After the 2018-19 points were tallied, Wesleyan retained its title as Georgia’s top Class A athletic program.
The Wolves claimed the Georgia Athletic Directors Association’s Directors Cup for the third straight year and the ninth time in 19 years, amassing a school-record 1,318 points in the annual competition that rewards athletic programs for their finishes in state competitions. The Peachtree Corners private school also had the second-highest point total in all classifications, trailing only Westminster.
Wesleyan’s large point total — Commerce was second in A with 1,085 points — featured state championships in softball, boys cross country and boys and girls soccer. It also included a pair of state runner-up finishes, powering a sweep of the boys and girls division points titles as well.
“The Directors Cup is really a community award,” Wesleyan athletic director Marc Khedouri said. “Every student, every coach at every level, every parent and every fan played a role. It’s exceedingly special and I’m very proud to accept on behalf of our entire community.”
Gwinnett County also fared well in AAAAA, where Buford was second overall, and in AAAAAAA with North Gwinnett, Brookwood and Mill Creek in the overall top 10.
Buford was a slim margin out of first place in the overall standings with 1,277 points, barely behind Starr’s Mill’s 1,286. The Wolves had the most boys points in the classification, and their girls finished third. Their big points came from a sweep of the basketball state championships, along with a girls track and field state title.
Greater Atlanta Christian was sixth in AAA overall points, finishing seventh in both boys and girls. In AAAAAA, Dacula took a top-10 finish in eighth place, while Lanier was 15th. Dacula was eighth in boys points and 12th in girls points. Hebron earned a seventh-place overall finish in A.
North, Brookwood and Mill Creek finished in the overall top 10 for the third straight year as a trio. Brookwood has never finished outside the top 10 in the competition, and Mill Creek has joined the Broncos in the top 10 in Georgia’s largest classification every year since 2010-11.
North Gwinnett led the way among AAAAAAA locals for 2018-19, finishing third overall with 1,154 points, behind only Walton (1,225) and Lambert (1,180). Brookwood (1,095) was fifth and Mill Creek (1,054) was seventh. Parkview (12th, 801), Norcross (14th, 774), Grayson (17th, 742), Archer (18th, 735) and Peachtree Ridge (19th, 715) also finished in the top 20 in the overall standings.
Brookwood was Gwinnett’s top finisher in boys points in third place, and North girls led the county in points — also taking third.
Those two schools also swept the overall boys and girls points titles in their regions. Brookwood’s 1,095 points in Region 7-AAAAAAA was well ahead of runner-up Parkview (801) and third-place Norcross (774). North (1,154) edged Mill Creek (1,054) in 6-AAAAAAA, and Peachtree Ridge (715) was third.
In 8-AAAAAAA, Grayson (742) edged Archer (735) for the overall points title. Grayson won the boys division with 382 to Archer’s 375, and those two schools tied for first in girls with 360 points each.