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Truckers win 50th straight

Mark Hazelwood • Aug 27, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Every boys basketball team chases a coveted state championship each and every season.


There are also four different state champions every year. But only a few teams in Ohio history have managed to carry a winning streak that has spanned multiple seasons.

Norwalk routed Tiffin Columbian in Northern Ohio League action Saturday night by a 74-43 score to become just the 10th team in state history to win 50 or more straight games in the regular season. 

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The Truckers have not lost a game in the regular season since Feb. 19, 2011.    

The Ohio High School Athletic Association officially recognizes streaks of 50 or more in its state record book, and the Truckers will be in that select group for decades to come.

“What a great journey it’s been” Norwalk coach Steve Gray said. “I’m proud of not only this year’s team, but all the kids I’ve been fortunate enough to coach at Norwalk, especially since 2011”

The longest streak in Ohio history is 76 straight games, which was by Middletown from 1955-58. That is also the only streak of the 10 listed that includes tournament games, as Middletown was anchored during those years by Basketball Hall of Famer Jerry Lucas, also a former Ohio State standout.

Another area team and NOL member, Willard, holds the longest regular-season winning streak at 69, which was accomplished over four seasons from 1979-82. Now, a second area team joins the short list.

“As kids, I don’t think we really realize what we’ve done here” said senior Jeff Thomas, who scored a game-high 26 points Saturday. “But later in life, I feel like we’ll be able to look back and be very proud of everything”

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