It takes three things to win a state championship, players, good coaches allowed to do their job and parents who do not interfere with the coaches. Winning begets participation. I have been to games where I saw students sitting in the stands who looked liked they might be pretty good athletes. Why in the stands and not participating, who wants to put all that time practicing expending blood, sweat and tears into losing. I have seen teams with athletes and the coaches not know what to the with them. I have seen coaches favor athletes ( don’t work rest of the players recents it), let outside interest influence who plays and where ( don’t work, need your best players in the position that benefits the team the most). It takes a great coach to inspire the kids and rule ( my way or the highway) and avoid the outside influences ( look back on 2014 Newton 1-3 going into playing WOS. Coach Johnson speaking to a reporter said if the players would listen to him and the parents would stay out of it and let him do his job everything would be okay. The rest is history, went on and defeated WOS and played for a state championship) What made the difference, same roster no new players. Coaching made the difference. I fully believe every school has athletes getting them to participate is another chore, but a winning tradition breeds participation.