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CHAPEL HILL -- Wachovia, a Wells Fargo company, and the North Carolina High School Athletic Association today announced the final standings in the Wachovia Cup competitions for the 2009-10 academic year with the spring sports seasons completed.
The Wachovia Cup award, sponsored by Wachovia and the NCHSAA, recognizes the high schools that achieve the best overall interscholastic athletic performances within each of the state’s four competitive classifications. The Wachovia Cup program has concluded its 31st year.
Cary Green Hope maintained its lead after winter sports to capture the Cup in the final 4-A standings. Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons, which moved up the 3-A ranks this year, took the top spot in that classification. Salisbury was the Cup winner among 2-A schools while Kernersville Bishop McGuinness captured first place in 1-A.
"We sincerely appreciate Wachovia's commitment to our overall program in recognizing our champions for over 30 years," said Davis Whitfield, NCHSAA commissioner. "These schools who win the Wachovia Cup do a tremendous job with their overall athletic programs, and we are grateful for Wachovia's desire to recognize their achievements."
In the 4-A classification, Green Hope finished first with 452.5 points to capture its first Wachovia Cup, with defending champion Charlotte Myers Park second with 380. Green Hope preserved its win by taking the 4-A men's golf title, finishing in the top eight in men's dual team tennis and in a tie for fourth among 4-A schools in the inaugural open women's lacrosse championship. Myers Park had a tie for third in men's tennis, a sixth-place spot in the men’s golf championships, a title in men's lacrosse and a tie for fourth in women's lacrosse.
Asheville T.C. Roberson, always a Cup contender, was third with a total of 372.5 points, powered by a state runner-up finish in the softball championships, a tie for third in baseball, and a fourth-place spot in women's outdoor track.
Cardinal Gibbons made its move to 3-A successful, holding on to the top spot schools with playoff points in an impressive six different spring sports, including second-place finishes in both women's soccer and men's tennis. Gibbons recorded a total of 657.5 points, ahead of runner-up Charlotte Catholic at 587.5.
Chapel Hill, which garnered playoff points in five different spring sports, was third with 567.5 points, just ahead of Waxhaw Marvin Ridge at 565.
Salisbury, which had built up a sizable lead after the winner sports, had an impressive spring to secure its fifth Cup all time. Salisbury recorded 612.5 points, including winning the men's outdoor track title, finishing second in both women's outdoor track and men's golf, and a tie for third in men's golf. Carrboro, with a strong spring, was second with 465 points after finishing in a tie for fourth in last year's Cup standings. Among the Jaguar team highlights were a tie for third in women's soccer and a tie for fourth place in the women's track and field championships.
Pittsboro Northwood, which was the state 2-A runner-up in men's tennis, finished third in the Cup standings at 367.5 and Hillsborough Cedar Ridge was fourth, 10 points out of third.
In the 1-A classification, Bishop McGuinness collected playoff points for positions in men’s golf, women’s outdoor track, women’s soccer, baseball and men's lacrosse en route to a total of 575 points, ahead of Durham's North Carolina School of Science and Math at 505. NCSSM won the state 1-A men's outdoor track title and finished second in women's track and in men's tennis to go with top-eight finishes in women's soccer and softball.
Hendersonville, the school that has recorded the most Wachovia Cups of any NCHSAA school with 13, finished third in the standings with 457.5 points, and Lake Norman Charter was back in fourth at 297.5.
Wachovia 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, Wachovia 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 Wachovia 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.
Wachovia 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. The engraved silver cups are presented during NCHSAA Day activities at UNC-Chapel Hill each fall.
NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
FINAL WACHOVIA CUP STANDINGS 2009-10
1. Kernersville Bishop McGuinness 575
2. NC School of Science and Math 505
3. Hendersonville 457.5
4. Lake Norman Charter 297.5
5. Misenheimer Gray Stone Day 282.5
6. Mount Airy 280
8. Monroe 275
9. West Wilkes 260
10. Raleigh Charter 255
11. North Rowan 247.5
12. Holly Ridge Dixon 242.5
13. West Montgomery 227.5
Gastonia Highland Tech 227.5
15. Williamston 225
1. Salisbury 612.5
2. Carrboro 465
3. Pittsboro Northwood 367.5
4. Hillsborough Cedar Ridge 357.5
5. East Lincoln 307.5
6. Newton-Conover 282.5
7. Kinston 277.5
8. Hampstead Topsail 260
9. Shelby 242.5
10. Newport Croatan 230
11. Burlington Cummings 227.5
12. North Lincoln 225
13. Swansboro 217.5
Surry Central 217.5
15. Durham School of the Arts 197.5
1. Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons 690
2. Charlotte Catholic 587.5
3. Chapel Hill 567.5
4. Waxhaw Marvin Ridge 565
5. Asheville 377.5
6. Northern Guilford 362.5
7. Hickory 290
8. Weddington 277.5
9. Eastern Alamance 260
10. Concord Jay Robinson 257.5
11. Winterville South Central 245
12. Waynesville Tuscola 220
13. Rocky Mount 212.5
14. Shelby Crest 207.5
15. Orange 205
1. Morrisville Green Hope 452.5
2. Charlotte Myers Park 380
3. Asheville T.C. Roberson 372.5
4. Raleigh Wakefield 355
5. Lake Norman 335
6. Raleigh Broughton 325
7. Southeast Raleigh 322.5
8. Matthews David Butler 307.5
9. Wilmington Hoggard 287.5
10. East Chapel Hill 267.5
11. Charlotte Ardrey Kell 262.5
12. North Mecklenburg 257.5
13. Southern Pines Pinecrest 255
14. Greensboro Grimsley 247.5
15. Cary 225