The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

March 24, 2013

Heat streak is impressive, but ....

By Bruce Campbell, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — News item: Miami Heat defeat Charlotte 109-77 for their 26th-straight victory Sunday.

Impres-sive, but that won’t mean a thing unless the Heat win the NBA Championship.

It’s hard to get excited about the regular season accomplishments in the professional ranks.

The 2007 Patriots might have gone 16-0,  but will  be remembered for the Super Bowl loss to the New York Giants.

Being more of a college/high school sports follower, I get more excited about winning streaks of that nature.

I was born on Oct. 3, 1953, when the Oklahoma Sooners and Pittsburgh Panthers played to a 7-7 tie.

OU followed that with 47 straight wins. I was four years old when the Sooners lost a game for the first time in my lifetime (7-0 to Notre Dame on Nov. 16, 1957).

People still talk about that game. It’s doubtful if people will talk about the time the Heat’s winning streak is broken.

But even OU’s streak is pale in comparison to some other teams.

Take the Brandon, Fla., wrestling team. Their streak of 457 straight dual wins stretched out over 34 seasons before a 32-28 loss to Homestead South Dade.

To put that in perspective, the streak spanned 12,396 days, six presidents and 34 Super Bowls.

Let’s not forget how tough it is just going through the season unbeaten.

Only two high school teams accomplished that in Oklahoma this year: 3A girls champion Sulphur and 2A champion Northeast Academy, both of whom went 30-0.

Sulphur had to defeat unbeaten Perkins-Tryon in the state finals.

Northeast played only one 2A team during the regular season (Tulsa Rogers). Its victims included 6A Southmoore, Putnam City, Bixby, Midwest City and U.S. Grant.

Oklahoma boasts the No. 3 and No. 4 winning streaks in national high school annuals: Shattuck, 92, and Morrison, 90.

Shattuck went the equalvent of seven seasons behind a semifinal loss to Pond Creek-Hunter in 2002 and a 16-12  quarterfinal loss to DCLA in 2009. DCLA lost the next week to eventual state champion Timberlake, but that team might be better remembered than the 2010 state championship team .

A kid who entered the seventh- grade in Shattuck in 2003 would have gone through junior and senior high school without having lost a game. Three different classes of players went through their entire careers without losing a game.

Oklahoma City Capitol Hill won 66-straight baseball games from 1952-54. The Redskins would win state titles in 1952 and 1953.

Enid’s No. 2 doubles team of Alexandra Dick and Macy Zaloudek were the last Acer team to go undefeated (32-0, 2011). They only had to go three sets once, that coming in the state semifinals a 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 win over Natalie Price and Lexus Reed of Edmond North.

Jason Marler went 33-0 in winning the boys No. 1 singles title in 1990. He was extended to three sets only twice. But he was pushed in the state finals before beating Tulsa Memorial’s Joc Simmons, 7-5, 7-6 (8-6).

Tommy Garrison went 39-0 in winning the No. 1 singles title in 2001. He went three sets with Edmond North’s Ross Cunningham three times, the last being a 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 win in the state finals.

Yet, the accomplishment EHS coach Darrell Herndon put on his door once involved Alex Dick at No. 1 singles at the 2010 state tournament. Dick lost to Broken Arrow’s Jodi Blackim five times in the regular season.

But she beat Blackim when it counted the most, 6-4, 7-5 in the third-place match at the state tournament.

The last game or match is what everyone remembers.

Campbell is a News & Eagle sports writer.�