The high school sports landscape has produced some absolutely dominating teams throughout history—from the juggernauts playing under the now-infamous Friday night lights to the greats on the track, in the pool, on the court, mat, and field.
Which ones are the greatest of all time, though?
That’s not an easy question to answer. Besides the school’s size (class/division), the different eras, competition, plus advancements in training and even technology makes for a lot of a grey area. (High school sports have been around since the late-1800s, too, so we’re talking about a lot of landscape.)
But when factoring in overall resumes—the dominance within the state and nationally, regardless of era—it’s hard to argue that these teams shouldn’t be considered the best in high school sports history:
(Note: Schools are listed alphabetically)
Albuquerque Academy Chargers Boys Tennis (Albuquerque, NM)
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Recent domination on the tennis court takes us to New Mexico, where an excellent program has held serve with seemingly relative ease
Sierra Canyon is the glamour high school when it comes to hoops. The Trailblazers added a miracle chapter to their burgeoning legacy Tuesday.
They unleashed a 13-0 run that was capped by Ziaire Williams’ buzzer-beater for a spine-tingling, 63-61 victory over Etiwanda to advance to the CIF State Open Division title game.
Ziaire Williams wins it for Sierra Canyon. 63-61
These have been terrifying times for South Jersey wrestling powerhouse Paulsboro High School.
State champion Brandon Green, 170-pound class, has been hospitalized for more than a week after he became unresponsive and required CPR last Monday. The state champion went into surgery Friday about 90 minutes before his teammates wrestled Woodstown for the championship of the South Jersey, Group 1 tournament.
Best moment of my life https://t.co/YMHUHcbq3w
— Brandon Green (@brandon_green10) March 3, 2019
Karis Thomas is an exceptional basketball player. Not just phenomenal. The 12-year-old is so great she has already received a scholarship offer from Duquesne. Thomas is in the sixth grade and the offer from the Dukes came when she was in the fourth grade.
Basketball phenom: Sixth grader Karis Thomas already has scholarship offer from Duquesne | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette @exclusive_jamal @sixninex @MicahMason22 @210ths @johnmason1953 @2_10thsRob @CoachDanBurt https://t
One of the legends of Philadelphia high school basketball, Speedy Morris, earned the 1,036th victory in his 52d and final season Sunday as St. Joseph Prep’s defeated La Salle, 59-56, in the Philadelphia Catholic League regular-season finale.
Here’s the key play in St. Joseph’s Prep’s 59-56 win over La Salle in the last regular-season game of Speedy Morris’ career, a layup by Mike Keenan off a feed from Jimmy King for a 57-54 lead at the 0:14 mark @SJPrep_Sports @LaSalle_Sports pic.twitter
A terrifying story has surfaced out of New Jersey. Members of the Shabazz High School junior varsity boys basketball team repeatedly punched and kicked their coach in a violent attack in Newark following a game Tuesday night, officials confirmed to NJ Advance Media.
Another media outlet obtained the video that shows players punching, kicking and stomping the coach, who has not been named to the ground. RLS media reported a preliminary investigation about the attack that occurred on Tuesday night after Shabazz lost at Livingston, 58-51, to fall to 0-14.
In a copy of the video provided by RLS to New Jersey 101
Even though the early signing period has been underway, it is officially National Signing Day for top high school football prospects across the entire nation.
As the signings get underway, we will be taking a look at the top-100 recruits for 2020 according to the USA TODAY High School Sports Composite Player Rankings. The composite takes the average rankings from the three biggest recruiting services. That includes 247Sports, ESPN and Rivals. In addition, the USA TODAY Chosen 25 is included