LEXINGTON, KY—It might be the longest sports dynasty in the long history of Southington High School. It has spanned more than a decade. It has almost crossed generations.
Girls basketball won four state titles in a row in the late 1980s, and the team rallied for six titles in eight years. Lady Knight gymnasts claimed five titles in six years, and softball teams scored nine titles in 10 years.
But an 11 year winning streak? It’s almost unheard of…almost.
On Aug. 17, the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) released their list of academic awards for the 2012-2013 high school seasons, and the Lady Knight volleyball team topped a list of just 229 girls varsity teams across the nation to receive the award.
It’s the 11th year in a row that Southington High School has won the award which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year.
“Excellence doesn’t happen by accident, either on the court or in the classroom,” said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer. “It takes consistent preparation, relentless effort, and determined leadership. A full year of academic achievement, by an entire team of individual students, is a remarkable achievement. What better way to start a new season than with a celebration of an award so emblematic of all that is necessary for sustained success.”
The award honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale.
Since the award’s inception in 1993, the amount of award winners has increased from 62 to its current number of 623, including high school and college programs.
Over 1,000 different schools have earned the award in the program’s 20-year history, with exactly 5,450 awards been given out in total.