Written by Matt Wixon
Dallas-Fort Worth area baseball teams trying to break through in 5A
On Sunday night's WFAA High School Sports Show, I talked with Ted Madden about how over the last 40 years, only three schools from the Dallas-Fort Worth area have won baseball championships in the state's largest classification (currently 5A).
At least one person thought that couldn't possible be true.
But yes, it is.
In the last 40 years, only three local schools have won a baseball title in the state's largest classification (that was 4A through 1981, and 5A since then). Duncanville won in 1975, '76 and '90, Arlington Martin won in 1993 and Plano West won in 2008.
Rockwall-Heath won in 4A last year, you probably remember. But Arlington Martin lost in the 5A semifinals.
The Dallas area hasn't won a ton of titles in 4A or 5A, but it's not a sign that there aren't a lot of strong teams here in the Metroplex. (Flower Mound Marcus and Southlake Carroll are in the 5A state rankings).
But Houston has had the upper hand in baseball. The competitive landscape is also much broader statewide in baseball. In football and basketball, the vast majority of championship-caliber teams in 4A and 5A come from four metro areas: Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio and Austin. But consider some of the areas that produced 5A baseball champions in the last 20 years:
Corpus Christi, El Paso, Lubbock, Midland and Round Rock.
Those areas have produced only a few big-school state contenders in football and basketball over the last two decades. But they have produced some fantastic baseball teams.