Shiner's 10th trip to the state softball tournament culminated with the Lady Comanches winning their fifth state championship.
Shiner welcomes Bethany Nevlud as she makes it to home plate after completing a homerun during the UIL Class 2A State Championship game.
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all photos by Scott Julian, special to the Advocate
Shiner had barely begun celebrating at Red & Charline McCombs Field in Austin when Superintendent Trey Lawrence was besieged by fans.
"I remember after we won the state softball championship, people were coming up to me," Lawrence said. "They were asking, 'Does that put us over the top?'"
Lawrence was not able to give a definitive answer at the time, but he knew the odds were in Shiner's favor.
Supposition turned to reality Wednesday when the UIL announced Shiner had won the 2014-15 Class 2A UIL Lone Star Cup.
The award, which is presented by State Farm, recognizes schools based on their overall achievement in a variety of sanctioned academic, athletic and music championships, but is heavily weighted toward athletics.
"That's the big thing," said Shiner athletic director Steven Cerny, who is the head coach in football and softball. "The best indicator of the entire program is the Lone Star Cup. I don't know how many years now we've made the playoffs in every sport with both boys and girls, and that's quite an accomplishment right there. We got points from all the sports and finished in the top three of district."
Shiner scored 60 points and won the Lone Star Cup for the third time since it was first presented during the 1997-98 school year.
Martin's Mill finished second in Class 2A with 52 points.
Shiner will receive its trophy at a football game in the upcoming season.
Shiner also won the Lone Star Cup for the 2001-02 and 2000-01 school years.
The school has been close a number of times, finishing second to Weimar the last two years.
"That award is special," Lawrence said. "It includes the entire gambit of what we do. I think we've been second place like five years in a row and one year we lost in a tiebreaker.
Shiner players raise the UIL Class 2A state championship trophy in celebration after defeating Harleton in the UIL Class 2A State Championship game.
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"It means you have great coaches, great sponsors, great kids, and great parents," he continued. "It's a complete team effort."
Shiner made the playoffs in every sport and also won the state title in marching band last year, which carried over to this season.
The Lady Comanches won the state championship in softball, and finished third at the state track and field meet.
"I think this year what happened, especially in our district, is there were some very good teams," Cerny said. "I think across the entire classification, nobody was able to dominate in more than one sport so it took a whole lot of effort like we had to accumulate the points.
"You know you had Canadian in football, Schulenburg in basketball, Schulenburg girls in volleyball, and Weimar girls in basketball. There were a lot of good teams out there in different sports. I thought it was more important than ever to get all the sports to be successful besides one or two."
Cerny gives the bulk of the credit to the students who take part in extracurricular activities.
"In our school, almost everybody does at least two," he said. "We have several who do three and four as well. For the most part, everybody contributes in at least two sports.
"We go from sport to sport," he added. "We really try to give everybody a fair chance to succeed. You're just not going to do it all in one sport and win the Lone Star Cup."
Other Lone Star Cup winners were Southlake Carroll in Class 6A, Austin Vandegrift in Class 5A, Argyle in Class 4A, Brock in Class 3A and Cross Plains in Class 1A.
2014-2015 UIL Lone Star Cup 2A Results screenshot