By Travis Mounts
Cheney High School is in a position to win two State titles today.
The CHS boys and girls basketball teams both will be playing for Class 3A State championships. Only one other time in school history have the Cardinals even qualified both the girls and boys for State in the same season.
But having both teams win State happens more often than you probably realize.
In fact, four schools have that opportunity today. At most, three could do it.
In addition to Cheney in Class 3A, Hanover’s boys and girls are playing for Class 1A-Div. I titles. And in 4A-Div. I’s girls and boys championships, it’s McPherson vs. Bishop Miege. That’s right: McPherson vs. Miege girls, and McPherson vs. Miege boys.
Last year year, Miege won both 4A-Div. I championships, and Centralia did it in 1A-Div. 1.
In fact, it’s happened 15 times girls high school sports were added in 1973. More than half of the dual titles have come since 2001, and all but one have happened since 1991.
Bishop Miege, Wichita Heights, Centralia and Moundridge have won boys and girls titles in the same season twice. Heights did it in back-to-back years in 2011 and 2012.
And two schools have done it in the same on two occasions: last year, and in 2012 when Heights and Kapaun-Mt. Carmel won in 6A and 5A, respectively.
Here’s the list of double-championship winners by year (with class):
2016: Bishop Miege (4A-I), Centralia 1A-I
2014: Hesston (3A)
2012: Wichita Heights (6A), Kapaun-Mt. Carmel (5A)
2011: Wichita Heights (6A)
2008: South Gray (1A)
2002: Centralia (1A)
2001: Bishop Miege (5A)
1999: McPherson (5A)
1997: Moundridge (2A)
1995: Hillsboro (3A)
1993: Topeka Hayden (4A)
1991: Moundridge (2A)
1978 Wichita South (5A)