2014-15 Hall of Fame
Hall of Fame 2014-15
Female Athlete: Hilary (Smith) Jorgensen
Hilary played and lettered in varsity basketball and softball all three years of her high school career from 1994-1997.
Her senior year, she was first team All SIC in both basketball and softball and was first team All-State in basketball.
She is in the Lady Bulldogs record books as the #10 All Time Career Scorer, #2 in career blocked shots, #7 in career assists.
Hilary went on to play college ball at Southern Utah University.
She coached JV and Varsity basketball at Skyview for three years and continued to coach JV basketball at Moscow High School while her husband attended Law school at the University of Idaho. Hilary graduated from Dental Hygiene school in 2001.
She is currently a stay at home mom with her three children.
Male Athlete: Nick Stelzner
Nick attended NHS from 1993-1996. He lettered in baseball 2 years and football one year. His freshman and sophomore years, his baseball teams won the league championships. His junior year and senior years, Nick was selected 1st team All SIC and All State. In the fall of 1995, his senior year, Nick was selected to play for the first assembled Team Idaho. They traveled to Phoenix and Peoria, Arizona for a national tournament. His team won the championship beating teams from all over the country, including Team California in the championship game.
In 1996, as a senior, the team finished 22-1 that season and placed 3rd at state. Nick received the Earned Run Average award that year posting an impressive 0.70 ERA. He posted a 37-2 record as a pitcher during his high school career.
Nick also played AA Legion baseball in which they won the Idaho State championship. Nick posted a 20-1 record as a pitcher that season.
Nick was recruited by several major universities and had scholarship offers from Cal-State Fullerton, Pepperdine, Long Beach State, UCLA, LCSC, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arizona, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, University of North Carolina, Alabama and others. He signed with Oklahoma State but professional major league scouts advised him to go another route to improve his chances in the draft. Nick went to College of Southern Idaho and graduated with honors and an AA degree in psychology. He spent the next summer playing for the San Luis Obispo Blues in the Pacific Coast League. He chose to continue his college career and played two years for the Legendary coach, Ed Cheff at Lewis-Clark State College where they won a national championship in 1999 and 2000. The summer between his junior and senior year, he played for the Kelowna Grizzlies in Canada and won the League Championship.
After completing his degree with a BS in Psychology, Nick was drafted and went on to play three years of minor league baseball. He was fortunate to travel the country and visit 48 of the states in the US and made acquaintances all over the country. His first year of minor league baseball, he posted a 0.68 ERA and pitched in over 30 games as a reliever and closer.
One of the highlights during his pro career was getting to meet and hang out with the Saturday Night Live cast including Jimmy Fallon and Bill Murray (who were part owners of his team in Boston).
After his last season of baseball in 2002, Nick returned to Idaho where he met his wife Darci. They reside in Eagle with his greatest accomplishment, their 3 year old son, Tyee Nicolas Stelzner. In 2014, Nick attained his Master’s degree of Mental Health and Counseling degree from Idaho State University.
Nick also served as an assistant high school baseball coach for Nampa High School during the years from 2001-2007 and at Mountain View High School from 2008-2009. He coached track at our own Lone Star Middle School for one year.
Nick currently serves as a Habilitative Interventionist and a Licensed Professional Counselor.
1975 Baseball Team
Wife of assistant coach Rick Larson:
Head Coach, Leon Long was inducted in the first Hall of Fame class in 2009.
The 1975 baseball team repeated winning the State Championship with an impressive run through the tournament. After finishing 4th in their district, Nampa only got into the state tournament as an “at large” team because of their impressive regular season record. In their run for the title, the team averaged a .302 batting average for the tournament, with several outstanding performances, and swept through their three games to repeat as State Champions.
During the regular season, Jeff Kollmann had a batting average of .435, leading the team in extra base hits, doubles and stolen bases. Ron Tiegs batted an impressive average of .391, Chuck Burns a .380 and led the team in home runs. He shared a triple crown with Bob Schuler. Bob Schuler and Larry Campbell averaged a .333 batting mark and Don Sieler batter .312.
The pitching staff was equally as strong led by Monte Crabtree with the lowest ERA of 1.75 and 76 strikeouts. Monte threw a one hitter and a no hitter to finish the season.
Pam and Ted Byrd
The Byrd’s were a constant “positive” supporter of Nampa High School athletics as their children attended and participated in sports during their junior high and senior high school careers. Their role provided a well needed boost to morale and enthusiasm to the volleyball, basketball and softball teams. Many Pizzas were consumed by the NHS athletes from the famous “Great Western Pizza” stores that Ted and Pam owned. They donated to events, team parties, banquets and fundraisers in a very generous way. They were always willing to step up to help, whether it was driving teams to summer camps, never missing a game to cheer their teams and children on, or hosting team dinners.
The cycle is starting over again as they have grand children attending Nampa High School. They are still the upbeat, positive supporters as they were 20+ years ago.
Coach Lester has coached at Nampa High School from 1982 to 2014 with a two year break when he coached at Bishop Kelly from 1987-88. He has served as a social studies and physical education teacher, as well.
His coaching positions included: Head JV football coach from 1984-1995, Varsity Defensive line coach for the 1983, 1995-2014 seasons, Head Tennis coach from 1989-1994, Assistant Wrestling coach from 1982-1995 (with the exception of the two years at BK where he was the head wrestling coach), Head Wrestling coach from 1995-2014.
Honors bestowed on Coach Lester during his career included: 1990 District III Tennis Coach of the Year, 1993, 2011 District III JV Football Coach of the year, District III Wrestling Coach of the Year in 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010.
He was the 4A State Wrestling Coach of the year in 2008 and in 2013 was honored at State with the Dairymen’s Distinguished Coach of the Year.
Some of Coach Lester’s records during his tenure include:
Overall Dual Record of 287-42
District Champions in 2004
State Runner up in 2004
Perfect dual record in 2004 with a 27-0 record
He has coached 16 individual state champions, 22 runner up wrestlers and 36 top four placers at state.
He won 33 different tournaments and his teams placed in the top four, 7 times.
He has also coached two, Division 1 college wrestlers at Columbia and Arizona State Universities.
Wally comments: “I am very proud to be honored and to become part of Nampa High School’s Hall of Fame. I with my wife, Jody and children have made Nampa High athletics’ our life for the past 25 years and will continue to be part of the Bulldog family. All of our six children have been three sport athletes at Nampa and we would like to thank all coaches for their effort in helping raise our children.” “Special thanks to John Gregory, Roy Perales, Shawn Roberts, Nate Navarro, Cory Caywood, for all their help in making Nampa wrestling a top program in the state of Idaho.”