Former Oil City Quad-Sport Athlete Putting Education First

Owen Krepps

Owen Krepps

Published January 11, 2024 3:00 pm
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OIL CITY, Pa. (EYT) — Sports have always had a major impact on Jacob Hornbeck’s life.

The Oil City native grew up playing both baseball and basketball before he became a quad-sport athlete at Oil City High School, where he graduated in 2023.

Hornbeck was a star for the Oilers’ basketball, baseball, golf and track and field programs. While he could have continued his playing career past high school, particularly in basketball, education is coming first for Hornbeck, who is now a student at Slippery Rock University.

The 2023 First Team All-District and First Team All-Region point guard and member of Oil City’s 2023 state qualifying 4×1 track team is now an Early Childhood and Special Education major at Slippery Rock.

“I love it so far. I have great connections with my teachers and I have made a lot of friends so far,” said Hornbeck. “I made the dean’s list this past semester too and started off pretty decent.”

With his sights set on becoming a teacher after graduation, Hornbeck has had to put his athletic pursuits off to the side after an eventful high school career at Oil City.

“I did have a couple of offers out of high school, but they were for smaller colleges that would have been a lot more money than Slippery Rock,” said Hornbeck. “So I just decided to focus more on schooling.”

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Still looking to scratch that competitive itch, Hornbeck is involved with many athletic programs on the campus of Slippery Rock that keep him active and involved in sports.

“In the Fall, me and a couple of other kids from Oil City made a softball team, and we won the championship for the men’s slow pitch,” said Hornbeck. “Then for basketball there are intramural teams through Slippery Rock that I play in.”

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