Sugar-Salem vs Homedale football headline(IF)

Headline says it all as a Sugar-Salem fan, Pasen Michaelson holds up a newspaper printed with “Diggers win State”! The Diggers beat Homedale for the State 3A football championship last fall.

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Sugar-Salem High School has undoubtedly been one of the most dominant school’s in the state over the last few years. Earlier this month, the Diggers finally received some national recognition when MaxPreps named them the most dominant program in Idaho.

MaxPreps has their own special formula that they use each year to determine the top programs in each state in what they call the MaxPreps Cup state rankings.

“The MaxPreps Cup is a formula that awards points to state champions and runners-up in nearly 20 sports,” according to MaxPreps article by writer Kevin Askland. “Points are weighted with more points going to larger states than smaller states, more popular sports (as determined by NFHS participation numbers), state enrollment playoff division and the number of teams competing in each playoff division. Programs are also awarded points for being named in national rankings for various sports.”

MaxPreps then added the last three seasons together to form a cumulative score according to the article.

Sugar-Salem received 3,072 points. Lone Peak won with 3,378 and Kelly Walsh (Casper) won with 1,975 in nearby Utah and Wyoming.

After selecting winners, Max Preps created a map with each states logo on it.

The Diggers dominance over the last two-and-a-half school years includes 16 Championships: two in football, two each in girls and boys cross country, Two each in girls and boys basketball, one in volleyball, two in wrestling, one in cheer and two in boys track. Not to mention three runner-up team and three consolation trophy winning teams.

The set to add to their crowded trophy cases this fall when sports are scheduled to return after the COVID-19 shutdown in the spring.