High School

Gulf Coast private schools win 12 state titles

The school year is over, which means the complete 2016-17 sports results can be both celebrated and analyzed.

In Mobile and Baldwin counties, there were 12 state titles brought home, though none of those were in the high-profile sports of football and basketball.

UMS-Wright did win the Class 4A baseball title. The Bulldogs also won in boys and girls tennis.

St. Paul’s led all Gulf Coast schools with six titles.

One championship each was won by McGill-Toolen, St. Luke’s and Bayside Academy.

That’s 12 state titles spread out over five schools. Five private schools.

 No public schools on the Gulf Coast won a state crown, which might be another factor considered as the state association actively struggles with how to make the public and private high school co-exist.

It’s worth noting that statewide only 38 of 111 state championships, roughly 34 percent, were won by private schools this year. 

But there are still many people who are motivated to see the status quo change more in favor of the public schools. It’s a sticky debate, but it’s one that is going to be front and center this offseason.

Let us know what you think.

For Threaded Fasteners, I’m Randy Kennedy with Nuts and Bolts of the Game.

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