2015-16 America's Best Athletic Program
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Iowa - Washington, Regina
Illinois - George Washington, Mother McAuley
West Virginia - Charleston Catholic, Morgantown
Kansas - St. Thomas Aquinas, Hesston
North Dakota - Fargo South, Hazen
Missouri - St. Francis Borgia, Lafayette
Colorado - Thompson Valley, Regis Jesuit
Minnesota - Southwest Minnesota Christian, Blue Earth
South Dakota - Tea Area, T.F. Riggs
Georgia - Dalton, Woodward Academy
Indiana - Valparasio, North Central
Idaho - Boise, Blackfoot
Michigan - Lake Orion, Seaholm
Nebraska - Sidney, Omaha Scutt Catholic
Oregon - Burns, South Eugene
Arizona - Valley Christian, Desert Vista
Nevada - Bishop Gorman, Spanish Springs
Utah - Richfield, Maple Mountain
About the Best Athletic Program Contest:
Who has the best athletic program in the country? USA TODAY High School Sports is giving the fans the opportunity to decide. The next installment of the “America’s Best” contest series will be the 2015-16 America’s Best Athletic Program.
The contest will take place over a 10-month period (August – June), where schools from each state, including Washington D.C., that have won a state championship in the past three academic years (2012-15) in a state sanctioned sport will compete for the best athletic program in the country. States will be rolled out in groups of three (3) in two-week increments over the 10-month period.
There will be three (3) rounds of voting by the public with the State Round commencing on August 31, 2015. See below for the date of your state.
State: Aug. 31 – May. 13
8/31/15:Arizona, Utah, Nevada
9/14/15: Michigan, Oregon, Nebraska
9/28/15: Georgia, Indiana, Idaho
10/12/15: Minnesota, Colorado, South Dakota
10/26/15: Missouri, Kansas, North Dakota
11/9/15: Illinois, Iowa, West Virginia
11/30/15: Washington, Wisconsin, Montana
12/14/15: Ohio, Kentucky, Rhode Island
1/11/16: California, Mississippi, D.C.
1/25/16: Florida, Oklahoma, Maine
2/8/16: Texas, Tennessee, Hawaii
2/22/16: New York, Maryland, Delaware
3/7/16: Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Wyoming
3/21/16: Alabama, South Carolina, Alaska
4/4/16: North Carolina, Connecticut, New Hampshire
4/18/16: New Jersey, Arkansas, Montana
5/2/16: Virginia, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Mexico
Group: May 16 – May 24
National: May 25 – June 2
State Round – States will be rolled out in groups of three (3), every two (2) weeks, with the first three beginning at 12:00 p.m. (E.T.) August 31, 2015 and ending at 2:00 p.m. (E.T.) September 11, 2015 (“Voting Period”). The voting period for each state is a total of twelve (12) days. All eligible voters may submit votes by going to http://contest.usatodayhss.com/ and clicking “Vote Now” and select one of schools listed. The top two (2) vote getters from each state will advance to round one of the National Voting, along with the 18 high schools in the nation that received the highest number of votes, but did not finish in the top two in their state. There is no limit to the number of times an individual can vote.
Group Round – The first round beginning at 12:00 p.m. (E.T.) May 16, 2016 and ending at 2:00 p.m. (E.T.) May 24, 2016, all eligible voters may submit votes by going to http://contest.usatodayhss.com/ and vote for one of the schools. The 10 schools from each group that receive the highest number of eligible votes will move on to the final round, along with the top five (5) vote getters, no matter what group, that did not finish in the top ten (10) of its group. There is no limit to the number of times an individual can vote.
Final Round - The final round beginning at 12:00 p.m. (E.T.) May 25, 2016 and ending at 2:00 p.m. (E.T.) June 2, 2016, all eligible voters may submit votes by going to http://contest.usatodayhss.com/ and vote for one of the schools. The final round of national voting will consist of 25 schools, the top 10 vote getters from each group in the first round of national voting, along with the five (5) high schools in that received the highest number of votes, but did not finish in the top 10 of its group. There is no limit to the number of times an individual can vote.
First Place: The Athletic Dept. of the high school will receive $2,500 and a banner
Second Place: The Athletic Dept. of the high school will receive $1,500 and a banner
Third Place: The Athletic Dept. of the high school will receive $500 and a banner
**All 10 finalist schools will receive a banner for being a finalist.