By Mark Morrow
Sports Editor

It was yet another sports season full of success for Greyhound Nation.
Carmel High School can rejoice over being No.1 . . . and not just in Indiana, where the Greyhounds have won 154 IHSAA state titles . . . but now they’ve added another National Championship to the school’s impressive résumé.
Carmel won the MaxPreps Cup, which signifies that the Hamilton County powerhouse has been crowned as the 2019-20 Best All-Around High School Sports Program in the United States by the popular MaxPreps.com sports website.
It also marks the first time that the Hounds have won the award. Carmel has been ranked in the Top 10 eight of the last nine years by MaxPreps.com, which has presented the annual award since 2012.
“It is great recognition for our programs and our community,” said Jim Inskeep, Carmel HS athletic director. “We are most proud of the consistency in the athletic department over the last decade and longer. It takes everyone going in the same direction to have that type of success.’’
“We have a special group of head coaches right now and it is exciting to see them learn from each other and share ideas. It is the type of collaboration you want to see, just like in the classroom.”
The MaxPreps Cup is a formula for identifying top high school athletic programs in the nation using state championships and runner-up finishes to award points. Other factors affecting the point totals include popularity of sport, size of state, state enrollment divisions and the number of schools in each state enrollment division. Points are also awarded for national rankings where available.
In the fall, Carmel won state titles in boys tennis and football, and then added a state runner-up in girls soccer and boys cross country
Carmel, which was in third place following the fall season, earned state championships from the boys and girls swimming teams to vault into the top spot.
The 2020 IHSAA spring season was canceled following sectional basketball tournaments because of the coronavirus. Part of the winter season was also canceled. The defending Class 4A state-champion boys basketball team also won Sectional 8 at Noblesville.
The Carmel girls swim team won its national-best 34th straight state title, while the boys swimmers won a record sixth-successive state championship.
Those two state titles put Carmel at 1,490 points in the MaxPreps Cup ranking system. The Hounds finished 152 points ahead of runner-up Champlain Valley Union of Hinesburg, Vt.