Westminster wins national all-sports trophy; SPX third, Marist ninth

Westminster has been declared the winner of the MaxPreps Cup, a national all-sports trophy for the most successful athletic program in any classification for the 2012-13 academic year.

Westminster completed the most dominant sports year in Georgia history with 11 state championship and four runner-up finishes. The previous record, of nine, was held by Marist (2008-09).

See list of state championships by school in Georgia.

St. Pius was third nationally. The Lions won Class AAA titles in boys and girls soccer, boys track and field, boys and girls cross country and girls basketball.

Marist finished ninth nationally with state titles in Cross Country (Boys), Cross Country (Girls), Golf (Boys), Soccer (Girls), Tennis (Girls), Track and Field (Boys), Track and Field (Girls).

Westminster won the Class AA championships in boys golf, boys soccer, boys track and field, boys tennis, boys cross country, girls soccer, girls track and field and girls tennis. Westminster also won championships in combined classification sports (AAAAA-A) in girls lacrosse, girls swimming and boys lacrosse.

Westminster was especially dominant in the spring this year, winning nine of a possible 11 state titles. The previous record for spring state titles had been five.

18 comments Add your comment

Sportsnut

August 6th, 2013
9:25 am

Congratulations. Georgia continues to shine!

WarEagle

August 6th, 2013
9:34 am

Awesome job by all these fine programs!

Marist grad

August 6th, 2013
9:40 am

Nice work, War Eagles!

Big Fan

August 6th, 2013
9:53 am

Congrats to all 3! Leadership, drive, determination to be the best!

some sense

August 6th, 2013
12:00 pm

Now you just had to go and do it, didn’t you MaxPrep…whoever you are. Or are you just one person, Max Prep? Anyway, you’ve just called all the yahoos out from under their rocks to start caterwauling again about private schools. Never, ever, ever could you convince that crowd that W’minster, SPX, and the Big M are successful on merit, that they win with young people who want to come to their schools, who appluy and are accepted to their schools, and succeed because they come from stable homes w/ parents who are their primary role models and then they are challenged, disciplined, and coached up at their respective school. Just to use football as an example, can anybody think of a better coaching three than Gerry Romberg at W’minster, Alan Chadwick at Marist, and Paul Standard at St. Pius?

Speaker Man

August 6th, 2013
1:19 pm

Some sense: Don’t blame MaxPreps. You’re the one who turned the blog in that direction.

Nobody has ever said that Westminster or St. Pius or Marist or any schools aren’t outstanding in what they do. What people have said is that they should be compared to each other, not to public schools of the same size. With all the advantages that they have, of course they are superior in athletics to same-sized public schools. But the real measure of their excellence is how they do against other private schools of the same size. Put Westminster and Marist and SPX and GAC and Lovett and Woodward in one league, and let’s so raises the most banners then.

collegeballfan

August 6th, 2013
1:30 pm

“With all the advantages that they have…”

What advantages? Help us out.

Seriously?

August 6th, 2013
2:07 pm

This might be a good time to link to the AJC’s discussion of all the public school transfers that will impact the football season; I don’t see any of these elite private schools listed: http://blogs.ajc.com/georgia-high-school-sports/2013/08/06/norcross-boyd-bush-among-transfers-to-watch-in-2013/

Alex

August 6th, 2013
2:24 pm

For the record, Westminster, Lovett and GAC are all in the same region in Class AA and compete against each other for region and state championships. St. Pius X and Woodward Academy are also in the same region in Class AAA and compete against each other for region and state championships. So these schools are already competing against similar private schools AND public schools for state championships. Marist is the only private school in Class AAAA, but considering that its enrollment is equivalent to a AA school, the fact that they’re willing to compete two levels up from their enrollment somewhat levels the playing field in AAAA.

Ace

August 6th, 2013
2:34 pm

Those folk don’t have to worry about gas money for work or much less getting to and from practice. The good life for sure.

gocats

August 6th, 2013
3:30 pm

Nice job, but there is ONE large reason Westminster cleaned up in all the “club” sports- Blessed Trinity was moved to 3A this past season. Keep them in 2A and the titles get divided, and Westminster has just another average year.

Seriously?

August 6th, 2013
3:57 pm

@gocats — Other than tennis, where would the mighty BT have made a difference (Westminster did not win volleyball in 2012, so BT’s state championship there would not have changed anything)? In 2011-12, when they were together in 2A, BT won a single state championship (in girls tennis) and Westminster won 5. Does not seem like there was much “dividing” going on there!

gocats

August 6th, 2013
6:59 pm

boys soccer, boys tennis, girls soccer, girls tennis – all probably won by BT had they stayed in 2A

hamilton

August 7th, 2013
4:41 am

Ace, I don’t worry too much about gas money to work, true – but I live in a tiny house and drive cheap old cars. Like a lot of folks at SPX, I made my kids education the first priority financially – way ahead of cable tv, cars, vacations and lots of other material stuff.

SPX Fan

August 7th, 2013
6:42 pm

Hamilton, your exactly right. I am not rich, we live on a strict budget, we drive Honda Accords, we don’t have a vacation home, our kids work, and my wife works. Our kids education is our top priority. By the way, they just happen to be great athletes (they got it from me).

Top Notch

August 7th, 2013
7:50 pm

Go Cats!!! Congrats! One of the top academic schools in the country.
Westminster dominates BT in those sports “gocats”

To each BT student…Thank you for applying to Westminster. Good luck in your continued search.

hamilton

August 7th, 2013
7:57 pm

Ace – you are right about one thing – it is the “good life for sure”. I couldn’t imagine a better school situation for my kids.

SPX Fan

August 7th, 2013
9:52 pm

Seriously. Congrats to all the schools. It is a credit to the dedication of the schools, kids and parents.