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Eagles, Pats finish 7th in Directors Cup

Eastside and Heritage recorded seventh-place finishes in their respective classifications in the final standings GADA 2008-09 Dodge Directors Cup, which is awarded by Georgia Athletic Directors Association.

The award recognizes the athletic departments in all Georgia High School Association classifications that have excelled and showed superior performances. Twenty-five sports are counted in the standings.

Heritage scored the most points of the local schools with 735.5 in Class AAAA, with fifteen different sports scoring points.

The Heritage girls tennis team led the way with 83 points after advancing to the Final Four in tennis. The Heritage boys cross country team tallied 80 points with a fourth-place at the state meet, while the boys tennis team added 70 points with its trip to the Elite Eight.

Marist won the Class AAAA Cup with 1,448 points, followed by Starr's Mill (994.5), Lakeside-Evans (877), Whitewater (761.5), Evans (755.5) Glynn Academy (746.5), Heritage, Ola (712), McIntosh (692) and Lakeside-DeKalb (673).

In Class AAA, Eastside finished seventh with 685 points.

The Eagles' state championship in the Class AAA traditional wrestling tournament led the way with 100 points. The Eastside girls track team added 85 points for a third-place finish in the state meet, while the softball team chipped in 83 points with its third-place finish at the state tournament. The football team added 70 points by advancing to the Class AAA quarterfinals.

St. Pius claimed the Class AAA Cup with 1,285 points. Woodward Academy was second at 1,188, followed by Oconee County (996), Columbus (953), Carrollton (925.5), Riverwood (793), Eastside, Dunwoody (673), Flowery Branch (660.5) and Northside-Columbus (660).

Alcovy had the next-highest finish among the other local schools, placing 32nd in Class AAAA with 358 points. The Alcovy cheerleading team scored the most points (60) with a 10th-place finish at state.

Newton tallied 230 points and finished 49th in Class AAAAA. The top point scorers for the Rams were the wrestling team (state dual meet) and the softball team (final 16) with 53 points apiece.

Rockdale finished the year with 172 points to finish 57th in Class AAAA. The wrestling team's fourth-place finish in the state dual meet tallied the most points for the Bulldogs at 83.

Salem placed 68th in Class AAAA with 83 points. The Lady Seminoles' run to the state soccer semifinals produced the school's only points.