Nontraditionals: 11

Traditionals: 5

That would be your 1A state championship score for the 2018-2019 high school sports season.

This doesn’t include sports that aren’t strictly 1A like boys and girls swimming, boys and girls indoor track and field and boys and girls lacrosse.

Nontraditionals are defined as charter and magnet public schools and non-boarding parochial private schools located in metropolitan areas that don’t necessarily adhere to strict district lines like traditional schools in rural, small towns.

These athletic programs’ ability to pull from large population centers allows them to not just win in some sports, but to dominate, effectively eliminating any chance that a traditional program can even compete at the state championship level.

That nontraditionals won twice as many 1A state titles this year as traditionals did isn’t the most alarming fact. This is: they’re now winning state titles in sports where they previously had little to no success.

A nontraditional won its first-ever state crown in each of the three seasons (fall, winter, spring). Uwharrie Charter was responsible for two of those.

This winter, the Asheboro-based program won the dual team wrestling state championship with a 36-32 victory over Robbinsville in the state final.

By the way, the Eagles won the individual tournament wrestling state title as well for the second year in a row.

In the spring, they also gave nontraditional schools their first-ever baseball state champion, sweeping Rosewood 6-4 and 10-1 in the best-of-three series.

FYI: Uwharrie Charter is in its sixth year as a school.

This fall, Gray Stone Day (Misenheimer) gave nontraditionals their first girls golf state title at the 1A/2A tournament. Fellow nontraditional program Raleigh Charter was the runner-up.

Note: this wasn’t included in the 11 state crowns won by nontraditionals because it’s a 1A/2A tournament, but it’s mentioned because it’s the first for a nontraditional program.

This hasn’t been the case in boys golf.

Nontraditional programs have won eight of the last nine 1A/2A team state titles and individuals from those types of programs have won eight in a row.

At this year’s tournament, nontraditional teams took up three of the top five spots on the leaderboard. Individuals from those programs filled the top five slots on the leaderboard.

At last year’s state championships, nontraditional teams took up the top five spots on the leaderboard. Individuals from those programs filled the top six slots on the leaderboard.

Nontraditional teams have won every title over the last nine years except for in 2016 when Mt. Airy took the crown. Nontraditional teams took second, third and fourth that year.

In boys tennis, nontraditionals have won six state titles in a row. And not only that, all six of those state championships were all-nontraditional school matchups.

In the doubles brackets, duos from nontraditionals have won six straight with four of those being all-nontraditional matchups.

It doesn’t get any better in girls soccer.

Nontraditionals have won seven consecutive state championships in that sport and six of those years have seen all-nontraditional matchups. East Carteret was the last traditional team to make it o the 1A state final in 2014.

If not for East Carteret, nontraditional programs would have won the last eight boys basketball state titles. The Mariners beat Winston-Salem Prep in 2015.

Bishop McGuinness edged Henderson Collegiate this year by a 55-54 score in an all-nontraditional matchup. In case you were wondering, Henderson Collegiate is in its second year as a varsity program. Yes, you read that correctly. A second-year varsity program went 31-2 on its way to the state final.

If you combine girls and boys basketball, nontraditionals have won 12 of the past 16 state championships and 20 of the past 28.

Nontraditionals have won three state titles in a row in volleyball with Community School of Davidson winning back-to-back titles followed this fall by Falls Lake Academy (Creedmoor).

Nontraditional programs have captured three of the last four boys soccer state titles beginning with Franklin Academy in 2015. The last two state finals have been all-nontraditional affairs with Bishop McGuinness (Kernersville) beating Franklin Academy (Wake Forest) in 2017 and Voyager Academy (Durham) defeating Community School of Davidson this past fall.

Nontraditional girls tennis programs have won five straight dual team state championships.

Bishop McGuinness won two in a row (2014-2015) followed by Raleigh Charter, which has taken the last three. Three of those five state finals were all-nontraditional matchups with Voyager Academy earning the runner-up honor in 2014, Raleigh Charter taking the runner-up honor in 2015 and Pine Lake Prep (Mooresville) claiming the runner-up honor this past fall.

Nontraditional boys cross country teams have won five of the last seven state championships.

Bishop McGuinness won four (2012-2014, 2017) and Lincoln Charter (Denver) won this past fall. The top four teams were nontraditionals this season after nontraditionals took the top three spots last year.

Nontraditional girls cross country teams have won eight state titles in a row

Franklin Academy has claimed the last three after Gray Stone Day (2015), Community School of Davidson (2014), Bishop McGuinness (2012-2013) and Lake Norman Charter (Huntersville) captured rings.

Nontraditionals took the top eight spots this season, five of the top six last year, the top five in 2016, five of the top six in 2015, six of the top eight in 2014 and the top five in 2013.

You can go ahead and look forward to more of this in 2019-2020.

(Send comments or questions to jj@thenewstimes.com or follow him on Twitter @jjsmithccnt.)

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