Collins Hill now a national program

The Collins Hill athletic program has proven itself to be one of the top sports programs in the state in recent years.

On Tuesday, the 2006-07 Eagles' teams gained national recognition.

Collins Hill was selected as the No. 9 athletic program for the past school year by SI.com.

"That's an unbelievable accomplishment," Collins Hill girls basketball coach Tracey Tipton said. "It just makes you take a lot of pride in where you work."

SI.com, with the help of Rise magazine, looked at on and off the field state championships and Division I scholarship athletes to determine its rankings.

Collins Hill had plenty of both. The Eagles won three state championships - girls basketball, girls cross country and girls track - and had three other teams finish in the top three in the state.

"You want your sport to be up there with everything else," Tipton said. "And other than the Director's Cup, I think this is the greatest accomplishment a sports program could get."

They also had plenty of Division I athletes led by standout basketball player Maya Moore. The Connecticut signee led the Eagles to their third straight basketball state title and a No. 1 national ranking by USA Today. Along with Moore, the Eagles' basketball team featured South Carolina signee Jordan Jones.

Other notable Collins Hill athletes headed to Division I programs are Nicole Okolo (Alabama), Jackie Drouin (Columbia), Erin Guglielmo (Vanderbilt), T.J. Greenstone (Vanderbilt) and Sara Dashiell (Georgia State).

Jesuit High School in Portland, Ore., was selected as the nation's top athletic program by SI.com. Jesuit won five state championships and produced 16 student-athletes who signed with Division I schools. It's the second time in three years that a Gwinnett County school has been ranked in SI.com's top 10. Parkview was ranked No. 7 in 2005 when it won three state titles and had three other teams finish in the top three.