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Eagles, Wolves claim Director's Cups

Gwinnett County programs won the Georgia Athletic Directors Association's highest honor in two of the state's five classifications this week.

Collins Hill was the Class AAAAA winner and Wesleyan won its third straight title, this one in Class A, of the Director's Cup, an annual award given to the school whose athletic teams score the most points in state playoff competitions.

The victory was Collins Hill's second Director's Cup, breaking a three-year hold in AAAAA by Walton. The Eagles were the last program other than Walton to win the AAAAA crown in 2005-06.

"The coaching staff, the athletes, everybody involved is ecstatic about being No. 1," Collins Hill athletic director Roland Wallace said. "It takes great coaches, great athletes and a lot of work. It takes a very supportive administrative staff. It takes a combination of lot of things to win (a Director's Cup)."

Collins Hill, the only public school to win a Director's Cup this year, got state championships in wrestling (traditional and duals), boys soccer, girls golf and softball this school year.

Brookwood also had a big year in AAAAA, winning the points title in the boys division carried by state titles in cross country, track and field and swimming. The Broncos didn't win Region 8-AAAAA's overall points title though -- that honor went to Grayson.

Wesleyan won its fourth Director's Cup, including its third straight. The Wolves, who won their first cup in 2001-02, have won the past two titles in A and also won the 2007-08 title in AA. They also scored the most points in their classification in both the boys and girls divisions for the third straight year.

This year's victory was bolstered by state titles in both boys and girls basketball, volleyball and boys cross country, as well as runner-up finishes in girls golf, boys soccer and boys tennis.

"It is exciting, but for us it's not the ultimate measure of our success," Wesleyan AD Marc Khedouri said. "The differences we make in the lives of youngsters who play sports and the lessons our coaches teach our athletes off the field is most important to us. Winning the Director's Cup is one measure of success but it's not the most important."

In AA, Greater Atlanta Christian was the points winner in the girls division, even though the Spartans' only two state titles were in boys sports, basketball and swimming and diving.