Contributors Hall of Fame: Bill Madden

Hall of Fame – 1993

Retiring in 1991, the Dean of Nebraska’s sports writers has notched 48 years covering Nebraska sports and 59 counting coverage while in Wyoming and Colorado – impressive! Starting his career as a sixth grader in Sheridan, Wyo. he wrote sports stories mostly for his own amusement. He captured the attention of Ripleys Believe It Ir Not column as a football matematician. In 1939 Ripley noted he knew from memory more than 2750 football scores, names of coaaches, grid stars and other athletes from 160 universities. He saw his first football game in 1929 and went on from there covering all types of sports from football, track, rodeo, car racing and marbles. He has covered more wrestling duals and tournaments than any other sportswriter in the state, doing so from ’59-’91. He was there when Del Tanner first brought high school wrestling to the western part of the state at Sunflower High School before coming to Scottsbluff. He has a 40 year career as a correspondent for the World Herald, Sports Editor of the Hastings Tribune for 13 years and record clerk at the Scottsbluff Police Dept. until 1989. As a competitor he was the mile and 2-mile track Champ of the Nebraska College Athletic Conference and state champ of all Nebraska colleges as a senior. Some of the many awards he has received showing his intense interest in sports of all kinds have been Outstanding Service Award from the Nebraska Athletic Directors Assn. in ’75,Distinguished Service Award from the National Athletic Adm. Assn. in ’81 NSAA Distinguished Service Award in ’86, NE Trapshooting Hall of Fame in ’84, Ne Big Ten Conference Award as its most devoted sportswriter as statistician in ’70, NE Coaches Association Friend of High School Sports Award in ’92, Admiral of the Great State of Nebraska in ’59 and West Nebraska All Star Sports Inc. award for 36 years serviced to NE hich school athletics in the Panhandle in ’91 to mention a few.

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