CHS inducts three into C-Club Hall

September 19, 2018

Tuesday night prior to a volleyball match, the Columbus High School C-Club, a varsity letter winner’s club, inducted three members into its Hall of Fame. Those athletes were Laura (Pilakowski) Buttermore, Cory Schlesinger and Amanda (Gates) Sjuts.

In order to be inducted into the C-club Hall of Fame, the athlete must have been on a Division-I team for four years and either won a national championship or been honored as a All-American.

Amanda (Gates) Sjuts

In high school, Amanda (Gates) Sjuts was a three-sport letter winner. She received All-Conference recognition in volleyball, basketball, and track. Sjuts played in three straight tournaments in both volleyball and basketball and was a two-year state qualifier in track.

She was named First-Team All-Nebraska and received Super-State honors in the 2004 volleyball season leading her team to a 38-3 record and a Class A runner-up finish.

In college, Sjuts played at Nebraska under head coach John Cook. In 2006, the Huskers won their third national championship with her on the roster. In 2007, she was the Husker Power Lifter of the Year followed by a 2008 All-Big 12 Honorable Mention and First-Team Academic All-American.

Laura (Pilakowski) Buttermore

Laura (Pilakowski) Buttermore was a member of the 2000 national championship Husker volleyball team. She was the first four-year, female three-sport letter winner at Columbus High School, earning All-State honors in volleyball and basketball and qualifying for state track all four years.

The consensus 1999 Female Athlete of the Year, Buttermore was the Nebraska Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year as a senior, averaged a double-double on the basketball court her junior and senior years and won the long jump gold medal as a sophomore.

She played at Nebraska from 1999-2002 and was a First-Team All-American in 2000 and a two-time All-American selection overall. She finished her career playing on the Husker women’s basketball team.

Cory Schlesinger

Cory Schlesinger was a member of the 1994 National Championship Husker football team. He is a former NFL fullback and a sixth-round draft pick by the Detroit Lions, a franchise where he played 12 professional seasons. Three times, Schlesinger was a Pro Bowl alternate.

In Columbus, Schlesinger was a two-time All-State selection at linebacker leading the team in tackles as a junior and senior. He also played fullback as a senior in 1990.

In his final season he rushed for 1,514 yards and 23 touchdowns (including nine 100-yard games). He was named the Nebraska Defensive Player of the Year and played with a group of Nebraska football All-Stars in the Down Under Bowl in Sydney, Australia. Schlesinger also won the 189-pound wrestling state championship twice during his prep career.

In college, he was a two-year starter for legendary coach Tom Osborne. As a junior, he was the 1993 Husker Co-Lifter-of-the-Year with linebacker Donta Jones. During that season, he finished as the team’s fifth-leading rusher with 48 carries for 193 yards and one touchdown.

He earned All-Big Eight Honorable Mention honors in 1994 from the conference coaches and a Phillips 66 Academic All-Big Eight pick the same year.

Schlesinger scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns in the 1995 Orange Bowl in a 24–17 win over the Miami Hurricanes as a senior to secure Nebraska’s third national title.

He finished second on the team in rushing in 1994 with 456 yards and four touchdowns including 7.2 yards-per-carry.

Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at sports@columbustelegram.com