Olney heads to state playoffs after record-breaking season
Olney Charter High School baseball team topped a record-breaking season by winning Philadelphia’s public league baseball championship on Tuesday with a 4-1 victory over Frankford High School.
The win at Richie Ashburn Field in South Philadelphia marked the first baseball title for the Olney Trojans since 1969, and it marks the resurgence of athletics and academics at the school.
“It’s a talented group of kids, they love baseball, and they work hard,” Coach Karlyn recently told the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Led by Coach Dan Karlyn, Justin Daberkoe and starring seniors Cesar Loya and Giovanni Ortega, the OCHS team features students whose families have come to the United States from Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico.
“This is really special,” Loya told the Inquirer. “It takes hard work and dedication. We practice every day and our coaches always push us to do better.”
In addition to winning the championship of the public league, Olney has claimed the District 12 city title in their 5-4 win over the Catholic League contender, Father Judge High School.
This is the first time since 1975 that a public league baseball team has won a city championship, and the second time in school history it has been brought to Olney.
The season isn't over yet. The team will play Boyertown on Monday in the first round of the state playoffs.