By Ryan Kaczmarski
North Olmsted High School will be adding five more members to its Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday night. This class will be the 13th installation to the HOF since its inception in 2000.
This year’s inductees are Terry Romp, class of ’80, Patrick Lima, class of ’82, Shawna Amato-Behlke, class of ’99, Mark Anders, class of ’99, and Mark Trapp, class of ’01.
Mark Anders was a three-sport athlete, participating in football, basketball and track. As a football player, he was a first-team All-Southwestern Conference performer, and in 1998 he was chosen as the SWC most valuable player. As a sprinter on the track team, he was a regional qualifier in the 100 meters and 200 meters, and had several wins throughout his career as a sprinter. A graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College, he literally rewrote the record books as a running back on the B-W football team. Before leaving B-W, he received the Ohio Athletic Conference Most Valuable Offensive Player award. He also was a two-time first-team All-OAC player and Division III All-American. A financial analyst for the MetroHealth System, he resides in North Olmsted with his wife, Megan, and three children.
Mark Trapp was a member of both the basketball and soccer teams, and also was a member of the math club. Although a two-year starter in boys basketball, Mark really excelled on the soccer field. In 1999, he led the Eagles to a 17-2-4 record, with the season ending in Columbus with a state championship. Individually, he was honored as a first-team All-SWC performer, as well as a first-team All-Greater Cleveland performer. As a senior, he once again led the team to the state championship game, but the Eagles came up short. Trapp was once again named first-team All-SWC and first-team All-Greater Cleveland and also garnered the team MVP award and the SWC MVP award, and was named to the All-Ohio, the All-Midwest and the All-American teams. Closing out his senior year, he was named a class of 2000 top scholar.
Shawna Amato-Behlke was a multitalented three-sport athlete who brought energy and excitement every time she walked on a field of competition. As the starting goalie on the soccer team, a starting forward on the girls basketball team and the starting shortstop on the softball team, she played with a grit and tenacity that her opponents wanted no part of. During her junior and senior years, the North Olmsted girls soccer, basketball and softball programs were some of the most successful in the history of the school. By the time her playing career had come to an end at NOHS, she had been named to the All-SWC team in all three sports. She also was named to the first-team All-Greater Cleveland soccer team and was honorable mention All-Ohio in soccer. After graduating from NOHS, she attended Tiffin University, where she played soccer and softball and still holds the lowest goals-against average in collegiate women’s soccer and least amount of goals allowed in a season.
Terry Romp participated in football and track, but received most of his recognition from his outstanding track career. Although the 400-meter was his strongest event, he competed in other sprint events, such as the 100- and 200-meter. As the 1979 track team was on its way to the SWC championship, he was an integral member of the 4×400 school record-setting relay team, with fellow HOF members Mark Ciccarello, John Gonska and Dino Mastantuono. He was also a member of the record-setting 4×800 relay team along with Gonska, Ciccarello and Rich Rolandelli. The two relay records still stand today in the history of North Olmsted track. He was the longtime owner of Danny Boy’s Farm Market and currently is employed by Heinen’s as a produce buyer. He is involved in fair trade (helping disadvantaged countries) and the Cleveland Greenhouse Project.
Patrick Lima was a three-year starting point guard for the varsity basketball team, and captain of the 1981-82 squad. Currently, he still holds the North Olmsted boys basketball records for most assists in a career (311), most assists in a season (143), most assists in a game (14), most steals in a career (166), most steals in a season (85) and most steals in a game (9). Each year as the basketball season came to a close and spring approached, he would don his catching equipment, as he was a three-year starting catcher for the Eagles baseball team. Unfortunately, a torn rotator cuff in his senior year ended his baseball career rather abruptly. He presently resides in North Olmsted with his wife and three children, and has been active as a youth basketball and baseball coach in the community.
The ceremony and dinner will be held at the Springvale Golf Club. Cocktails will be served at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7. The cost is $35 per person. For reservations, call the NOHS athletic office at 440-779-8797.