|Catching the Tigers: Texas High wins All-Sports mythical championship; SSHS finished as runner-up|
|Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor|
May 27, 2006 - Everyone tried to keep up with the Tigers this year. But, they found out that was hard to do.
Texas High won district championships in five different sports, leading the Tigers and Lady Tigers to the District 12-4A All-Sports mythical championship.
Sulphur Springs finished second in the standings after edging Texas High for the title last year. Sulphur Springs was followed in order by third-place Paris, North Lamar, Greenville and Mount Pleasant.
The All-Sports title is unofficial, and simply used as a measurement of the district teams’ overall strength of athletic programs. Sixteen UIL-sanctioned sports were used to determine the winner.
Texas High 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 Tigers and Lady Tigers did it by winning district championships in football, boys golf, softball, spring tennis and team tennis. They were repeat champions in all of those sports.
Texas High outpointed Sulphur Springs, which finished as runner-up with 97.5 points. The Wildcats and Lady Cats did it by being consistent in all sports. The Wildcats won three district titles (boys cross country, boys soccer and baseball), and finished either second or third in football, volleyball, girls cross country, boys golf, girls golf, spring tennis and team tennis.
Paris, the smallest school in the district, finished in third place with 82 points despite winning district titles in just two sports - girls soccer and boys basketball. The Wildcats and Lady Cats accumulated points by placing in the top three in boys cross country, girls basketball, girls golf, boys track, baseball and softball.
North Lamar finished in fourth place due to a strong girls program. The Pantherettes won district championships in cross country, basketball and golf. They finished as runners-up in volleyball and track. The Panthers did not win a district title. Their top finish was second place in football.
Greenville, the largest school in 12-4A finished in fifth place despite winning four district titles. The Lions and Lady Lions claimed championships in boys and girls track, boys soccer (in District 12-4A) and volleyball. However, Greenville finished last in five sports.
Mount Pleasant finished in sixth place for the second straight year. The Tigers and Lady Tigers were the only district school not to win a championship in any sport, though the boys soccer team did advance to the state tournament after placing as runner-up in the district standings. MP was also second in girls cross country.
Soccer standings were figured in, though the teams which played 12-4A 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.