CHARLOTTE – Providence is leading the way for area schools as the Panthers open second in the So. Meck 7 Wells Fargo Cup fall standings, which were released by the NCHSAA on Jan. 16.
Providence is only trailing rival Ardrey Kell by two points for the top spot after the fall season.
Independence is slightly ahead of Butler in the Southwestern 4A, but both sit quite far behind leader Myers Park while Rocky River was a non-factor.
The Wells Fargo Cup award, sponsored by Wells Fargo and the NCHSAA, recognizes the schools that achieve the best overall athletic performance within each of the state’s four classifications and within their individual conferences. Wells Fargo, and before Wachovia, has sponsored the conference awards program since 1980.
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 So. Meck 7, the Panthers were fortified with a men’s cross country championship and first-place tie finishes in boy’s soccer, girls tennis and football. They scored 43.5 points, but trail Ardrey Kell (45.5) for the top spot. The rest of the conference shakes out with South Meck (34), Olympic (19.5), West Meck (18.5), Berry (14) and Harding (six).
In the Southwestern 4A, Independence has 31 points, which barely edges Butler (30.5) for fourth place in the conference.
Myers Park has the top spot with 52 points after championships in boys and girls cross country and girls tennis along with second-place finishes in football, boys soccer and girls golf.
The Southwestern 4A breaks down into Myers Park (52), Hickory Ridge (43.5), Porter Ridge (40.5), Independence (31), Butler (30.5), East Meck (20.5), Garinger (eight) and Rocky River (eight).
In 1A, Queens Grant had a strong showing in boys cross country, but sits fifth in the PAC 7, although within striking distance of leader Community School of Davidson, who took the lead with conference crowns in boys soccer and cross country along with second-place finishes in girls cross country, volleyball and football.
The PAC 7 standings are Community School of Davidson (61), Pine Lake Prep (58), Mountain Island Charter (55), Union Academy (49), Queens Grant (36), Bradford Prep (35), Langtree Charter (32) and Carolina International (21).