As Lambert’s girls and boys golf teams reveled in sweeping the Class AAAAAA championships Monday, Longhorns athletic director Drew Ferrer drove back from southwest Georgia even more elated.
The state titles on the golf course meant Lambert clinched the Class AAAAAA Georgia Athletic Directors Association’s Directors Cup for the first time in school history.
“I think it’s a great thing for our school, for our county, for our community to be able to win that,” Ferrer said, “and to be able to celebrate the whole year of hard work by our athletes and our coaches and our community.”
Lambert went into Wednesday with 1,125.5 points, ahead of Brookwood (1,022.5), Harrison (996.5) and Walton (922.5) with only the GHSA baseball state championships left to play. Walton’s baseball team could still potentially win the Class AAAAAA championship, but it still wouldn’t elevate the Raiders to higher than second.
Since it opened in 2009, Lambert has inched closer and closer to the top in the Directors Cup standings. While in AAAA, the Longhorns finished sixth in 2010-11 and fourth in 2011-12. Lambert moved up to AAAAAA in 2012-13 and finished fourth then finished third last school year.
Finally, the Longhorns broke through, ending Walton’s two-year run at the top.
“To finally get it and win it is a neat thing,” Ferrer said.
It was an impressive athletic year for the Longhorns. Lambert made the state playoffs in 17 individual or team sports, won seven region championships and three state titles (girls swimming, girls golf, boys golf).
“Overall, it’s just a neat thing for the school to look at and say, you know what, this year you had the No. 1 athletic program in AAAAAA in the state of Georgia,” Ferrer said. “That’s a neat thing to say. That’s something we’ve never been able to say before.”