High School Sports

Green Hope, Carrboro High School repeat as Wells Fargo Cup winners

Green Hope High School senior Henry Pehr competes in the boys 1600 meter run during the 2016 NCHSAA 4A Indoor State Track Meet at JDL Indoor Fast Track in Winston-Salem on Saturday, February 13. Green Hope’s state championship in Indoor Track helped the Falcons secure a Wells Fargo Cup for the seventh straight year.
Green Hope High School senior Henry Pehr competes in the boys 1600 meter run during the 2016 NCHSAA 4A Indoor State Track Meet at JDL Indoor Fast Track in Winston-Salem on Saturday, February 13. Green Hope’s state championship in Indoor Track helped the Falcons secure a Wells Fargo Cup for the seventh straight year. newsobserver.com

Maybe the N.C. High School Athletic Association should consider retiring the Wells Fargo Cup for 4A schools.

Green Hope continued a streak of winning at least a share of the 4A Cup title for a seventh consecutive years, the NCHSAA announced Thursday morning.

Now in its 37th year, the Wells Fargo Cup recognizes the high schools that achieve the best overall interscholastic athletic performance within each of the state’s four competitive classifications.

Just 2.5 points ahead of runnerup Marvin Ridge in cup standings, Weddington won the 3A Cup. Carrboro won among 2A schools, and 1A Community School of Davidson claimed the school’s first cup title after a solid year in all three sports seasons.

“We are extremely grateful to Wells Fargo for their commitment to recognizing our champions and overall excellence within our membership,” Que Tucker, the NCHSAA’s Commissioner, said in a prepared statement. “Schools that win this competition do so because of a tremendous desire to excel in all of their athletic programs and we are appreciative of Wells Fargo’s partnership to highlight their achievements.”

After Apex tied Green Hope for the Cup in the 2014-15 academic year, the Falcons only shared title in the last seven years, Green Hope returns to sole possession of the top spot in the 4A ranks. The Falcons put forward incredibly strong winter and spring seasons to reach the title by a comfortable 147.5-point margin.

Green Hope took home a state championship in Men’s Indoor Track as well as second place finishes in Women’s Indoor Track and Women’s Swimming during the winter. They followed that up with top eight finishes in six of the nine championship offerings during the spring. Their top spring finishes were a runner-up spot in Baseball and a third place finish in Men’s Track & Field.

The 3A race was one of the closest finishes in the Cup’s history as Weddington edged Marvin Ridge by 2.5 points. The Warriors held on for the victory by sweeping both Men’s and Women’s Soccer state championships as well as state titles in Men’s Cross Country and Men’s Indoor Track. They also had third place finishes in Women’s Swimming & Diving, Men’s Outdoor Track and Women’s Cross Country to help bolster their total.

Marvin Ridge made an excellent push toward the Warriors in the spring season as the Mavericks were the top 3A points receiver in four sports. Marvin Ridge won the Men’s Dual Team Tennis title as well as Baseball and the 1A/2A/3A Men’s Lacrosse state championship. They were the top 3A finisher in Women’s Lacrosse as well.

Carrboro excelled once again in the fall and spring seasons, running past Lake Norman Charter by more than 180 points. The Jaguars finished second in Women’s Cross Country while the Men were third during the fall season. Jaguar Volleyball and Women’s Tennis each reached the regional finals during the season to help Carrboro reach 195 fall season points. Once again the Jaguars claimed the 2A Women’s Soccer state championship defeating Forbush in overtime during the spring season. Carrboro Men’s Lacrosse was the top 2A finisher in the state as they finished as a runner-up to 3A Marvin Ridge in the 1A/2A/3A Men’s Lacrosse Championship.

Community School of Davidson pushed out to a large lead in the fall and were able to maintain that distance to hold off second-place Mount Airy for the 1A Cup Championship. The Spartans were top eight finishers in five of the seven fall offerings including a runner-up finish in Men’s Soccer, third place in Women’s Cross Country and a fourth place finish in Men’s Cross Country. The Spartans took a state championship in Women’s Soccer during the spring season and a winter Stat Championship in Women’s Indoor Track.

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 than 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 and 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.

Wells Fargo Cup standings are announced three times each school year: once after the fall and then the winter sports, concluding with the winner after the spring sports season ends.

1A Wells Fargo Cup Final Standings

1 – Community School of Davidson – 542.5

2 – Mount Airy – 442.5

3 – Bishop McGuinness – 345

4 – Rosewood – 320

5 – Pine Lake Preparatory – 310

6 – Raleigh Charter – 305

7 – Walkertown – 297.5

8 – Lincoln Charter – 290

9 – Winston-Salem Preparatory – 285

10 – North Stokes – 277.5

11 – East Carteret – 252.5

12 – Gray Stone Day – 240

13 – Princeton – 235

14 – Voyager Academy – 227.5

15 – Franklin Academy – 227.5

2A Wells Fargo Cup Final Standings

1 – Carrboro – 595

2 – Lake Norman Charter – 407.5

3 – Croatan – 345

4 – First Flight – 302.5

5 – T.W. Andrews – 290

6 – NC School of Science & Math – 275

7 – Hendersonville – 265

8 – Durham School of the Arts – 260

9 – Salisbury – 252.5

10 – Forbush – 247.5

T-11 – Shelby – 245

T-11 – Brevard – 245

13 – South Granville – 240

14 – Washington – 237.5

15 – Newton-Conover – 235

3A Wells Fargo Cup Final Standings

1 – Weddington – 672.5

2 – Marvin Ridge – 670

3 – Chapel Hill – 542.5

4 – Northern Guilford – 357.5

5 – Terry Sanford – 352.5

6 – Hickory – 305

7 – Jacksonville – 290

8 – Cox Mill – 282.5

9 – Lee County – 257.5

10 – Topsail – 253.75

11 – Eastern Alamance – 250

T-12 – Southern Guilford – 232.5

T-12 – Union Pines – 232.5

T-14 – Asheville -230

T-14 – Enka – 230

4A Wells Fargo Cup Final Standings

1 – Green Hope – 597.5

2 – Cardinal Gibbons – 450

3 – Myers Park – 360

4 – West Forsyth – 350

5 – Charlotte Catholic – 337.5

6 – Broughton – 330

7 – Hough – 322.5

8 – Providence – 310

9 – Lake Norman – 300

10 – Leesville Road – 287.5

11 – Hillside – 280

12 – Page – 272.5

13 – Millbrook – 265

14 – Northwest Guilford – 262.5

15 – Panther Creek – 247.5

Carrboro, which has won four Wells Fargo Cups four years running as the state’s best athletic program overall among 2A schools, repeated as the Conference Cup champion after a strong spring performance. The Jaguars dominated the Mid-State 2A Conference in both spring tennis and soccer, rolling undefeated through league matches in both sports.

Carrboro finished with 89.5 points, while cup runner-up Jordan-Matthews had 70.

Carrboro, again, led the Mid-State race wire-to-wire. The Jaguars raced out to the front of the conference with a stellar fall season, finishing first in men’s and women's cross country, men’s soccer, women’s tennis, and volleyball.

Reidsville made a strong showing in the winter to get 23 points -- one within Carrboro’s 24 at the time -- With solid performances in men’s and women’s swimming and wrestling, Carrboro has the lead after the winter season. Only one point behind, in second place is Reidsville thanks to a top finish in women’s basketball and runner-up finishes in men’s and women’s swimming.

Chapel Hill likewise led the conference cup race from the beginning. With first-place finishes in women’s tennis, men’s and women’s cross country and men’s soccer, Chapel Hill held the top spot in the conference after the fall season. The Tigers had a solid winter season (61.5 pts), thanks to championships in men’s and women’s swimming and women’s basketball, for which they tied with Northwood. With a championship in wrestling and a runner-up finish in men’s basketball, Orange (51) was in second place.

Chapel Hill pulled away in the spring with Big-8 championships in boys tennis, girls soccer and boys and girls track & field to finish with 107 points. Orange (88.5) won the baseball title by one game over Chapel Hill and Northwood, and finished second in the cup standings with 88.5 points to Northwood’s 83.5. Cedar Ridge, which won Big-8 championships in

Cedar Ridge recorded a first-place finish in volleyball and took second in women’s tennis and men’s soccer to claim the runner-up spot in the Cup standings. Orange is third, thanks to a first-place finish in football.

Cardinal Gibbons was never threatened by any other PAC-6 team in their cu[ race. Cardinal Gibbons won four championships in the fall – girls cross country, volleyball, girls tenis and boys soccer. East Chapel Hill won league championships in boys cross country.

The Wells Fargo Cup award, sponsored by Wells Fargo and the NCHSAA, recognizes the schools that achieve the best overall interscholastic athletic performance within each of the state’s four competitive classifications.

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, cup points are awarded based on participation and standings in conference play. Each conference determines its own method of awarding points. We have listed the Eastern conferences below.

1A Conference Results

Carolina 1A: Rosewood 89, Princeton 78.5, Lakewood 71.5, Hobbton 71, James Kenan 56, Spring Creek 51, North Duplin 34.5, Neuse Charter 31.5.

Central Tar Heel 1A: North Moore 725, West Montgomery 707.5, South Davidson 637.5, East Montgomery 602.5, Chatham Central 570, Chatham Charter 357.5, Uwharrie Charter 330.

Coastal 10 1A: Camden County 90, Manteo 76.5, Gates County 70, Perquimans 65.5, Plymouth 52.5, Cape Hatteras 38, Ocracoke 35, Columbia 28.5, Creswell 25, Mattamuskeet 19.

Coastal Plains 1A: East Carteret 640, Pamlico County 495, Lejeune 460, Northside 420, Southside 350, Jones Senior 322.5, Bear Grass Charter 287.5.

North Central Athletic Conference 1A: Franklin Academy 89.5, Raleigh Charter 75, Voyager Academy 63.5, Roxboro Community 60, Research Triangle

Tar-Roanoke 1A: Louisburg 52, Granville Central 47.5, KIPP Pride 39, Southeast Halifax 32.5, Weldon 28, Northwest Halifax 25, Oxford Prep 24.

Two Rivers 1A: Riverside (Williamston) 59, Tarboro 45, South Creek 40, Northampton County 24, North Edgecombe 18, Rocky Mount Prep 14.

1A/2A Conference Results

Four County 1A/2A: Clinton 124.5, Midway 105.5, Wallace-Rose Hill 98.5, Pender 82, Heide Trask 80, East Bladen 78, Union 68.5, West Bladen 61.

Three Rivers 1A/2A: Whiteville 101.8, South Columbus 82.3, St. Pauls 82, Red Springs 79.5, Fairmont 76.3, East Columbus 54.5, West Columbus 48, South Robeson 46.5.

2A Conference Results

East Central 2A: Croatan 177.5, East Duplin 163, Dixon 148.5, North Brunswick 148.5, Northside (Jacksonville) 143.5, Southwest Onslow 116.

Eastern Carolina 2A: North Lenoir 637.5, Greene Central 627.5, South Lenoir 575, Ayden-Grifton 505, Goldsboro 467.5, Kinston 467.5.

Eastern Plains 2A: Washington 72.5, North Pitt 71, North Johnston 57, Farmville Central 54.5, Beddingfield 49.5, SouthWest Edgecombe 49.

Mid-State 2A: Carrboro 89.5, Jordan-Matthews 70, Reidsville 67, Bartlett Yancey 55, Graham 42.5, Cummings 37.

Northeastern Coastal 2A: First Flight 102, Currituck County 93, Northeastern 90, Edenton Holmes 78, Pasquotank County 54, Hertford County 51, Bertie 30.

Northern Carolina 2A: N.C. School of Science and Math 87, Bunn 84.5, Franklinton 82, Roanoke Rapids 81, Durham School of the Arts 75.5, South Granville 75, Warren County 32.5, Southern Vance 31.5.

3A Conference Results

Big 8 3A: Chapel Hill 107, Orange 88.5, Northwood 83.5, Cedar Ridge 80, J.F. Webb 43, Northern Vance 31, Southern Durham 30.

Big East 3A: Rocky Mount 181, Fike 174, Hunt 171.5, Northern Nash 150.5, Southern Nash 147.5, Nash Central 144.5,

Cape Fear Valley 3A: Terry Sanford 122.5, Union Pines 105, Lee County 102.5, Southern Lee 72, Gray’s Creek 70, Westover 43, Douglas Byrd 37.

Coastal 3A: West Carteret 102.5, Swansboro 91.5, Jacksonville 90, Havelock 71, Richlands 63, White Oak 60, West Craven 50.

Two Rivers 3A: Cleveland 210.5, Corinth Holders 203, Triton 178, South Johnston 174.5, Smithfield-Selma 153, Western Harnett 134.

3A/4A Conference Results

Eastern Carolina 3A/4A: D.H. Conley 101.5, J.H. Rose 94, New Bern 87.5, C.B. Aycock 83, South Central 68.5, Eastern Wayne 53, Southern Wayne 32.5.

Mideastern 3A/4A: Hoggard 123.5, Laney 102, New Hanover 101.5, Topsail 79, Ashley 78, West Brunswick 57, South Brunswick 47.

4A Conference Results

Cap-8 4A: Leesville Road 139.5, Millbrook 128, Broughton 119, Heritage 96.5, Wakefield 96, Sanderson 83.5, Enloe 78, Wake Forest 73, Rolesville 4.5, Garner Magnet 1.

Greater Neuse River 4A: Garner 234.5, Clayton 230.5, Rolesville 202.5, West Johnston 189.5, Knightdale 179.5, Harnett Central 177.5, Southeast Raleigh 172.5, East Wake 158.5.

Mid-South 4A: Jack Britt 116, Cape Fear 86, South View 81, Pine Forest 80, Overhills 72.5, Seventy-First 45.5, E.E. Smith 41.

PAC-6 4A: Cardinal Gibbons 111, East Chapel Hill 94, Charles E. Jordan 90.5, Riverside 83.5, Northern Durham 78, Hillside 46, Person 40.

Southeastern 4A: Pinecrest 88.5, Richmond Senior 74, Hoke County 55, Lumberton 53, Scotland 52, Purnell Swett 33.5.

Southwest Wake 4A: Green Hope 163.5, Apex 157, Panther Creek 147.5, Middle Creek 132.5, Holly Springs 117, Fuquay-Varina 96, Athens Drive 88.5, Cary 85, Apex Friendship 42.