Having already won the Director’s Cup for the top Class AA program in the state, Westminster was declared the winner of the ’12-13 MaxPreps Cup for the most successful athletic program in the nation.
Westminster was one of three local schools who finished in the top 10 of the MaxPreps Cup standings, with St. Pius X finishing third and Marist ninth.
Westminster was recognized for a dominant ’12-13 school year in which it won 11 state championships, nine of which came during the spring campaign.
The Wildcats won AA titles on both the boys’ and girls’ sides in soccer, track and field and tennis as well as crowns in boys’ cross country, boys’ golf, while also claiming the top prize in A-AAAAA in boys’ and girls’ lacrosse and girls’ swimming.
“This was a very big surprise ending to what was an incredible year for our athletic program,” Westminster athletic director Rusty Hudson said. “Our entire school community, including our alumni, are very excited about being selected No. 1. The award will certainly add excitement to the beginning of the school year.”
Westminster girls’ lacrosse coach Jay Watts, whose team was one of the school’s 11 state champions, said he is proud to be a part of the Wildcats’ extraordinary sports season.
“The award is a tremendous accomplishment for our student-athletes and our coaches, but the year that we had does not happen without amazing support from our parents, faculty, staff and administration,” said Watts, who also serves as one of the school’s assistant athletic directors. “It is great to see our school get an award like this that truly recognizes not just one or two sports, but the total athletic program.”
St. Pius X earned its third-place showing with six AAA state championships — boys’ and girls’ soccer and cross country, girls’ basketball and boys’ track and field.
“Finishing third in the MaxPrep rankings is obviously a tremendous honor for our school,” St. Pius athletic director Mark Kelly said. “In essence, it is affirmation of the job our kids, our coaches and supportive parents are doing. It also speaks to the wholeness of our program. To be in contention for the top spots, you have to be competitive across the board in all sports.
“It was also really neat that Westminster, St. Pius X and Marist all finished in the top 10. I think that speaks not only to the level of competitiveness in our own programs, but also the competitiveness of all the schools we play. There are many outstanding programs in Georgia.”
Marist secured its ninth-place showing with seven state crowns in AAAA — boys’ and girls’ track and cross country, girls’ soccer and tennis and boys’ golf.