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The Woodlands named top athletic program

After successfully defending its Texas Class 5A Lone Star Cup (based on overall athletic success in a season), The Woodlands can claim another distinction: the overall ESPN RISE FAB 50 title.

The Highlanders have been a multi-sport powerhouse in Texas for many years, and the 2008-09 school year was no exception. The Woodlands' boys' and girls' cross country teams and the girls' swimming and diving team took home state titles. The football, volleyball and boys' swimming teams won district championships.

But it was success on the national stage that was taken into account when tabulating the results of the overall FAB 50 title.

The FAB 50 employed the following point system: five points for a No. 1 final ranking, four for a top 10 finish, three for a top 25, two for a top 40 and 1.5 for a top 50. Any school with more than one team in a final FAB 50 also was awarded 1.5 bonus points. In the event of ties, the school with the most ranked teams went first, followed by the school with the highest-ranked team. After that, ties were broken based on other factors, such as teams that were at in contention for a nationally title at one point, or schools having a team that was regionally ranked.

Final FAB 50 rankings utilized for the overall FAB 50 were in football, boys' volleyball, girls' volleyball, boys' basketball, girls' basketball, boys' soccer, girls' soccer, baseball and softball. We obtained a final top 50 team ranking in boys' cross country, girls' cross country, boys' track and girls' track from ESPN RISE's DyeStat.com, and also used Lax Power's final top 50 boys' lacrosse rankings.

Mark Tennis is a deputy editor of ESPN RISE.