Charlotte's Olympic High celebrates state title

Charlotte's Olympic High celebrates state title

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by RAD BERKY / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on March 21, 2013 at 11:35 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 21 at 11:35 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- On the first night of the NCAA championship tournament, a local Charlotte team was already celebrating their new state title.

A rally was held Thursday night for the boys basketball team from Olympic High School that won the state 4-A championship.

Not only did the team win the title, they finished the year with 30 wins and not a single loss.

"It was the craziest feeling ever," said player Dante Simmons.

It is the first time in the 47-year history of Olympic that the school has won a major state championship.

The rally with friends and family was a way for everyone to enjoy the feeling that comes with winning.

Guard Trey Mitchell said, "I've been on losing teams so I know exactly how it feels.  Two years in a row and now to get it in my senior year is just wonderful."

The coach of the Olympic Trojans, Ty Baumgardner said, "When you say you won a state championship, that in itself is awesome.  Then when you say we were 30 and 0, it's just hard to fathom."

Coach Baumgardner not only wanted his kids to do well on the court but also in the classroom, and he asked all their teachers to give him regular reports on their academic progress.

For parents of players, like Angell Gladden, that commitment meant a lot.

"Personally, it was a great experience.  This whole Olympic Trojan family.  We are truly a family," she said.

Winning the title meant a lot not only to the team but to the whole community.

"You know, it's neat to see in a bigger city like Charlotte, where maybe sometimes you don't really get that community support because there are so many things that are going on," said Baumgardner.

There are six graduating seniors on the team and they all plan to attend college and hope to continue playing at the next level.

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