"A quick story on Jake. One of our former players--Pat Presley--came through. He started for us for four years at shortstop. He has some young children now, around 10-12 years of age. Towards the end of the year we finished a ball game, and they came in the dugout after our game was over and asked Jake, 'Would you please sign our hats.' And Jake said, 'I'll tell you what, I'll sign your stuff, but first you have to sign mine.'

"He'd have every right to have a big ego, but he has none whatsoever. He's just an unbelievable player."

In addition to Taylor and Sparks, who led Shawnee with 12 home runs, the Wolves got a tremendous season out of junior Kade Self, who led the team in both slugging (.947) and on-base percentage (.629), while walking 34 times and striking out just 13.

For the season, Shawnee outscored their opponents 495-117, including a 12-7 win against Claremore (Okla.) High in the championship game.

"I just feel very blessed," Boyer said. "What a great opportunity for me to coach a great group of kids. I'm very, very proud of this group. It's just hard to put into words."

After the season, Boyer walked away from his head coaching job and took over as Shawnee's athletic director, where he'll have the opportunity to impact many more student-athletes. He'll miss the relationships with his players, and the coaches he's become friends with, but Boyer is leaving behind a legitimate high school dynasty. And what could be better than that?

"(My wife and I) sat down and talked a lot about it, prayed about it," Boyer said. "We just felt like it couldn't be better timing. You win three straight championships, you win 40 in a row to end the year.

"That's the storybook ending."

Team Of The Year
1992Westminster Christian HS, Miami
1993Greenway HS, Phoenix
1994Sarasota (Fla.) HS
1995Germantown (Tenn.) HS
1996Westminster Christian HS, Miami
1997Jesuit HS, Tampa
1998Vestavia Hills (Ala.) HS
1999Lassiter HS, Marietta, Ga.
2000Gloucester Catholic HS, Gloucester City, N.J.
2001Seminole (Fla.) HS
2002Elkins HS, Missouri City, Texas
2003Chatsworth (Calif.) HS
2004Chatsworth (Calif.) HS
2005Russell County HS, Seale, Ala.
2006The Woodlands (Texas) HS
2007Wilson HS, Long Beach, Calif.
2008American Heritage HS, Plantation, Fla.
2009Bishop Gorman HS, Las Vegas
2010Flanagan HS, Pembroke Pines, Fla.
2011Archbiship McCarthy HS, Southwest Ranches, Fla.
2012Parkview HS, Lilburn, Ga.
2013Harvard-Westlake HS, Studio City, Calif.
2014Barbe HS, Lake Charles, La.
2015Parkview HS, Lilburn, Ga.
2016Stoneman Douglas HS, Parkland, Fla.
2017Shawnee (Okla.) HS