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.
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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.