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St. Pius X Golden Lions
St. Pius X No. 2 Nationally in MaxPreps Cup
July 25th, 2014
St. Pius X has finished second in the 2013-14 MaxPreps Cup national rankings recognizing the top high school athletic programs in the nation. The Golden Lions put together the best athletic season in school history with eight state championships, three state runners-up and 21 of 22 teams qualifying for state playoffs or competition. In addition, St. Pius X won the GADA Regions Director’s Cup for the fifth time in six seasons. For the second straight year, St. Pius X was also the top Catholic school in the United States.
“Not only does this affirm the job that our student-athletes, coaches and parents are doing but is also affirmation of the foundation laid by the individuals that have attended St. Pius X over the years,” Director of Athletics Mark Kelly said.
The 2013-14 school year began with the fall sport programs setting the tone for the rest of the athletic department, capturing two state titles and one state runners-up. Boys’ cross country and volleyball both took state crowns. For the male harriers, it was their fourth consecutive championship, while volleyball captured its first ever state title. Girls’ Cross Country finished as state runners-up.
The winter sport season continued with similar success. The girls’ basketball team won its second consecutive state championship, while the boys’ swimming and diving team won its first ever state crown. The girls’ swim finished in third at the state meet.
St. Pius X Principal Steve Spellman said, “Everyone associated with St. Pius X is thrilled with the announcement that our athletic program was recently ranked as the second best program in the nation by MaxPreps. This recognition is significant as it validates the effort put forth by our student-athletes, coaches and parents in maintaining an exemplary program in every sport.”
In the spring, both soccer programs won a state title. The ladies won their fifth championship in the past six seasons and the boys’ squad won its third in four years. The boys’ track and field program won the state championship as the girls’ track program finished as runners-up. Boys’ tennis captured the state title and the girls’ team finished as runners-up.
St. Pius X was one of only two schools from Georgia to finish ranked in the Top 25.
According to the MaxPreps web site, the MaxPreps Cup rankings are compiled by giving schools points for finishing first or second at the state level. For states that don't have state competition, point totals were adjusted to award first and
second-place teams at the section level. Points were also awarded for size of playoff division (championships won at the large school level were worth more than championships at the small-school level), size of state (championships for Texas, for example, were worth more than championships for less populous states like Alaska) and type of sport (football championships were worth more than tennis championships).