The end of the year is the perfect time to take a few moments to look back at some of the top accomplishments of the previous 12 months.
As any player, coach or team will attest, a winning streak of any length is worthy of celebration. So, after scouring our archives and countless other resources, MaxPreps offers a Top 10 list (with some modifications so as to not leave out worthy accomplishments) of current winning streaks nationally.
This certainly is not a definitive list, so if you know of a recent streak we didn't highlight, feel free to let us know in the comments section.CONSECUTIVE GAMES WON1. Girls tennis: Fayetteville-Manlius (Manlius, N.Y.)
has won a national-record 301 dual matches in a row, closing this season with a victory on Oct. 18. The streak began in 1993 after the Hornets lost their season opener that year. They also dropped their final match of the 1992 season, and if not for that two-match blip, the streak would have extended back to 1984. Fayetteville-Manlius had won 93 matches from 1984 until the season-ending loss in 1992.2. Girls basketball: Summers County (Hinton, W. Va.)
will get back to action Dec. 31, looking to extend the nation's longest run to 103 games. The Bobcats entered the season on a 96-game streak and have won their first six. Not too far behind is Winnacunnet (Hampton, N.H.)
, which started the season with a 77-game mark
. The Warriors were at 80 in a row entering Monday's game against McAuley (Portland, Maine).3. Boys basketball:
Ranked No. 13 in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 National Boys Basketball Rankings presented by the Army National Guard
, Wichita Heights (Wichita, Kan.)
has now won 48 straight. The Falcons, whose last loss came during the 2009-10 season, are idle until Jan. 3.4. Football:
In winning its third-consecutive Class A state title in Pennsylvania, Clairton (Pa.)
is now at 47 wins in a row
, one better than New Jersey powerhouse Don Bosco Prep, which finished ranked No. 1 nationally by MaxPreps.5. Baseball: Martensdale-St. Mary's (Iowa)
won't have the opportunity to extend its streak of 87
games until next summer. Iowa plays its high school baseball season in the summer, rather than the spring. By then, it could be the second-longest streak, as Portsmouth (N.H.)
sits at 83 games entering its spring season.CONSECUTIVE STATE TITLES WON1. Football:
Winning one Texas football championship is impressive enough, but Lake Travis (Austin, Texas)
has won five in a row after its 22-7 victory against Midway
in Class 4A Division I earlier this month. While finishing 16-0, the Cavaliers set a state record for consecutive state titles. During their run they have compiled a 77-3 record.2. Field hockey: Eastern (Voorhees, N.J.)
earned its national-record 13th-straight state championship in November, and it doesn't appear as if the streak will end anytime soon. The Vikings lose only four seniors to graduation and return the nation's leading scorer in Austyn Cuneo, who amassed 69 goals this season as a freshman.3. Boys soccer:
A national record was set when Christ Church Episcopal (Greenville, S.C.)
beat Charleston Math and Science (S.C.) 7-1 to win the South Carolina Class A championship. It gave the Cavaliers their 11th consecutive title
and moved them one ahead of Gilford, N.H.4. Swimming:
The number 24 is special to both the boys team from Bolles (Jacksonville, Fla.)
and the girls team from Carmel (Ind.)
. In the case of Carmel, the two dozen consecutive titles is a national record. On the boys side, St. Xavier (Louisville, Ky.)
currently trails by only one, while the Bolles girls team has won 21 in a row.5. Wrestling: Mount Anthony (Bennington, Vt.)
is closing in on the national record after winning its 23rd in a row. Another Division I championship in February 2012 would leave the Patriots only one behind national record-holder Paulsboro, N.J., which won 25 straight from 1983-2007.5a. Tennis:
When it comes to the net, it's game, set and match for Punahou (Honolulu)
nationally. The boys team in 2011 extended its national record to 21 consecutive titles and has won 40 overall, also a national record. The girls team also owns the national mark with 35 title trophies.5b. Cross country:
The boys team at Episcopal (Baton Rouge, La.)
ran to its 16th trophy in Louisiana's 2A division, good for the second-longest streak ever nationally. Hopi (Keams Canyon, Ariz.) won 19 from 1990-2008. Episcopal has won 25 of the past 27 state titles.
While all the above schools were able to extend their impressive streaks, some notable consecutive game and championship runs ended this calendar year, too.
Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.) had its 53-game football streak ended Nov. 26 with a loss to Desert Vista
in the Division I state championship, while less than two weeks later the Argonia (Kan.) girls basketball team lost to Norwich (Kan) 46-34 on Dec. 9, snapping a string of 84 games. Argonia had last lost in 2007.
In girls swimming, Cheshire (Conn.) owns the national record for consecutive dual meet wins, but it ended at 281 with a 100-86 loss to Glastonbury (Conn.) on Oct. 6. The streak started in 1986.
In addition, two national record championship runs came to a close in 2011. The Madison (S.D.) girls gymnastics team had won 16 in a row before Deuel (Clear Lake, S.D.), ended that run in February, and the Valley Christian (Chandler, Ariz.) girls track team finished at 15 after it was bested by Tempe Prep (Ariz.) at the state meet in May.
Also of note, the Muncie Burris (Ind.), volleyball team lost to Wapahani (Selma, Ind.) on Oct. 20, ending its run of state titles at 14. It was the second-longest streak nationally in the sport behind the 16 won by Episcopal of Acadiana (Cade, La.) from 1987-2002.