|McKinney North leads district in sports standings; SSHS ties for secondz|
|Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor|
May 29, 2004 -- With a flurry of success in the spring sports, McKinney North totaled more points in overall team standings than any other team in District 11-4A in the last school year, giving the Bulldogs the unofficial title of All Sports champion.
McKinney North totaled 109 points in 17 team sports using standard track and field scoring (10 points for first place, eight for second, six for third, four for fourth, two for fifth, one for sixth). They did it with their success in the spring, winning district championships in boys golf, baseball, softball, boys and girls soccer, and tennis.
Sulphur Springs finished tied with Greenville for second with 87 overall points. The Wildcats and Lions used the same methods to get there.
SSHS won district in three sports (boys cross country, girls soccer and girls golf), while Greenville won district in four (boys and girls basketball, boys and girls track). Then, each school had solid showings in many other sports.
The Wildcats were third in football, second in girls cross country, boys track, boys soccer and softball. Greenville was second in football and volleyball, and third in baseball and boys and girls cross country.
Sherman was fourth in the overall standings with 84.5 points. The only district title for the school was in volleyball, though they finished second in boys and girls basketball, girls track and baseball.
Denison was fifth with 55 points. The Yellow Jackets also had one district title, that coming in football. They finished no higher than third in any other sport.
Paris accumulated 29.5 points and was the only school not to win a district championship. The Wildcats' best 11-4A finish was third place in boys basketball.
Soccer standings were figured in, though the teams which played 11-4A in every other sport were divided into two different soccer districts. Sulphur Springs and Paris were in Northeast Texas' 14-4A, while the other four teams were in the metroplex's 13-4A loop. Powerlifting was not figured into the standings because it is not a UIL sport and there is no district meet.
The All Sports title is unofficial, but simply used as a measurement of the district teams' overall strength of athletic programs.
For the next two years, the 11-4A teams will be divided into different districts. Sulphur Springs, Paris and Greenville will combine with Mount Pleasant, North Lamar and Texas High to reform District 12-4A. McKinney North will be a part of District 9-4A, while Sherman and Denison will move out west to District 5-4A.