There’s no more controversy about which Georgia high school team holds the all-sports record for consecutive wins.
The distinction belongs to the Walton girls tennis program.
The Cobb County dynasty has posted 139 consecutive wins, including Thursday’s match against Wheeler to end the regular season. Walton will make it to No. 145 if it wins next month’s state championship, as expected, for the eighth year in a row. The streak dates to the 2004 season.
“I think the most important part about the streak is that we’re in the record books for it now. It’s tangible evidence of what we’ve accomplished,” Walton coach Roberta Manheim said.
“You can say you’ve won seven straight championships, but Walton has had a successful program for years and years [winning a total of 14 GHSA state championships]. There are lots of successful programs and there are always state champions.
“But this is in the record books, something we can look at it and really see what we’ve accomplished.”
Walton thought it had tied the hallowed record with last year’s narrow 3-2 win over Centennial for the Class AAAAA title. It was No. 133, which broke the mark set by the Taylor County girls basketball team from 1968-72, according to Taylor County’s website.
However, the National High School Federation’s record book had Taylor County’s record at 134. With the conflicting reports, Walton zeroed in on a new number at the start of this season.
“Clearly there was a focus for us, or in the back of our minds, to get to 135 to say ‘OK, we have officially done it,’” Manheim acknowledged. “Yes, it was definitely something we thought about. Once we hit that number, however, we got back to the frame of mind where we’ve been the last eight years. We just want to win the match in front of us.”
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