Shanley High School - Athletics

Athletics

The athletic teams at Shanley are called "The Deacons".

Shanley had one of the most prominent football teams in the state through the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, led by coach Sid Cichy. At one time the Deacons had the longest consecutive unbeaten streak in the country: 59 games in a row, with the 32-16 loss coming at the hands of Wahpeton in 1970. Earlier in the same season the winning streak ended after 53 games with a 0-0 tie with Grand Forks Central. Their last Class "A" state championship was in 1983 when the undefeated Deacons defeated Bismarck St. Mary's under head coach Bruce Larson. Coincidentally, that same day the girls basketball team won the state championship in Williston.

In 2009, Shanley was reclassed to "AA", the second level of North Dakota's four-class football system. It was the first year Shanley had not competed at the level of the largest schools in the state, with some over 1800 students larger by enrollment. On November 14 of that year, Shanley won the "AA" state football championship, defeating Devils Lake 31-30 in overtime, the first overtime finish of a state championship game in "Dakota Bowl" history, which is the event that decides all four of the state's football champions.

In 2010, the Deacons won their second consecutive "AA" championship, again against Devils Lake, on a last second field goal which put them ahead 24-21.

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