Top 10 Dynasties in the WPIAL the Past Decade
Posted July 7, 2013 9:01 pm
The WPIAL is known for producing great talent. With great talent comes great teams. We here at Preps.com decided to do a WPIAL Top Dynasty list of the last 10 years. Enjoy:
1) Clairton: Respect is given where respect is earned. Clairton has EARNED every ounce of respect they get. Where to start? How about winning 6 of the last 7 WPIAL Championships, including the past five. They just broke the state’s all time record for consecutive wins. They are currently at 63 games and counting and have the longest winning streak in the nation. It is a no-brainer who the top dynasty in the WPIAL is the past decade.
2) Central Catholic: The Vikings play in the toughest classification and have won three WPIAL championships in the past decade. If there is one team that has been a legitimate contender to win a WPIAL Championship at any year given year the last ten years, it’s Central Catholic.
3) Thomas Jefferson: T.J. was most dominate from 2004-2008 where they won four out of five WPIAL Championships in that stretch. They are always an elite team in the Triple A classification. They hold down the three spot as Central plays tougher competition for them to be superior.
4) Aliquippa: Aliquippa has also won four WPIAL Championships in the last ten years. It seems as though they always at least make it to the WPIAL Final game. Their championships have been spaced out more than Clairton’s, Central’s, and T.J.’s have been, but Aliquippa is always the team with a bull’s-eye on them in the Double A classification. They churn out Division 1 talent like it’s nothing. Look for Aliquippa to continue their dominance for the next ten years.
5) North Allegheny: NA has taken the past three WPIAL Championships in the Quad A classification. The only reason they are at a 5 spot is because they struggled before Art Walker took over the reigns as head coach. NA has completely dominated the WPIAL the past three years, only losing one WPIAL game in 2011 in the regular season finale against rival North Hills. As long as Walker stays, look for NA to continue to be a problem for Quad A teams.
6) Woodland Hills: Woody High is known to dominate in the playoffs. They seem to flip a switch every postseason as the have made the WPIAL Final 3 of the last 4 years. The only problem is, they’ve only won one time. Still, they are a well-respected team and play in the toughest classification.
7) Jeannette: Jeannette is always a competitive team in Double A. They hold two WPIAL Championships in the last decade, in large part due to one of the greatest players to ever grace the WPIAL; Terrelle Pryor. Just like Aliquippa, they almost always seem to be one of the final two teams playing down at Heinz field.
8) Gateway: Gateway is considered a National Powerhouse team all throughout the nation. They compete every single year and have earned respect from everybody in Quad A. But, they have yet to win a WPIAL Championship since 1986. They seem to get down to Heinz or make it to a semi-final game every year; they just always come up a little bit short. With that being said, they still deserve to be on the list despite winning a WPIAL Championship in the last decade.
9) Upper St. Clair: Coach Render always has a respectable team in Upper St. Clair. They won a WPIAL Title in 2006 for the Panthers. USC is known to win games in the trenches, which is different from other schools as they usually rely on their skill players. Regardless, USC deserves to make this list.
10) West Allegheny: Coach Palko is one of the top coaches in the WPIAL. He always keeps his team in the hunt come playoff time. They have won two WPIAL Championships in the past 10 years and are the defending Triple A Champions.