Bolonchuk (Romo), Diann 1984 Graduate - Athlete

  • Induction video     Video for download

    Diann is recognized as one of the building blocks of Grand Forks’ great tennis tradition, A 1984 graduate, she began competing for the Central tennis team in 1979 as a 7th grader.  As a two time undefeated state doubles champion (with her cousin Randi Roisum) and an undefeated state singles champion in 1984, Diann certainly earned her National High School Girls Tennis All-America designation.  A two-time attendee at the national tournament, Diann actually turned down an invitation to another national tournament in order to play in the North Dakota State tournament.  In addition to playing tennis, Diann was also a member of the basketball team and notes the encouragement and mentoring so many GFC student/athletes received from the coaches and teachers.

    Thinking about her years at GFC have brought back several “fun” memories for Diann:  Eating “junk food” on the way to basketball games and wondering if chips, candy, and donuts helped with game performance.  She recalls squeezing eight players like sardines into the school station wagon for tennis trips.  And playing with her sister Brenda, cousin Randi, and friend Mary McEnroe on the Riverside Park tennis courts when it seemed like the whole neighborhood showed up to cheer on the team.

    Diann has been a dietician for 25 years and has lived with her husband Rick in Denver, Colorado since 2003.  She recently returned to playing tennis and has become a highly ranked age group singles player in the intermountain region.  She is very appreciative of her induction into the GFC Athletic Hall of Fame and wants to recognize so many who supported her while growing up and competing in Riverside, “the best neighborhood of all”.  Her mother Judy; grandmother Lilian; siblings Dave, Barry, and Brenda; Mary McEnroe; the Roisum, Gambucci, and Peterson families; coaches Tom & Terry Wynne; and her many teammates all had a hand in her development and success.