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Corinth Holders nabs 2A top-five spot

Corinth Holders was the only Johnston County school to finish in the top five in the 2012-13 Wells Fargo Cup standings. The Pirates tied with Shelby for fifth in the state in the 2A ranks.

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 34th year.

“This is the final piece of an outstanding sports year which saw all of our team sports make the 2A state playoffs, and a number of our individuals advance to have an opportunity to win an individual state championship,” said Corinth Holders athletic director Brent Walston.

Three of last year’s Wells Fargo Cup champions repeated the feat. Cary Green Hope maintained its lead after winter sports to capture the Cup in the final 4A standings for the fourth consecutive year. Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons took the top spot in the 3A classification with an excellent all-around performance, while Carrboro was the Cup winner among 2A schools for the second straight year. Lake Norman Charter earned its first Wells Fargo Cup among the 1A schools, with Kernersville Bishop McGuinness in second after sharing the title in 2011-12.

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 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.

Corinth Holders, which moves into the 3A ranks this fall, finished with 337 1/2 points for the school year. Southeast Raleigh was 10th in the 4A ranks.