Cartersville High School won Region 5-AAAA and placed eighth overall in Class AAAA in the 2018-19 Georgia Athletic Directors Association Directors’ Cup standings to lead all the local schools in Bartow County.
The GADA Directors Cup, in existence since the 1999-2000 school year, recognizes athletic departments in all GHSA classifications who have excelled and show superior performance. Twenty-five GHSA sports are counted in the standings with each school’s eight highest scoring sports counting toward the final standings. Schools receive points for each of their athletic teams reaching the state playoffs. State champions earn 100 points with a runner-up assigned 90 points, semifinalists 83 points, etc. through 32nd place. The overall award combines genders of the highest scoring sports with separate awards for each gender. Coed sports are categorized based on majority number of participants.
Cartersville finished the year with 957 GADA Cup points, a state championship in cheerleading, and earned points in a total of fifteen sports.
St. Pius X won the Class AAAA overall Cup title with 1,272 points. The Golden Lions athletic department collected state titles in six sports, including boys swimming, boys track, boys cross country, boys golf, girls volleyball, and girls soccer. St. Pius X also won the male standings in Class 4A with the Marist girls’ program winning that gender title. Cartersville was sixth (558 points) in the male rankings and eleventh in the female sports (399 points) with 54 schools in the 4A classification. In addition to the 100 points earned by the Purple Hurricanes for their cheerleading state title, Cartersville picked up points for football (90), volleyball (83), girls tennis (83), boys cross country (72), baseball (70), wrestling (70), boys basketball (70), boys tennis (53), boys soccer (53), girls cross country (48), girls track and field (40), girls soccer (25), and girls swimming (25).
Among Region 5-AAAA schools, Cartersville led the way followed by LaGrange (534 points), Sandy Creek (534), and Chapel Hill (526). In male sports, Sandy Creek was second with LaGrange third. The Chapel Hill female program was runner-up in the region followed by LaGrange.
Woodland finished 25th overall of 56 schools in Class AAAAA with 489 points and two state championships. The Wildcats won a wrestling state championship and the girls cross country title. The Lady Cats scored 349 of Woodland’s points (cross country 100 points, track and field 60, golf 57, coed cheer 54, softball 53, tennis 25 for a 13th place finish among female sports. Woodland’s male sports were 41st in the classification. The boys cross country team earned 40 points to go with the 100 for wrestling.
Cass was 43rd in Class 5A with 226 total points. Lady Colonels’ sports picked up 116 points (63 cheer, 53 basketball) for a 38th place finish. The Colonels added 110 points (72 wrestling, 38 track and field).
Starr’s Mill High School won the 2019 Directors Cup in Class AAAAA by edging Buford. McIntosh placed third with Carrollton and Riverwood rounding out the top five in the classification. Buford won the male sports title and Starr’s Mill won the female ranking.
Carrollton finished first overall and in both genders in Region 7-AAAAA. The Woodland girls were runner-up among female sports with Rome second in male sports. Kell was the third place school overall and in both genders. Cass was fifth in boys sports with the girls placing seventh.
In Class AAA, Adairsville finished 31st of 57 schools with 357 points. The Lady Tigers earned 278 points in female sports (cheer 72 points, golf 60, swim 51, track 45, soccer 25, volleyball 25) to finish 17th statewide. Adairsville collected 79 points in male sports (wrestling 54, tennis 25) and was 50th in the classification.
Westminster made it a clean sweep in Class AAA. The Wildcats won the overall, male sports, and female sports titles in the classification and won eight state championships including girls and boys swimming, girls and boys cross country, girls and boys soccer, boys lacrosse, and boys golf.
Calhoun won the Region 6-AAA Cup title followed by Coahulla Creek and Sonoraville. Ringgold was fourth and Adairsville fifth, but the Lady Tigers’ teams were second in the region in female sports. The Adairsville male sports placed eighth.
Other classifications (top 3):
Class A Overall
Gordon Lee Class A Male
Class A Female
Wesleyan Mt. Paran Christian
Class AA Overall
Class AA Male
Class AA Female
Class AAAAAA Overall
Class AAAAAA Male
Class AAAAAA Female
Class AAAAAAA Overall
Class AAAAAAA Male
Class AAAAAAA Female