The Austin American-Statesman’s inaugural George Breazeale Cup honors the newspaper’s late sportswriter, who was legendary for his dedication to the coverage of high school sports over five decades. The award recognizes the most successful high school athletics programs in our coverage area, regardless of their UIL classifications. That coverage area consists of high schools in Travis, Burnet, Williamson, Hays and Bastrop counties, plus a handful beyond their borders.
The winner of the 2017 Breazeale Cup was determined by using a formula similar to the one University Interscholastic League officials use to settle on Lone Star Cup winners, except that the Breazeale Cup does not factor in extracurricular activities beyond athletics. Points were awarded for each sport, based on a team’s finish in district, regional and state tournament competitions, as well as its postseason results. Unlike the Lone Star Cup formula, the Breazeale Cup formula factored in regional competition in individual sports that incorporate team scoring, such as cross country, team tennis and golf.
Points were awarded in these sports: baseball, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls cross country, football, boys and girls golf, boys and girls soccer, softball, boys and girls swimming and diving, team tennis, boys and girls track and field, volleyball, and boys and girls wrestling.
District championships in all team sports were worth two points, and an undisputed district championship brought a bonus point. Playoff berths counted for two points, and each team victory or series victory in the playoffs was worth two points.
Team points in the so-called “individual sports” of team tennis, boys and girls cross country and boys and girls golf were awarded as follows: two points for a regional berth, two points for a state berth and two points for a regional or state championship.
Points for such individual sports as swimming, wrestling and track and field were distributed this way: six points for a state team title, four points for a top-five finish at state and two points for a top-10 finish at state.
Individual tennis champions at the spring tournament earned bonus points for their schools’ tennis scores.
George Breazeale Cup
*Glenn will not field a varsity-level football team until 2018. The new school in Leander enrolled only freshmen and sophomores for the 2016-17 school year.