Each year the UIL and Texas Dodge Dealers team up to present one school from each of the five UIL classifications with the Lone Star Cup, given to the best overall athletic and academic programs in Texas.

Midlothian finished the 2006-07 school year in the Lone Star Cup Top-10 for the first time ever.

“I really feel good about our overall program,” MHS athletic director Randy Bullock said. “Making the Top-10 makes a statement about our kids and coaches as well as our administration and teachers.

“It is a total effort to prepare our kids for college and life through academics and athletics.

“Our kids perform at a very high level in the classroom. 70 percent of our kids are academically recognized in our sports programs,” Bullock said. “They exhibit character, teamwork, discipline and work ethic on their way to becoming quality citizens in our society.

Academic work is as important as the work put in on the court and on the field. This says a lot about our school system.”

The schools are judged based on their overall team achievement in UIL athletic and academic championships. Included in the competition is one-act play, state academic meet, and the following team sports: boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, football, softball, volleyball, team tennis and baseball; individual sports include boys and girls cross country, boys and girls golf, boys and girls track and field, boys and girls wrestling and boys and girls swimming.

“We are really proud of this accomplishment, but we are not satisfied with where we are. We want to do better. We want to be the very best in the state,” Bullock concluded.

In Class 5A Plano West won in a tie-break over Humble Kingwood, while in Class 4A Highland Park nudged Friendswood for the trophy and $1,000 check.

Class 5A finishers in order were Plano West, Humble Kingwood, Austin Westlake, The Woodlands, Flower Mound Marcus, Houston Cypress-Fairbanks, Southlake Carroll, Katy Cinco Ranch, San Antonio Churchill and San Antonio Reagan.

Class 4A finishers in order of finish were Highland Park, Friendswood, Aledo, Brenham, Canyon Randall, Montgomery, Waco Midway, Wichita Falls Rider, Cedar Park Vista Ridge, Midlothian, Boerne and Buda Hays.

Midlothian placed third in the state in the Academic Championships. Events included State Cross-Examination Debate, State One-Act Play, and the State Academic Meet, all held at the University of Texas at Austin.