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OHS Honors Former Athletes in Hall of Fame

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Dan Vech, pictured above during his high school wrestling career at OHS, was honored at the 2024 Athletic Hall of Fame banquet.

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DOUG PETERSON, was honored for his achievements as  part of OHS's football and basketball teams in the 1970s.

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1965 Ord Chanticleer Golf Team Class B State Champions (l-r): Rich John, Mike Zulkoski, Coach Clair Hillyer, Rich Osentowski and Dan Johnson.

Dan Vech – Class of 1999 
   Dan Vech graduated in 1999 after a highly successful four years of representing Ord High School (OHS) in football, wrestling, and track and field.
   Dan lettered three years in football and was selected to the All-Central Conference Team in 1998, as well as the Grand Island Independent All-Area Second Team and being selected for All-State Honorable Mention by the Omaha World Herald.
   In track and field Dan participated during the 1998 and 1999 seasons and earned a letter in each.  He was a member of the 3200m relay team, earning both Central Conference and Class B District medals in those seasons.
   On the wrestling mat is where Dan dominated the field. As a four-time letter winner, he was only the third three-time conference champion, and is the only four-time district champion in the history of wrestling at Ord High School.  A three-time medal winner at the state tournament, he finished as runner-up in ‘97, state champion in ’98, and placed third in ’99.  At the time he graduated Dan held single season records in wins (39), pins (29), and fastest pin (:09).  His career records included 122 wins, 87 pins, and 67 consecutive wins. 
   For his OHS wrestling career Dan compiled a record of 122-15, a winning percentage of 89 percent.  Seventy-one percent of his wins were by a pin.  Dan placed in 93 percent of the 41 tournaments in which he competed, and finished as champion 76 percent of the time.
   After graduation Dan joined the highly successful University of Nebraska-Omaha wrestling program and compiled a 74-55 record, was team captain as a senior, and a four-time Academic All American.
Doug Peterson - Class of 1975
   Douglas D. Peterson attended Ord High School from 1972-73 thru 1974-75 and graduated in the class of 1975. Doug participated in football and basketball and was a key part of Ord’s powerhouse teams of that era.  
   In football he was a two-year starter at tight end and defensive end and was recognized on several All-State teams. As a junior Peterson was named to the 1973 Central Ten West Division All-Conference Team as the Chants (8-2-0) won the Central Ten title. 
   As a senior Peterson was a dominant lineman on an Ord team that held the Class B No. 1 ranking for most of the 1974 season. That year he played multiple positions (tight end/defensive tackle/defensive end) as the team cruised to a 9-1-0 record and a second straight Central Ten title. Doug was named to the Central Ten All-Conference First Team and multiple All-State teams including the Omaha World-Herald, Lincoln Journal-Star and Nebraska Associated Press. 
   In basketball, as a junior he played on the 1973-74 (22-1) team and became a starter as a senior on the 1974-75 (19-3) squad. Both teams were district champions and state tournament qualifiers.
   After graduating from OHS Doug Peterson attended Kearney State College/UNK on a football scholarship. At Kearney he made his mark as a dominating defensive lineman on Antelope teams that posted records of 9-1 (1976), 8-2-1 (1977) and 8-0-1 (1978). He received numerous post-season honors including State College Defensive Player of the Year, the Omaha World-Herald All-State Team and the Kodak NAIA All-American Team. After an outstanding career at Kearney, Doug Peterson was inducted into the UNK Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992.
1965 Ord Chanticleer Golf Team Class B State Champions
   Putting frosting on the cake, the 1965 Ord Golf team won their first state championship in one of the most successful sports seasons in school history. Guided by Head Coach Clair Hillyer and assistant Ron Hastings, the largest squad in Chanticleer history (Collyer Cronk, Shan Cronk, Ron Drudik, Jim Ferguson, Gerald John, Rich John, Dan Johnson, John Krick, Alan Lee, Rich Osentowski, Jim Wallace, Dan Wolf, Dave Worm and Mike Zulkoski) rolled to dual victories over St. Paul (117-131), Sargent (335-366) and Albion (247-258); with the only bogey in dual play a (387-384) home loss to Class A Grand Island early in the season. Ord picked up triangular wins at home versus Central City and Ainsworth and on the road against Gothenburg and host Broken Bow. The Chant linksters won the Bassett invitational before closing out the regular season by winning their first Central Ten Conference Golf Championship by two strokes over runner-up Schuyler. Seniors Rich John, Dan Johnson, Rich Ostentowski and Mike Zulkoski were off to the Capital City where they conquered the field of 41, besting runner-up and defending champion Minden by 12 strokes (238-250) to win the Class B State Golf Tournament at Pioneer Golf Course in Lincoln. Chant Rich Osentowski was the state medalist with a 75, one stroke better than Jim Brownfield and Tim Bateman.

   The form for future OHS Hall of Fame nominations can be found at https://www.ordps.org/o/ord-public-schools/page/hall-of-fame-nominations.

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