Lambert High School might run out of room soon.
The signs commemorating the Longhorns' state championships that line the right side of the road leading down to the football stadium are ever growing in number, and there's only so much space until they hit the stadium.
Five more signs will be joining that group, commemorating the five state championships that Lambert won this year. Those successes, along with 11 region championships and multiple deep tournament runs, contributed to the Longhorns winning this year's Class 7A Regions Directors Cup. This is the third straight year that Lambert has won the award in the state's highest classification.
"It's a benchmark," Longhorns athletic director Drew Ferrer said. "...We try to create a good atmosphere in coaching. They pull for each other."
Lambert finished with 1,348 points, well clear of second-place Mill Creek's 1164. The Longhorns topped the Hawks for the state girls golf tournament on Tuesday, although both schools were awarded 95 points for that event, which ended in a playoff after the two teams were tied through two rounds.
The Longhorns' other state championships were in cheerleading, boys cross country, boys tennis, girls soccer. The latter three victories were the school's first-ever in those sports. Runner-up finishes in boys golf, boys lacrosse and girls swimming also contributed heavily to Lambert's point total.
This year was the first that Lambert finished with the highest total point total in both boys and girls sports. The Longhorns had won the girls title in 2014-15 and the boys title in 2015-16. The establishment of Class 7A this school year meant that Lambert had to compete against fewer schools in the Directors Cup standings, but Ferrer noted that the Longhorns still bested many of the schools that challenged them for the top spot in Class 6A.
"We were able to say we have the number one program at the state at the highest level," Ferrer said. "I don't think you can think anything else but (that you're) just proud."
Lambert does have a plan for the signs commemorating future state titles: They'll just go on the road leading away from the stadium.
South Forsyth had the second-best finish in the overall standings among Forsyth County schools, finishing sixth. The War Eagles finished third in the girls standings, boosted by a state title in cross country and a second-place finish in cheerleading. West Forsyth finished 10th overall, North Forsyth finished 30th, and Forsyth Central, having made the jump from 5A to 7A, finished 42nd.