The end of the most remarkable athletic school year in Gordon Lee High School history will close with yet another major championship.
The school has captured the overall Regions Directors' Cup for Class A. The award, given annually since the 1999-2000 school year, is presented by the Georgia Athletic Directors Association to the top athletic departments in all GHSA classifications.
Beginning with the 2002-2003 school year, awards have been presented to the top male program, the top female program, and the top overall program in each classification. Points are given for each sport based on each team's finish in their respective state tournaments.
Award winning schools receive a trophy and a wall banner.
Gordon Lee amassed 1,188 points to win the overall title in Class A. The school had placed 13th a year ago with 553 points.
State championships in softball, girls' basketball, wrestling, and boys' golf helped sew up the title, along with state runner-up finishes in baseball, girls' track, and girls' cross-country, a third place finish in girls' golf, and fourth place showings in competition cheerleading and girls' tennis.
"Winning it for the first time is very special," said GLHS Athletic Director Shonn Weldon. "This senior class was a great group of kids who have a lot to be proud of, and there were a lot of kids in the other classes who helped provide support."
Holy Innocents' was second in the Class A overall standings with 992 points. First Presbyterian Day (982) was third, followed by Darlington (855) and Pace Academy (833).
The Lady Trojans also won the girls' title with 650.5 points, followed by Pace Academy (468), Darlington (453), Brookstone (447), and Holy Innocents' (447). Gordon Lee's boys were third with 537.5 points, trailing only First Presbyterian Day (555) and Holy Innocents' (545) for the top spot.
Both the Trojans and Lady Trojans were the winners for Region 6-A as well.
"It means a lot to all of those who have supported us over the years," Weldon added. "The coaches and athletes have worked hard this year and it has paid off. It's pretty cool to finally win this thing. It truly has been a special year."
Trion's girls were third in the 6-A standings with 388 points, while the Trion boys placed fourth with 337 points. Their 725 combined points were good enough for fourth overall in the region and 12th overall in the state.
Private schools swept the awards in the next three classes. Westminster claimed all three awards in Class AA. St. Pius X did the same in the Class AAA, and Marist easily won all three awards in Class AAAA.
The McIntosh girls and Starr's Mill boys won in Class AAAAA with McIntosh winning the overall title, while in Class AAAAAA, Walton's girls won the title, propelling the Raiders to the overall title. Brookwood won in the boys' division.
Dalton, who won the overall title and the boys' title in Region 7-AAAA, also finished in the top five for Class AAAA. The Catamounts placed second in the boys' standings and the school was fourth in the overall standings. The Lady Catamounts finished sixth in the girls' standings.
LaFayette's boys were seventh in the region with 132 points, while the girls placed ninth with 25 points. Overall, the Ramblers placed ninth in the 7-AAAA standings.
Ridgeland was 11th overall with 90 points, all coming from the football team, who finished as the state runner-up.