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Carrboro High School claims Wells Fargo Cup for fifth straight year

Carrboro Athletics Director April Ross, fourth from left, will be planning to collect the 2016 Wells Fargo Cup at halftime of next fall’s High School Day at a UNC football game.
Carrboro Athletics Director April Ross, fourth from left, will be planning to collect the 2016 Wells Fargo Cup at halftime of next fall’s High School Day at a UNC football game.

Less than two weeks after winning its second straight state championship in girls soccer, Carrboro High School has the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s Wells Fargo Cup for the fifth straight time, symbolic of being the state’s best overall athletic program.

Now in its 37th year, the Wells Fargo Cup recognizes the high schools that achieve the best overall interscholastic athletic performance within each of the state’s four competitive classifications. Carrboro won among 2A schools, the NCHSAA announced Thursday morning.

Green Hope continued a streak of winning at least a share of the title in seven-consecutive years as the 4A Cup Champion. Just 2.5 points ahead of runnerup Marvin Ridge in cup standings, Weddington won the 3A Cup, and the Community School of Davidson claimed the school’s first cup title after a solid year in all three sports seasons.

“We are extremely grateful to Wells Fargo for their commitment to recognizing our champions and overall excellence within our membership,” Que Tucker, the NCHSAA’s Commissioner, said in a prepared statement. “Schools that win this competition do so because of a tremendous desire to excel in all of their athletic programs and we are appreciative of Wells Fargo’s partnership to highlight their achievements.”

After Apex tied Green Hope for the Cup in the 2014-15 academic year, the Falcons only shared title in the last seven years, Green Hope returns to sole possession of the top spot in the 4A ranks. The Falcons put forward incredibly strong winter and spring seasons to reach the title by a comfortable 147.5-point margin. Green Hope took home a State Championship in Men’s Indoor Track as well as second place finishes in Women’s Indoor Track and Women’s Swimming during the winter. They followed that up with top eight finishes in six of the nine championship offerings during the spring. Their top spring finishes were a runner-up spot in Baseball and a third place finish in Men’s Track & Field.

The 3A race was one of the closest finishes in the Cup’s history as Weddington edged Marvin Ridge by 2.5 points. The Warriors held on for the victory by sweeping both Men’s and Women’s Soccer State Championships as well as State Titles in Men’s Cross Country and Men’s Indoor Track. They also had third place finishes in Women’s Swimming & Diving, Men’s Outdoor Track and Women’s Cross Country to help bolster their total. Marvin Ridge made an excellent push toward the Warriors in the spring season as the Mavericks were the top 3A points receiver in four sports. Marvin Ridge won the Men’s Dual Team Tennis title as well as Baseball and the 1A/2A/3A Men’s Lacrosse State Championship. They were the top 3A finisher in Women’s Lacrosse as well.

Carrboro excelled once again in the fall and spring seasons, running past Lake Norman Charter by more than 180 points. The Jaguars finished second in Women’s Cross Country while the Men were third during the fall season. Jaguar Volleyball and Women’s Tennis each reached the regional finals during the season to help Carrboro reach 195 fall season points. Once again the Jaguars claimed the 2A Women’s Soccer State Championship defeating Forbush in overtime during the spring season. Carrboro Men’s Lacrosse was the top 2A finisher in the state as they finished as a runner-up to 3A Marvin Ridge in the 1A/2A/3A Men’s Lacrosse Championship.

Community School of Davidson pushed out to a large lead in the fall and were able to maintain that distance to hold off second-place Mount Airy for the 1A Cup Championship. The Spartans were top eight finishers in five of the seven fall offerings including a runner-up finish in Men’s Soccer, third place in Women’s Cross Country and a fourth place finish in Men’s Cross Country. The Spartans took a State Championship in Women’s Soccer during the spring season and a winter Stat Championship in Women’s 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 than eight schools from a classification compete in a sport, only those schools that are represented are eligible to receive the 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 and 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 and then the winter sports, concluding with the winner after the spring sports season ends.

1A Wells Fargo Cup Final Standings

1 – Community School of Davidson – 542.5

2 – Mount Airy – 442.5

3 – Bishop McGuinness – 345

4 – Rosewood – 320

5 – Pine Lake Preparatory – 310

6 – Raleigh Charter – 305

7 – Walkertown – 297.5

8 – Lincoln Charter – 290

9 – Winston-Salem Preparatory – 285

10 – North Stokes – 277.5

11 – East Carteret – 252.5

12 – Gray Stone Day – 240

13 – Princeton – 235

14 – Voyager Academy – 227.5

15 – Franklin Academy – 227.5

2A Wells Fargo Cup Final Standings

1 – Carrboro – 595

2 – Lake Norman Charter – 407.5

3 – Croatan – 345

4 – First Flight – 302.5

5 – T.W. Andrews – 290

6 – NC School of Science & Math – 275

7 – Hendersonville – 265

8 – Durham School of the Arts – 260

9 – Salisbury – 252.5

10 – Forbush – 247.5

T-11 – Shelby – 245

T-11 – Brevard – 245

13 – South Granville – 240

14 – Washington – 237.5

15 – Newton-Conover – 235

3A Wells Fargo Cup Final Standings

1 – Weddington – 672.5

2 – Marvin Ridge – 670

3 – Chapel Hill – 542.5

4 – Northern Guilford – 357.5

5 – Terry Sanford – 352.5

6 – Hickory – 305

7 – Jacksonville – 290

8 – Cox Mill – 282.5

9 – Lee County – 257.5

10 – Topsail – 253.75

11 – Eastern Alamance – 250

T-12 – Southern Guilford – 232.5

T-12 – Union Pines – 232.5

T-14 – Asheville -230

T-14 – Enka – 230

4A Wells Fargo Cup Final Standings

1 – Green Hope – 597.5

2 – Cardinal Gibbons – 450

3 – Myers Park – 360

4 – West Forsyth – 350

5 – Charlotte Catholic – 337.5

6 – Broughton – 330

7 – Hough – 322.5

8 – Providence – 310

9 – Lake Norman – 300

10 – Leesville Road – 287.5

11 – Hillside – 280

12 – Page – 272.5

13 – Millbrook – 265

14 – Northwest Guilford – 262.5

15 – Panther Creek – 247.5