Hawaii is represented in the National Federation of State High School Associations’ record book for football.
Cal Lee’s Saint Louis teams are listed as having the nation’s longest streak of consecutive state championships, tying with Sioux Falls Washington of South Dakota from 1951 to 1964. No other state claims a streak of double digits.
Here’s the list in the official record book:
Saint Louis, Honolulu (1986-99)
Sioux Falls Washington, SD (1951-64)
Phoenix Union, AZ (1920-28)
Charlotte Independence, NC (2000-07)
Salt Lake, UT (1898-1905)
Hammonton St. Joesph, NJ (1999-2006)
Addison Driscoll, IL (2001-07)
Animas, NM (1984-90)
Massillon Washington, OH (1935-41)
Massillon Washington, OH (1948-54)
Sidney, MT (1987-93)
Montvale St. Joseph, NJ (1999-2005)
Saint Louis was undoubtedly the best team in the state over that span, but to call its Oahu Prep Bowl championships state titles is more than a little misleading. Newspapers every year referred to it as Hawaii’s “mythical” state championship, but the national federation seems to have shattered the myth.
Like Sadaharu Oh and Josh Gibson before them in the World Series, a good portion of the state was not invited to the party for all but the last year of the Crusaders’ run. The Oahu Prep Bowl pitted the OIA and ILH champions against each other at the end of every season, and there was nothing the BIIF, MIL or KIF champions could do to claim the title.
The Crusaders played three neighbor-island teams during their Prep Bowl run, beating Baldwin 42-7 in 1996, Waiakea 41-0 in 1989 and Hilo 61-0 in 1988. A neighbor-island school has never appeared in the state championship game since it began in 1999.
The Hawaii High School Athletic Association is aware of the quandary and is discussing it. Even if Saint Louis was pushed off the list, there is room for another Hawaii team. ‘Iolani is in line to join the elite group if it can capture its seventh straight championship this year.
Although there is probably a Hawaii record in the book that shouldn’t be, there is also one missing that probably should.
Elsewhere in the record book is a list of longest rivals in terms of games.
Westerly of Rhode Island and Stonington of Connecticut have played 151 times since 1911, the oldest rivalry in terms of games currently on the books. That’s a lot of games, but the ILH’s Punahou and Kamehameha have hooked up 179 times since the first game in 1903.
The HHSAA will submit that to the Federation.