It’s been a long time since the Oak Hill Academy Junior High boys team has lost a game.
The impressive streak that was started during the 2010-2011 season has now stretched to 42 games, as the Raiders get ready to host Indianola Academy tomorrow night.
“They’re pretty good,” said Oak Hill head coach Brian Middleton emphatically on Tuesday afternoon. “They work really hard during the summer.”
It’s not just the summer drills that have contributed to this remarkable winning streak. It’s the dedication throughout the entire year that has led to this success.
“I just let out practice,” Middleton said in a phone interview Tuesday. “I see eight junior high boys still shooting. I’m going to have to let them out of the gym.”
Middleton’s 2010-2011 bunch lost to Heritage Academy that year. That was the last time the team was defeated. They also fell to Manchester during that season, which was the last time the group has lost in a district match.
Looking at the pictures that span three seasons, one can see how the team has grown in size over time. Many of the players who started the streak are starters for the varsity team today.
“My juniors are the group that started it all,” Middleton said.
After the losses in 2010, Oak Hill finished the 2011-2012 season 25-0. As of right now, the team is 14-0, and is coming off of district win against Manchester that was a blowout.
“My starters played three minutes on Saturday night,” Middleton said.
Middleton says that winning has kept the teams pumped about basketball.
“They get excited about it,” he said. “The winning does help.”
Not every contest has been easy for this bunch.
“We’ve had some close calls,” Middleton said. “We’ve had some teams take us into overtime. Indianola took us into overtime, and they come in Thursday night.”
Middleton’s group of 18 is prepared to take on the Colonels and eventually try to reach the 50 mark.
“It’s huge,” Middleton said. “That’s an accomplishment. Forty-two in a row comes once in a blue moon. I don’t care what level you’re on, it’s hard to go undefeated. That’s a big deal.”
The Raiders will go for No. 43 in a row tomorrow night at 4 p.m.