Starr’s Mill retains prestigious Director’s Cup

The Director’s Cup isn’t going anywhere. For the fourth time in five years, Starr’s Mill High won the Director’s Cup given by the Georgia Athletic Director’s Association to the top athletic program in each qualification.

“It is a wonderful feeling,” said Starr’s Mill athletic director Shane Ratliff. “It just shows the continual hard work of our coaches, athletes, and parents put in on a daily basis.”

Each athletic team accrued points that go towards the Director’s Cup. The points system is broken down depending on your finish in a particular sport. Rankings include all 25 GHSA sports, and each school’s top eight sports in each gender count towards the standings.

Starr’s Mill won the Class 5-A crown with 1,286 points, edging out runner-up Buford with 1,277. McIntosh finished third with 1,168. Whitewater placed eighth, and Fayette County notched their best finish yet with a ranking of 22.

Starr’s Mill also won the girls crown, with McIntosh in second. On the boys side, the Panthers finished second to Buford.

The Panthers were propelled to victory with state championships in boys cross country, girls lacrosse, and girls golf, along with runner-up finishes in volleyball, boys soccer, and boys golf.

“None of our athletic accomplishments would be possible without the strong support of family, hard work of coaches, and the drive of our student-athletes,” said Shane Ratliff. “We are fortunate that our coaches, athletes, and parents embrace our motto, ‘demand excellence.’ I think this is what pushes Starr’s Mill to be so competitive in so many things and helps make it a unique and wonderful place to send your child.”

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