The 12th Annual MaxPreps Tour of Champions presented by the Army National Guard, rolled through Las Vegas on Friday, Feb. 10 to honor the Bishop Gorman
Gaels Football Team. Bishop Gorman won its eighth consecutive Nevada State Championship with an 84-8 drubbing of Liberty High School, secured its 54th consecutive victory. The Gaels have now won a total of 15 Silver State Titles. In addition, Bishop Gorman secured the No. 1 National Ranking by MaxPreps out of more than 15,000 football teams nationwide.
A raucous pep rally was the scene for the presentation of the Army National Guard national ranking trophy. It was a packed house in the Bishop Gorman Field House with the entire student body of more than 1,500 students and staff on hand. Student Body President Garrett began the festivities by introducing Rick Strasser, from MaxPreps.
Strasser pumped up the crowd by congratulating the Bishop Gorman Football Team and calling them down to the floor, while going over the amazing stats, winning streak and victories by the Gaels. This included wins over teams that were nationally-ranked No. 2, No. 7 and No. 55!
In an atmosphere that could only be described as deafening, Rick handed the microphone over to Sergeant First Class Ochoa of the Nevada Army National Guard for the presentation of the trophy and the MaxPreps Nationally
Ranked rafter banner. SFC Ochoa described how the team demonstrated character, hard work, dedication and excellence which are all attributes of the men and women in the Army National Guard. She presented the trophy and banner to Coach Kenny Sanchez, who immediately passed it to his captains and the rest of the team as they jumped around on the basketball floor amid a chorus of cheers from the student body and staff.
During interviews afterwards, each of the Captains spoke of what an honor it was not to just receive the recognition, but more importantly how it came from the Army National Guard. They believed it is an honor to be spotlighted by those who deserve our spotlight and thanks for the service they provide to this country.
Congratulations to the Bishop Gorman Gaels for their 8th consecutive Nevada State Championship, 54th consecutive win and overall No. 1 ranking by MaxPreps and the Army National Guard.
to view the Bishop Gorman TOC photo gallery and for more information about the Football TOC, please visit the MaxPreps Tour of Champions site.