Nolan Fennessy was a standout lineman at Norfolk Catholic High School, a perennial power in Nebraska. Fennessy helped Coach Jeff Bellar and Norfolk Catholic win two state titles.

As a senior, Norfolk Catholic won a state title with a 13-0 record. Fennessy was a second-team All-Nebraska selection as a defensive lineman and earned first-team all-state recognition by both the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal Star. 

Fennessy also helped his team to a perfect 13-0 state title season as a junior in 2022. He was a first-team Class C2 all-state pick as an offensive lineman from both major papers. As a sophomore, Fennessy was part of an 11-2 team that reached the state finals.

Fennessy is also a key member of the Knights’ basketball team, leading the 2023-24 team in both scoring and rebounding. As a junior, he averaged a team-high 10.4 points per game and 7.0 rebounds per contest. He was also a 2023 state qualifier in the shot put.