News-Star: Sports

Johnston schools lead Cup standings

Three Johnston County schools lead the way in the Wells Fargo Conference Cup standings after the fall sports season. And all three are very familiar with successful fall seasons.

Clayton edged West Johnston and Garner to take the Greater Neuse River 4A Conference lead, while Corinth Holders is showing the way in the Two Rivers 3A. Princeton leads the Carolina 1A.

The Wells Fargo Conference Cup recognizes schools with the best overall interscholastic athletic performances within individual conferences. Wachovia and now Wells Fargo has sponsored the conference awards program since 1980.

In most conferences, points are awarded based on participation and standings in conference play. Each conference determines its own method of awarding points.

Clayton has 75.5 points to lead West Johnston by just a half-point in the GNRC.

Clayton comes out on top thanks to a conference title in girls tennis and a second-place finish in girls golf. West takes second despite sweeping the cross country championships and a runner-up finish in tennis. Garner, with 72 points, solidified third place with league titles in football and girls golf.

Southeast Raleigh and Knightdale were tied for fourth at 68 points. Harnett Central (56), East Wake (48) and Rolesville (42.5) rounded out the GNRC standings.

Corinth Holders had a dominant Two Rivers 3A fall sports season, including championships in boys soccer, boys and girls cross country, a first place tie in football, a runner up finish in girls golf and tie for second in girls tennis.

Corinth Holders leads the standings with 70.5 points, five ahead of second-place Cleveland. The Rams tied for first in football, tied for second in girls tennis, and had runner-up finishes in boys soccer and boys cross country.

Triton holds third place (60), thanks to league titles in women’s golf and tennis, and also in volleyball. South Johnston is fourth at 59 with Western Harnett fifth (51) and Smithfield-Selma sixth (45).

Princeton has 32 points to lead Rosewood by four in the Carolina 1A Conference. Lakewood is third with 25 and Hobbton fourth at 24. Princeton swept the conference cross country and finished second in football.

North Johnston is sixth in the Eastern Plains 2A Conference with 11.5 points. Washington leads the way with 27 points in the league.