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May 29, 2012

Armstrong Wins 2011-12 PBC Commissioner's Cup

HILTON HEAD, SC -- A record-setting athletic season has resulted in Armstrong Atlantic State receiving their first-ever PBC Commissioner’s Cup, presented at the league’s annual meetings in Hilton Head on Tuesday night.  The award is presented annually to the best overall athletic department in the league, as determined by regular-season standings.  A founding member of the Peach Belt, the 2011-12 Commissioner’s Cup is the first in school history.

Armstrong set a league record this season by winning seven regular-season championships.  The Pirates began the year with the women’s soccer crown followed by a co-Championship in volleyball.  Armstrong flexed their true muscle in the spring, winning league titles in baseball, softball, men’s tennis, women’s tennis and women’s golf.  The previous record of PBC titles was five, set twice before.  Even with those titles, the Pirates just edged out Columbus State, who finished second despite not winning a title this year, but finishing in the top four in seven sports.  Clayton State was third in the standings after winning the women’s basketball title and finishing second in women’s cross country.

The PBC Commissioner’s Cup is determined by calculating the number of points possible to each school, given the number of sports they participate in, divided by the number of points earned during the year.  Points are determined by placement in the final regular-season standings of each of the PBC’s 13 championship sports. 

2011-12 Commissioner's Cup Standings

School MXC (9) WXC (10) MSOC (9) WSOC (11) VB (8) MBB (13) WBB (13) BB (12) SB (11) MT (10) WT (13) MGF (11) WGF (7) Max Possible Total Earned Rating
Armstrong Atlantic State 1 - - 11 7.5 3.5 5.5 12 11 10 13 7 7 118 88.5 .750
Columbus State 6 6 - 9 - 10.5 9.5
6 7.5 9 12 8 3 120 86.5 .721
Clayton State
7 9 5 5.5 - 5.5 13 - - - 7 4 - 89 56 .629
USC Aiken
- 3 2 2 5.5 13 12 8.5 6 2.5 8.5 10.5 - 121 73.5 .607
Augusta State 9 8 - - 4 10.5 5.5 1 9 5.5 6 - - 99 58.5 .591
UNC Pembroke
8 7 4 5.5 5.5 8 9.5 5 3 - 3.5 10.5 5.5 127 75 .591
Georgia College
5 4 - 4 - 8 2 10.5 5 5.5 8.5 9 - 113 61.5 .544
Lander - - 7 7.5 1 8 11 8.5 1.5 8 5 1 4 118 62.5 .530
Flagler
4 5 9 7.5 7.5 1 1 3.5 7.5 2.5 10 5 5.5 137 69 .504
Montevallo 3 10 8 3 2.5 12 5.5 7 - - 1 2 2 116 56 .483
Francis Marion
2 2 3 - 2.5 5.5 3 10.5 4 7 11 - - 108 50.5 .468
North Georgia
- - 6 10 - 3.5 5.5 3.5 10 4 2 3 1 110 48.5 .441
Georgia Southwestern
- 1 1 1 - 2 8 2 1.5 1 3.5 6 - 113 27 .239

*Numbers in parentheses indicate maximum number of points that can be awarded for each sport.  Ratings are determined by taking the maximum number of points available to each school, depending on how many sports each has, and dividing by the number of points won, based on conference finish through the regular season (except golf and cross country which are based on championship results).