MILTON, Ga. — Just over a week after Cambridge athletes and coaches were honored during the school’s ESPYs — a play on ESPN’s awards — Cambridge earned the state’s highest honor for overall athletics by capturing the Class 6A overall Director’s Cup. The award is based on a points system for each school’s eight best performing girls and boys sports throughout the 2018-19 season. The overall title goes to the team with the highest point total.
Athletic Director Lesley Broadwell said the award as the top overall athletics program rides on multiple moving parts working together.
“It shows a great effort by our student-athletes, coaches, our support staff, administration and parents,” Broadwell said. “All are important, everyone has their role, and no one can win this on their own. Our coaches work really hard, like our student-athletes, and we’re very fortunate to have great support from our community and administration.”
While this year marks the first overall cup for Cambridge, it is the second time in three years the school has taken home the title for girls athletics.
Cambridge’s point total was led by the girls cross-country team repeating as state champs and the girls tennis team winning its second state title in three years. The girls track and field team finished as Class 6A state runner-up, and the swim, gymnastics and cheer team all finished in the top five in state meets.
Boys athletics were led by a podium finish in cross-country, a semifinals appearance in soccer and positive showings at the golf, swimming and wrestling state meets. The boys also earned points with playoff appearances by its lacrosse, basketball and baseball teams.
“We’ve had a lot of really good people in place, and when you have those ingredients and everyone putting in the work, you’re going to see success,” Broadwell said. “I’d like to think that winning breeds winning, and once teams have some success, others want a piece of it too. Having that commitment from all parties involved has enabled that success, and hopefully we can keep making it happen each year.”
The Director’s Cup comes in just the seventh year of Cambridge athletics, and Broadwell is seeing legitimate school pride from students and the school’s community.
“I think it takes a while to build, but I have seen our school start to develop that school spirit where everyone is pulling for each other and the kids are supporting their friends and peers. You really feel it build,” she said.
A prime example was members of the school’s baseball team cheering on the boys golf team at the state meet last month, Broadwell said.
Cambridge took the overall title by four points over Harrison in second. Cambridge boys athletics placed third, six point behind Harrison.
The Bears’ title is the second straight overall Class 6A Director’s Cup captured by a North Fulton team. Alpharetta was first in overall scores for the 2017-18 season.