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Ferris-Metzger and O’Brien inducted into Rocket Hall of Fame


Archbishop McNicholas High School inducted Pat O'Brien '99 and Ronni Ferris Metzger ’08 into the Athletic Hall of Fame on Feb. 22.  John Buhr and Dave Krusling were recognized with the Good Fellowship Award for their tireless efforts in maintaining and improving the athletic complex.


Archbishop McNicholas High School celebrated its 26th Hall of Fame ceremony on Thurs., Feb. 22, by inducting two outstanding Rocket athletes and two devoted volunteers.

Ronni Ferris-Metzger ’08 pitched for the McNicholas softball team for three seasons from 2006 to 2008. In those seasons, she was named 1st Team GCL, 1st Team All –City, and GCL Player of the Year for three consecutive years.  During her junior and senior years, the Rocket softball team was undefeated for a two-year 46-0 regular season record. Ferris-Metzger continued her softball career at Birmingham Southern College in the Southern Collegiate Conference where she was named female Athlete of the Year and SCAC All-Tournament Team in 2012. 

Pat O’Brien ‘99 played football and baseball at McNicholas. In his senior football season, O’Brien was named 1st Team GCL, 1st Team All-City, and 2nd Team All Southwest. He played catcher for the Rocket baseball team for four years, starting as a freshman on the varsity team.  O’Brien was 1st Team GCL all four years at McNicholas, 1st Team All-City his junior and senior years, GCL Player of the Year, Enquirer Player of the Year and Under Armour All American and Buckeye Scout 1st Team All State his senior year. He was part of the 1998 State Championship baseball team during his junior season. Following graduation, O’Brien played at Kent State University and was drafted by the Houston Astros where he played five years of professional baseball.

Athletic Booster Board Members John Buhr and Dave Krusling were also recognized with the Good Fellowship Award for their support of McNicholas athletics. Buhr and Krusling have worked tirelessly maintaining and improving the fields and facilities of the McNicholas athletic complex.

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