Millbrook wins N&O Cup championship

mblake@newsobserver.comJune 21, 2014 

  • N&O Cup standings

    Top 30

    1. Millbrook71
    T2. Apex51
    T2. Panther Creek51
    4. Chapel Hill48
    T5. Sanderson44
    T5. Cardinal Gibbons44
    7. Orange43
    8. Garner39
    9. Riverside37
    T10. Holly Springs32
    T10. West Johnston32
    12. South Johnston31
    13. Leesville Road30
    T14. Broughton28
    T14. Fuquay-Varina28
    T14. Green Hope28
    T14. Middle Creek28
    18. Knightdale27
    19. Wakefield25
    20. Bunn24
    21. Cary22
    T22. Clayton21
    T22. Wake Forest21
    T24. Hillside20
    T24. Southern Durham20
    26. Carrboro19
    27. Cleveland18
    T28. Cary Academy16
    T28. Jordan 16
    T28. North Raleigh Christian

The Millbrook Wildcats had quite the athletics year and capped the school year by winning the second annual The News & Observer Cup.

Millbrook held a close lead on Apex after the winter sports season but cemented its title by finishing first in the N&O baseball rankings and 11th in girls’ soccer in the spring.

The Wildcats were ranked in eight of the nine sports the N&O uses for the Cup standings, missing out only in softball.

The N&O Cup is awarded to the school that totals the most points among the nine N&O area top 15 rankings – three for each athletics season. Fifteen points are given to first place, 14 to second and so on. And while The N&O does top-10 rankings for boys’ and girls’ lacrosse, they do not count towards the N&O Cup point total. Success in sports like tennis, cross country, swimming and track and field also do not factor.

Millbrook totaled 71 points as it finished first in baseball, second in boys’ basketball, fourth in girls’ basketball, fifth in football, eighth in volleyball, 11th in girls’ soccer, 12th in wrestling and 14th in boys’ soccer.

The Wildcats had a great year in all sports, and not just these nine, as they qualified for the postseason in all athletics programs.

Apex and Panther Creek tied for second with 51 points each.

Last year’s champion, Green Hope, finished tied for 14th with 28 points.

The No. 1 teams by sport were Southern Durham football, Cardinal Gibbons volleyball, Sanderson boys soccer, Holly Springs wrestling, Apex boys basketball, Southeast Raleigh girls basketball, Millbrook baseball, Middle Creek softball and Chapel Hill girls soccer.

In all, 56 area schools ended the year ranked in one of the nine polls.

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