PJ's Perspective: Lamberty nominated for McDonald's game, Wiencke shooting for Olympics
Newport’s Mimi Wiencke is currently in Europe for her final three Olympic qualifying races. Wiencke is the top-ranked women’s alpine snowboard racer in the country and an Olympic hopeful in two events —the parallel slalom and parallel giant slalom. She was in Jauerling, Austria, on Jan. 10 and Bad Gastein, Austria on Jan. 12. Her final qualifying event will be on Jan. 18 in Rogla, Slovenia. The Sochi Olympics open on Feb. 6.
Park senior guard Sydney Lamberty was nominated to play in the 2014 McDonald’s All-American basketball games. Lamberty is one of 10 boys and girls players from Minnesota and one of 984 players nationwide to earn a nomination. Lamberty, a Creighton recruit, is Park’s all-time leader in scoring, assists and steals and is averaging 25.2 points per game this season, including netting a Park single-game record 43 points recently. The final team of 24 boys and 24 girls who will play in the games will be announced during the McDonald’s All-American Games Selection Show on ESPNU at 6 p.m. Jan. 29. The games will take place on April 2 at Chicago’s United Center.
According to a source, Park senior multi-sport standout Temi Ogunrinde is signing with the University of Minnesota on a track and field scholarship. Ogunrinde has been an all-state track athlete and soccer player and has been a three-year starter for the Wolfpack girls basketball team. The Gophers envision her as a hammer or javelin thrower.
Woodbury 2011 graduate Eric Miller is one of four college soccer players in the United State to be offered a Generation Adidas Contract. The Generation Adidas Contract is specifically designed to move the best collegiate players directly to Major League Soccer and pays or augments their MLS salaries. Miller, who plays at Creighton, will enter the professional ranks through the 2014 MLS SuperDraft on Jan. 16 in Philadelphia, Pa. Miller, a defender and midfielder, has been ranked as high as eighth overall by some websites, with the SoccerByIves blog calling him the “best fullback in the college game.”
Tinucci’s Restaurant, in Newport, will be the official caterer of Special Olympics Minnesota for the full 2014 year. Tinucci’s has been involved with SOMN for more than ten years by catering to multiple competitions and events throughout the metro area.
“Our sponsorship with Special Olympics [Minnesota] is one that we treasure,” said owner Gus Tinucci. “Tinucci’s is passionate about getting involved in their community and is thrilled to continue their relationship with SOMN and begin their new partnership this year.”
Special Olympics Minnesota, which is holding the 2014 State Poly Hockey Tournament Jan. 25-26 in Golden Valley, offers children and adults with intellectual disabilities year-round sports training and competition. Through Special Olympics’ athletic, health and leadership programs, people with intellectual disabilities transform themselves, their communities and the world.
Former Woodbury star running back and Northwestern University standout Louis Ayeni, has been named an assistant coach for running backs at Iowa State University. Ayeni spent the last three seasons as Associate Head Coach/Run Game Coordinator at Toledo University producing outstanding results. The Rockets qualified for a bowl game in three of the last four seasons and finished among the top five rushing teams in the MAC all four years. Ayeni helped place a Toledo running back on an all-MAC team and mentored a 1,000-yard rusher in each of the last four seasons.
East Ridge High School senior Greg Sharrow is the most accomplished and decorated bowler in the school’s history. During the 2013 fall season, Sharrow became one of the top 15 bowlers in Minnesota after being named to the all-state second team. In addition, Sharrow received all-conference honors for a third-straight year by claiming the Most Outstanding Performer (MOP) in the Metro Southeast Conference.
Park graduate Hannah Davy has been honored for her contributions to the Central College women’s soccer team. In 2013, Davy earned her fourth varsity letter. She was all-Iowa Conference, second team, Hustle Award winner in 2011, Newcomer of the Year Award winner and Offensive Player of the Year Award winner in 2010. In 2013, she played in 20 games, registering 1 goal and 5 assists, 21 shots, and 7 shots on goal. The Dutch posted a 12-6-2 overall record for the second consecutive season, tying the school’s season wins mark (12) and winning percentage record (.650). Central broke eight other team records, including most shutouts (10) and most goals scored in a season (56).