Olson, Tobin to be enshrined in Pride of the Wolf Pack Hall of Fame

Updated 1/27/2020 8:25 PM

The eighth annual Pride of the Wolf Pack assembly at Thomas Middle School in Arlington Heights is just a little more than a month away.

The school will add two more former athletes into its prestigious sports hall of fame.


On March 10 at an 8 a.m. ceremony, 1992 graduate Kelly Olson and 1985 grad Duke Tobin will be the newest inductees.

Olson played volleyball at Valparaiso and soccer at Eastern Illinois University.

She played volleyball at Valparaiso in 1996 and 1997, collecting the seventh-most assists in school history.

The versatile Olson transferred to Eastern Illinois to play soccer in 1998 and '99.

Tobin played football at Illinois and Colorado, and is the Director of Player Personnel and general manager for the Cincinnati Bengals.

He was the quarterback on Hersey's 1987 state championship football team before playing at Illinois in 1989 and 1990.

Tobin transferred to Colorado for the 1991 and 1992 seasons and then played in the Arena Football League for the Orlando Predators in 1994 and Memphis Pharaohs in 1995.

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He was a scout for Indianapolis Colts from 1995 to 1998 and then went to the Bengals in 1999 as a scout.

Tobin became their Director of Player Personnel in 2001 and took on the general manager role in 2016.

The entire list of Thomas hall of famers includes Brian McBride (St. Louis University soccer, USMNT and current GM of USMNT), Tom Zbikowski (Notre Dame football and NFL), Tom Nelson (Illinois State football and NFL), Dave Corzine (DePaul basketball and NBA), Mike Myers (Iowa State baseball and MLB), Brandon Harwell (UIC baseball), Megan Fesl (Notre Dame volleyball), Annie Fesl (Cincinnati volleyball), Abby Fesl (Ohio State volleyball), Scott Kelley (Penn State baseball), Luke Fabrizius (Dayton basketball), Ben Brust (Wisconsin basketball), Erin Rodriguez (Illinois swimming), Katelyn Prorok (Illinois State diving), Gillian Falknor (Bradley volleyball), Andrea DiPrima (Northwestern softball), Patrick Hyde (Northern Kentucky baseball), Nell Boyd (Drake tennis), Mark Woodsum (Northwestern football), Chris Nowinski (Harvard football), Ali Svoboda (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute hockey), Brendan Eitz (Loyola soccer) and Heather Nisbet (Illinois State tennis).

Women's basketball

North Central sophomore guard Allison Pearson (Maine West) scored a game-high 19 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including 5-of-8 from beyond the arc, as the Cardinals led start to finish in a 68-57 win over Carthage.

• Entering the game without a point on the season, freshman Stephanie Kowalczyk (Prospect) led the North Central bench with 14 points on 4-of-5 shooting from the field in a 62-60 win over Carroll. She also had 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals.


Her sister Jessica Kowalczyk (Prospect) added 12 points, 3 assists and 2 steals as the Cardinals erased a double-digit deficit in the second half.

The Cardinal bench combined for nearly 73 percent of the team's scoring.

Track and field

North Central junior Kelsey McLaurin (Barrington) was selected as a College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin Women's Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the Week.

McLaurin had a national-leading mark in the triple jump during the Cardinal Opener.

Her mark of 11.84 meters (38-10¼) was second to Division I's Oyinlola Akinlostu of Loyola (39-2¼) as North Central took first in the seven-team meet. McLaurin is ranked first in the triple jump in both the CCIW and on the NCAA Division III national list.

Men's soccer

North Central senior Alexis Flores (Schaumburg) has been awarded the Academic All-CCIW honors. In order to earn Academic All-CCIW honors, individuals needed to have finished the season on their team's active roster and carry at least a 3.30 GPA.

Flores started in all 19 games for the Cardinals, leading the team with 10 goals and 24 points. He was tied for most assists (4) and led the team with 4 game-winning goals. Flores finished sixth in program history with 31 career goals and he finished seventh in program history with 74 career points.

The first team all-CCIW selection was also a second team all-Central region pick by United States Soccer.

Men's volleyball

Augustana junior libero Matthew Schiferl (Wheeling) was named a College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin men's volleyball player of the week.

Schiferl led Augustana with 47 digs and also had 5 assists at the Jim Coleman Invitational. He was in double digits in digs in three of four matches including 18 vs. Lancaster Bible and 10 each vs. Southern Virginia and Juniata.

Schiferl is the Vikings' career leader in digs with over 600.

A two-time second team all-conference performer in the MCVL, he collected a team-high 47 digs and chipped in 5 assists during the week.

The Vikings' all-time leader in matches (58) and sets (211) played and digs (635), was voted Augustana's Most Outstanding Player in 2019 when he finished 15th in the nation with an average of 2.93 digs per set.

Men's track

Millikin senior Luis Vasquez (Leyden) was a part of the Big Blue's winning distance medley relay (10:45.60) at the Monmouth College Midwest Indoor Invite in Monmouth.

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