For the Callaway and LaGrange High athletic programs, it was all about all-around excellence during the 2013-2014 school year.
Both schools found success in a multitude of sports, and that helped them earn high finishes in the final Georgia Athletic Directors Association Directors Cup standings that were released on Tuesday.
Points are awarded to the teams and individuals that excel in each sport, and at the end of the school year those points are tabulated and schools in each classification win the Directors Cup.
LaGrange finished seventh in Class AAAA, while Callaway was 16th in Class AAA.
Troup finished well back in the pack, but it did earn points in boys’ and girls’ sports.
The final high-school sports event of the year was played on Tuesday, with Houston County winning the Class AAAAA state championship in baseball.
The standings were divided between boys’ and girls’ sports.
LaGrange was sixth in the boys’ standings, and 19th in the girls’ rankings.
Callaway, meanwhile, was 11th in the boys’ standings, thanks largely to its two teams that made it to the final four, and the school was 25th in the girls’ rankings.
“At our end of the year coaches meeting, we talked about that (success) and how it just speaks to the depth of our athletes at our school, and how hard our coaches work at every sport,” LaGrange athletic director Jamie Schmitt said. “Every coach, in every sport, and every athlete in those sports, feels like their sport is the most important thing for them, and it is.”
Callaway athletic director Pete Wiggins, meanwhile, said this is “an exciting time for Callaway High School.”
“There are a lot of good kids here at Callaway High School,” Wiggins added. “To perform at the level that our teams have this season, in a lot of sports, to compete and beat and play with some of the biggest names in the state as far as level of competition, I am so proud of our kids, and our coaches. It’s great for our school.”
As good a year as it was for LaGrange, it was only fourth in Region 5-AAAA.
Four of the teams from the region finished in the top four in the Directors Cup standings, including Carrollton, which finished second overall to Marist.
Carrollton capped its year with a state championship in baseball on Monday.
Columbus finished third, and Alexander was fifth.
Still, it was an exceptional year for LaGrange.
The school year included a state championship in track and field from Andrew Coggins, a near state title from the boys’ cross-country team, a top-10 finish by the golf team, and a deep playoff run in soccer.
LaGrange got a bunch of points in cross country, with the boys’ team finishing second at the state meet in November.
Four of LaGrange’s runners finished in the top 10, including Coggins, who was fourth.
LaGrange’s girls’ team, meanwhile, was fifth at state, led by Sarah Bearden’s 11th-place finish.
LaGrange’s boys’ soccer team did its part by making it to the state quarterfinals where it lost to Spalding County.
In track and field, Coggins won the 1,600-meter run, giving him a state title for the second straight year.
Coggins was also third in the 800-meter run, and Sam Bowie had two top-five finishes at state.
Jonathan Pelham, who was also on the golf team, had a sixth-place finish at state.
Bearden, meanwhile, had two top four finishes at the girls’ state meet.
The girls’ cheerleading team had a strong season and made it to the state finals in Columbus, and the boys’ golf team finished 10th in the state.
The baseball team won a first-round series in the state playoffs, and both tennis teams, as well as the softball team, made it to state and fell in the first round.
LaGrange also got points in swimming, with Allie Paschal bringing home a top-10 finish.
“Most all of our athletes work year-round at their respective sports or are playing multiple sports,” Schmitt said. “They do a great job on and off the field.”
At Callaway, the football team got the good times started in the fall when it made it to the final four.
The winter sports season was highlighted by the boys’ basketball team’s run to the final four, and the baseball team advanced to the state quarterfinals during the spring.
Callaway also got points in soccer, tennis, cross country and wrestling.
During football season, the Cavaliers went 12-2 and made it to the final four for the first time in the history of the program.
Callaway hung tough with Buford in the semifinals before losing 24-14.
Some of the same players then made the transition to basketball, and they helped the Cavaliers also make a run to the final four, where they lost to Buford as well.
On the baseball diamond, the Cavaliers nearly made it to the final four, but they lost in three games to Cartersville in the quarterfinals.
Callaway won the first game 1-0, but Cartersville won the next two games to win the series.
In tennis, the Callaway girls’ team won its first-round match in the state tournament before falling in the second round.
Callaway’s boys’ tennis team also made it to the state tournament, as did both soccer teams, the softball team, and the girls’ basketball team.
Both Callaway cross-country teams also ran in the state meet.
In wrestling, Callaway’s Brandon Sutton earned a top-five finish for the second straight year.
Troup got its points from the football team and the volleyball team, with each of those teams making it to the state playoffs.
The football team won its final four games of the regular season to finish third in Region 5-AAAA, and it lost a close one to Gilmer County in the opening round of the playoffs.
The volleyball team finished fourth in the region, and it hung tough with Ringgold in the first round at state before falling short.