Monday, August 4, 2008
Town of Champions, Part I
A recent series on the world-wide sports leader got the Varsity Letters thinking. With all the high school athletic tradition this area (Washington-Greene Counties and a few surrounding communities) boasts, which can carry the title of Town of Champions?
Throughout the next couple weeks, the Varsity Letters will showcase several of the area's more tradition-rich athletic programs and, eventually, readers will be asked to select one as its Town of Champions.
Our first installment honors one of the WPIAL's oldest athletic programs:
Washington High School
A legendary powerhouse, Washington High School's rich athletic history dates back to the early 20th century. Legendary coaches - including, more recently, Guy Montecalvo and Ron Faust - have called Wash High home. So have the likes of Brian Davis, Ted Vactor, Laila Brock, Dan Mozes, the Sandusky brothers and several NFL products.
Washington football has won six WPIAL titles, one state championship and, last year, became the fourth WPIAL team to reach 600 victories. The Prexies were state runners-up once and WPIAL runners-up six times.
Prexies boys basketball won three straight WPIAL titles from 1984-86. A 52-game win streak is included during that run. Washington has four WPIAL titles and two state championships in addition to the second-most section titles in WPIAL history.
Washington baseball produced three WPIAL titles and one state championship. Girls basketball has a WPIAL title. Girls track has won a state team championship, while both the boys and girls have fielded numerous state and WPIAL gold medalists. Wash High wrestling has produced 12 state champions.
Washington's Sammy Angott (pictured) is a member of the World Boxing Hall of Fame.