Pittsburgh Press, March 24, 1952

 The state record for the longest winning streak stands at 68

Pittsburgh Press, March 18, 1952

Congratulations to the York Catholic girls and Coach Kevin Bankos!  Your streak is over, but the season continues-time to concentrate on new goals!
Count down to tie the record.....................
Win #58,
Friday Jan 4, 2008-York Catholic 42 Eastern York 39

Win #59, Saturday Jan 5, 2008-York Catholic 42 Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt  22

Win #60, Tuesday Jan 8, 2008-York Catholic 45, Fairfield 27

Win #61, Friday  Jan 11, 2008-York Catholic 42, Delone Catholic 29 (ties the PIAA record)
                                                                                                    York Record story by DeWeese HERE

the streak has ended, Trinity defeated the York girls 66-50 on Saturday Jan 12, 2008

If you look in the dictionary, the noun RECORD is defined as the following:
-the state of being recorded, as in writing
-an account in writing or the like preserving the memory or knowledge of facts or events
-a report, list, or aggregate of actions or achievements

 The record for winning streaks is now for another day.  Trinity ended the York Catholic girls streak at 61.  They had tied  the all-time PIAA record with their 42-29 win over Delone.  Their quest for the state record is over.  The pahoops.org  research at the State Library had verified West End St. James at  66 straight wins and the record to beat, but  then
Jeff  Dewees of the York Daily Record found  that West Philadelphia had 68 straight wins between 1976 and 1978 in seasons of 24-2 (1976), 30-0 (1977), and 33-1 (1978).  This was the mark for York Catholic was trying to reach, but that is now history.  The noun RECORD.

There was not a records repository or place that fans could turn to for information until the pahoops website was started ten years ago.  Now records are being recorded, as in writing and being preserved.  Once information is posted on our website we welcome fans, coaches and the media to come forward with new information that either confirms or challenges our data.  That way we can create a list of records that chronicles the achievements of Pennsylvania basketball teams and players.  Otherwise, their achievements are forgotten.  This methodology created by the pahoops website has helped to produce the updates.  We will continue to strive- to add, update, and publish the records!

These is the latest consecutive win streak list:
61-the PIAA record, Allentown High School
61-the PIAA record, tied by the York Catholic girls, Jan 11, 2008
66-the PCIAA record, West End St. James
68-the City of Philadelphia record, West Philadelphia
THEREFORE, 68 stands as the record for the state of Pennsylvania

   longest winning streak?
West Philadelphia had 68 straight wins between 1976 and 1978 in seasons of 24-2 (1976), 30-0 (1977), and 33-1 (1978). -
From 1950 to 1952, Pittsburgh West End St. James  recorded 66 straight wins and three PCIAA State titles.
-From 1944 to 1947, Allentown High School recorded 61 consecutive victories. The 1946 and 1947 championships were disputed by the PIAA.
61-The York Catholic
girls tied this long standing record on Jan 11, 2008.
  30-0 State title in 1993,  then a  29-1 Runner Up team in 1994.
1977-1979. The "Golden Girls" of Pottsville Nativity High School set the Lower Anthracite Region's all time win streak with 58, including a 48-41 win over Johnsonburg in the 1978 state championship game.
York Catholic boys' from 1989-91, the all-time York-Adams area winning streak
57-The Cranberry girls won 57 straight
after an early season loss in 93-94, they didn't lose again until the PIAA Western Finals in 94-95.
54-Carbondale Area Girls were undefeated in 1977 winning the AA state title at 31-0, then  going 23-2 in 78.
-Darby-Colwyn boys.  Between Mar '61 and Dec '63 coach Hal Blitman's "Rams" won 54 consecutive games.  (streak stopped by Sharon Hill 52-45).
53-Northwest Area boys. Their streak ended March 3, 1984 when Milton upset them on the Northwest court 43-42,
53-Montrose boys. From 1963 to 1965 they won 53 in a row before losing to Northern Cambria in the 1965 Class B Championship Game.
In 1964, Uniontown went undefeated the entire season, and in 1965 went undefeated until the WPIAL semi-final game, losing to Aliquippa.



Related links:  Pennsylvania Basketball Records  HERE                                                               Our previous article on St. James  HERE
                         Pennsylvania Coaching Records  HERE                                                                  Return to pahoops. org  HERE

Credits: Pittsburgh Press (now out of business) York Daily Record (Jeff Dewees),  szarmone@hotmail.com, Jonathon Shultz.