Canes win region, finish 8th overall in Class 4A directors cup


The Cartersville High athletics department took eighth in Class 4A, while also finishing well ahead of the pack to sweep all three Region 5-AAAA categories, in the 2018-19 Georgia Athletic Directors Association cup standings.

Among its region rivals, the Canes finished with 957 points to greatly outpace LaGrange and Sandy Creek, which each finished with 534, in the overall category. On the boys side, Cartersville (558 points) was miles ahead of second-place Sandy Creek and its 288 points. The girls race was tighter, but thanks in large part to the competition cheer team's state title, the Canes (399) emerged ahead of Chapel Hill (363) and LaGrange (325).

Overall, Cartersville slipped slightly down the stretch with a few public schools passing the games on the backs of strong spring seasons. St. Pius X placed first in 4A with Blessed Trinity, Marist, Woodward, North Oconee, Columbus and Oconee County rounding out the top seven.

The Canes were sixth overall on the boys side — just six points behind Marist for a spot in the top five. The girls, meanwhile, were just a single point outside the top 10, as Northside-Columbus managed an even-400 points.

Cartersville earned 90 points from football's runner-up finish, 83 for girls tennis' and volleyball's semifinal berths, and 80 for boys golf placing fifth at state. Cross country (72 points), baseball (70), basketball (70), wrestling (70), tennis (53) and soccer (53) rounded out the boys sports that produced points.

For the girls, cross country (48), track and field (40), soccer (25) and swimming (20) also contributed to their point total.

Woodland had the best showing of the county schools, as the girls, in particular, had a solid overall year in Class 5A, finishing runner-up in Region 7-AAAAA.

The Woodland girls were 13th overall in the classification with 349 points. Cross country's state championship led the way. The Wildcats also received points for track (60), golf (57), competition cheer (54), softball (53) and tennis (25).

Carrollton placed first in all three region categories. The Trojans managed 589 points on the girls side alone, while the Wildcats edged Kell for second.

On the boys side, Woodland placed fourth in the region, despite only having two sports garner any points. Wrestling picked up 100 points, even though the team won two state championships, because the directors cup only takes a school's top result from either competition. Cross country added the Wildcats' final 40 points, leaving them 41st on the boys side and 25th overall.

Cass wound up 43rd overall in 5A. The boys were 44th with 110 points, and the girls came in 38th with 116. Each had two sports earn points. Wrestling (72 points) and track and field (38) came through for the boys, while competition cheer (63) and basketball (53) did the job for the girls.

Adairsville's girls placed second to Calhoun, which swept the three Region 6-AAA categories. The boys, though, were eighth in the nine-team region, forcing the Tigers to settle for fifth overall with 357 points.

The girls totaled 278 points to vault into 17th position in Class 3A. Competition cheer led the way with 72 points, golf chipped in with 60, swimming garnered 51, track and field landed 45, and soccer and volleyball each finished with 25.

For the boys, their points came from wrestling (54) and tennis (25). Those 79 points saw them end up 50th. Adairsville, as a whole, placed 31st in the classification.