Five North Texas boys’ high school basketball teams — three from the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex — won UIL state championships last weekend.
The teams played in semifinal games on March 9 and 10 and the finals on March 11 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
Lake Highlands (34-3) won its first state title since 1968 with a 55-44 victory against Beaumont United in the 6A state championship. It was the Wildcats’ first appearance in the state tournament since that year. Their only losses this season came against defending state champion Duncanville and teams from California and Washington, D.C.
Dallas Kimball (33-2) took home the 5A crown with a 69-48 win against Killeen Ellison. Kimball has won seven state championships in basketball, the most of any Dallas ISD school. The Knights won 28 consecutive games to close the season after losing to Wheeler High School of Atlanta, Georgia.
Oak Cliff Faith Family Academy (33-3) earned its second consecutive 4A state title and third state championship overall by defeating Houston Washington, 70-56. No in-state team beat the Eagles this season, as all three losses were against national powerhouses.
Lipan (38-1) took the 2A state title with a 50-46 win against La Rue La Poynor. Timpson was the only school to defeat the Indians this season.
Graford (37-3) also completed its quest for back-to-back state 1A titles with a 49-44 win in overtime against Jayton. The Jackrabbits’ only three losses came against 2A and 3A teams.
The only team outside North Texas to win a state title this season was the 3A champion, Hitchcock (31-7), who defeated Childress 68-45.
Additionally, three girls’ teams from North Texas won state basketball titles earlier this month.
Frisco Liberty (29-10) won the 5A state championship for the first time since 2020. The Redhawks beat Lubbock Cooper, 57-52, and finished the year on a 16-game win streak after a tough start.
“Given the fact that we had been injured early in the year, it really was, ‘Can this group ever get to a point where it can develop chemistry?'” head coach Ross Reedy told The Dallas Express.
“We knew when we did get to that point, we would be a tough out. I still think our best play was ahead of us.”
Holliday (34-3) knocked off defending state champion Fairfield 58-47 to take the 3A crown. It was the Eagles’ first state basketball championship win.
Lipan (35-3) also won the 2A girls’ state championship with a 53-48 win against defending champion Gruver. The two teams have alternated winning the state championship over the past four years.