Stratford’s first year back in the GHSA turned out to be a pretty good one.
The Eagles had the best finish of Middle Georgia schools in their respective classifications in the final Georgia Athletic Directors Association’s Regions Director’s Cup standings.
Stratford finished third among Class A schools, one of five Middle Georgia programs to finish in the top 10 in their class.
Vidalia was fifth and Bleckley County eighth in Class AA, Veterans eighth in Class AAAA and FPD ninth in Class A.
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Stratford was third in girls sports and sixth in boys sports.
Points are awarded based on postseason performance, with ratings for “team” sports and “individual” sports.
Stratford (boys tennis), Vidalia (girls golf), GMC (girls track and softball), Taylor County (girls basketball and boys tennis), Hawkinsville (football) and Northside (football) were state champions from Middle Georgia.
Several schools finished in the top 10 in either the boys or girls rankings.
Top 10 boys: West Laurens, 10th, Class AAAA; Vidalia, sixth, Class AA; Bleckley County, 10th, Class AA.
Top 10 girls: Veterans, sixth, Class AAAA; West Laurens, 10th, Class AAAA; Vidalia, fourth, Class AA; Bleckley County, ninth, Class AA.
Vidalia earned the most points of all Middle Georgia programs with 968. The Indians scored at least 50 points in 13 of 15 sports, getting a boost from boys basketball, football and wrestling (70 points each) to go with the girls golf title (100 points).
Stratford also racked up major points in boys soccer (90), as well as girls soccer and basketball (83 each), scoring 50 or more points in 10 of 13 sports.
The database of scores can be found on the Georgia Athletic Directors Association’s website at www.gadaonline.net.