Texas member sets national record for high school basketball wins
The winningest high school basketball coach in U.S. history is a faithful member of the Church of Christ.
Coach Leta Andrews of Granbury High School in Texas earned her historic win No. 1,334 this week.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported:
GRANBURY — As the final minute of Granbury’s home game against Midlothian ticked away Tuesday, the Pirates’ home crowd rose, cheering loudly.
The fans were yelling for more than a 62-43 Granbury win. They chanted coach Leta Andrews’ name as she picked up her 1,334th career victory.
With the victory, Andrews, who already has the record for the most high school girls coaching wins in the nation, passed Fort Worth Dunbar legend Robert Hughes’ mark for the most boys wins.
“It has been a wonderful ride,” Andrews told the packed home crowd after the game ended.
When the final seconds disappeared, Andrews’ players lifted her in celebration and carried her to midcourt. As Andrews received flowers and praise, the Pirates used giant strips of red tape to cross off the final win on a countdown banner on the wall.
Then Andrews — with tears rolling down her face — hugged her husband, David, and the rest of her family. The party continued as Andrews invited more than 20 of her former players to join her on the court.
Richard Blythe, minister of the Lake Merced Church of Christ in San Francisco, alerted The Christian Chronicle to Andrews’ accomplishment.
“I was at Magic Valley Christian College in Albion, Idaho, with Leta and Dave 50 years ago,” Blythe said in a Facebook message. “When I knew them, they were a great Christian family!”
They still are.
“She is a very active member here,” said John Knox, preaching minister for the Granbury Church of Christ. “Leta is an amazing Christian lady, whom we hold in very high esteem.”
Read an Associated Press feature on Andrews.
FeedbackCongratulations to Coach Andrews on her impressive record. What an accomplishment!
I also noticed that she is a “faithful member of the Church of Christ.” What does that mean? Are there “unfaithful members of the Church of Christ”? What constitutes a faithful member? Feeding the hungry? Visiting prisoners? Caring for orphans and widows? Unblemished church attendance? Washed in the blood?
I’ve seen the term “faithful Christian” all my life, but have never had anyone explain what that means. Thanks.Steve Holt Sr.December, 11 2010We.., Steve, I believe it means she is totally involved with the church, not just a Sunday morning person. She probably takes part in as much evangelism, social work and caring for others as possible, not just in the building, but wherever she goes. She is an example of what Christ would look like if he had been a woman – concerned for the lost and the hurting. That is what I believe a faithful Christian is – not a nominal one. And though I do not know Leta Andrews, I believe that is what is meant in calling her a faithful Christian. And yes, unfortumately, there are unfaithful Christians – those who really do not care for Jesus or His church, but claim to.Jeanne M.December, 11 2010