First Posted: 12/21/2009
Wachovia Bank, a Wells Fargo company, along with the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, today announced the standings for fall sports in the Wachovia Cup competitions for the 2009-10 academic year.
The Wachovia Cup award recognizes the high schools that achieve the best overall interscholastic athletic performance within each of the states four competitive classifications. The Wachovia Cup program is in its 31st year.
Cary Green Hope sits atop the 4-A standings with Asheville T.C. Roberson in second place, while Chapel Hill, new to the 3-A classification, paces that group of schools.
Salisbury holds the top position among 2-A schools with Pittsboro Northwood in second, and Hendersonville and the North Carolina School of Science and Math are one-two in the 1-A classification standings.
Green Hope earned a state championship in womens cross country and playoff points in four other sports, including a runner-up finish in mens soccer. Green Hope tallied 197.5 points to 155 for T.C. Roberson. Robersons best performance was a second-place finish in womens cross country.
Defending 4-A champ Myers Park is in third at 147.5.
Chapel Hills sweep of the 3-A cross country crowns and second-place finish in mens soccer were the top performances for Tiger teams, who tallied playoff points in five sports for a 247.5 total, just five points ahead of Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons, which has moved from 2-A to 3-A. Gibbons won the 3-A volleyball state title, was second to Chapel Hill in both mens and womens cross country, and also finished in the top eight in womens tennis, mens soccer and football.
Perennial contender Charlotte Catholic is in third place, just 7.5 points behind Chapel Hill at 235. Catholic won the womens tennis state championship but also recorded playoff points in five other fall sports. Waxhaw Marvin Ridge is in fourth.
Salisbury holds a 22.5-point edge over Northwood in the 2-A standings with a total of 230. Salisburys top fall finishes included a womens tennis state title and first place among 2-A teams in womens golf. Northwood placed second in mens soccer and third in womens golf among 2-A schools and had a whopping six teams earn playoff points. East Lincoln, the mens cross country champ in the classification, is third with 165 points and Carrboro fourth at 157.5.
A state championship in mens soccer and second-place finish in womens cross country helped lift Hendersonville to the top 1-A spot with 182.5 points.
The North Carolina School of Science and Math finished fourth or better in three different state championships, including winning the womens tennis state crown, for a 150 total.
Just back in third is Robbinsville with 147.5 points. Robbinsville had a strong showing in cross country, including a state title by the men and third-place finish by the women, and a state semifinal berth in football.
Wachovia 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, Wachovia Cup points are awarded based on the schools 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 Wachovia 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.
Wachovia Cup standings are announced three times each school year: once after the fall, again after the winter sports, and then concluding with the winner after the spring sports season ends in June. The engraved silver cups are presented during NCHSAA Day activities at UNC-Chapel Hill each fall.
In addition to the overall classification standings, The Wachovia Conference Cup, formerly known as the Wachovia Trophy, is awarded to schools with the best overall interscholastic athletic performance in each individual athletic conference.
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 Northwest 1-A/2-A, Bishop McGuinness finished first in both mens and womens cross country and second in mens soccer, earning it first place in the conference after the fall season.
Surry Central is in second, taking first in mens soccer and second in mens cross country. Mount Airy currently sits in third with first-place finishes in both football and womens tennis. The Northwest 1A/2A Conference standings to date are: Bishop McGuinness 45.5, Surry Central 37, Mount Airy 35, West Stokes 31, East Surry 28.5, South Stokes 28.5, North Stokes 27.5, North Surry 24, Winston Salem Prep 7.
In the Mountain Valley 1A/2A Conference, Yadkin County rivals Starmount and Forbush are at the top after the fall season. Thanks to first-place finishes in football and volleyball, and a second-place spot in mens soccer, Starmount holds the lead. Forbush is second place after a first-place finish in womens golf. Wilkes Central finished first in mens soccer and second in mens cross country, resulting in a third-place finish overall. Conference standings to date are; Starmount 50.5, Forbush 41, Wilkes Central 39, Ashe County 38, West Wilkes 33, Elkin 31.5, East Wilkes 30.5, Alleghany 29.5, North Wilkes 13.