Cleveland and Garner finished off their runs to the Wells Fargo Conference Cup championships for the 2015-16 school year with solid spring seasons.
Garner won the Greater Neuse River 4A Conference crown with a conference title in softball and runner-up finishes in girls soccer, boys track and field and boys tennis to finish with 234.5 points. Clayton was second after conference championships in boys golf, girls soccer and boys tennis totaling 230.5 points.
Rolesville finished third (202.5), followed by West Johnston (189.5), Knightdale (179.5), Harnett Central (177.5), Southeast Raleigh (172.5) and East Wake (158.5).
Cleveland won four conference championships in the spring to get by reigning Two Rivers 3A Conference champion Corinth Holders. The Rams collected baseball and boys tennis crowns and swept the track and field championships to finish with 210.5 points for the school year.
Corinth Holders, a champion in girls soccer and the conference runner-up in girls track and boys tennis, had 203 points. Triton was third (178), ahead of South Johnston at 174.5 and Smithfield-Selma at 153. Western Harnett was sixth in the conference.
The Wells Fargo Cup award, sponsored by Wells Fargo and the N.C. High School Athletic Association, recognizes the schools that achieve the best overall interscholastic athletic performance within each of the state’s four competitive classifications.
In most conferences, points are awarded based on participation and standings in conference play. Each conference determines its own method of awarding points and standings reflect what was reported by each conference president.
Princeton finished second in the Carolina 1A Conference with 78.5 points, behind Rosewood’s 89 points. The Bulldogs won the conference softball title and were second in boys golf. Neuse Charter finished eighth in the conference, fielding fewer athletic teams than the rest of the conference.
Princeton also finished 13th in the Wells Fargo State Cup competition, which awards points based on a school’s finish in each state championship tournament. The Bulldogs won the 2016 1A state softball championship.
North Johnston took third place in the Eastern Plains 2A Conference. The Panthers were league champs in baseball and softball in the spring.
Washington edged North Pitt by a point and a half for the conference title.