a four-year band member, president of the band her senior year and captain of the flag corp.

Her athletic career extended into college where she went on to play basketball for Nebraska Wesleyan University.

Following her graduation from Wesleyan, she went on to become the head girls’ basketball coach at Ansley High School. She followed that up as the next head girls’ basketball coach, head volleyball coach, and athletic director at Rising City High School.

She then moved on to the collegiate ranks as the assistant basketball coach at Metropolitan State College of Denver.

Eberhart is currently the Associate Athletic Director for Athletic Compliance at Northwest Missouri State University.

Kaycee Kapels

As a dominant force in Lakeview athletics during the 1990′s, Kapels excelled at every sport in every season.

A three-year starter in volleyball, Kapels was named All-Conference First Team her junior and senior years. She held school records for most ace serves in a match, highest ace-toserve-ratio and most blocks in a match.

She also held track records for the 4x200 and the 4x100 meter relays, and was a three-time state track qualifier in six events.

A four-year starter on the court, Kapels was the most prolific scorer in Lakeview girl’s basketball history.

She scored 1,494 points in her career and she held nine other basketball records. As a senior, she averaged 21.1 points and seven rebounds per game.

She earned All-Conference honors all four years, Class B All-State Second Team as a sophomore and Class C-1 First Team All-State and Honorary Captain both her junior and senior years. Kapels also achieved Academic All-State for three years.

Other awards included the KLIR Prep Athlete of the Year, Sertoma Athlete of the Year and Lakeview Female Athlete of the Year. Kapels was on the honor roll all eight semesters and was a National Honor Society member for three years.

After graduation, she was a starter for the University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC) basketball team who led the Kangaroos in scoring, assists, steals, and three-pointers for two years. She was inducted into the UMKC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012.

Calvin Kapels

Calvin Kapels began his Lakeview football career as a junior. The 2002 graduate earned starting positions as a wide receiver and defensive back and set records with three pass interceptions in a game and most career interceptions with ten.

His stats though, prove that basketball was his forte.

Kapels helped his team qualify for the State Tournament three times. As a senior, the team finished as state runner-up the year after the Vikings captured their first team title in any sport as 2001 state basketball champs.

Kapels’ basketball resume is long and illustrious.

As a freshman, he received All-Conference Second Team, All-State Tournament Team, and All-State Honorable Mention. His sophomore year he received All-Conference First Team and All-State Honorable Mention. During his junior year, he added All-Conference First Team, All-State Tournament Team, Honorary Captain of the All-State First Team, and Academic All-State.

He earned All-Conference First Team and All-State Class C-1 as a senior. Kapels received the Ed Johnson Memorial Scholarship from the Nebraska Coaches Association.

Records he set include most career points with 1,058, most career assists with 311 and most career free throws with 269.

After graduation, Kapels went on to play for the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He was the only player in UNO history to have over 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, and 400 assists during his career. His Maverick career also finished with rankings inside the top 25 all-time in scoring, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks.

Kapels currently serves as a pastor for Saint Stephen Lutheran Church in Liberty, Missouri.

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