Each year since 1999-2000, the Georgia Athletic Directors Association has recognized athletic departments within the Georgia High School Association that have excelled and shown superior performance.
Teams receive points based on how each athletic program is ranked at the end of the season. Schools are able to earn points in 25 different sports, but only eight sports in each gender are counted toward the Director’s Cup standings for a school.
River Ridge (473) was 19th among Class AAAA schools. Private-school powerhouse Marist (1,366.5) easily beat out runner-up Carrollton (981).
It was the best Directors Cup finish of River Ridge’s young history. It ranked 29th in Class AA last year, and 72nd the year before.
The River Ridge girls athletic program ranked 12th, thanks to strong showings in volleyball, basketball and soccer. The girls also earned points in cross country and track and field.
The boys earned points in tennis, cross country, football, basketball and baseball and finished 24th in the classification.
In Class AAAAA, Creekview (537.5) finished 19th overall, while Sequoyah (239) was 45th.
Though Creekview finished one place lower than it did following the 2011-12 school year, the school did score nearly 70 more points.
McIntosh (1,175) won the Director’s Cup, followed closely by its archrival, Starr’s Mill (1,136).
The Creekview boys finished 17th due largely to strong wrestling and golf seasons. Baseball, cross country, football and basketball also garnered points.
Meanwhile, the Lady Grizzlies finished 20th. More than half of their points came from golf and track, while softball, cross country and volleyball also contributed to the success.
At Sequoyah, the boys earned points in cross country, basketball and football, while the girls benefited from tennis, swimming and volleyball.
In Class AAAAAA, Etowah finished a county-best 27th.
The girls finished 20th, earning points in nine different sports — swimming, golf, cross county, track, basketball, softball, volleyball, tennis and soccer. Meanwhile, the boys were carried by the wrestling and golf programs, while cross county, soccer and baseball also picked up points for the boys.
Woodstock (392) was 35th overall, while Cherokee (189) was 54th.
Walton (1,110.5) edged Brookwood (1,108) atop the standings.
The Woodstock girls collected the majority of their points in volleyball and cheerleading, while tennis, golf, swimming and basketball also factored into the mix. As for the boys, only tennis, swimming and wrestling earned points.
At Cherokee, both genders benefited from strong basketball programs. The girls also earned points in softball, while wrestling was a strong spot for the boys.