Over 250 people adjourned at Pius X High School on August 6th to celebrate the 4th annual Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The Pius X Athletic Department welcomed five honorees that represent the rich Thunderbolt tradition of excellence that now spans over 60 years and 75 state championship trophies in 19 NSAA sanctioned sports. The ranks of the Pius X Athletic Hall of Fame were bolstered by the addition of a beloved coach, three elite athletes, and an outstanding team of excellence.
Tim Aylward ’69 (Coach): Aylward compiled a 204-113 record over 31 years as head coach of the Thunderbolt football program, earning four state championships and some of the most prestigious awards given to high school coaches in Nebraska. Aylward was named the Lincoln Journal Star Coach of the year in 1995-96 and the Omaha World Herald Coach of the year in 1998-99. He earned the Nebraska Coaches Association Skip Palarang Football Coaches Award in 2015. Coach Aylward retired as football coach following the 2015 season and serves full time in his capacity as athletic director for all Pius X programs.
George Easley ’57 (Athlete): Easley earned All-City honors in football and basketball in the inaugural year of Pius X athletics and was also named to the Class B All-State team in the Omaha World Herald. The 1st Homecoming King in Pius X history played a major role in establishing an athletic tradition that continues to flourish over 60 years later. Easley led the first football team in Pius X history to an 8-1 season and the first basketball team earned recognition for a series of marquee wins for the newly formed Thunderbolts. Easley’s power and athleticism earned him a trip to South Bend, Indiana, where he played football for the Fighting Irish before graduating from Notre Dame in 1961.
Adam Treu ’92 (Athlete): Treu completed a three sport career at Pius X that proved only the beginning of a tremendous career resume. He became a force across the Nebraska stage during his senior year beginning with a successful senior season on the gridiron that earned a trip to the Shrine Bowl. That winter Treu turned in a Super State performance while setting the school record for field goals in a season and recording the second most points ever scored in a Thunderbolt season on the hardwood en route to the Class B state championship. Treu finished his Pius X career with an All-State spring that set the Pius X ERA record on the diamond, a record that stood for over 20 years. Treu continued his athletic journey at the University of Nebraska, winning back to back National Championships with the Cornhuskers while earning his bachelor’s degree in English. The Oakland Raiders selected Treu as a third-round draft pick in the 1997 NFL draft where he played ten years and started in Super Bowl XXXVII before retiring in 2007.
Elizabeth (Lange) Maggio ’04 (Athlete): Lange completed a magnificent Thunderbolt career that spanned three sports and a legacy of gold medals and records. She earned two gold medals at the NSAA state cross country meet, including the all class gold medal in 2001. Lange spent her winters earning her way amongst the top 50 scorers in Thunderbolt girl’s basketball history while participating in three state tournaments. Springtime brought Lange’s most dominant performances on the track. She earned six gold medals in the 400m, 800m, and 1600m and continues to hold the all-time Nebraska record in the 1600m run with a time of 4:49.2 and the Class A record in the 800m with a time of 2:12.12. Lange attended the University of Nebraska and competed in cross country and track, participating on the Big XII indoor championship team in 2005 and cracking the Nebraska indoor Top 10 in the 800m in 2006. She also earned Academic All-Big XII honors while part of the University Honors Program.
1997 Football: Following a heartbreaking defeat to Elkhorn that concluded the 1996 season, the Thunderbolts completed district and post season play in 1997 by outscoring opponents 231-14, including a 26-0 victory over Elkhorn in the state semi-finals on a frigid day in November that ended Elkhorn’s 28 game winning streak. Pius X celebrated more all-state players (8) than any team in Pius X history en route to an 11-1 championship season that saw the Bolts defeat teams by an overage of over 37ppg, including a 39 point victory in the state championship game over Lexington.