Led by state titles in girls soccer (left) and cheerleading (right), Starr’s Mill is the winner of the coveted Director’s Cup given to the most successful overall athletic program in each GHSA classification.

sm.cheer2When it comes to high school athletics, no AAAAA program was better than Starr’s Mill this year. The Panthers have won the coveted Director’s Cup for 2014-15, which 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. This is the first overall cup title for Starr’s Mill after multiple runner-up finishes and wins on the boys or girls side. Under the leadership of athletic director Allen Leonard, Starr’s Mill won with 1188 points, followed by Allatoona in second. They also won on the girls side and finished second for boys.
The Panthers started the school year off strong in the fall. The football team made it back to the postseason after a couple seasons away. The volleyball team was again in the state playoffs.
In November, the cheerleading team captured the first state championship of the year for the school.
Winter was highlighted by dominance in the pool. The girls swim team finished seventh overall at state, while winning three competition titles. The boys took ninth. The wrestling team was also back in state tournament competition.
Spring was exceptional for the Panthers. The baseball team captured a region crown, and the boys soccer team made their annual trip to the postseason. Both boys and girls lacrosse made the playoffs. Golf and tennis were standouts, and track and field saw a number of individual champions. The icing on the cake was a state soccer championship for the Lady Panthers sealing up the Director’s Cup.
Among the other local schools, McIntosh finished fourth overall in AAAAA, sixth among boys, and fifth for girls. Whitewater took seventh overall in AAAA, with an eighth place finish for boys and girls.