FHS Athletics Named Nation's #2 Program
FHS Athletics Named Nation's #2 Program
Posted on 05/03/2017

MaxPreps.com has ranked the Fayetteville High School athletic program as the #2 program in the nation in their “MaxPreps Cup Winter Update” released on April 20.  The MaxPreps Cup is awarded annually to the nation’s top high school athletic program.

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FHS teams have won five 7A state championships during the 2016-17 school year, including, volleyball, football, dance, boys golf and girls basketball. FHS teams in boys and girls cross country and girls tennis finished their seasons as 7A state runner-up champions this year.

“The Fayetteville High School athletic program has long been outstanding, and realizing multiple girls and boys sports as leaders at the 7A level is an incredible accomplishment,” said Dr. Matthew Wendt, Superintendent of Schools. “Under athletic director Steve Janski, FPS is reaching new heights.  His exemplary leadership and vision, along with his work ethic, character and ability to forge relationships and partnerships place him at a distinguished level found only in nationally-recognized school districts across America.”

The MaxPreps Cup is determined by ranking all schools that win a state championship or finish second at the state level (or section level if there is no state competition). Points are also weighted, rewarding states that have a large number of schools, as well as more points to schools that compete in larger enrollment divisions.

“It is a tremendous honor for our athletic program to be ranked #2 nationally by MaxPreps,” said Steve Janski, Director of Athletics. “We have outstanding student-athletes, a dynamic coaching staff, and passionate community support. This national ranking is a great reflection of that and their accomplishments so far this year.”

“FHS has created a culture of expectation. From our community, administration, faculty, coaches, and athletes, that culture produces consistent winners,” said FHS girls head basketball coach Vic Rimmer. “The commitment, work ethic, and passion it takes to be successful need only be cultivated, not created.”

Fayetteville has a long history of success in athletics, academics and the arts,” said Jessica Phelan, FHS head volleyball coach. “Excellence is ‘not an act but a habit’ in our community, and it’s an honor to work with so many outstanding educators and coaches. Inspiration surrounds us as we cultivate the road to success. Congratulations to our hard working student athletes for this recognition of their athletic accomplishments!”

FHS teams have won 44 state championships in the past ten years and 142 in the modern area of high school athletics in Arkansas. Three FHS student athletes and three coaches will be recognized as the athlete or coach of the year in their respective sports at the 2017 AR Preps banquet in Little Rock on June 17.

“I offer my sincere congratulations and a special thank you to our head coaches, assistant and volunteer coaches, and other district employees who are involved with our athletic program, including at junior high and younger levels. Great high school athletic programs are the result of great teaching and coaching in the early years,” added Dr. Wendt. “I also extend congratulations to our student-athletes, their parents and families, and our community of supporters. Fayetteville is just a special place.”