Garner Cleveland: Sports

Clayton, Corinth Holders win Conference Cups

Clayton and Garner battled to the wire, while Corinth Holders led the way wire-to-wire in the annual Wells Fargo Conference Cup competition for high school athletic conferences across the state.

The Wells Fargo Conference Cup is a companion to the Wells Fargo Cup and recognizes schools with the best overall interscholastic athletic performances within individual conferences. In most conferences, points are awarded based on participation and standings in conference play. Each conference determines its own method of awarding points. Conferences are listed alphabetically by classification.

Clayton took its fifth consecutive Conference Cup with just a three-point advantage over Garner, 257 ½ to 254 ½. The Comets won the league boys tennis title and had top half of the conference finishes in baseball, softball, girls soccer and boys golf.

It’s the sixth time in the previous eight school years that the Comets have won their Conference Cup competition.

Garner collected conference championships in baseball and softball. West Johnston (237) pulled ahead of Knightdale (213) to finish third with titles in boys golf and girls soccer. Southeast Raleigh (213) was fifth behind boys and girls track championships, ahead of Harnett Central (198), East Wake (197) and Smithfield-Selma (166 ½).

Corinth Holders got off to a great start in the fall, continued that with a championship-filled winter season and won league titles in boys golf, boys tennis and girls track and field in the spring. That run gave the Pirates 130 points for the year, a nearly 30-point bulge over co-runner-ups Bunn and Roanoke Rapids.

Runner-up finishes in baseball and girls soccer added to Corinth Holders’ strong spring season.

North Johnston, which won a conference championship in softball, was fifth in the conference with 76 ½ points. Franklinton took fourth with Louisburg, Warren County and Northwest Halifax respectively rounded out the rankings behind North.

Cleveland finished third in the Eastern Carolina 3A Conference Cup race, finishing with a strong spring to push Cup winner C.B. Aycock and Triton. The Rams totaled 104 ½ points, nine behind Triton and eight behind Aycock.

Cleveland picked up conference titles in boys and girls track and field. South Johnston was fifth, just a point and a half behind Eastern Wayne. Southern Wayne (63 ½) and North Lenoir (44 ½) were sixth and seventh, respectively.

Princeton finished third in the Carolina 1A standings, behind Rosewood and Goldsboro. The Bulldogs finished with 57 points and took home conference titles in softball, girls soccer and boys track and field this spring. Rosewood finished with 73 points, 14 ahead of Goldsboro. The Eagles pulled away from the field with five first or second place finishes in the final season of the school year.

Ayden-Grifton was fourth (44), followed by Spring Creek (35 ½) and North Duplin (26 ½).