Lambert’s quest for a fifth consecutive Director’s Cup ultimately came down to a long, anxious wait on May 3.
It took the judges over 30 minutes to tabulate the results of the Class 7A state championship gymnastics meet at Ola High School, where West Forsyth was ultimately declared the winner of its third straight title in the sport. That result came by the smallest of margins, though: West and Lambert were tied at 111.725 points after the competitions ended. The winner was decided by chief judge scores, a method that was viewed by some as not standard. Lambert later appealed the result, but it stood.
Ultimately, that resulted in a second-place finish in the Director’s Cup standings for Lambert, a school that still saw more than its fair share of wins over the 2018-19 season. The Longhorns finished behind only Walton in the overall standings with 1,180 points, winning state championships in boys soccer, competition cheer, girls tennis and girls golf.
And Lambert was in the running for more, finishing as runners-up not only in gymnastics, but in boys lacrosse, girls soccer, boys cross country and boys swimming. Girls soccer and boys lacrosse each fell in overtime periods of their respective state title games after equally dominant regular seasons.
West Forsyth, who finished sixth in the Class 7A standings with 1,089 points, was bolstered by state championships in boys golf and gymnastics. The Wolverines were also aided by deep playoff runs by their volleyball and girls lacrosse teams, which each earned 83 points for their school by finishing their seasons in the state semifinals.
Placing eighth in the Class 7A standings was South Forsyth with 996 points. The War Eagles only clinched one state title over the school year, from the boys cross country team, but a semifinal appearance from the boys tennis team and state runner-up performances from girls cross country and competition cheer kept South in the standings.
Forsyth Central earned its highest position in the standings as a member of Class 7A, placing 30th with 513 points. Wrestling and coed cheerleading netted the Bulldogs 69 and 72 points, respectively. Football and baseball added points as well, with each team finishing in the first and second round, respectively.
With its girls basketball team making the state semifinals for the second straight season along with strong performances from baseball, cheerleading and boys golf, North Forsyth placed 35th in Class 7A with 459 points. Pinecrest Academy, which saw most of its success with its state runner-up girls soccer team, earned 267 points for the No. 55 spot in Class 1A.
The county’s newest school, Denmark, earned some playoff success in its first season, finishing 15th in the Class 4A standings with 555 points. The Danes’ unexpected run to the state championship in baseball earned them 90 points, as did state-runner up finishes in cheerleading and gymnastics. Appearances in the quarterfinals for boys basketball and boys tennis also helped, giving Denmark a combined 140 points.