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Atlanta is Title Town, Texas

To be nominally named Title Town, Texas or Title Town anywhere; sports players of every level must be successful in securing championships. 
From little league to the pros, football championships to sailing championships Title Town can be applied to the most dominating figures and teams known area to worldwide.
Prime examples are such as the Texas Longhorns’ Men’s Swimming and Diving team which won its 14th national crown and fourth straight in March or the fact that Alabama boasts the most NCAA football titles with 17, Green Bay boasts 13 NFL Championships (the most NFL championships for a city) and Boston boasts 10 sports championships in the 21st century, including at least one per major sports team; the Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins.
Each could carry the moniker “Title Town”.
Here in Cass County, Atlanta could also carry the moniker of “Title Town”.
Atlanta High School has eight state championships between three sports, several individual champions and innumerable championships like district, regional and area.
The Atlanta High School Track and Field program on the boys’ side leads the way with six state championships to date, 27 of 30 district championships (looking good for 28 of 31), two area championships and 12 regional titles.
The baseball team won a state championship in 1998 and the football team won a state title in 2003.
Atlanta’s first state championship team in any sport was the 1989 varsity boys’ track and field team under the guidance of then head coach Gordon Pynes. 
The Rabbits dominated runner-up Marlin by scoring 52 points to Marlin’s 28, and set several records in the process.
The program established a track dynasty in Atlanta that has dominated East Texas for 29 years and counting.  
The next track titles came in 1997, 2002, 2003 and 2004. The Rabbs were state runner-up in 1992, 2008 and 2016.
Last May Atlanta won its sixth track and field state championship overall.
The Rabbits watched regional rival Dallas Carter get as close as three points, but that wasn’t enough to unseat the champions from Atlanta.
Head Coach Nick Miller summed up perfectly how the Atlanta track team approaches every meet.
“State can be a vacation, an ‘oooh’ and ‘aaah’ event or a business trip,” Miller stated. “We are Atlanta and it’s always a business trip. We have a great track program in Atlanta and I’m honored to be part of it.”
A few other standout highlights include the Atlanta girls’ golf team winning 16 consecutive district titles and the cross country team winning 17 straight.
Individually several athletes have graced the state stage and won gold such as Chris Ibarra, Sarah Haydel and Alvin Battle who became Atlanta’s first powerlifting state champion.
There are obviously more titles to be shared that I don’t know of but these are a few that standout.
Atlanta has been dominant in football for some time and has shown brilliance in many other sports, but not many schools across the state can boast six state championships like the Runnin’ Rabbs’ track team.
From broken records to warranted hardware, Atlanta has proven it has earned the moniker “Title Town”.

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