SOUTHLAKE, Texas. (January 6, 2004) – 24 Hour Fitness and Sportslink, Inc., producer of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, have announced the 24 Hour Fitness National High School Team of the Year. This year's winner is Southlake Carroll High School from Southlake, Texas. The Dragons now own the highest honor in the country for a high school football team.

Southlake Carroll went 16-0 this past season under head coach Todd Dodge who is also a finalist for the Adams USA National Head Coach of the Year. Dodge led his Dragons past Smithson Valley in the Texas Class 5A Division II State Championship to finish their unblemished and undefeated record. Winning games doesn't seem to be something new for Southlake Carroll however, as they've assembled an astonishing 47-1 record since moving up to Class 5A three years ago.

"24 Hour Fitness is excited to be a part of this award that recognizes the top overall team in the country," said Chris Feder, VP of Team Sports, for 24 Hour Fitness. "From our perspective this award is a natural fit for us. We emphasize working towards and achieving goals while shaping a lifetime pursuit of fitness. We know these teams have to pursue goals in order to be up for an award like this."

Schools were nominated from across the country by the national selection committee. The selection committee then came up with a list of three finalists made up of Southlake Carroll, Independence High School in Charlotte, N.C., and Mission Viejo High School in Mission Viejo, Calif.

The Dragons will be officially crowned as the 24 Hour Fitness National High School Team of the Year at the 2005 U.S. Army All-American Bowl Awards Dinner on January 14 in San Antonio. The ceremony will take place on the eve of U.S. Army All-American Bowl, an annual game that features 80 of America's top high school football seniors. The game will kick off live on NBC, January 15, 2005 at Noon CST at the Alamodome in San Antonio. The classic East vs. West match-up features the elite college prospects in the country and has introduced the likes of Heisman finalists Adrian Peterson (Oklahoma) and Reggie Bush (USC) to the nation. Other names to play in the game include Chris Leak (Florida), Teddy Ginn (Ohio State) and Chad Henne (Michigan). Just this past year, four All-American Bowl alumni were selected in the first and second rounds of the NFL draft.

About 24 Hour Fitness
24 Hour Fitness began as a one-club operation in 1983. Convenient locations, the latest equipment, affordable pricing, knowledgeable staff, and outstanding service - all available up to 24 hours a day, seven days a week - contributed to the company's tremendous growth and success. 24 Hour Fitness has since grown to more than 300 clubs in 16 states and become the largest privately owned and operated fitness center chain in the United States and world. The company now boasts more than 2.7 million members and over 300 clubs.
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