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Dietz named to BLC Hall of Fame

NEW ULM — New Ulm High School Activities Director Stef Dietz has been selected to be inducted in the Bethany Lutheran College Hall of Fame on Friday night, October 1 at BLC.

The ceremonies begin at 5 p.m.

Dietz played both volleyball and softball for the Vikings from 1993-95.

In volleyball, where Dietz was a middle hitter her freshman year and played left side her sophomore year, the Knights were two-time division champions, two-time MCC (Midwest Collegiate Conference) champions, two-time regional champions and twice played in the National Tournament.

In softball, Dietz was a pitcher for BLC as the Knights won two division championships, won the 1995 MCC crown, were the 1994 Regional champions and played in the National Tournament in 1995.

Dietz was also named an All-American in softball in 1995.

“It is definitely an honor,” she said. “I was surprised when I got the call to say I had been nominated and even more surprised when they called me and said I had been selected. I am definitely honored — I played with a lot of great area athletes during that time. It was a lot of fun — I am honored.”

Dietz, a 1993 graduate of New Ulm Cathedral, said that she was an athlete who lived for whatever season it was.

“Whatever season it was I put everything in to. I was fortunate that I played three sports at Cathedral and went to Bethany and played two sports.”

Dietz said that she can remember playing in the National Tournaments her freshman and sophomore year in volleyball and then in the National Tournament for volleyball her sophomore season.

She said that being named an All-American in softball was an honor.

“It is just something that I was surprised at,” she said. “But it also says something about my teammates, the softball program, our coaches. It says when an individual is honored it is also a recognition for the whole team because they are just a big a part of that as I was.

“I have a lot of people to thank for this,” Dietz said. “My parents, teammates and coaches. They are the ones who contributed to this. Again I am honored to be chosen for this.”

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