Cherokee County showed promise in the final standings of the 2020-21 Georgia Athletic Directors Association Directors Cup.
Cherokee finished highest among the county’s Class AAAAAAA schools, as did Creekview among the Class AAAAAA schools.
To earn Directors Cup points, teams in bracketed sports such as baseball, basketball and football earn 25 points for a state playoff berth and up to 100 points for winning the state championship. In non-bracketed sports like golf and swimming, teams earn points based on where they finish in the championship events.
Cherokee scored 816 points to finish 13th in Class AAAAAAA. The Warriors improved on their 2019-20 finish by 10 places.
The Cherokee girls carried the load, finishing 10th with 470 points, on the strength of the slow-pitch softball team’s runner-up finish. The boys finished 20th with 346.
“We’ve been very fortunate the last couple of years,” Cherokee athletic director Jeremy Adams said. “We think we are just at the tip of the iceberg of what we can do. We had a good run this year.”
Etowah finished 21st place with 703 points. Its girls scored 421 points off the strength of the tennis team’s quarterfinal finish and a third-place finish in swimming and diving.
Woodstock finished 31st place with 518 points. Its girls scored 297, led by the basketball team’s runner-up finish, while the boys added 221.
Lambert was first overall with 1,335 points.
In Class AAAAAA, Creekview scored 752 points to finish 12th. The girls led the way with 453 points behind a golf state championship and a third-place finish in softball.
Seqouyah scored 615 points for a 19th-place finish. Its girls carried more than two-thirds of the school’s total points with 422, on the strength of the volleyball team’s quarterfinal run.
River Ridge finished 23rd place with 598 points. A semifinal finish for basketball helped the girls finish 19th with 350 points.
“I think we had a great year athletically, especially under the circumstances that these kids were under,” River Ridge principal Todd Miller said. “To be able to perform the way that they did — you know, being my first year in principle at River Ridge — I certainly was very pleased with the outcome of where we ended up.”
Buford led Class AAAAAA with 1,209 points.