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STANFORD — The Olympia High School Activities Hall of Fame will induct four new members and the 1999 girls track and field team during its Senior Recognition Banquet on April 29 at the high school gym.

Rick Aper, Mike Manahan, Norm Mueller and Michelle (Rapp) Reutter will be in the 10th class to go into the Hall of Fame along with the 1999 track squad that placed second in the Class A State Meet.

Aper, a 1985 Olympia graduate, earned varsity letters in football, wrestling and track. He placed second in the 185-pound weight class at the 1985 Class A State Wrestling Tournament and also qualified for the State Track Meet in both the shot put and discus in 1983, 1984 and 1985.

He graduated from Western Illinois and is presently a major in the United States Army stationed in Georgia.

Manahan was Olympia’s only wrestling coach from the school’s opening in 1972 until his retirement in 2005.

His squads qualified for the Elite Eight seven times and placed third in 1999, fourth in 2000 and second in 2001. In 38 years of coaching, his teams won 421 dual meets and three conference titles.

He was named Illinois Wrestling Coach of the Year in 2001 and National High School Wrestling Coach of the Year in 2002. He will be inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2006.

Mueller was a science and physical education teacher in the Olympia district from 1971 until retiring in 1994. He began his coaching career at Atlanta Grade School and led two teams to the state tournament. At Olympia, he coached girls basketball from 1981-88 and won three regional titles. Mueller also served as softball coach from 1983-87.

He may be best known as the public address “Voice of the Spartans” for boys basketball and football for more than 20 years.

Reutter, a 1994 Olympia graduate, was the first and only Olympia student to sit first chair in the IMEA All-State Honors Band.

She also sat first chair in the IMEA District Festival from 1992-94. She was an active participant in many high school activities including the brass quintet, pep band, marching band, madrigals and theatric productions. She attended Southern Methodist University and graduated from Illinois with a degree in music education.

The 1999 girls track team also won the Dunlap Relays and finished second at the Eureka Invitational and the sectional meet. Two individuals set school records that still stand.

Team members were Janelle Birky, Marcy Eigenbrod, Mikelle McLain, Penny Simons, Cindy Hoeft, Joy Litwiller, Tiffany Sutton, Tara Yoder, Jennifer Elliott, Niki Leingang, Deanna McDannald, Gena Rawlins, Tamarida Boone, Katrina Cook, Kim Gossett, Jessica Linton and Stephanie Wittmer.

Coaches were Sharon Goff and Remy Finch Garard.


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