Brookwood, private schools claim Regions Directors Cup trophies

Brookwood won its second consecutive Regions Directors Cup trophy in Class AAAAA, and metro Atlanta private schools retained their hold on the other four classifications despite a strong challenge from their public school rivals.

The Directors Cup competition, which has been held every school year since 1999-2000, awards points to each school based on its performances in the playoffs and state meets for the GHSA’s 24 sports. Each school’s eight highest-scoring sports for each gender are counted in the standings.

Marist (Class AAAA), Westminster (AA) and Wesleyan (A) successfully defended their all-sports championships, and Woodward Academy held off rival St. Pius to win the AAA trophy. Public schools Pope (AAAA), Allatoona (AAA) and North Oconee (AA) were in first place in their classifications as late as early May but were overtaken over the final three weeks of the school year. The only public school below the largest classification to win a Directors Cup is Cartersville, which took Class AA in 2001 and 2002.

Brookwood of Gwinnett County finished with 1,242.5 points to win Class AAAAA for the third time. The Broncos won state championships in boys cross country, boys track and girls swimming and had 15 of their teams finish in the top 10. No school outside of Gwinnett or Cobb has won the Directors Cup in Class AAAAA.

Marist continued its perfect run by winning the Class AAAA trophy. The War Eagles have finished as the top team in their classification every year since the competition’s inception – 12 consecutive in AAAA and one in AAA. Marist had 14 teams record top-10 finishes during the past school year and won championships in boys golf and girls cross country.

Woodward Academy held off a strong field in Class AAA to win its first Directors Cup. The War Eagles won two state championships – boys tennis and boys soccer – and had 15 teams finish in the top 10. St. Pius was the runner-up, followed closely by public schools Columbus and Allatoona.

“Our goal at the beginning of the year was to be the top public school in AAA, so to have had a shot to actually win it all … our coaches have done a phenomenal job,” Allatoona athletics director Benji Morrell said.

Westminster scored the most points in the state for the second consecutive year, finishing with 1,297.5 to claim its third consecutive Class AA trophy. The Wildcats won state championships in boys cross country, tennis and soccer and girls cross country and swimming. Westminster has won 12 Directors Cup titles overall.

Wesleyan had 1,071 points and won Class A by the widest margin in any classification, finishing 300 ahead of Darlington. The Wolves won state championships in boys cross country, boys swimming and girls basketball and got four runner-up finishes from their girls teams. It is the fourth consecutive Directors Cup trophy for Wesleyan and the school’s sixth overall.



1. Brookwood – 1,242.5

2. Walton – 1,189.5

3. Mill Creek – 1,118.5

4. Milton – 1,092

5. Lassiter – 1,065.5

6. Harrison – 1,034

7. Peachtree Ridge – 885

8. Alpharetta – 871

T9. North Cobb – 848

T9. North Gwinnett – 848

Class AAAA

1. Marist – 1,153.5

2. Johns Creek – 994

3. Pope – 969.5

4. Lambert – 878

5. Greenbrier – 804.5

6. Starr’s Mill – 801.5

7. McIntosh – 780.3

8. Lakeside-Evans – 775.5

9. Chattahoochee – 749.5

10. Kell – 737

Class AAA

1. Woodward Academy – 1,193

2. St. Pius – 1,140.5

3. Columbus – 1,126

4. Allatoona – 1,101.5

5. Carrollton – 1,003

6. Gainesville – 814

7. Oconee County – 770

8. Veterans – 704.5

9. Dalton – 693.5

10. Eastside – 642.2

Class AA

1. Westminster – 1,297.5

2. Blessed Trinity – 1,184.5

3. Greater Atlanta Christian – 1,086

4. North Oconee – 1,052

5. Lovett – 858.5

6. Calhoun – 789.5

7. Morgan County – 756

8. Pierce County – 745.5

9. Bleckley County – 681.1

10. Buford – 642.6

Class A

1. Wesleyan – 1,071

2. Darlington – 771

3. Savannah Christian – 765

4. Brookstone – 720

5. Athens Academy – 679.5

6. Aquinas – 671.2

7. Holy Innocents’ – 661

8. First Presbyterian – 628

9. Mount Paran Christian – 621

10. Calvary Day – 606

22 comments Add your comment


June 9th, 2012
1:05 pm

LOL WHUT? Trolli


June 9th, 2012
1:05 pm

First!!! Where’s my Kudo’s?

Sugar Hill Dawg

June 10th, 2012
11:44 am

I guess if you look at the final standings you get a better understanding why the public A schools feel as though they have no shot. I taught in the state’s wealthiest district for 34 years – we really didn’t have an issue with “stuff” (be it academic or athletic) – we had the ability, either through the district or parent boosters to get what we needed. (I took Model UN teams at Berkmar HS to Chicago and New Haven for years – I wonder if the middle and south Georgia schools have the same capabilities.) I hope the public schools get some satisfaction during the next two year cycle.

Just a fan

June 10th, 2012
11:53 pm

Brookwood is a public school…plus the largest in the state….high academics….great arts…super band program….and of course amazing sports programs…they have it all…go broncos!!! It’s THE benchmark school….

Rockmart Needs a Coach

June 11th, 2012
10:12 am

Slightly confused...

June 11th, 2012
4:58 pm

How did Milton win 6 state championships and not win this trophy?

WA War Eagle

June 11th, 2012
8:55 pm

Congrats to Woodward on a great year! Let’s make it two in a row in 2012-13.

Just Be Fair

June 11th, 2012
9:09 pm

It is all about populated areas and the rural teams stand very little chance of winning these unless they have an exceptional talented class and that goes in cycles. They don’t have the populated areas to be consistent. Look at all the turnover in the high populated areas. And I am not just talking about private schools. Look at your Calhouns, Cartersvilles and Columbuses.

Cobb County

June 12th, 2012
2:48 pm

Pleasantly suprised to see North Cobb High in the top 10 of AAAAA. I remembering about 8 years ago seeing them finish next to last.


June 12th, 2012
11:49 pm

Cartersville has bragging rights that is a major accomplishment that I witnessed first hand from 1999-2003. I grew up with some amazing athletes that really put on a show at the big show everytime. GO MIGHTY HURRICANES!!!!!!!!!!!


June 14th, 2012
9:47 pm

This is exactly the reason their should be Public School State Tournaments
and let the privates have their own. Put all the privates in the same Region- at
least the Atlanta area ones and let them battled it out. All these schools recruit
as do some of the city schools(see Buford, Jefferson, etc) so you can throw them
in there as well. Tennessee has had a split public and private state playoffs for years
and it works great….

Supersize that order, mutt

June 18th, 2012
11:06 am


June 19th, 2012
9:36 am

Marist is barely a AA size school, yet chooses to compete in AAAA so they can have actually competitive games and the kids have to work really hard to succeed. Wesleyan (and some of the other privates) by contrast choose to compete in the smallest possible classification, and win most of their games against tiny single A rural schools by blowout margins. Unless and until the other private schools decide to “man up”, the public schools will continue to push for split championships if not schedules. What a shame for Marist to possibly lose some of the great respectful rivalries against the likes of Tucker and SW Dekalb because the Wesleyans of the world choose not to compete on a level playing field.

Normal Guy

June 21st, 2012
2:44 pm

I don’t understand why public schools want to break from the private schools. When I was running track in HS, I didn’t care if the guy I was lined up against went to Marist or Riverwood or Columbus or was home schooled. I just wanted to race the best runners in the state and (try to) beat them. That’s what made me better and allowed me to become a successful college athlete. The thought that I didn’t want to race someone based on what school he went to never crossed my mind, and I’m sure never crossed the mind of my competitors.

For some reason people seem to want to dodge top competition, which will ruin high school athletics in the state. With 6 classifications, and A split up, it’s just like T-Ball – Everyone Gets a Trophy!


June 23rd, 2012
1:29 am

Normal Guy apparently you have a bad case of the “I’s”. The problem is a level playing field, individuals can compete, but teams and schools can not. If you read, at all, the criteria for the All Sports Trophies, it includes all the sports. Most class A and many Class AA schools do not have enough athletes to field teams in all the sports. So a School like Wesleyan has to compete with very few schools and almost gets a pass at State Championships in a lot of the Spring Sports, add to that fact that they can recruit specialty athletes for Golf, Tennis and Swimming and there is no competition at all. The public schools are being forced to cut teachers, travel of any kind, and classes are being forced to purchase many of the supplies they need to learn the basics. Teachers at Private Schools are getting raises, travel, no problem, and if they needed anything a big donor will give it to them as a tax write-off. Just curious exactly how much did you give that school you graduated from in the past 5 years? I’ll bet unless you live in the school district and paid school tax there it was zero. Pubic Schools get new uniforms, on average (and except football) every 8 years, Private School change every two years at worst.

Now tell me again how you equate competitive imbalance as dodging competition!

south ga

June 24th, 2012
8:06 am


the prof

June 26th, 2012
12:17 pm

absolutely meaningless to south Georgia….


June 27th, 2012
4:57 pm

Something needs to done about the private schools in class A and there is apparently a problem even in AA. It’s not at all fair for a small class A public school to face competition from schools that recruit. The whole point of the classifications is to put like schools together for fair competition. What we have now is not good..

Attended both

July 11th, 2012
1:10 pm

I have attended schools of both types in populated and more rural areas in the state. I have seen the advantages that large schools near Atlanta have – regardless of whether or not they are private or public. Also, these private schools have chosen to compete against public schools in the GHSA. There is another organization, the GISA, in which the majority of private schools spread around the rest of the state compete only against themselves.

Loganville hick

July 13th, 2012
11:07 pm

That thar is some bs. we won us a state championship and dem privvy school boyz all can kiss my butt.


July 16th, 2012
10:29 am

It happens every year. They need to have a priviate and public award for classifications A-AAAA. Not all public schools have swimming, gymnastics, lacrosse, etc…. THis award is not really and “Equal” or “Fair” award.


July 17th, 2012
9:47 am

FYI,, Just letting you all know there has been a new georgia high school sports forum created if anyone is interested in using it. Brand New!