This year’s schedule for the second annual Wake County Cup has been set. Unlike last year’s group stage format, this year has a bracketed style.
But the bracket is not set in stone.
Winners and losers will be moved as necessary to avoid conference teams from meeting in any game except the championship. Coaches have also discussed canceling a conference rematch in a potential loser’s bracket game and scheduling it as a JV contest.
The Wake County Cup has automatic qualifiers from year-to-year.
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Apex, last year’s champions, are in automatically. So too is the Southwest Wake Athletic Conference champion Green Hope.
Sanderson and Heritage also received automatic bids for finishing in the top two of the Cap Eight. Garner and Cardinal Gibbons earned bids by finishing in the top two of their respective leagues (Garner was the Greater Neuse champ, Gibbons second in the Big Eight).
The rest of the field includes Raleigh Charter, last year’s 1A East runners-up, and Millbrook. Millbrook’s inclusion makes for three Cap Eight teams, which is why the format was adopted.
Round 1, Aug. 18 at Green Hope: Apex vs. Garner (5 p.m.), Green Hope vs. Millbrook (7 p.m.)
Round 1, Aug. 18 at Sanderson: Heritage vs. Cardinal Gibbons (5 p.m.), Sanderson vs. Raleigh Charter (7 p.m.)
Round 2, Aug. 25 at Heritage: winner’s and loser’s bracket games, time TBD
Round 2, Aug. 25 at Cardinal Gibbons: winner’s and loser’s bracket games, time TBD
7th and 5th-place games, Sept. 18 at Heritage: time TBD
3rd and 1st-place gams, Sept. 19 at Cardinal Gibbons: time TBD