Tight races in the Greater Neuse River 4A and Two Rivers 3A conferences are developing in the annual race for the Wells Fargo Conference Cup competitions for N.C. High School Athletic Association members. After the fall season, Garner, West Johnston and Clayton were separated by just nine points in the Greater Neuse and Corinth Holders and Cleveland were separated by less than four points in the Two Rivers.
Garner leads the GNRC with 80 points on the strength of its conference titles in football and girls golf and runner-up finishes in boys soccer and boys cross country. west Johnston is second with a volleyball title and second place finishes in football and girls tennis.
Clayton won conference titles in boys soccer and girls tennis, totaling 71 points. West sits at 73.5 points.
Rolesville is fourth with 67 points, followed by Knightdale (63.5), Southeast Raleigh (55.5), Harnett Central (51.5) and East Wake (50).
Corinth Holders won Two Rivers 3A titles in volleyball, girls tennis and girls cross country and totaled 72 points for the season, three-and-a-half points ahead of Cleveland. The Rams took three league championships — football, boys soccer and boys cross country — as well.
Triton was third (58.5 points), just ahead of South Johnston (54.5). Western Harnett is a half-point ahead of Smithfield-Selma (49 to 48.5) for fifth place.
Princeton is fourth in the Carolina 1A Conference after the fall season with 21.5 points. Rosewood leads with 35, six ahead of Lakewood and 10.5 ahead of Hobbton. Neuse Charter, with a limited fall schedule, was eighth in the conference.
North Johnston is tied for fourth in the Eastern Plains 2A standings with Farmville Central at 18.5 points. Washington leads the league (31), followed by North Pitt (27) and Wilson Beddingfield (21). Southwest Edgecombe is sixth with 16 points.
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. 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.
In the Wells Fargo Cup competition across the state, Princeton is tied for 15th in the 1A classification after the fall season. 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 37th year.