Garner and Corinth Holders lead their respective conferences after the fall slate in the annual Wells Fargo Conference Cup race.
The Wells Fargo Conference Cup is a companion to the Wells Fargo Cup and recognizes schools with the best overall interscholastic athletic performances within individual conferences. Wachovia and now Wells Fargo has sponsored the conference awards program since 1980.
The Wells Fargo Cup award, sponsored by Wells Fargo and the NCHSAA, recognizes the high schools that achieve the best overall interscholastic athletic performance within each of the state’s four competitive classifications.
In most conferences, points are awarded based on participation and standings in conference play. Each conference determines its own method of awarding points. Conferences are listed alphabetically by classification.
Garner won four conference championships – volleyball, boys soccer, girls golf and football – to take control of the Greater Neuse River 4A Conference race. The Trojans have 83 ½ points, ahead of second-place Clayton. The Comets won the league title in girls tennis. West Johnston (76 ½) won both league cross country championships. Southeast Raleigh (60 ½), Knightdale (60), East Wake (56 ½) and Smithfield-Selma (54) were tightly bunched, while Harnett Central has 50 points.
Corinth Holders won three league championships, pacing the field in boys soccer, girls cross country and boys cross country. The Pirates have 44 ½ team points, nine and a half ahead of Franklinton in second place.
North Johnston stands fifth (25) behind Roanoke Rapids (35) and Bunn (25 ½). Louisburg (23), Warren County (11) and Northwest Halifax (2) finish off the league standings.
Cleveland is second in the Eastern Carolina 3A Conference standings with 32 ½ points. Triton leads the way after winning girls cross country, football and volleyball championships with 39 ½ points. Cleveland won the league boys soccer title and finished second in volleyball and football.
C.B. Aycock is third with 31 ½ points, ahead of South Johnston by two points. South earned the league boys cross country championship and finished second in boys soccer. Eastern Wayne (21 ½) is fifth, ahead of North Lenoir (20) and Southern Wayne (18 ½).
Princeton is third in the Carolina 1A Conference after winning the league volleyball and cross country championships. Rosewood leads with 20 points, one ahead of Goldsboro and 4 ½ ahead of Princeton. Spring Creek (14 ½), Ayden-Grifton (13 ½) and North Duplin (10 ½) round out the league rankings.
In the statewide Wells Fargo Cup competition, which rewards schools for their performances in the state championship playoffs, Corinth Holders and Princeton are in the top 10 in their respective classifications.
Corinth Holders ranks eighth in the 2A ranks, while Princeton is 10th in 1A competition.