Top 10 athletic programs for '08-09
In his 11 years as athletic director at the Honolulu's Punahou School
Punahou's 19 state titles during the 2008-09 school year were a nice retirement gift for Holden. Now he can add being named
On the mainland, Jesuit High (Portland, Ore.), won seven state titles to rank just behind Punahou. Throughout the country and the District of Columbia, SI.com found schools that exemplified excellence in athletics during all seasons. Here is our top 10:
When he presented linebacker
The multi-sport athlete is alive and well in the Pacific Northwest. Rising senior
Girls just want to win titles at this NoCal power: Swimming and tennis finished with unbeaten seasons and softball and volleyball brought home No. 1 national rankings. The star of stars was Oklahoma-bound
Football is still king in the greater Houston area, but senior
In claiming its 15th tennis title and adding a repeat win on the links, Rockhurst (an all-boys school) proved to be comfortable on the country-club circuit. Adding to the Hawklets depth was the championship swimming and diving team. The soccer team went 27-4 as midfielder
The Gaels dominated the baseball diamond.
Football garnered the most preseason hype with USC signee
The Eagles fought off all comers with sticks. In boys hockey, Eden Prarie finished 25-3 and won the state tournament for the first time as the No. 2 seed. In girls lacrosse, they entered as the favorites beat The Blake School (Hopkins, Minn.), in the final. The ultimate trophy was the school's second straight Challenge Cup -- a statewide, year-long competition among Minnesota's league member schools.
The high point? That's easy, beating rival Jenks High 34-10 en route to the 6A football championship. The Redskins were more than a football school, though, as the wrestlers pinned a team state title, and 103-pounder