After a banner year on multiple fronts, Melissa High School has earned fourth place in the 2019 UIL Lone Star Cup rankings. The award, presented annually to one high school from each of the UIL’s six classifications, honors the top overall athletic, academic and extra-curricular programs in Texas.

Melissa trailed only first-place Argyle, Canyon and Liberty Hill in this year’s Class 4A rankings, edging out fifth-place Decatur by a point.

This was Melissa’s best showing since its second-place Class 2A finish for the 2011-2012 school year, when Melissa won a football state championship and sent its boys basketball team to the state tournament.

Besides athletics and academics, other school activities that figure into Lone Star Cup calculations include marching band, robotics, spirit, film and one-act play. Winning schools in each classification receive the Lone Star Cup trophy and a $1,000 scholarship. The award is sponsored by Texas Farm Bureau Insurance.

“Our goal as a girls program has always been to build a total program, where every team is consistently successful,” Melissa girls athletic director Claude Webb said recently. “I feel that is the goal of our [school] district, as well. The Lone Star Cup is the best indicator of a well-rounded, highly successful district as it gives recognition to schools that are equally strong in academics, athletics and the fine arts. I’m proud that our girls contributed so much to our overall success.”

Melissa boys athletic director Seth Stinton said, “We have had an awesome year in all areas and are excited to be in the running for the Lone Star Cup. Obviously, winning the Lone Star Cup is our goal so we still have lots of work to do before we reach the ultimate goal. We will strive to continuously improve in each area athletically.”

Highlights from Melissa’s 2018-19 school year include: state semifinal appearances by its volleyball and girls’ soccer teams; regional semifinal appearances by softball, baseball and girls’ basketball; a sixth-place state finals finish by the marching band; state runner-up for one-act play; and a regional-quarterfinals showing by team tennis.

In addition, the boys’ and girls’ golf teams both won district and regional titles, with Top 5 finishes at state; boys’ track and field took district and area championships, with two state gold medals; girls’ track and field claimed four state medals; boys’ cross country fielded the state-champion runner; girls’ cross country and girls’ wrestling had a state-qualifier each; girls’ powerlifting sent four to regionals; robotics reached state; cheerleaders finished Top 10 at state; and the film program produced a fourth-place state-finalist.