PCDS Athletic Hall of Fame 2009 Inductees

Lynne Diethrich Jackson ‘79

Jeremy Ringel ‘95

Georgia Buelow

PCDS inducted two former star athletes and one coach in its second annual Athletic Hall of Fame ceremonies. The newest members of the Hall are Lynne Diethrich Jackson ’79 (pictured above, left), an all-state volleyball, basketball, and softball player, and a PCDS diver;Jeremy Ringel ’95 (pictured below), an all-state and all-region baseball and basketball player who was named 1A West Region Baseball Player of the Year; and coach Georgia Buelow (pictured above, right), a physical education teacher at PCDS for the past 36 years, a former national championship softball player at Arizona State University, and a member of the Arizona Softball Hall of Fame. Athletic Director Bob Kosower made the presentations at an October 24 ceremony held in Hormel Arts Center as part of Homecoming festivities.

While a student, Ms. Diethrich Jackson was coached by both Mr. Kosower and Ms. Buelow. In describing her accomplishments, Mr. Kosower said about the multiple Most Valuable Player winner, “Lynne set the bar high for athletes at PCDS. She was outstanding in everything she did.” Ms. Diethrich Jackson went on to graduate from Southern Methodist University, and then returned to Phoenix to open and run a successful clothing store for many years. She and her husband, Joe, have four children.

Mr. Kosower described Jeremy Ringel as “a natural athlete with speed, quickness and a unique athletic sense of being in the right place at the right time.” Besides state and regional honors, Mr. Ringel was voted PCDS’s Most Outstanding Male Athlete three years in a row, MVP in baseball three times, and MVP in basketball twice. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a business degree and currently is managing partner of Liquid Assets, Inc., a wine brokerage firm in Carlsbad, California. He and his wife, Rafal, have a daughter.

Turning to coach and longtime P.E. teacher Georgia Buelow, Mr. Kosower related how it was Ms. Buelow who suggested he interview for a job at PCDS 32 years ago. “If it weren’t for Georgia Buelow, I wouldn’t be here today,” Mr. Kosower said, smiling. “For me personally, she was immediately a Hall of Fame candidate.”

Over the past 36 years, Ms. Buelow has taught at every grade level at PCDS and coached volleyball, soccer, basketball, and softball. She currently teaches girls’ P.E. in the Middle School. As part of the induction ceremony, a new Athletic Hall of Fame banner was unveiled that lists the names of all inductees to date. The banner will hang permanently in the PCDS gymnasium.