NORTH FULTON/FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Local schools earned high rankings in the 2018-19 Director’s Cup, which awards the top boys, girls and overall athletic programs based on each program’s top performing sports throughout the athletic year.
Cambridge won its first overall Director’s Cup, taking the crown as the top program in Class 6A this season. The Bears girls athletics won the school’s second girls cup in three years.
The Bears’ rise to the top of the overall standings was led by state championships from its girls cross country and girls tennis teams. The cross-country team repeated as 6A champs, while the tennis squad won its second title in three years.
The girls score was bolstered by a state runner-up finish in track and field and top-five state placements in gymnastics, cheerleading and swim.
The Cambridge boys score was led by a podium finish in cross-country, a semifinals appearance in soccer and positive performances in golf, swimming and wrestling. The boys also earned points with playoff appearances by its lacrosse, basketball and baseball teams.
Also from Class 6A, Johns Creek placed sixth overall in the Director’s Cup standings with the girls placing fourth. The Gladiators secured four state titles in the 2018-19 season, including boys swim, boys tennis, boys golf and girls golf.
The girls program also earned significant points in swim, cheerleading, cross-country and lacrosse, and a berth in the state semifinals in soccer.
Alpharetta, winners of last year’s overall 6A title, placed 21st overall, led by a state championship in boys track and a state runner-up finish in girls swim.
The Raiders finished just ahead of region rivals Centennial and Northview, who placed 22nd and 23rd overall.
Centennial’s overall score was led by deep playoff runs in boys lacrosse, girls tennis and a state championship in girls swim and dive.
Northview placed four points behind Centennial with state runner-up finishes in boys and girls tennis and girls golf.
Chattahoochee placed 29th out of the 57 schools in Class 6A with playoff runs in boys soccer and basketball and a strong showing in girls swim and dive.
In Class 7A, Lambert’s run atop the overall standings ended at four seasons this year with the Longhorns placing second in the overall standings behind Walton.
Despite finishing second, Lambert completed another highly successful campaign in the 2018-19 season. The Longhorns won state titles in boys soccer, cheerleading, girls tennis and girls golf with state runner-up finishes in gymnastics, boys lacrosse, girls soccer and boys swim.
Milton finished fourth in the overall standings, the school’s second straight top-5 finish. Milton’s overall score was led by the school’s first football state championship and 13th title in girls lacrosse with girls tennis, volleyball and co-ed cheer teams placing as state runner-up.
West Forsyth was sixth in overall scores behind its third straight gymnastics state championship and first boys golf title.
South Forsyth’s boys cross-country earned a state championship and girls cheer and cross-country finished as state runner-up to put the War Eagles at eighth in the overall standings.
Roswell broke into the top-10 of the overall standings this season by finishing 15 points ahead of East Coweta for 10th. The Hornets’ score was bolstered by deep playoff runs in boys and girls basketball, girls lacrosse, and boys and girls soccer.
Forsyth Central finished 30th overall out of 48 teams with North Forsyth placing 35th. Central’s highest points came from its performances at the wrestling state meets and co-ed cheer while North’s girls basketball program reached the state semifinals.
Though Blessed Trinity completed another standout athletics season, the Titans narrowly missed out on the overall Director’s Cup, placing second overall in Class 4A.
The Titans captured their second straight football state title and finished as state runner-up in girls lacrosse. The school’s wrestling, baseball, boys lacrosse, boys and girls soccer and boys and girls cross-country teams also had deep playoff runs or finished in the top-5 at state meets.
Denmark placed 15th overall in Class 4A in the school’s first athletics year with state runner-up finishes in baseball, cheerleading and gymnastics.
Fellowship Christian was the top Class A school in overall standings, which are not separated into public and private categories. The Paladins reached the quarterfinals of the girls lacrosse playoffs and the football, baseball, volleyball and boys lacrosse teams had strong postseason runs to put Fellowship at 32nd in overall scores.
Led by a state championship in boys basketball, St. Francis placed 44th out of 99 schools.
Mount Pisgah was 52nd in overall scores with Pinecrest Academy three spots behind and King’s Ridge in 69th.