Mt. Pleasant, SC – Earlier this week, MaxPreps, which is the home for all things associated with high school athletics across the country, announced it final MaxPrep Cup standings for the 2022-23 academic year.
It is the 12th year for MaxPreps to recognize the top high school athletics programs from across the nation.
Oceanside Collegiate Academy, which produced seven state championship teams during the past year, with five other programs finishing as state runners-up, finished ranked No. 8 in the nation.
“This recognition of all the hard work put in by the administrators, coaches and most importantly, the student-athletes, is truly appreciated,” Oceanside Director of Athletics Mark Meyer said. “Our family centric culture, emphasizing elite academics in addition to elite athletics, truly works.”
Oceanside, which competes in the South Carolina High School League Class 2A based on its enrollment, won state titles four state titles in girls sports (tennis, volleyball, lacrosse and soccer) to go with three in boys sports (baseball, soccer and tennis), had two teams finish the year ranked among the top 20 teams in the country
The boys soccer team finished with a No. 2 national ranking while the girls soccer team finished with a No. 17 national ranking.
“Playing for Oceanside is such a family environment,” Miah Johnson, a senior member of the OCA volleyball program said. “We win together, we lose together, and all of our accomplishments are done with hard work, passion and truly couldn’t have been achieved without everyone in the Oceanside volleyball family.”
In addition to the state title winning teams, OCA also had two girls teams (swimming and golf) and three boys teams (football, basketball and golf) finish as state runners-up.
MaxPreps awards points to schools for state championships and state runner-up finishes as well as national rankings. Additional points are weighted based on the popularity of a sport based on participation numbers, the size of the state and the enrollment of the schools in the playoff division.
Oceanside piled up a total of 1,924 points for 2022-23, finishing 56 points behind Carmel (Ind.) High for seventh in the final standings. Wayzata High in Plymouth, Minn., took home the title this year with 2,303 points coming from seven state titles, two runner-up finishes and four teams in the final top 20 nationally. Wayzata has an enrollment of more than 3,300 students, and competes in the largest of two high school divisions in Minnesota, AA.
"I am so proud of our athletes, the coaching staff, our parents and our teachers for the tremendous success of our athletics program,” OCA principal Christina Brown said. “Our athletes not only excel in their sports but also in the classroom, proving to be the epitome of student-athletes. Their dedication to their studies contributes to Oceanside being in the top of the state academically. This feat comes from having a clear mission and positive people that keep kids first. Go Landsharks!"
Oceanside was the only school from South Carolina ranked among the top 40 in the MaxPreps Cup standings. Wando High finished ranked 44th and Christ Church Episcopal in Greenville came in at No. 60. Bishop England also cracked the top 100, finishing 95th.
Oceanside made a jump to eighth in the 2022-23 rankings from a No. 33 final ranking in the 2021-22 MaxPreps Cup. The Landsharks previously came in ranked No. 73 in the 2019-20 Cup race after a tie for 74th in the 2018-19 standings.
About Oceanside Collegiate Academy: Oceanside Collegiate Academy (OCA), located in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., serves high school students in a safe, small and family-centered setting. Our students seek the opportunity and challenge of rigorous curriculum, high academic standards and elite athletics while earning up to two years of college credit. OCA serves students in grades 9-12 using an honors curriculum in 9th and 10 grades with a dual enrollment curriculum in 11th and 12th grades