Winning a state championship in any sport is incredibly difficult. It requires dedication and focus throughout a long regular season and a difficult postseason in any sport. That difficulty makes what Robertson High School did this fall season even more impressive, winning state titles in both volleyball and football.
Nobody in this community should take these accomplishments for granted. Both were incredibly well earned. The volleyball team’s 27-0 record will forever live on, as the team will be remembered as one of the best in this town’s history. It also marked their second consecutive state championship, dating back to 2019. Going back to back in any sport is so improbable and impressive, and must be acknowledged.
For the football team, this marks their first state title since 2013, though they have been in the state title game several other times in recent years. This season was about finally taking that next step and establishing themselves as one of the most dominant teams at this level. A young team with great senior leadership made it through one of the toughest district schedules in recent memory with a battle tested mentality that carried them to a state championship.
Perhaps the most impressive thing was how well the community supported them last weekend as they attempted to earn the blue trophy.
There wasn’t a parking space left within a mile of the stadium, as fans from across Las Vegas and Santa Fe, there to support St. Michael’s High School, filled Cardinal Stadium to capacity. The atmosphere was truly electric. And the action on the field lived up to the hype.
There is no doubt Las Vegas will support its student athletes, especially in the biggest moments. There is an argument to be made that state championship games should always take place at a neutral site, the way they are with every other sport.
But last weekend was special because it took place in a venue without an incredibly large capacity. This was a game to be enjoyed by the biggest fans of both teams, those who have been there through every moment. And when the Robertson fans poured out of the stands at the end of the game, it was great for them to be able to celebrate on their home field.
During the celebration, many expressed their hopes of repeating next year and in the years to come. But this isn’t the time to think about that. Let’s allow these players to enjoy their special accomplishment without putting any added weight on them.
What Robertson pulled off this fall is monumental at this level, and should not be overlooked. These athletes are special, and they will forever be remembered at Robertson. We look forward to seeing athletes compete at both schools in the sports seasons to come and we hope for more special memories along the way.