Hoxie High in Kansas received its championship banner Thursday for winning the title of Best Girls Basketball Program in the USA TODAY High School Sports’ “Best Of” contest.
The banner was presented by Matt Wade from the USA TODAY Sports Media Group. The school also wins $1,000 for its athletic budget.
Hoxie has won four consecutive state titles and a state-record 95 consecutive games.
Thanks to support from the community, the town of about 1,200 survived three rounds of voting and mustered 210,934 votes in the final round. Friendship Capitol of Baton Rouge, La. (134,456 votes) was second and and Deer Creek, Okla. (50,349) was third.
“When our community got word about it, they just went crazy, and we had some very faithful people who sat at their computers and voted and voted and voted,” coach Shelly Hoyt said after the program won the contest. “Our kids were in the state basketball tournament, but our community picked us up and they got after it.”