Olentangy pride was on display at the Ohio Statehouse Wednesday as the Olentangy Liberty High School (OLHS) boys soccer team was honored for winning the 2012 Division I State Championship.
State Rep. Andrew Brenner (R-Powell) invited the team and coaches to the statehouse, where they were recognized with a resolution commending them for their tremendous 2012 season and saluting the players and coach as some of Ohio’s finest citizens.
“The Patriots’ achievements and leadership are a justifiable source of pride and an excellent reflection on the players, their families, their school, their community, and their coach,” Brenner proclaimed as the team, coach Rick Collins, assistant coach Lou Nosko and OLHS athletic director Darin Meeker stood for applause on the statehouse floor.
Brenner also noted the team’s prowess in the classroom, where the players maintained an overall 3.4 GPA.
The 2012 season marked the first-ever team state championship for OLHS and numerous school records were broken in the process. In addition, Collins was named Head Coach of the Year.
The Patriots earned the state title by defeating Sylvania Southview 2-0 at the OHSAA Division I Boys State Soccer Championship at Columbus Crew Stadium in November.