Olmsted Hall of Fame to induct five
By Jim Horvath
Published April 30, 2008
North Olmsted High School Athletic Hall of Fame will induct five
new members Friday night with its annual banquet to be held at Springvale
new members are David Ptacek, football, Class of 1990; Thomas O’Rourke,
soccer, Class of 1985; Jennie Amodio, softball, Class of 1989; Robert
Linn, track/cross country, Class of 1972; and William Fischer, hockey,
Class of 1993.
will be at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are still available
at the high school athletic office or by calling 779-8797.
are the accomplishments of the newest hall of famers:
was a three-sport athlete at North Olmsted. She was a three-year
letter winner in volleyball, a two-year letter winner in basketball
and a four-year letter winner in softball.
softball, she was an All-Southwestern Conference selection three
times, honorable mention All-Ohio in 1988 and All-Ohio her senior
season. Amodio was an All-District selection for three years and
was the SWC’s Most Valuable Player in 1989. She made the conference
all-scholastic squad as well that year.
volleyball, she was named to the conference first team three times
as well as being named to the all-district team her senior year.
She was an All-SWC selection in basketball her junior and senior
years and named to the All-District team her senior year.
graduating from North Olmsted, Amodio attended Ohio University,
where she was a four-year letter winner in softball. She is currently
an instructor and head softball coach at Case Western Reserve University.
with being an accomplished athlete, Fischer proved to be one of
the more well-rounded athletes to attend North Olmsted. He was president
of the French Club, a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes
and a member of the Sites Program as well as being a three-sport
captain of the Eagle hockey team, Fischer was an outstanding offensive
player. His senior year, he was the leading scorer in the state
of Ohio. He was named Plain Dealer Player of the Week and the Most
Valuable Player of the Trinity tournament.
his senior year in baseball, Fischer received the All-SWC honors
and was one of the leading hitters in the Cleveland area. He also
won the prestigious Golden Eagle Award that season.
took advanced placement classes and learned the important skill
of time management as a result of being a multi sport athlete. Those
things, along with the lifelong friendships he developed through
playing sports, prepared him for his future and remain some of his
fondest memories from North Olmsted.
attended Ohio University as a post graduate. He played club hockey
and graduated cum laude in Business Administration.
early 1970s, the short and middle distance events for the North
Olmsted boys track team were owned by Linn. In 1970, he was a district
qualifier in the 440-yard run. In 1971, he continued to compete
in the 440 but also moved up to the middle distance 880-yard run
and finished third at the state meet.
senior year, Linn set the indoor record at the Ashland College All-Ohio
Indoor Meet, then in the spring won the state championship in the
also participated in football and cross country. His school records
in both the 440 and 880 still stand today.
graduating from North Olmsted, Linn attended Ashland College, where
he was a member of a national championship track and cross country
team. He was a four-time All-American.
wished to express his gratitude to all of his coaches at North Olmsted,
especially Bruce Peepers. He also had a special thank you to Ron
Slater Jr., who as an upper class athlete took his time and went
out of his way to help Linn in his early years at North Olmsted.
is the fifth all-time leading scorer in the North Olmsted soccer
program. His teams won four Southwestern Conference titles. And
in 1983 and 1984 he won just about every award possible for boys
leading the team in scoring, O’Rourke was a first team All-SWC selection,
the league’s Most Valuable Player in 1984, an All-Ohio selection
in 1983 and 1984, and All-Midwest and All American as well in 1984.
graduating from North Olmsted, he attended the University of Akron,
where he was a four-year starter on the soccer team. During his
freshman year, the team played in the national championship game
his business and marketing degree to use, O”Rourke is the general
manager for Water Resources International. He presently resides
in Scottsdale, Ariz.
sport athlete, Ptacek excelled in football, basketball and baseball.
As a running back on the football team, he had a reputation as a
very physical runner and a fierce blocker. By the end of his football
career, he had gained All-Southwestern Conference honors, league
Most Valuable Player, All-Northeast Ohio district and All-Ohio honors.
played on three SWC championship football teams, and was the leading
scorer in the Cleveland area his senior year.
also participated in basketball for four years and was an All-SWC
selection in baseball his
junior and seniors years.
graduating from North Olmsted, he attended Hillsdale College, where
he participated in football and was a four year starter. He played
fullback, and his blocking was intrumental in his team’s success.
said he felt very fortunate to have played for coaches Tom Watts,
Tom Humphrey and Bruce Peepers.