St. Pius stands third in the national ranking of the best sports programs for the 2012-13 academic year.
St. Pius, Georgia’s state champion in boys and girls cross country, trails Webb of Knoxville, Tenn., and St. Thomas Aquinas of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in the MaxPreps Cup.
St. Pius also got spoints for its runner-up finish to Buford in the Class AAA football championship game and a second-place finish in volleyball. The ratings award points only to first- and second-place finishers in state championships.
St. Pius will cash in more points with basketball as the DeKalb Catholic school’s girls team is playing Dawson County on Saturday for the AAA title.
According to MaxPreps, the rankings consider finishes in 21 boys and girls sports along with the size of the state, the size of the school and the popularity of the sport.
For 2011-12, Georgia’s top program was Milton, according to MaxPreps. The Eagle’s finished first or second in boys lacrosse, girls lacrosse, boys basketball, boys golf, girls golf and girls soccer.