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Karyn Bye Dietz inducted into 2020 NFHS Hall of Fame class

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Hudson (WQOW) - The name Karyn Bye Dietz likely brings up memories of the U.S. Women's Hockey Team's gold medal performance at the 1998 Olympics.

"To this day, I get emotional," says Bye Dietz. "I get choked up. That was the pinnacle of all athleticism."

But that journey started at River Falls High School in the late 80's, where Bye Dietz was a captain and leading scorer -- on the boys hockey team.

"They didn't have girls hockey at the time," says Bye Dietz. "I took some hits here and there, but it was a challenge for me to prove that I was good enough to play with the boys. I was a good enough player that they excepted me."

Her accomplishments as a three sport Wildcat athlete earned Bye Dietz a spot in this year's National High School Hall of Fame class.

"Never in my wildest dream did I ever think I'd be inducted into any Hall of Fame," says Bye Dietz. "This one is really special because it takes me back to my high school days and that's where all my athletics got started."

She's never left the sport she loves. Bye Dietz is now an assistant coach for the Hudson High School girls hockey team.

"Coaching is a little bit of a challenge in making sure you coach everyone individually and give them what they need," says Bye Dietz. "I need to take a step back at times because when I played I was so driven, I was so just always ready to go. Not everyone is at that same mentality."

Bye Dietz is certainly grateful for her many years spent on the ice.

"Sports have given me so much," says Bye Dietz. "Just the life lessons. Taught me accountability, responsibility, respect for one another. How to compete, how to win, how to lose. And those are some really great memories."

Bye Dietz will be the 13th Wisconsinite inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place in Orlando in 2021.

Rebecca Fiala

Rebecca Fiala joined the News 18 Sports Team in December 2018 as our weekend sports anchor and sports reporter.

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