By CHRIS GOLTERMANN, CowetaScore.com
For the eighth consecutive year, East Coweta athletic teams combined to lead its region as part of the annual Georgia Athletic Director’s Association ‘Battle for the Director’s Cup.’
It’s purpose since the 1999-2000 school year is to to recognize athletic departments in all GHSA classifications who have excelled and shown superior performance.
For 2017-18, East Coweta finished first in both boys and girls among Region 2-7A’s six schools, combining for 924 points ahead of Campbell (524) and Newnan (467).
It was the largest point total for East Coweta over the string and ahead of the 759 scored in 2016-17.
Points are awarded to schools in 25 sports based on respective finishes. In bracketed events, State championships merit 100 points and 90 for the semifinals. Quarterfinalists receive 70 points.
The cup has a separate scoring system for non-bracketed sports such as Gymnastics, track, golf, swimming, wrestling (traditional), cross-country, cheerleading, and riflery.
East Coweta’s undefeated Class 7A state softball champions led the way for the athletic department with 100 points, with riflery and coed cheerleading each scoring 85 for top-three finishes. Boys soccer and girls volleyball lineups also received 70 points for reaching the Elite 8.
The 924 points for East Coweta ranked ninth overall among all Class 7A schools. Lambert led the standings with 1,274 points, which was the third-highest overall total behind Class 3A Director’s Cup winner Westminster.
East Coweta also won Director’s Cups as a member of Region 2-AAAAA (2010-12) and Region 3-6AAAAAA (2012-2016).
Private schools led three of the GHSA’s seven classifications in 2017-18, with Westminster joined by Marist (4A) and Wesleyan (1A).
Starr’s Mill led current Class 5A schools with 1,355 points, second overall behind Lambert. It included a sweep of state golf titles and a state finals appearance in girls lacrosse.
Northgate finished second behind only Alexander in the Region 5-6A standings. Alexander finished with 853 points to rank 10th among Class 6A schools.
A combined effort of 501 for Northgate among the region’s nine schools was led by 361 from girls sports. It included 100 from the eighth state title in the history of Northgate’s competitive cheerleading program.
Newnan’s point total in Class 7A was led by a trip to the volleyball semifinals, with baseball, softball and wrestling all scoring 53 points apiece.
All three local GHSA schools will remain in the same regions for both 2018-19 and 2019-20 under its latest reclassification period. Trinity Christian joins Region 5-A, which was led in the Director’s Cup standings by Holy Innocents’ 983 points. Paideia (681), Eagle’s Landing Christian (603) and Landmark Christian (548) rounded out the top-four.
Georgia Athletic Director’s Cup Standings
East Coweta 924
Douglas County 388
South Paulding 305
New Manchester 176