Madisonville High School was ranked 24th out of all Class 4A programs in the state of Texas this week in the annual Lone Star Cup Award standings, which seeks to encompass a wide range of sports and activities to honor the schools that succeed across the board.
“Pushing our overall extracurricular programs into the top-25 is very exciting for us,” said Madisonville Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Rusty Nail. “All of our departments and programs strive and work hard to be competitive in all activities for both genders whether it be athletics, academics or fine arts. The working relationship in our district between the leaders of these programs is second to none.”
The award considers achievements in a number of UIL Athletic and Academic Championships including State and Area Marching Band, Tennis, Cross Country, Volleyball, Football, Swimming and Diving, Wrestling, Basketball, Soccer, Golf, Track and Field, One Act Play, Baseball, Softball and Academics.
“We all work well together and strive daily to allow kids to participate in as many programs as they feel benefit their personal growth,” said Nail. “To me, the Lone Star Cup represents a well-rounded district and community that encompasses interests in a variety of activities and follows through to make sure all that participate are given the tools they need to be successful.”
Nail also mentioned Stephanie Schmidt, fine arts, Denise Rothrock, UIL academics, and Shana Taylor, women's athletics, for their integral roles in working to reach the school’s maximum potential in all competitions across the state.
The rankings serve as a cherry on top after one of the most successful overall seasons at Madisonville High School in recent memory. Now that they were recognized, they can use it as fuel to try and climb up in future seasons in all activities.
“Now that we have cracked the top-25, we can use it as a resource for a competition that can pull us all together to work for a comprehensive climb up the rankings,” said Nail. “It is something this past senior class should be proud of and the future classes should strive to build upon.”
The top ten to rank in Class 4A’s Lone Star Cup standings were Argyle, Abilene Wylie, Liberty Hill, Midlothian Heritage, Fredericksburg, Melissa, Texarkana Pleasant Grove, Kennedale and Boerne with a three-way tie for tenth place between Carthage, Salado and Dallas Carter.