Three public, three private schools win Regions Directors Cup trophies

The Georgia High School Association’s decisions to create a sixth classification and hold separate Class A playoffs for public and private schools in most sports beginning in the 2012-2013 school year provided a big boost to the public schools in the state’s all-sports competition.

Walton, McIntosh and Gordon Lee captured Regions Directors Cup trophies this year, marking the first time in the history of the competition that three public schools have won their classifications.

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.

Walton won its sixth Directors Cup by overtaking Brookwood in one of the closest finishes in the competition’s history. The Raiders, who won Class AAAAAA championships in volleyball and girls tennis and had teams finish in the top eight in 12 sports, finished with 1,110.5 points, just 2.5 points more than Brookwood, which had won the Directors Cup in the highest classification each of the past two seasons.

“If you had asked me about a month ago, I didn’t think we had a chance to win it because we were sitting in about ninth place,” Walton athletics director Christian Suttle said. “We were looking at five or six scenarios, but I didn’t think it was possible. … Kudos to the students and their commitment, as well as the coaches. The kids worked hard. It’s all about their desire to be champions.”

Gordon Lee became the first public school to win the Directors Cup in Class A. The Trojans, who were the only public school to finish in the top 11 of the Class A standings, won state championships in wrestling, boys golf, girls basketball and softball and had three runner-up finishes. Only the wrestling title came while competing against private schools.

McIntosh edged out Starr’s Mill by 39 points in Class AAAAA to win its first Directors Cup. The Chiefs won state championships in boys cross country, boys track and boys soccer.

Private schools Marist (AAAA), St. Pius (AAA) and Westminster (AA) continued their domination in the other three classifications. Westminster scored more points than any team in the state (1,513) and won a Directors Cup for the 13th time in 14 years. The Wildcats won 11 state championships and had four runner-up finishes.

Marist won its 14th consecutive Directors Cup, capturing seven state championships, and St. Pius won its fourth trophy in five seasons with the help of six state titles.

Final Standings

(Top 15 in each classification. For complete standings and scoring details, go to the Georgia Athletic Directors Association’s Web site by clicking here.)

Class AAAAAA

1. Walton – 1,110.5

2. Brookwood – 1,108

3. Mill Creek – 1,045.5

4. Lambert – 1,007.5

5. Harrison – 984

6. Peachtree Ridge – 960.5

7. Milton – 956.5

8. North Gwinnett – 940.5

9. Parkview – 866

10. Norcross – 850.5

11. Johns Creek – 816.5

12. Lassiter – 808.5

13. Kennesaw Mountain – 808

14. East Coweta – 789

15. Roswell – 766

Class AAAAA

1. McIntosh – 1,175

2. Starr’s Mill – 1,136

3. Pope – 1,069

4. Allatoona – 1,026

5. Lakeside-Evans – 874.5

6. Whitewater – 869

7. Northgate – 749

8. Gainesville – 737.5

9. Northside-Columbus – 724

10. Northview – 696

11. Greenbrier – 688.5

12. Ware County – 609

13. Glynn Academy – 595

14. Effingham County – 572

15. Union Grove – 571.3

Class AAAA

1. Marist – 1,366.5

2. Carrollton – 981

3. Columbus – 964

4. Dalton – 899

5. South Effingham – 808.5

6. Veterans – 718

7. Northwest Whitfield – 713

8. Mary Persons – 707.5

9. LaGrange – 699

10. Alexander – 619.5

11. Chestatee – 600

12. Wayne County – 561

13. Eagle’s Landing – 534

14. Heritage-Catoosa – 527

15. Westover – 515.5

Class AAA

1. St. Pius – 1,391.5

2. Woodward Academy – 1,293

3. Blessed Trinity – 1,215

4. Buford – 1,181

5. Oconee County – 1,050

6. North Oconee – 974

7. Chapel Hill – 859

8. Cartersville – 827

9. North Hall – 769

10. Pierce County – 752.5

11. Dodge County – 652

12. Pike County – 613

13. Peach County – 570

14. Sonoraville – 521

15. Central-Carroll – 518

Class AA

1. Westminster – 1,513

2. Lovett – 1,225

3. Wesleyan – 1,205

4. Greater Atlanta Christian – 1,176

5. Bleckley County – 935.5

6. Calhoun – 872

7. Jefferson – 835.5

8. Bremen – 800.5

9. Vidalia – 695

10. Rabun County – 619.5

11. Thomasville – 593.5

12. Jeff Davis – 544

13. Screven County – 495.5

T14. Cook – 495

T14. Westside-Augusta – 495

Class A

1. Gordon Lee – 1,188

2. Holy Innocents’ – 992

3. First Presbyterian – 982

4. Darlington – 855

5. Pace Academy – 833

6. Brookstone – 812

7. Mount Pisgah Christian – 773

8. Landmark Christian – 766

9. Savannah Christian – 753

10. Athens Academy – 739

11. Eagle’s Landing Christian – 731

12. Trion – 725

13. Mount Paran Christian – 695

14. Walker – 648

15. Aquinas – 620

5 comments Add your comment

sportsnut

June 10th, 2013
5:33 am

No contest. How could this be a competition between all the schools if half the schools do not have the same sports. 24 sports and only a handful has them all. Read the criteria. “Points are awarded for their(schools) performance in the playoffs and state championships”. “Each schools eight highest scoring sports for each gender are counted in the standings”. We do not have Lacrosse or Riflery in all schools. Gymnastics is another sport that is not statewide. Please explain, if anyone can, how this is figured without all the schools participating.

WarEagle

June 10th, 2013
7:06 am

@Sportsnut– Top 8 finishes in boys sports and in girls sports result in points; no extra points for more than 8 results in each gender. Every school has at least 8 sports for boys and girls — Lovejoy lists 19 sports (10 boys, 9 girls) on its athletics website. If a school does not have a sport, then that is just one place no points will be earned — for example, Marist does not compete in competitive cheer, gymnastics or riflery and thus has to rely on other sports to get points. The point is to judge the depth of each school’s athletic program — does the school do a lot of sports well.

SportsTopFan(c)

June 10th, 2013
11:32 am

CONGRATULATIONS to all the Directors Cup winners !!!

Georgia has many high schools with excellent sports programs.

SportsTopFan(c) and sports fans statewide wish all high schools continued luck and success with your sports programs,

sportsnut

June 12th, 2013
8:19 am

Thanks WarEagle. I never knew how the scoring was tabulated. That makes sense. I guess we will have to try harded, starting with football !

WarEagle

June 12th, 2013
3:38 pm

@sportsnut — if you want to see the Directors Cup detail, overall and by sport, you can go here: http://gadaonline.net/Current_Standings.html