Photo by Con Marshall
Jack Sides, center, is surrounded by members of his family, including from left: Aunt Judi Sides, youngest son Braxton, wife Avery, mom Carol, dad John and sister Amanda. Not pictured are sons Gaige and Ryker who were unable to attend the banquet due to playing football that day.
CHADRON, Neb. – Jack Sides, a 2003 graduate of Hot Springs High School, was inducted into the Chadron State College Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, Sept. 23 along with eight others.
Sides was a high jumper for the Eagles four years before graduating from CSC in 2007. He won that event 16 times, cleared at least 6-foot-8 on 17 occasions and was an All-American as a junior in 2005, when he went 6-11 at the NCAA Division II National Indoor Meet.
During the first outdoor meet that spring, Sides set the Eagles’ record of 7-½ at the D-ll Challenge at Emporia State in Kansas. Athletes from 22 schools from nine states competed. The highlight of Jack’s senior year was winning the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championship by going 6-10½ during a jump-off after he had tied for first in the finals at 6-8 ¼.
Jack’s father, John, was inducted into the CSC Athletic Hall of Fame after he had starred as a middle distance runner for the Eagles in the late 1960s. His laurels included winning the 440-yard dash at the Nebraska College Conference Meet twice and setting the Eagles’ records in both the 440 and 880.
As a senior at Hot Springs, Sides was a member of the 2003 Bison boys team which placed third overall at the State Class “A” Championships, where he finished eighth in the high jump with a leap of 5-feet, 11-inches. As a junior, Sides placed sixth at the state meet at 6-1, and had also won several meets his senior season by reaching heights of 6-4. He was also a standout athletes on the Bison boys basketball team.
Jack’s wife, the former Avery Shaw of Potter, Neb., was a distance runner on the CSC track team. They have three sons—Gaige, Ryker and Braxton—and live in Hot Springs, where Jack is a U.S. marshal.