October 10, 1987 -- It's not usually news when a team loses, but it was on this day. The longest winning streak in high school team sports history came to an end.
Sweet Home's girls volleyball team lost to Horseheads, 15-8, 14-16, and 15-11, in the Eden tournament. It snapped Eden's winning streak at an amazing 292.
"I'm glad, and I know our girls are glad, that we lost to a program similar to ours, one that starts girls in the seventh grade and is a very technical program" Sweet Home coach Sally Kus said to the News' Mike Harrington.
Sweet Home faced four match points in the second game, but fought them off to force a third game. But Horseheads was too good from there, giving Kus only her 13th career loss since 1974. She had 379 career wins at the time.
"We love the competition of playing them," Horseheads coach Tom Skidmore said. "You always go aganist them with the thought -- and the hope-- that you can beat them. It's really amazing to think about this. That streak is unbelievable. When the match ended, it was strange because we felt bad for them. They've accomplished something to be proud of forever. Sure, we were happy to win but we felt bad they had to lose."
Two days later, the Sweet Home boys volleyball team came to the girls' practice and gave each player a rose in honor of the streak.
--- Budd Bailey