The Bulldogs also stack up nicely when compared to two other Southeast Texas schools. Mid-County rival Port Neches-Groves has been just as successful at winning district crowns, taking 12 of its own over the past five years. However, the Indians trail Nederland with just 30 playoff wins over that stretch.
While Nederland has topped 10 playoff victories as a program twice in that stretch, the most PN-G has had came in the 2009-10 season, when it won nine games, headlined by a trip to the regional semifinals by the baseball team.
Similarly, last year’s All Sport Award winner Barbers Hill comes close to equaling Nederland’s run. The Eagles have more district championships (18-15) and more wins in the past two seasons (21-18), but have just 33 playoff wins in the past five seasons.
Even more impressively, the Nederland athletes continue to juggle athletics with success in the classroom.
“Our athletes, they have a heavy load to bear,” Neumann said. “It’s a lot of work to play all those sports and still excel in the classroom. We had our sports banquet recently and 100-120 of our student athletes achieved academic all-district recognition. They’re achieving in both places. That success goes hand in hand with the work they put in.”
The Nederland program took a hit through Friday’s graduation, losing a number of players who were key to deep playoff runs in many sports. That means the Bulldogs will once again be reloading this summer in an attempt to keep this great run of playoff success going next year.
“That bar is set pretty high now,” Neumann said. “But, I think our next crop of athletes is more than up to the challenge of clearing it.”
Total Playoff Victories Last 2 Years District Titles
Lake Travis 92 26 14
Brenham 82 15 18
Katy 56 16 10
Nederland 44 18 15
North Shore 38 18 15
Barbers Hill 33 21 17
PN-G 30 4 12
Silsbee 28 14 10
Ozen 24 12 3
Central 21 9 6
H-J 19 6 5
Bridge City 15 2 4
WO-S 13 7 5
PAM 13 7 4
West Brook 11 4 6