Carrboro confirmed its place atop the pecking order for top athletics programs last week by winning a third straight Wells Fargo Cup from the N.C. High School Athletics Association.
Carrboro had an impressive spring to secure its third consecutive cup, awarded to the high schools that achieve the best overall interscholastic athletic performance within each of North Carolina’s four NCHSAA classifications.
Carrboro rolled up 267.5 points in the spring for its 615 total, well ahead of former conference rival N.C. Science and Math, which finished second with 447.5 points.
“The combination of talented, determined students with great coaching and parental support has given us numerous opportunities to be successful among the 2A schools in the state,” Carrboro Athletics Director April Ross said.
“My family motto is ‘Success Breeds Success,’ and I think that holds true for our success here. Once we started to excel on the state level in cross-country and swimming, other sport teams started to pick up the pace.”
Carrboro, with playoff points in six different spring sports, won the 2A boys’ dual team tennis title, was second in the girls’ outdoor track-and-field championships and then picked up points as the top 2A finisher in girls’ lacrosse and tied for the top spot with two others in boys’ lacrosse.
Chapel Hill, despite three state championships and a second place at the state championships for girls’ swimming, finished third (with 532.5 points) in the 3A cup standings behind winner Waxhaw Marvin Ridge (697.5) and Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons (622.5).
“It is nice to be recognized as one of the top programs in the state, and all the credit goes to our student-athletes and coaches for all their hard work,” said Tim Bennett, director of athletics at Chapel Hill.
“We strive to provide our student-athletes with a well rounded sports program that focuses on all our sports and teams,” he said. “Each team is important to the overall success of our program. We want our athletes to strive to be the best that they can be – not only on the field but in the classroom – and also to have fun doing it.”
In the 4A race, Green Hope nipped fellow Southwest Wake Athletic Conference member Apex, 475-457.5. The Falcons won state titles in girls’ cross country and in boys’ swimming; Apex won in boys’ basketball.
Kernersville Bishop McGuiness swamped the 1A competition, topping second-place Raleigh Charter, 675-375.
Chapel Hill won state championships this year in boys’ swimming, girls’ basketball and girls’ soccer. The CHHS boys’ and girls’ cross-country teams both finished in the top 10 at the NCHSAA championships last fall.
Wells Fargo Cup points are determined by a system based on performance in state championship events.
The cup competition only counts sports in which the NCHSAA awards championships. Hence, Chapel Hill and East Chapel Hill did not receive points for their appearances in the N.C. Field Hockey Association finals, where East repeated as state champion. But 45 points for Chapel Hill’s runner-up finish would not have been sufficient to pass Cardinal Gibbons for second place in the cup standings.
Gibbons, which won eight straight cups before this year, won 2013-14 state titles in volleyball, girls’ cross country, girls’ tennis, boys’ tennis and boys’ lacrosse. Marvin Ridge won in boys’ soccer, girls’ indoor track and girls’ swimming.