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PJ's Perspective: Alowonle earns Freshman of the Year award, Wilmes sets scoring record, and more

Park track star R.J. Alowonle hasn’t slowed down. Alowonle, now a sophomore at the University of North Carolina, earned the Tarheels’ Freshman of the Year award for the 2012-13 season as the track and field and cross country teams hosted their annual awards dinner recently. As a freshman Alowonle, who won seven state championships and holds the Minnesota all-time records in the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles, was the ACC Champion in the 400-meter hurdles and as part of the Tarheels’ 1600-meter relay and an NCAA East preliminary qualifier in the long hurdles and the 1600-meter relay.

Park 2013 graduate Zach Wilmes recently broke the Century College single-season goal scoring record. Wilmes, a freshman at Century, scored in each of the matches during the NJCAA Region XIII Men’s Soccer Tournament helping Century College secure their first Region XIII Championship. The record was previously held by Ibou Wone in 2009 with 21 goals. Wilmes now has 23 goals on the season, which ranks him third nationally in goals scored. Fellow Park 2013 graduate Cody Newton, was named the Most Valuable Player for the 2013 NJCAA Region XIII Men’s Soccer Tournament.

Park High School is inducting the 1988 girls track state championship team into the Hall of Fame in November. The school is looking for contact information for the individuals who competed in the state meet that year. These Park grads will be honored at the induction ceremony. The 1988 state championship girls track team: Anne Arlich (contact information known), Sara Bakula, Sue Chopski, Pam Karle, Chris Kreye (contact information known), Stacy Linzie, Theresa Sobaski, Kari Tegantvoort, and Amee Wiseth. If you have contact information for any of these team members, please call Phil Kuemmel at 651-768-3758.

The late Woodbury High School baseball coach and teacher Wayne Dietz has been inducted into Minnesota State High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame as part of the 2013 Class. Dietz graduated from Gaylord High School in 1971 and from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1975. He was a superb three-sport athlete in high school in football, basketball and baseball. He was selected for Gaylord’s Outstanding Senior Award and was a first alternate for an appointment to the Air Force Academy. At Gustavus he played football and baseball. After graduation, Dietz became the head baseball coach at Woodbury in 1981 and coached the Royals for 28 years. Counting his years as an assistant he coached Woodbury for 32 years. Dietz’ record was 278 wins and 257 losses with St. Paul Suburban Conference championships in 2000, 2001 and 2005. He coached Woodbury to the state tournament in 2004 where they lost 4-3 to Eden Prairie in the championship game. Dietz was a three-time St. Paul Suburban Conference Coach of the Year and coached in the all-star games for both baseball and basketball. Dietz also coached football at Woodbury and was winner of the Butch Nash Award in 1998. Dietz passed away on October 14, 2008, at the age of 55.

Soccer players at District 833 high schools reeled in postseason honors recently. East Ridge junior forward Samuel Ruiz Plaza was named to the all-state first team and Park senior defender Matt Goecke and Woodbury junior defender Ben Miller were named to the all-state second team Park junior defender Annie Williams was named to the girls soccer all-state first team, along Woodbury senior midfielder Maddie Gaffney. Woodbury senior defender Grace Rogers was selected to the all-state second team. Gaffney was also one of 40 girls from around the country selected to play in the All-American soccer game in North Carolina in December.

Woodbury graduate Shannon Carlson helped the St. Scholastica women’s soccer team add to its winning streak on Friday when it defeated the University of Minnesota Morris 4-0 at Saints Field. Carlson, a senior forward, had two goals in the game and has recorded at least one point in 10 straight games. The Saints are 12-2-1 overall and 11-0 in conference play.

Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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