Collins Hill wraps up first Directors Cup

Collins Hill has secured the title of Class AAAAA's top athletic program for the 2005-2006 school year, regardless of how the Eagles' baseball team finishes in the postseason.

With all sports but baseball completed, the Suwanee school locked up its first Georgia Athletic Directors Association Dodge Directors Cup title, awarded each year to the state's top sports programs. Points are scored based on team finishes in state championships and no school can catch Collins Hill in AAAAA.

The Eagles, without the at least 40 points they have coming for baseball, have 780 points (state titles are worth 100 points, runner-up finishes 80 and so forth), a comfortable lead over second-place Harrison and Walton, who have 700 each. Parkview is fourth at 640, Starr's Mill is fifth and Brookwood is sixth. None of those schools have teams left in the baseball playoffs.

Four state championships from girls teams proved to be the biggest factor in the victory.

"It's a tremendous honor," Collins Hill athletic director Roland Wallace said. "We are very happy about it. It's the first time in the school history. The coaches and programs are outstanding."

In AA, Greater Atlanta Christian is on the verge of its second Directors Cup in a row and third in four years. The Spartans have 850 points (counting baseball's second-round showing) and the only school that can catch them is Lovett, which can only win the Directors Cup by reaching the state semifinals. The Lions split with Metter on Tuesday in the state quarterfinals.

Unlike GAC, Collins Hill won't have to await its Directors Cup fate, which comes with a nice trophy.

The Eagles collected their win with a big year thus far, including a state-best 540 points from girls sports. They also received a trophy for winning the girls Directors Cup competition. Harrison is the next-closest to Collins Hill in girls points with 370.

Collins Hill won girls state titles in fastpitch softball, basketball, cross country and track and field. The school also reached the state semifinals in both volleyball and girls soccer.

The top-scoring boys sports for the Eagles were wrestling (state runner-up), swimming (third place) and cross country (fourth place).

"It's been an outstanding first year (as athletic director) for me to say the least," Wallace said. "Every program has worked together, rooting for each other. The coaches that are not in season are there watching the coaches that are in season.

"It's just overall a very nice feeling coming into an organization where everybody works together so well."

GAC's place at the top of the AA standings includes just one state champion - boys tennis. But the Spartans had five state runner-up finishes in boys soccer, boys track and field, fastpitch softball, girls basketball and girls tennis.

Wesleyan is third in the AA standings behind GAC and Lovett.