Park High School names 2011 athletic Hall of Fame inducteesThe seventh class for induction in the Park High School Hall of Fame has been announced, according to a release from the school.
By: Patrick Johnson, Sports Editor, South Washington County Bulletin
The seventh class for induction in the Park High School Hall of Fame has been announced, according to a release from the school.
These alumni are being recognized for this prestigious award because of their athletic excellence while representing Park High School. The coaches and community members are being honored for their commitment to the youth in our community and their dedication and support of Park athletics, according to the release.
The inductees will be honored at The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, to be held Saturday, Nov. 19, at 5 p.m. at Mississippi Dunes on Grey Cloud Island. For ticket information, call Phil Kuemmel, Park Activities Director, at (651) 768-5720.
The following are the individuals selected into the 2011 Hall of Fame:
Jerome Detviler (Coach/Class of ‘68): “JD” participated in football and track and field while at Park High School, but is probably best known for his efforts as a long-time coach in soccer, Nordic skiing and track and field. While his teams were very successful, his ability to bring a love for the sport to his athletes made him a great coach.
William Hare (Class of ‘61): Bill earned ten varsity letters at Park in football, basketball, and baseball. He was a standout baseball player at Hamline University and is inducted in their Hall of Fame. Hare was a successful baseball coach (winning four state championships) and athletic director at Greenway Coleraine High School.
Norm Larsen (Coach/Athletic Director): Mr. Larsen was the head football coach at Park for ten years and led the 1959 team to an undefeated 9-0 season. After his coaching career, Norm continued to serve as Park’s athletic director until his retirement in 1977. Larsen was instrumental in establishing the “Citizens for Lights” committee which raised money for lights at the Oltman field and is still giving away scholarship money to District 833 students today.
Leslie (Bloedel) Mollner (Class of ‘89): Leslie was a three-year state meet participant in diving while at Park, and finished in 11th in the state her senior year. She also excelled at gymnastics, where she led her teams to two state meet appearances and was an individual state champion in the vault. Leslie twice earned All-American honors as a gymnast at Gustavus Adolphus, leading her team to four straight Division III national championships.
Tim Scanlan (Class of ‘79): Tim was a three sport stand-out all three years that he attended Park, participating in football, basketball, and track. He continued his athletic career at the U of M, as a high jumper freshman year and a member of the JV basketball team his sophomore year. Scanlan is currently the vice president of event production at ESPN, and in 2003 won an Emmy Award for Technical Achievement.