Green Hope wins N&O Cup for all-sports success

mblake@newsobserver.comJune 7, 2013 

  • School Pts.
    1. Green Hope 67
    2. Chapel Hill57
    3. Cardinal Gibbons54
    4. Garner52
    5. Jordan44
    6. Holly Springs42
    7. Leesville Road41
    8. Apex39
    T9. Millbrook37
    T9. Sanderson37
    T9. Wake Forest-Rolesville37
    12. Orange33
    T13. Wakefield29
    T13. Middle Creek 29
    T15. Clayton26
    T15. Broughton26

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    School Pts.
    T15. Carrboro26
    T15. Fuquay-Varina26
    19. West Johnston23
    T20. Triton 19
    T20. South Granville19
    22. Hillside18
    23. Cleveland17
    T24. Bunn16
    T24. Cary16
    T26. Oxford Webb15
    T26. Panther Creek15
    T28. Corinth Holders14
    T28. East Chapel Hill14
    T30. Riverside13
    T30. Southeast Raleigh13

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    Breaking down the points

     Pts. Rank FootballBoys  Soccer VolleyballBoys  Basketball Girls  Basketball  Wrestling Softball BaseballGirls  Soccer
    15 1.GAR GHO LVL WBB MBK CRY WFR FUQ GHO
    14 2.LVL ECH CGI BRO CHL HLY APX GAR MBK
    13 3.MID SAN WAK CLY SER ORA SGR GHO CGI
    12 4.WAK APX CHL GAR BROWFRWJO HLY LVL
    11 5.CAR CGI GHO WOG HLY SAN CCL ORA CHL
    10 6.WFR CHL APX CHL GHO JOR MID NWD JOR
    9 7.CLE JOR SDA HIL BNN COR NJO SAN DAC
    8 8.CGI CFS RIV JOR HCL MBK FUQ CGI PAN
    7 9.ORA HER JOR TRI SDR PAN GAR WHS RCH
    6LEE CAR SGR MID HIL CLE PRI VOY WJO
    5CLY ENL PER BNN JMA WJO CLY RIV HLY
    4TRI COR TRI CAR WAK DSA EWK TRI SAN
    3HIL RIV GAR APX CLY NDR SJO SLE CAR
    2BNN SCI RCH GHO EWK FUQ ORA SJO CLE
    1FUQ GAR DAC COR CAC LEE GHO CAR CAR

Green Hope High, a perennial sports powerhouse, pulled away in the first N&O Cup All-Sports competition.

The program awards points to schools based on their finish in the final News & Observer rankings in nine different sports. Rankings from football, volleyball, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, volleyball, baseball and softball are used to determine the winner.

The N&O also ranks boys and girls lacrosse teams, but did not include those in the Cup standings because a majority of area schools does not field lacrosse teams. The N&O ranks 20 teams in football, but awarded Cup points to only the top 15.

Green Hope has won three consecutive N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A Wells Fargo Cups, which is based on advancing in the NCHSAA playoffs. The N&O Cup is different because it does not include some of the Falcons’ strongest sports, such as cross country, gymnastics, dual-team tennis, golf and swimming.

“This will mean an awful lot to our community,” said Wayne Bragg, the Green Hope athletic director.

“When you consider all of the programs in our area and look at it as a whole, it is really significant to win this, especially since many of the sports that we usually are strong in were not a factor.”

Bragg said one part of the school’s athletic success has been athletes playing more than one sport.

“We have a lot of boys and girls who play multiple sports and help us in several areas,” he said. “I think our kids enjoy playing here.”

Green Hope finished atop the N&O rankings in boys and girls soccer and was third in baseball, fifth in volleyball and sixth in girls basketball. The Falcons also were 14th in boys basketball and 15th in softball. They were not ranked in football or wrestling.

The N&O Cup ranks the teams without regard to NCHSAA, N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association, Christian School or independent affiliation or classification.

Chapel Hill, a 3A school, finished second in the N&O Cup, helped by a No. 2 finish in girls basketball, a No. 4 finish in volleyball, No. 5 in girls soccer and No. 6 finishes in boys soccer and boys basketball.

Cardinal Gibbons, another 3A school, was third and Garner was fourth.

Fifty-seven schools, including the Wake Home School Warriors baseball team, were represented in the nine N&O polls.

Green Hope will be awarded a trophy during the fall.

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