With the COVID-19 outbreak forcing the GHSA to cancel all activities over the final few months of the 2019-20 school year, the Georgia Athletic Directors Association has opted not to hand out its award to the top athletic programs in the state.
First given out following the 1999-2000 school year, the GADA Directors Cup uses a points system to rank athletic departments based on their postseason success. Since 2002-03, the organization has honored the top overall, boys and girls programs in each classification.
Until this year.
Instead of opting to reward the programs currently atop the standings, the GADA Board of Directors voted unanimously not to name winners this year, according to a banner across the top of its website.
The decision is understandable with none of the spring sports championships able to be held due to the coronavirus, but it certainly won't keep those schools which were leading the respective categories from taking advantage of the bragging rights.
Among Bartow County schools, Cartersville finished 10th in Class 4A; Woodland placed 14th in 5A; Adairsville wound up 26th in 3A; and Cass came in 45th in 5A.
Cartersville's 412 points were split nearly down the middle, with 212 coming from the boys, who tied for ninth, and 200 coming from the girls, who finished 12th.
Individually, Canes cheerleading led the way with 90 points, followed by boys cross country (72), football (70) and wrestling (70). Other contributors were girls cross country (57 points), girls swimming (28) and volleyball (25).
As far as Region 5-AAAA was concerned, Cartersville led Central, Carroll by nearly 100 points in the overall standings. The Canes easily outpaced Sandy Creek in the boys rankings but wound up second to Central in the girls in their final year in the region.
Woodland's point totals on the website were incorrect, so the school's adjusted finish in the standings is somewhat estimated.
The Wildcats wrestling program earned the maximum 100 points after winning duals and traditional state titles, while boys cross country added 54 points to finish tied for 17th in 5A. The girls came in 14th due to strong contributions from cross country (90 points), cheerleading (75) and softball (53).
In the top-heavy Region 7-AAAAA, Woodland managed to come in third overall behind Carrollton and Kell in the nine-member league. The boys placed fourth as a group, with Carrollton, Kell and Rome ahead of them. On the girls side, the Wildcats placed above the Wolves but below the Trojans and Longhorns.
In 3A, Adairsville finished two points back of Islands for a spot in the top 25.
The boys program did make the cut, placing 20th with 120 points, while the girls wound up with 33rd with 97 points. Wrestling (70 points), football (25) and basketball (25) represented the scorers for the boys. Cheerleading (53 points), volleyball (25) and swimming (18) comprised the points-producing programs on the girls side.
Adairsville found itself near the middle of the pack in Region 6-AAA. The Tigers were fourth overall in the nine-school region, finishing fourth in boys and fifth in girls. Calhoun, Sonoraville and North Murray led the way for the boys. Calhoun, Ringgold, Sonoraville and Coahulla Creek made up the top four on the girls side.
Cass received all 97 of its points from its boys programs — 72 from wrestling and 25 from basketball. That placed the Colonels eighth overall in the region but sixth in the boys standings. While the girls narrowly missed out on points from softball and basketball, those two programs — along with several others — should contribute strongly moving forward in the revamped Region 7-AAAAA.