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Westminster, Marist, St. Pius capture Directors Cup
by Greg Oshust
June 04, 2013 05:03 PM | 1659 views | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Maddie Hutchins hits a forehand during a match for the Westminster girls’ tennis team, whose Class AA state championship helped earn the school the AA Directors Cup.
Staff / Nathan Self
Maddie Hutchins hits a forehand during a match for the Westminster girls’ tennis team, whose Class AA state championship helped earn the school the AA Directors Cup.
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Westminster capped off an extraordinary 2012-13 sports season as it claimed the Class AA Georgia Athletic Directors Association Regions Directors Cup, which was announced last Tuesday.

With 11 state championships to its credit — nine of them won during the spring season alone — Westminster finished with 1,513 points to finish atop the AA standings. Buckhead archrival Lovett (1,225) was the runner-up.

It’s the fourth year in a row and 12th time in 13 seasons that Westminster claimed the AA Directors Cup. The Wildcats also claimed the top spot in AAA from 2001 to ’08.

Westminster won state titles during the spring in boys’ and girls’ soccer, track and field, tennis and lacrosse as well as boys’ golf plus boys’ cross country in the fall and girls’ swimming in the winter.

“To win the GADA Directors Cup is a testament to the balance in our athletic program and it is a great honor for our school and community,” Westminster athletic director Rusty Hudson said. “We felt confident that our teams would be competitive in their respective sports. But, no one could have reasonably expected we could have won 11 GHSA championships in a single year. The spring was magical.

“The credit belongs to our coaches and to our athletes, whose hard work and dedication — along with great support from our fans — made this an unbelievably exciting year.”

Marist was the winner in AAAA, the 14th year in a row that it claimed the top spot in that classification and the 15th straight season that it earned a Directors Cup — having won the award in AAA in 2000.

The War Eagles claimed seven state titles — including five in the spring — winning in boys’ and girls’ track and field and cross country, girls’ soccer and tennis and boys’ golf.

“The GADA Directors Cup is a great tribute to our high school student-athletes, to our coaches and to the Marist community as a whole,” Marist athletic director Tommy Marshall said. “We are blessed with the ingredients that made an award like this possible to achieve. When these elements are combined with a great coaching staff and an outstanding student-athlete work ethic, Marist School has been able to achieve great success on the playing fields and in the classroom.”

St. Pius X won the AAA award for the fourth time in five years.

St. Pius (1,391.5) — with six state titles (boys’ and girls’ soccer and cross country, girls’ basketball and boys’ track) to its credit — finished ahead of runner-up Woodward (1,293) and third-place Blessed Trinity (1,215) in the overall standings.

Holy Innocents’ fell just short of a Directors Cup in Class A, finishing runner-up with 992 points behind winner Gordon Lee (1,188).
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