The way the past few seasons have gone, I just assumed South Carolina would find a way to win Monday night.
When a team is going for its third consecutive national title, one can expect it to somehow win again. Now, the Gamecocks baseball team didn't remind anyone of the slugging 1927 New York Yankees, but when it loaded the bases in the ninth, it appeared to be a table setter for a walk-off win.
Of course, it didn't happen, but the impressive run had me thinking regardless. Three years, two national crowns and a runner-up finish. It was a run that would impress most people ... unless someone played for UCLA men's basketball during the 1963-64 to 1974-75 near-perfect tournament performance years.
Now, my question: Do any local high school teams have a chance to go on a run similar to the one South Carolina just had? Just this past school year, teams like Burke County football, Laney boys basketball, Aquinas boys soccer and Westminster girls soccer all won state championships. And then there are the final appearances from programs such as Aiken volleyball, Greenbrier baseball and Washington County girls basketball.
Of those on the list, it's one of the teams that didn't win this year that probably has the best chance to match a Carolina championship stretch.
The Washington County Lady Hawks went undefeated in 2010-11 and returned to the GHSA Class AAA title game in March. But the loss to Columbia in the final ended Washington County's 63-game unbeaten run, with Columbia becoming Stanford to Washington County's Connecticut.
However, with UNC commit Allisha Gray back for her senior season, the Lady Hawks have to like their chances of possibly making the final again. If they do, they'll be like the Gamecocks and make three championship showings in a row.
It would be a stretch that would make mostly everyone jealous. And then there's Wesleyan.