WINNING STREAKSNational winning streaksNot all active151 — Concord De La Salle, Calif. (1992-2003)
109 — Charlotte (N.C.) Independence (2000-07)
89 — South Panola, Miss. (2003-08)
74 — Maryville, Tenn. (2004-08)
72 — Hudson, Mich. (1968-75)
71 — Jefferson City, Mo. (1958-66)
69 — Animas, N.M. (1984-90)
68 — Celina, Texas (1998-2003)
67 — Smith Center (2003-)
67 — Smith Center has won five straight Class 2-1A titles and holds the nation’s longest winning streak.If the team goes 13-0 again, Coach Roger Barta would win his 301st game in the 2-1A championship.
13 — Junction City, Macksville, Sharon Springs all went undefeated in 2008, winning the 6A, 8-Man I and 8-Man II titles.
5 — Hutchinson’s winning streak was snapped at 36 when it lost its 2008 opening game to Rockhurst (Mo.) But Hutchinson has now won 5 straight state titles, winning four in 6A and winning its first in 5A in 2008.
LOSING STREAKS34 — Wabaunsee
29 -- Ottawa
20 — Eureka
19 — Maur Hill-Mount Academy, Ingalls
17 — Pratt Skyline, KC Wyandotte, Republic County
MILESTONES„øMcPherson coach Tom Young has 296 victories. He was 172-40 at Derby from 1983-2003 with 12 playoff berths and the 1994 state title. He also won titles at (1979) and Wellington (1982), the only coach to win at three schools.„øGary Guzman has 94 career wins and ranks sixth in City League career wins. Alan Schuckman is fifth (108), Weston Schartz second (136).„øGarden Plain coach Todd Puetz has won 90 career games and could hit 100 this year if his team starts its season as it did in 2008, winning 12 straight.
SCHEDULING ODDITYWest plays seven games at South’s Carpenter Stadium. West doesn’t have a home stadium, so South is its main field. Then you add in West’s opener against host South, obviously at Carpenter. Then it plays the visitor to North and East _ both games are at South. West’s two games away from South are at Wichita State (against Kapaun) and at Valley Center.
GAMES TO WATCHSept. 3Kapaun at Northwest — This follows in the recent tradition of outstanding opening games — Heights defeated visiting Carroll 24-21 in 2008 on opening Thursday night.
Sept. 4Heights at Carroll — Since 2004, Heights and Carroll have tied for the City League title twice with each winning it outright once.KC (Mo.) Rockhurst at Hutchinson — Rockhurst ended Hutchinson’s 36-game winning streak in Hutchinson’s 2008 season opener.
Sept. 11Carroll at Northwest — In nine seasons, Northwest has beaten Carroll once, in 2005. That’s also the last time Northwest won a City League title.
Sept. 18Andover Central vs. Andover — Andover beat cross-town rival Central in 2008 for the first time in Central’s seven-year history. Andover is an early favorite in Class 4A this year.
Sept. 25Hutchinson at Derby — Derby came back in a big way to win at Hutch in 2008, ending the Salt Hawks’ 38-game winning streak against Kansas teams.
Oct. 2Southeast at Northwest —Two of the state’s top backs, Southeast’s Joseph Randle and Northwest’s Demarcus Robinson, face off.Salina Central at Hutchinson — Can Salina Central be the team to beat Hutchinson this season?
Oct. 9Kapaun at Carroll — One of the best rivalries in the City League, and it could be on ESPNU.
Oct. 16Buhler at Andale — One of Class 4A’s favorites (Buhler) vs. 4A’s perennial power (Andale). What a way to start district play.Garden Plain at Conway Springs — Garden Plain beat Conway Springs in the 2008 regular season, but the Cardinals got revenge. They won at home in the Class 3A semifinals en route to the 3A title.
Oct. 29Mulvane at Rose Hill—Mulvane has six home games, but it ends the season at Rose Hill, a team it beat in the final seconds to go to the 2008 playoffs.
Oct. 30Goddard at Maize — The final game of the regular season, one of the biggest rivalries. This would be a tough game to miss.