Wells Fargo, along with the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, today announced the standings for fall sports in the Wells Fargo Cup competitions for the 2013-14 academic year.
The Wells Fargo Cup is sponsored by Wells Fargo and the NCHSAA. The award recognizes the high schools that achieve the best overall interscholastic athletic performance within each of the state’s four competitive classifications. The Cup program is in its 35th year.
Defending champion Green Hope sits atop the 4A standings with Cornelius W.A. Hough in second place, while defending Cup champion Cardinal Gibbons paces the 3A group of schools. Carrboro holds the top position among 2A schools, with Kernersville Bishop McGuinness and Raleigh Charter sitting one-two in the 1A classification standings.
Green Hope, which added to its total primarily by winning the boys swimming crown again and finishing third in girls swimming, increased its tally to 355 points and maintains a 100-point margin over Hough in the 4A classification. Hough was second in girls swimming, fourth in boys swimming and also placed in the top eight in dual team wrestling.
Apex and Winston-Salem Mount Tabor are tied for third with 250 points, with Apex buoyed by a pair of fifth-place finishes in both boys and girls indoor track as well as winning the boys 4-A basketball championship.
Cardinal Gibbons enjoyed another solid season this winter, capturing second place in 3A boys swimming and third in girls swimming while placing second among 3A teams in girls indoor track. The Crusaders brought their total points to 430. Waxhaw Marvin Ridge has 397.5 points for second place, earning playoff points in four sports. The Marvin Ridge highlights include state championships in both boys and girls indoor track and girls swimming.
Chapel Hill, state champion in both girls basketball and boys swimming to go with the number-two position in girls swimming, is in third with 335 points, followed by Weddington (300) and then Northern Guilford (217.5).
Carrboro maintained its lead in the 2A standings on the strength of a state championship in boys swimming, a second-place finish in girls swimming and placing in the top four in dual team wrestling, giving the Jaguars a total of 357.5 points. The North Carolina School of Science and Math holds on to second with 355 points, with a state title in boys swimming, a second-place finish in girls swimming and taking third among 2A schools in boys indoor track as the winter season highlights.
Lake Norman Charter, which was the Cup champion in the 1A classification last year before moving up in realignment, is third with 297.5 points, followed by Salisbury (245) and Shelby (242.5).
In the 1A classification, Bishop McGuinness took top honors in two sports, including its ninth consecutive girls basketball crown and the top 1A finish in boys swimming, to help compile 367.5 points and stay in first place. Raleigh Charter, with the top finish among 1A schools in girls swimming and third in boys swimming, has 257.5 points, good for second. Elkin is third with 232.5 points, earning playoff points in three sports, and Community School of Davidson holds fourth at 212.5, with its biggest winter season performance the top spot among 1A schools in girls indoor track.
Wells Fargo Cup points are determined by a system based on performance in state championship events. All schools that finish in the top eight positions (plus ties) earn points. In the playoff events involving teams from more than one classification, Wells Fargo Cup points are awarded based on the school’s standing against other schools in its own classification. If fewer then eight schools from a classification compete in a sport, only those schools that are represented are eligible to receive the Wells Fargo Cup points.
Points are awarded for all sports as follows: 50 for first, 45 for second, 40 for third, 35 for fourth, 30 for fifth, 25 for sixth, 20 for seventh and 15 for eighth. In the event of a tie, the schools receive an equal number of points based on the number of teams that tie and the number of teams that finish higher in the standings. Five points are awarded for each sanctioned sport in which a school competes.
Wells Fargo Cup standings are announced three times each school year: once after the fall, again after the winter sports, and then concluding with the winner after the spring sports season ends in June. The engraved silver cups are presented during NCHSAA Day activities at UNC-Chapel Hill each fall.