Veterans sixth for best sports program in AAAAA

Veterans High School finished highest of the local schools in the race for the Regions Bank Directors Cup. The cup, as awarded through the Georgia Athletic Director’s Association, recognizes, according to its website, “athletic departments in all GHSA classifications who have excelled and shown superior performance.”

Twenty-five sports are counted – everything from basketball to football to even lacrosse – with each school’s eight highest scoring sports for each gender counted toward the final standings.

Veterans finished sixth this past season in all of AAAAA. It accumulated 784 points. The girls contributed 438 of those and finished ninth in their category, while the boys had 346 and finished 12th. Ninety of the Lady Warhawks’ points came in golf. They earned 69 in track, 66 in cheerleading, 57 in cross country, 53 in soccer and volleyball and 25 in softball, basketball and tennis.

The Warhawks earned 72 in wrestling, 70 in baseball, 66 in cross country, 60 in golf, 53 in soccer and 25 in tennis.

Starr’s Mill was first overall with 1,355. Buford was second with 1,274, followed by Carrollton with 1,183, McIntosh with 1,165 and rounding out the top five, Flowery Branch with 957.

Warner Robins was 34th overall. It had 369 points. The girls were 39th with 92. The boys were 20th with 277. The Demonettes earned 53 in soccer, 25 in basketball and 14 in track. The boys contributed 100 in basketball – for their state championship – 90 in football – for their runner-up – 34 in cross country, 28 in wrestling and 25 in soccer.

Veterans was also first in regard to Region 1-AAAAA. Harris County was second, Bainbridge third, Thomas County Central fourth and Warner Robins fifth.

In AAAAAA, Houston County was 22nd overall. It earned 587 points. The Lady Bears accounted for 317 of those and were 17th. The Bears pulled in 270 and were 25th.

Ninety of the girls’ came in cheerleading. They had 83 in softball, 53 in volleyball, 25 in basketball, soccer and tennis and 16 in cross country.

The boys scored 70 in baseball, 66 in track, 60 in golf, 25 in soccer and tennis and 24 in wrestling.

Northside was 36th overall with 306 points. The girls were 43rd with 103. The boys were 33rd with 203. They earned 53 in football, 38 in track, 32 in wrestling, 30 in cross country and 25 in basketball and soccer. The Lady Eagles contributed 53 in basketball and 25 each in soccer and softball.

Overall, Alpharetta was first with 1,087. Allatoona was second with 1,069, followed by Johns Creek with 1,058, Harrison with 1,055 and Pope rounding out the top five with 1,040.

Coffee took top Region 1-AAAAAA honors with 727. Valdosta was second with 599, followed by Houston County, Lee County (545) and Northside.

Finally, Perry was 15th in AAAA. It compiled 575 points. The girls had 303 and were 19th. The boys had 272 and were 20th. The Lady Panthers’ contributions came by way of: softball, 70 points; cheerleading, 60 points; volleyball, 53; golf 38; cross country, 26 and basketball and soccer, 25.

The boys earned 53 in wrestling and soccer, 45 in cross country and golf, 26 in track and 25 in baseball and basketball.

Marist was first overall with 1,349. Blessed Trinity was second with 1,297. St. Pius was third with 1,237, Woodward Academy, fourth with 1,189 and North Oconee, fifth with 1,136.

For 2-AAAA, West Laurens was first with 787. The Panthers and Lady Panthers were second. Spalding was third with 549, followed by Mary Persons with 532, Upson Lee with 489 and Howard with 204.