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Cardinal Gibbons leads N&O Cup standings after the fall

After taking the top spot in The News & Observer area rankings in boys soccer and volleyball, the Cardinal Gibbons Crusaders are tops in the third-annual N&O Cup standings after the fall sports season.

The N&O Cup is awarded to the school that totals the most points among the nine N&O area top 15 rankings – three for each athletics season.

Fifteen points are given to first place, 14 to second and so on. And while The N&O does top-10 rankings for boys’ and girls’ lacrosse, they do not count towards the N&O Cup point total. Success in sports like tennis, cross country, swimming and track and field also do not factor.

Gibbons’ No. 1 rankings give them 30 points and a two-point edge over Broughton, which was No. 2 in both volleyball and boys soccer.

Carrboro and Green Hope are tied for third with 23 points followed by Chapel Hill (21) in fifth and a three-way tie for sixth between Lee County, Princeton and Wake Forest (15 points each). Wake Forest was No. 1 in football.

In all, 33 different area schools were ranked in one of the three area polls. Only Green Hope (10th in volleyball, fifth in soccer, 10th in football) and Middle Creek (15th in volleyball, ninth in soccer, 12th in football) were ranked in all three sports.

Millbrook, currently 11th, was last year’s N&O Cup champion, preceded by Green Hope. The Wildcats were only ranked in football (third) this fall.