Elkin and Starmount have finished as the top two public schools in the Wachovia Cup Standings for 1A high schools in North Carolina.
“It’s a testament to our coaching staffs,” Elkin Athletic Director Tony Duncan said. “The coaches are committed to producing the best product and putting it on the field.”
The Elks took fourth, while the Rams took sixth. Bishop McGuinness, a private school with three spring sport state championships, finished first among 1A schools.
With a student population of about 380, Elkin is one of the smallest public 1A schools in the state.
“It’s something our school and our community should be proud of,” Duncan said. “It’s pretty impressive.
“It lets people across the state — people maybe even looking to relocate — that our kids are committed to athletics and committed to academics.”
Duncan also mentioned that many student-athletes at Elkin also participate in volunteer activities as well. “It’s really amazing how they are able to excel on and off the field,” he said.
Starmount, with just more than 600 students, was buoyed by a state championship in volleyball and a runner-up finish in women’s track and field.
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 then 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 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.
The standings include both men’s and women’s sports.
Jim Fuller may be reached at 336-835-1513 or Twitter @elkinareasports.