The celebration continues Saturday with a parade, the unveiling of two commemorative road signs in the village and the first reveal of a monument to honor the streak, which was part of a 182-7 record over a 10-year period.
Belleville's win at Sandy Creek early in the 1969-70 season was No. 72 in a row to break the state record of 71 by Power Memorial from 1961-65, which was led by Lew Alcindor.
David Kohl, a 1967 Belleville Union graduate and current professor emeritus at Virginia Tech University, compiled an oral history DVD about the streak and has penned a book, "Union Academy, The Vintage Years: 104-0."
Kohl has earmarked profits from the book for an effort to revive the Belleville Bell Tower, the only building still standing from the original school.
"What we're trying to do is capture the history and bring a little bit of proud heritage to a small town," Kohl said.
Bowing to her beliefs: The Journal News wrote this week about one of the questions that had gone unanswered from this month's state track and field championships at Union-Endicott.
Woodlands senior Jheon Webb finished a solid second (winning her heat in :15.57) in qualifying in the Division 2 girls 100 hurdles but scratched the next day before the final.
From sundown Friday until sundown Saturday, Webb and her family do not participate in secular activities. They are devout Seventh-day Adventists. Jheon's maternal grandfather is an elder at his church in Jamaica and her dad, Donald, is an elder and youth leader at First Seventh-day Adventists of White Plains.
"Initially there's some disappointment," Woodlands assistant track coach Jason Parker said. “We could actually have had a state champion."
When Audrae Webb learned her daughter's hurdles final was scheduled for a Saturday, she was hit with "every emotion" she knew Jheon would feel, she said.
She texted to tell her the bad news but concluded, "If you stand up for God, he'll stand up for you."
"I love running. I love hurdling," Jheon said, adding, "I represented myself and represented my school and was standing up for my religion."
Watson advances: Rush-Henrietta senior Sammy Watson will be the eighth and final seed Sunday in the finals of the USA Track & Field Championships in Sacramento.
Watson ran 2:02.54 in the second semifinal on Friday to place a comfortable fourth and move on.
A top-three finish in the final would advance Watson to the World Championships this summer before she begins her freshman year at Texas A&M.