UC has won 19 state titles this decade
Union County's public high schools have brought home 51 state championships over the past 38 years, according to records kept by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.
The county has added 19 state titles over the past five years, including seven in 2013-14.
Sun Valley's baseball team won Union County's first state title in 1977.
Monroe's boys basketball team followed in 1980.
Sun Valley High has won a county-high 20 state championships over a 31-year span.
The Spartans broke a 17-year drought when the softball team won the 3A state title in early June.
Most of Sun Valley's state championships were won in the 1980s and 1990s, including five in a row by the boys cross country team from 1986-90.
Sun Valley won eight state championships in boys cross country over a 14-year span (1986-99), the most of any sports program in county history.
Union County won 14 state titles in the 1980s, 14 more in the 1990s and three in the 2000s.
Monroe High has won nine team titles — second most among the county's 10 public high schools.
The Redhawks won their third straight state championship in girls outdoor track and field last May.
Marvin Ridge won a county-record four state titles in 2013-14.
Despite being a seven-year-old school, Marvin Ridge ranks third in the county with seven state championships.
Eight of the county's high schools have won at least one team state title in the last five years.
For a span of 12 years, Weddington's 2003 girls cross country team was the only Union County team to claim a state championship.
When Marvin Ridge won the state title in boys track in the Spring of 2009, it was the first of 20 state championships for UC over a span of 61 months.
Union County's State Championship History
Union County's high school sports teams have combined to win 51 state championships, according to NCHSAA records, which date back an entire century (1914). In fairness to history, UC has twice as many public high schools now (10) as it did from 1960 through 1999, and the NCHSAA recognizes more sports.
State championships by high school
Breakdown by decades
1980s: 14 state titles
Sun Valley 7
Forest Hills 1
1990s: 14 state titles
Sun Valley 11
Forest Hills 1
2000s: 3 state titles
Marvin Ridge 2
2010s: 19 (and counting)
Marvin Ridge 5
Sun Valley 1
Porter Ridge 1
Central Academy 1