It may not be anywhere near championship time in the high school sports world, but the NCAA Tournament has our minds turned toward titles.
Watching all the great teams battle and fight for the national championship makes us remember all the awesome high school champs of the past, particularly the ones that won a lot. For some, a whole lot.
Pretty much every sport has had its share of dynasties, taking over the sport for years at a stretch. Given that us Listers basically haven’t won much of anything in our lives, we’re pretty much in awe of them all.
So, in that spirit, here are the top 10 dynasties in state history …
10. Buford softball 2007-present
Six straight titles is easily the most ever in softball, and nothing indicates the run is on its way to ending anytime soon. The Wolves have built a dominant program, sending players to UGA, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Alabama, etc., during the stretch. Record since 2007: 190-31-2.
9. Taylor County girls basketball 1968-72
Never heard of them? Well, they only won five straight titles – the most ever in girls basketball at the time and still the third-longest streak – won 134 consecutive games – tied for third-best all time nationally – and were a key part of the state school integration movement at the time. So, yeah, they mattered.
8. Jefferson wrestling 2001-present
Since the move to five classifications in 2001, Jefferson has been invincible. This is one of the goliaths to beat all goliaths. Since that time, the Dragons have won every traditional and dual state title. That’s 13 years and 25 trophies for the trophy case.
7. Richmond Academy baseball 1951-57
The list of schools that have won three straight baseball titles is a long one – Americus, Columbus, Harlem, Evans, Pace Academy, Greenbrier, Gainesville, Marist, Pepperell – but the list of those who have won four is much shorter: Richmond Academy. And they didn’t stop at four. They took it to seven, tied for the third-longest streak in U.S. history.
6. Marist girls tennis 1994-2006, 2009-11
Through much of the 1990s and 2000s, it looked like the Eagles may never lose again, running off a stretch of 12 straight team titles after winning the singles title in 1994 before Starr’s Mill finally knocked them off the top in 2007. Two years later, though, they were back, adding three more to their remarkable legacy.
5. Westminster cross country 1984-present
This one’s a combination dynasty, for the boys and girls. While the girls were winning every title from 1984-2004 except for 1991, and have another three-year streak going now, the boys did even better, standing on top of the podium all but one year from 1996 to today.
4. Buford football 2007-present
In 2010, the Wolves became the first team since West Rome from 1982-85 to win four straight titles. Last year, they became only the third team to win it all in five out of six seasons. Nobody has posted six out of seven. Does anybody actually think this one isn’t going to keep going?
3. Wesleyan girls basketball 2002-present
The Wolves have dominated girls basketball like nobody else before. Since 2002, they’ve won 10 out of 12 titles, and they’re riding a six-year title streak that’s tied for the ninth-longest all-time nationally. And with plenty of young talent coming back next year, there’s every reason to think this one keeps going too.
2. Miller Grove boys basketball 2009-present
What coach Sharman White has done had to really leap off the page at you this year. No more dominant Tony Parker to dominate in the paint. Lots of youth that had to deal with a tremendously tough region. Still, the Wolverines marched right through it, becoming the first team in state history to win five straight titles. One more would tie them for seventh-most in U.S. history.
1. Valdosta football 1951-71
Still the Gold Standard today. It’s the stretch where Valdosta High established itself as the nation’s best program, and the city began earning the title “Winnersville.” The Wildcats won 13 titles in 21 years, posted 10 undefeated seasons and won 13 out of 14 state-championship game appearances.
Now we want to know what you think. What has been the best dynasty in state history? Who did we leave out? How many titles could your friends at the pickup league win? Let us know here in the comments or on Twitter at @ajcprepsports.