CHARLOTTE – The North Carolina High School Athletic Association, in conjunction with Wells Fargo, recently released its final standings for the 40th annual Wells Fargo Cup for the 2018-19 sports seasons, and several south Charlotte schools had standout performances.
The award recognizes high schools that achieve the best overall athletic performance.
This year, there were no repeat winners of the cup in any of the state’s four classifications.
Myers Park placed second in the 4A standings, falling 53 points behind Cardinal Gibbons.
The Mustangs had a great all-around sports season and capped it off with conference titles in baseball, boys and girls track and field, girls soccer, boys tennis and golf. The golf team went on to capture the 4A state championship while the boys tennis team earned a runner-up performance behind 4A individual singles state champion Mark Dillon.
Myers Park was the only south Charlotte 4A school to make the top 10 in the 4A classification. The standings were Cardinal Gibbons (605), Myers Park (552), Green Hope (505), Panther Creek (400), Ronald Reagan (394.5), West Forsyth (367.5), Hough (360), Southeast Raleigh (33), Cary (320) and Broughton (307.5).
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 and so on. 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.
Marvin Ridge won the 3A championship, blowing past rival Weddington to dethrone the Warriors.
Charlotte Catholic placed fifth in the 3A standings, winning conference titles in boys soccer and golf. The Cougars golf team went on to defend their state championship.
No other south Charlotte teams cracked the top 10 in their respective classification.
Other NCHSAA Wells Fargo Cup winners included Cardinal Gibbons (4A) who dethroned Green Hope; Marvin Ridge dethroned rival Weddington in a runaway victory in 3A; Croatan who took the 2A cup from runner-up Lake Norman Charter in a close race; and Community School of Davidson, who won in 1A.
In the N.C. Independent Schools Association, which runs a very similarly scored Wells Fargo Cup of their own, Charlotte Latin won by more than 100 points ahead of runner-up Country Day, who barely clipped Providence Day to earn second.
The Hawks got off to a great start with 290 points in the fall and won both the winter and fall standings.
Latin nearly matched their 290 fall points with 252.5 points in the spring after conference championships in girls soccer and girls lacrosse. The soccer team ended its four-year reign as state champs with an overtime loss to Providence Day, but the lacrosse team went on to win its first-ever state title.
Country Day won the spring standings with 302.5 points behind the Bucs’ dominant tennis team to move into second place by edging rival Providence Day.
The finals NCISAA 4A standings were: Charlotte Latin (715), Country Day (622.5, second), Providence Day (622, third), Metrolina Christian (277.5, ninth), Charlotte Christian (237.5, 12th) and Covenant Day (195, 14th).
Carmel Christian placed seventh in the NCISAA’s 3A standings after a fourth consecutive state title for the boys tennis team.
United Faith placed eighth in the NCISAA 1A division.