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Starr’s Mill repeats as Athletic Director’s Cup winners

Excellent showings in every season led Starr’s Mill High School to its second straight Director’s Cup. (Staff Photo by Christopher Dunn)

Starr’s Mill High School has again proven they are one of the best all-around athletic schools in the state. For the second straight year, the Panthers have won the coveted Director’s Cup for Class AAAAA. The Cup is awarded to the most successful overall athletic program in each GHSA classification.
Schools accrue points based on their performance in each sport, building up to the final total. While the Panthers, under the leadership of first-year Athletic Director Sandy Martin, did not win any state championships, they took the title because they excel in virtually every venue, tallying top-eight finishes in 12 sports.
“It’s a fantastic honor to have won the Director’s Cup for the second year in a row. It demonstrates the consistency of effort and support from our players, coaches, and community,” said Starr’s Mill Principal Allen Leonard. “Every member of the Starr’s Mill High School community played a part in this award-winning campaign, and we look forward to continuing to strive for excellence in the 2016-2017 school year as well.”
“Winning the Director’s Cup is an honor that demonstrates how strong Starr’s Mill High School is in our overall athletic program,” said Athletic Director Sandy Martin. “This kind of award is built on many factors, including strong coaches, dedicated athletes, positive parental involvement, community backing, dedicated teachers, and consistent administrative support. Being a part of a hardworking and successful school demonstrates what real teamwork can produce, which has a value beyond the awards that I hope our student athletes will carry with them throughout their lives.”
While many might not have heard of the Director’s Cup, those involved with high school athletics know how much it means to win it and all that goes into such success.
“This is under appreciated by folks. It takes so many variables to accomplish something like this,” said football coach Chad Phillips. “You have to have tremendous administrative support for hiring a competent coaching staff, great teaching support from the classroom teachers, great booster/parent support, a passionate, unselfish coaching staff, and probably more importantly, kids that are willing to make a major time commitment and have a high level of expectations. This community is fortunate to have all of those things in place.”
For the second straight year, McIntosh finished fourth overall in AAAAA. Whitewater placed 11th in AAAA.

By Christopher Dunn

Managing Editor Christopher Dunn has been with the Fayette County News since 2011, in addition to running Fayette Victory magazine. He is a graduate of Fayette County schools, as well as a graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in journalism. Follow him on twitter @fayettesports.