|Nobody does it better: Sulphur Springs has best all-around athletic program in District 12-4A|
|Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor|
May 29, 2005 - In the grand scheme of things, the Sulphur Springs Wildcats and Lady Cats came out grandest of all.
Sulphur Springs used a consistency across all 15 UIL-sanctioned sports that are played by District 12-4A schools to claim the title of district All-Sports champion.
The All-Sports title is unofficial, and simply used as a measurement of the district teams' overall strength of athletic programs.
Sulphur Springs totaled 101 points 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) for the order in which schools finished in each sport. The Wildcats and Lady Cats did it with a consistency that included district championships in two sports (girls golf and boys soccer) and runner-up finishes in nine others (football, girls and boys cross country, volleyball, girls soccer, tennis, boys track, softball and baseball).
In fact, Sulphur Springs finished lower than third in only three of the 15 sports in which it competed.
SSHS out-pointed Texas High, which finished second in the All-Sports standings with 91 points. The Tigers and Lady Tigers won more outright championships with four (football, tennis, boys golf and softball), but did not field a team in one sport (boys cross country after several runners were disqualified) and finished fifth or sixth in three others.
North Lamar, the smallest school in the district, finished in third place with 89 points on the strength of a a successful girls program. The Pantherettes won district titles in cross country, volleyball and basketball and were second in golf. The Panthers, meanwhile, finished in the top three in two sports - football and golf.
Greenville, the largest school in the district (two students larger than Texas High), finished in fourth place with 69 points. The Lions won district in boys basketball and boys soccer (they played in 12-4A soccer while the remainder of the district teams competed in 13-4A), and both the Greenville boys and girls won track titles.
Paris finished fifth in the All-Sports standings with 65 points. The Wildcats won the district title in cross country and baseball, while the Lady Wildcats were the top soccer team and were third in softball. However, those were the only sports in which Paris finished above fourth place.
Mount Pleasant, a traditional powerhouse in most sports, finished in sixth place with 49 points. MPHS was the only school not to win a district championship in any sport. The highest finish was second in boys soccer and 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. All of the teams except Greenville competed in the eight-team, East Texas 13-4A district, while Greenville was in District 12-4A. Powerlifting was not figured into the standings because it is not a UIL sport and there is no district meet.