ELKIN - Wells Fargo and the North Carolina High School Athletic Association announced the final standings in the Wells Fargo Cup competitions for the 2011-12 academic year last month.
The Wells Fargo Cup, formerly known as the Wachovia Cup, is sponsored by Wells Fargo and the NCHSAA. The award recognizes the high schools that achieve the best overall interscholastic athletic performance within each of the state’s four competitive classifications. The Cup program is in its 33rd year.
Cary Green Hope maintained its lead after winter sports to capture the Cup in the final 4A standings for the third consecutive year. Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons took the top spot in the 3A classification with a great all around performance, while Carrboro was the Cup winner among 2A schools for the first time ever. Kernersville Bishop McGuinness and Durham’s North Carolina School of Science and Math finished in a dead heat for top honors among 1A schools.
“We sincerely appreciate Wells Fargo’s commitment to our overall program in recognizing our champions,” NCHSAA commissioner Davis Whitfield said. “These schools which win the Wells Fargo Cup do a tremendous job with their overall athletic programs, and we are grateful for Wells Fargo’s desire to recognize their achievements.”
The Buckin’ Elks finished 15th in the final standings. Powered by Mountain Valley conference championships in track and field and tennis in the spring, Elkin was the only area team to crack the top 15 of its respective division.
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.
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.
Wells Fargo Cup standings are announced three times each school year: once after the fall and then the winter sports, and concluding with the winner after the spring sports season ends in June.