Whiteoak does not belong in the conversation when it comes to the top 8 ALL-TIME programs in the SE district.........now in the decade of the 2000's, there can be some debate as to whether they should be in the top 10 for those 10 years........they do have a state appearance, in 2002, and have had some other good teams........but #7 North Adams has been more consistent in winning and reaching the districts/regionals and winning the SHL.........I think an argument for the Wildcats vs. #8 Piketon, #9 Vinton County, or #10 Zane Trace has some merit, but Whiteoak still is not a clear cut top 10 team of the 2000's. Whiteoak has not won more consistently than Piketon, VC, or ZT.
Here are my top 8 ALL-TIME programs in the SE district:
3. Southeastern Ross
5. Racine Southern
7. Greenfield McClain
sparky: Do you honestly believe that Whiteoak has the resume ALL TIME to merit a top 8 ranking?........Who would you knock off the list? Remember, it's not just tournament accomplishments........all these programs have had several periods of long sustained success including a solid tournament resume..........Whiteoak simply hasn't put together the credentials of these top 8 teams.
Racine Southern has 8 district titles, which is the fewest of the top 8. But the Tornadoes have the most wins in SE District history, and have 2 state appearances to go with it. To have more wins all-time than Portsmouth is quite a feat, considering the incredible resume of the Trojans.
Ironton has 12 district titles, 2 state appearances, 1 state runnerup, and has had several periods of sustained success. They even won SEOAL titles in basketball back in the 70's.......but the football program always overshadowed basketball at IHS.
Greenfield McClain does have a state appearance, in 1935, while Chesapeake has never been to the state. McClain went 472-169 in the 27 years that Rick Van Matre was coach there, and the Tigers also won a district title in 1975 before he came. Chesapeake was winning the OVC title year after year with Norm Persin as their long time coach.......the Panthers also won the AP Poll title, and reached the regionals 8 times under Persin.
Whiteoak has not put a long stretch of success together like Racine Southern, Ironton, McClain, or Chesapeake has.