Brookstone, Northside, Columbus finish high in Director's Cup standings

dmitchell@ledger-enquirer.comJune 21, 2014 

A handful of area schools didn't need to see the Director's Cup standings to know they had successful years athletically, but they were happy to see their finishes nonetheless.

Brookstone and Northside captured the top spot in their respective regions, marking two straight championships for the Patriots and at least four straight for the Cougars (the Georgia Athletic Directors Association website only lists the past four years). Both schools finished ninth statewide in their respective classifications.

Columbus High didn't win its region, but did have the highest state finish of any school in the area, taking third in Class AAAA.

The Director's Cup is awarded to the school with the most cumulative success in all sports. Points are awarded based on a team's finish in each sport.

Brookstone's ninth-place finish in Class A is actually its lowest finish in the past four seasons, but still an overwhelming success, according to athletic director Brad Dehem.

The Cougars have slipped from third to fourth to sixth and to ninth, but Dehem said the school's performance in the spring sports put a cap on a great year.

"We have a history of being near the top," he said. "What it takes is a great bunch of coaches who are really dedicated to improving each year. This spring was just a great showing for all our teams. Sure, we'd like to improve in the fall and winter sports to catch up with our spring. If we can do that, I feel like we could challenge for that top ranking in the state."

The Cougars' spring featured a state championship in golf and a semifinals appearance in boys soccer.

Northside, still a relatively young school, has established itself as the predominant power in its region and is beginning to establish itself in Class AAAAA statewide.

It is the second straight ninth-place finish for the Patriots, who hope to continue to climb in the standings.

"We take pride in all our sports, not just a couple," athletic director Morgan Ingram said. "We try to excel in everything we participate in. It's a tribute to our coaches and student-athletes that they can finish in the top 10 in such a high classification."

Ingram pointed to the youth of a lot of the school's coaches as a sign that things could continue to improve in the future.

"As they continue to mature as coaches and become better teachers of their particular sports, we'll develop better student-athletes," he said. "That's the key to everything."

For Columbus, its third-place finish is nothing new. It is the fourth consecutive season the Blue Devils have taken the third spot in the state, twice in Class AAA and twice in Class AAAA.

It had runner-up finishes in girls basketball, girls tennis and boys golf, a trip to the semifinals in girls soccer, and state championships in girls golf and volleyball.

There were no other top-10 finishes in the state for other area programs.

In Class A, Marion County finished in 18th and Pacelli in 58th. In Class AA, Spencer came in 33rd, Kendrick 35th, Jordan 41st, Manchester 49th and Chattahoochee County 58th. In Class AAA, Carver was 34th.

In Class AAAA, Shaw finished in 52nd. In Class AAAAA, Harris County was 41st and Hardaway 44th.

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