Yates: Best Ever?

Here in Houston there's a high school basketball team that may be one of the best ever in the state of Texas. Not only is the Jack Yates boys' basketball team undefeated, they've won many of their games by a hundred points or more. The school held a big pep rally as the team headed for the state semi-finals in Austin. Bill Stamps has more.
(Music from the Yates High School band )

The Yates High School basketball team is just two games away from winning its second straight state championship. As the buses waited outside the school for their trip to Austin, students, faculty and other fans gave them a big send off.

"You have proved yourself champions in the city and now you're only two games away from confirming what we already know...that you are the best official high school basketball team in the state of Texas."

That was city councilmember Jolanda Jones. But the praise from politicians didn't end there. Next Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee called from Washington to with the team good luck.

"Coach, thank you for a great job and I'm very proud to be able to say Washington D.C. is on notice for the mighty Lions Yates team."

This year's Yates squad isn't just good. They're being mentioned with some of the best teams in Houston history. The haven't just won all their games, they've destroyed teams...so bad some accused the coach of not showing sportsmanship. You don't tell that to the students who want another championship.

(Sound of Yates band)

A tall- graying middle aged man by the name of Stretch Campbell was at the rally. He played for Yates in the early 70's and was a two-time All American. But he's not sure who would win if that Yates team played this one. 

"For the two years I played here,  we won 99 games and lost 9."
 
(Cheering).

The high school is just a block away from the University of Houston. The basketball teams has been drawing big crowds all year. Many sports websites have them ranked number one in the entire country. Principal Ronald Mumphrey and Coach Greg Wise say all the attention is good for the school.

"We feel like it gives us a positive light. A lot of people think we're j just an athletic school, but we're an academic school. And we're asking that the Houston community as a whole come in and check out what we're doing here at Yates High school. They're going to find that the students are doing some outstanding things."

"I feel like the community has taken us in and showed the pride — the ex-Yates people and alumni and the community has.  And the way our kids has bonded with them and you can see all the people that have come out to the games and that's been the most special part to me to see how many have taken our kids in."

The Lions will take on The Colony, Thursday in Austin.