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R.E. Lee Celebrates "The Staunton Streak" with Alumni Basketball Game

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Paul Hatcher's Leemen won state titles in 2004 and 2005 during the 85 game win streak. Paul Hatcher's Leemen won state titles in 2004 and 2005 during the 85 game win streak.
Paul Hatcher's son Jarrett Hatcher stepped in as the R.E. Lee head coach when Paul Hatcher retired in 2011. Paul Hatcher's son Jarrett Hatcher stepped in as the R.E. Lee head coach when Paul Hatcher retired in 2011.
The Staunton Streak: Paul Hatcher's Basketball Dynasty The Staunton Streak: Paul Hatcher's Basketball Dynasty
STAUNTON, Va. (WVIR) -

From December 2003 to March 2006, the R.E. Lee boys basketball team was unbeatable.

The Leemen won a state-record EIGHTY-FIVE games in a row.

Former R.E. Lee head coach Paul Hatcher says, "You see some college has won 20 games in a row, or some NBA won 20-something, and I'm thinking, 'Win about sixty more.' That's when it kinda hits home."

The eighty-five consecutive wins demolished the previous record of 66, which was set by Clintwood in 1962.

Lee won two state championships during the streak.

Coach Paul Hatcher retired from the sidelines in 2011 with four state titles ('84, '90, '04, '05) and a state-record 897 career wins.

Hatcher says, "I think you appreciate it more now than you did then, because there was always another game, but I think about it from time-to-time."

Patrick Hite has covered sports in the Shenandoah Valley for more than two decades, and has authored a book entitled, 'The Staunton Streak: Paul Hatcher's Basketball Dynasty.'

Hite says, "The 85 game win streak, that is still a state record, and an amazing feat. You look at everything that coach Hatcher accomplished in his career, I think maybe the 85 game win streak stands out the most."

Hatcher says, "It's a lot of fun to go back and remember all those things again. Mostly the good times."

"We didn't remember too many of the bad ones," he added, with a wink.

Hatcher will be smiling at the good times this weekend, as R.E. Lee will be celebrating the book's release with an alumni game at the high school.

"I'm looking forward to hopefully seeing a lot of the guys that I haven't seen for a while, that's going to be big," says Hatcher.  "Hopefully they'll buy a book or something, but still, it'll be great to see them."

Hite adds, "I know the area wants to come out and watch those guys, and see them again. It's been over ten years know since those guys on the Streak Team were playing, and for some of the other guys, it's been longer. It'll be fun to see them on the court again."

The game tips off on Saturday at two o'clock, and the proceeds will benefit the athletic department.

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