Broughton claimed the third annual N&O Cup, a competition that uses nine of The News & Observer’s area high school sports rankings and assigns points to each one.
Fifteen points go to the final No. 1 team, 14 to the second and so on. Only the top-15 rankings are used – success in other sports, including lacrosse, which The N&O does top-10 rankings for, are not factored. The rankings used are: boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, football, volleyball, wrestling, and boys and girls basketball.
Broughton edged runner-up Cardinal Gibbons by finishing second in volleyball and boys soccer, fourth in boys basketball and girls basketball and fifth in girls soccer.
Gibbons was ranked in more sports (seven) than any other area team: No. 1 in volleyball and boys soccer, sixth in girls soccer, 14th in boys basketball, 13th in girls basketball and ninth in baseball and softball.
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Millbrook, which took third, won last year’s Cup. Green Hope, which finished 12th, won the inaugural Cup in 2013.
It was a good year for the area’s 2A and 3A schools. Gibbons (3A) was second, South Granville (2A) was fourth followed by Carrboro (2A), Chapel Hill (3A) and Orange (3A). Lee County (3A) also finished in the top 10, tied with Garner for eighth.
The year’s No. 1 rankings went to Wake Forest football, Cardinal Gibbons volleyball and boys soccer, Riverside wrestling, Southeast Raleigh girls basketball, Garner boys basketball, South Granville baseball and softball and Panther Creek girls soccer.
In all, 57 area schools were ranked in one of the nine top 15 rankings.
N&O Cup standings
1. Broughton, 63
2. Cardinal Gibbons, 59
3. Millbrook, 52
4. South Granville, 49
5. Carrboro, 46
6. Chapel Hill, 42
7. Orange, 40
T8. Garner, 37
T8. Lee County, 37
10. Apex, 35
11. Fuquay-Varina 30
12. Green Hope 29
T13. Leesville Road, 25
T13. Panther Creek, 25
T13. Riverside, 25