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Westminster, HIES among Directors Cup winners
by Greg Oshust
June 04, 2014 01:49 PM | 1899 views | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal.Holy Innocents' Julia Wright (9) puts the ball over the net during a 5A volleyball tournament at the school.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal.Holy Innocents' Julia Wright (9) puts the ball over the net during a 5A volleyball tournament at the school.
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Westminster, Holy Innocents’, Marist and St. Pius X came out on top of their respective classifications as the final 2013-14 Georgia Athletic Directors Association’s Directors Cup standings came out last week.

Westminster won the Class AA Directors Cup for the fifth year in a row and 13th time in 14 seasons.

The Wildcats finished with 1,431 points to place ahead of runner-up and Buckhead archrival Lovett (1,219.5) in the AA standings. They were also the top team in both the boys’ (731) and the girls’ (700) standings.

“It’s a tribute to the effort of the kids and the coaches,” Westminster athletic director Rusty Hudson said.

“They work very hard at trying to do the best they can and once again, they were able to come up with all three of the cups.”

While not quite as dominant as it was in the 2012-13 season, in which it won 11 state championships – including nine in the spring – Westminster still maintained its control of AA with state titles in boys’ cross country, girls’ swimming, boys’ and girls’ tennis and boys’ golf.

“It’s not an easy task,” Hudson said. “You have to have a little bit of luck. Certainly, it was a closer race than last year. It came right down to the last week or two as far as who was going to win. In fact, it came down to the last week.”

Holy Innocents’ emerged as the top school in Class A, accumulating 1,127.5 points to edge out runner-up Gordon Lee (1,041.5) and third-place Pace (1,038).

The Golden Bears — who also finished first in the girls’ (565) and boys’ (562.5) standings — were boosted by a state title in volleyball and a runner-up finish in girls’ basketball.

“After taking second last year – which had been our best finish in school history – I’m very proud of our coaches and our kids for all their hard work,” Holy Innocents’ athletic director Ruth Donahoo said. “It was a fantastic year and this honor is a testament to all the effort everyone in our athletic program put in.”

Marist is the dominant school in AAAA, finishing with 1,416 points to place far ahead of runner-up Carrollton (1,099). The War Eagles also swept the boys’ (713) and girls’ (703) honors.

It is the 15th year in a row that Marist won in AAAA and its 16th straight Directors Cup award – having won in AAA in 2000.

The War Eagles claimed state championships in boys’ and girls’ cross country, track and tennis, girls’ soccer and boys’ golf.

St. Pius X won in convincing fashion in AAA, scoring 1,441 points to finish by a comfortable margin ahead of runner-up Buford (1,284) and take the top prize for the fifth time in six years. Woodward (1,181.5) was fourth.

The Golden Lions also came out on top in both the girls’ (733) and boys’ (708) team standings.

St. Pius won state titles in boys’ and girls’ soccer, girls’ volleyball, boys’ cross country, girls’ basketball, boys’ swimming, boys’ tennis and boys’ track.

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