After four-year gap, Walton regains Directors Cup
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Bookend state championships — volleyball in the fall, girls tennis in the spring — helped Walton clinch the Directors Cup for the first time in four years. The Raiders’ athletic department needed every point it could gain in Class AAAAAA, only outdistancing Gwinnett County powerhouse Brookwood by 1.5 points.
<BR>Staff photo by Todd Hull
Bookend state championships — volleyball in the fall, girls tennis in the spring — helped Walton clinch the Directors Cup for the first time in four years. The Raiders’ athletic department needed every point it could gain in Class AAAAAA, only outdistancing Gwinnett County powerhouse Brookwood by 1.5 points.
Staff photo by Todd Hull
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Walton’s athletic programs won two state titles this year after winning three a year ago.

The school, however, still had enough contenders on the list to help it clinch the Georgia Athletic Directors Association Directors Cup for Class AAAAAA.

Walton scored 1,110.5 points, in a scale that gives a school more points the further a team advances in its state competition. A school can gain as much as 100 points for a state championship.

Brookwood finished a slim 1.5 points behind Walton, which won the Directors Cup for the fifth time since 2001-02.

After the 2011-12 school year, Walton finished second to Brookwood in Class AAAAA.

Walton’s volleyball team secured its third straight state title last fall, and the girls cross country team finished second at the state meet, but it was the spring sports that really carried the Raiders.

The girls tennis team returned to its winning ways by recapturing the state title after its streak of eight straight titles was broken last season. The baseball and girls lacrosse teams both made the state semifinals while the boys track team was fourth at state.

And Walton’s girls golf

team scored points by finishing fifth, despite having to battle injuries all season.

“About a month before the end of the school year, before everything was done, we really didn’t feel that we had a chance,” Walton athletic director Christian Suttle said. “We thought we would get beat out by Brookwood.

“Then baseball went on a run. Two guys helped us take fourth place in track, and our girls tennis program coming back — and our girls lacrosse program — really helped a bunch.”

Harrison was the only other Cobb County school to finish in the top 10 of Class AAAAAA, placing fifth. Seven of its teams finished eighth or better in their respective state competitions, led by the runner-up finishes of its volleyball and girls soccer programs.

Pope was the county’s top Class AAAAA’s school with 1,069 points, finishing third behind McIntosh (1,175) and Starr’s Mill (1,136).

Pope finished strong with a state championship in baseball. The school’s wrestling team also defended its dual and traditional state titles.

Pope’s softball finished second, its boys cross country team was third and its boys soccer team made the state semifinals.

Allatoona, which jumped two levels from Class AAA, adjusted well to the larger competition by finishing fourth at 1,026. After the winter sports, the Buccaneers’ athletic department led the classification before ultimately sliding back as the school year ended.

Allatoona showed it belonged in a higher classification. It didn’t have a state champion or finalist this year, but it had up to seven teams that came close.

Both its tennis teams make the state semifinals and five other teams — football, boys and girls soccer, boys lacrosse and softball — journeyed to the state quarterfinals.

“We came in with a chip on our shoulder and we heard lot of talk of us playing smaller schools and weaker divisions (in AAA),” Allatoona athletic director Benji Morrell said. “Going into AAAAA, let’s prove to the county and the state that we can compete with anybody.”

In Class A, Mount Paran Christian (695) was 13th and Walker (648) finished 14th.

Mount Paran’s cheerleading team garnered a state title this year, with its baseball team making the finals. Both Walker tennis teams captured state titles, with its volleyball making the state finals.
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