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On the basketball court, volleyball court, golf course and anywhere else prep athletes compete for championships, you can find the children and grandchildren of Mary Ann and the late Arnold Thiele of Clearwater.
That’s why the family was honored Sunday with the Fischer Family Award during the Nebraska High School sports Hall of Fame banquet.
The Fischer Family Award was established in 1999 and goes to a strong sports family.
Their eight children - Bill, Bonnie, Tom, Ron, Ken, Carolyn, Kevin and Tim participated in a variety of activities. Bill graduate from Elgin Pope John while the others graduated from Clearwater, where the brothers played key roles in the Clearwater basketball dynast that produced four straight state championships.
“What a humbling experience it is to be standing on stage with our family receiving this award,” Ken Thiele said. “Standing here with brothers such as NFL great players and athletes recognized in Sports Illustrated.”
“Over the many, many years of our families competing at activities, that has been the one stable factor - the Thiele family is going to show up for their support.”
The Thiele family has contributed to 11 high school state team championships and won five individual gold medals.