A good 2018-2019 athletic season at Holy Innocents’ didn’t go unnoticed by the Georgia High School and Georgia Athletic Director’s Associations. The Bears finished sixth overall in the annual Directors Cup standings.
Each team earns points during the year for advancing to postseason and advancement throughout. Total tally is announced in late May.
From the GADA website: The purpose of the Regions Bank Directors Cup is to recognize those athletic departments in all GHSA classifications who have excelled and shown superior performance.
The Cup has been computed since the 1999-2000 school year.
The boys ended at sixth overall, the girls fourth, putting the final tally in the #6 spot for the Sandy Springs school.
The Bears had a year where every team except one made the playoffs, while one — the girls basketball team — captured the Class A- Private state title.
The positives began in the fall with both the girls and boys cross country teams winning region titles. The boys went on to take third in state; the girls fourth. Volleyball also won the area before advancing to the Elite 8, and both softball and football moved on to the Sweet 16.
In the winter – besides the girls’ hoops success – the boys went to the Sweet 16, the girls swim team had a top-10 finish, and the wrestlers finished seventh at the traditional state meet in Macon.
Spring was no different. Baseball made it out of the region, boys tennis got to the Elite 8, the girls netters won region, and the girls track team finished fifth. In golf, the girls took 11th while the boys were second. Girls soccer advanced to the Final Four, and both lacrosse teams went to state. The boys fell in the first round, while the girls moved on to the Sweet 16.
Through it all, Holy Innocents’ had five individual state champions over the 10-month period, starting with Jackie Addy, who broke the tape in the 5K in cross country back in November.
The winter saw three more state champions crowned. Jake Swink won the wrestling state title in only his freshman year. Spencer Pearson became the first HIES diver to ever win a title, and Abby Pilkenton won two individual crowns in swimming.
Over to spring, Jada Farrell ended on top of the podium in the shot put after taking second last year.