Top 10 most athletically dominant high schools

Top 10 most athletically dominant high schools

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Top 10 most athletically dominant high schools

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Bellevue's Isaiah Gilchrist busts a long run.

Bellevue’s Isaiah Gilchrist busts a long run.

Our picks for the top ten most athletically dominant high schools in Western Washington based on number of state titles, notable alumni, and just how much of a powerhouse the teams were this past year.

1. Mercer Island

No. of state championships: 67
Sports the school has won a state championship in: 32 girls tennis, seven boys tennis, six boys lacrosse and boys swimming (placed second the two years MI didn’t win), four boys basketball and girls swimming, one girls and boys cross country, boys and girls golf, girls track and field, and volleyball
Notable alumni: Quin Snyder, Dave Wainhouse, Mary Wayte
Why they dominate: Mercer Island is perhaps athletically the best-rounded school, claiming state championships in 12 sports. This year, the Islanders won state for boys swimming, took second in girls swimming, and made it to quarterfinals in volleyball. Mercer Island has taken the last six girls tennis titles, and the last four for boys tennis.

2. Bellevue

No. of state championships: 31
Sports the school has won a state championship in: 11 football, 13 boys lacrosse, three boys track and field, one tennis and girls track and field
Notable alumni: David DeCastro, Stephan Schilling, Luke Sikma
Why they dominate: The Bellevue football dynasty have won six of the last seven state titles, losing to Eastside Catholic this year. Coach Butch Goncharoff has racked up an impressive 195-13 record in 15 years. Bellevue excels in most major sports, capturing the last three boys lacrosse championships and going to state this year for volleyball, girls and boys basketball, and swimming.

3. Garfield

No. of state championships: 31
Sports the school has won a state championship in: 13 boys basketball, eight girls track and field, six boys track and field, three girls basketball, one girls tennis
Notable alumni: Will Conroy, Isaiah Stanback, Brandon Roy, Tony Wroten, Harlem Globetrotter Joyce Walker
Why they dominate: A mix of history and present, the Bulldogs have won the most boys basketball titles in the state, including the most recent showdown for the title against Metro League rival Rainier Beach. Garfield also took home its first state trophy in girls tennis last year, and was a track threat to be reckoned with in the 1980s, winning five consecutive state titles.

4. Lynden

No. of state championships: 23
Sports the school has won a state championship in: eight football and boys basketball, two boys golf, one girls basketball, boys soccer, softball, girls tennis, and boys track and field
Why they dominate: This small town football team has made it big time, capturing five of the last seven state 2A titles and this year placing second to Sedro-Woolley. Add in an impressive boys hoops team that took the Northwest Conference this year and a girls basketball team that made it to state to even out the Lions.

Federal Way's Malik Montoya, who had a torn ACL this season, holds up the championship trophy.

Federal Way’s Malik Montoya, who had a torn ACL this season, holds up the championship trophy.

5. Federal Way

No. of state championships: 13
Sports the school has won a state championship in: four girls track and field, three girls soccer, two boys basketball and boys track and field, one girls basketball and baseball
Notable alumni: Travis Ishikawa
Why they dominate: With long-time coach Jerome Collins at the helm, Federal Way took home the boys basketball state title this year. Behind running back Chico McClatcher, the Eagles also made a football state appearance, and have won the last two girls and boys track and field championships.

6. Newport

No. of state championships: 35
Sports the school has won a state championship in: one football, 11 gymnastics (six second place finishes), six baseball and boys tennis, five girls cross country, two boys soccer, and one girls tennis, boys track and field, and girls and boys swimming
Notable alumni: Todd Hollandsworth, Marcus Hahnemann, Olympic rower Anna Mickelson, Ron Romanick
Why they dominate: In addition to being a semifinalist in football this year, the Knights have received accolades across the board. A mainstay in the gymnastics scene, Newport took second last year.

7. O’Dea

No. of state championships: 17
Sports the school has won a state championship in: five boys basketball, three football, four baseball, three boys track and field, one boys golf and boys soccer
Notable alumni: Kevin Burleson, Nate Burleson, Fred Couples, Taylor Mays, DeAndre Yedlin
Why they dominate: O’Dea took home the baseball state championship last year and consistently turns out a strong football program backed by Monte Kohler, who is in his 31st year at O’Dea and has accumulated a 292-48 record.

8. Skyline

No. of state championships: 13
Sports the school has won a state championship in: seven football, four girls soccer, one girls track and field, and softball
Notable alumni: Jake Heaps, Max Browne
Why they dominate: Since its conception in the late 1990s, Skyline’s football program has churned out success, including USC QB Max Browne and Miami QB Jake Heaps. Led by coach Mat Taylor, the team made a state run the last two years and won four titles from 2008 to 2012. During that same time frame, the Spartan girls soccer team also took four titles.

Skyline forward Lindsey Fujiwara dribbles the ball past two Gig Harbor defenders in the state third place game.

Skyline forward Lindsey Fujiwara dribbles the ball past two Gig Harbor defenders in the state third place game.

9. Tumwater

No. of state championships: nine
Sports the school has won a state championship in: five football, two softball and volleyball
Why they dominate: The Thunderbirds may not have the slew of state titles other schools have, but Tumwater has claim to the winningest football coach in Washington history. Sid Otton has brought home five state titles in 45 years, and holds a record 385 wins.

10. Puyallup

No. of state championships: six
Sports the school has won a state championship in: one football, baseball, boys basketball, boys golf, softball, and girls tennis
Notable alumni: Brock, Damon, and Luke Huard, Ryan Moore, Dane Looker
Why they dominate: Puyallup took home three state championships last year in baseball, softball, and boys golf, and has produced former Washington Gatorade POYs, the Huard brothers.

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