High School Conference Cup

Early Conference Cup races are tight

cbest@newsobserver.comJanuary 6, 2014 

Tight races highlight the area Wells Fargo Conference Cup standings after the fall sports season. The top two schools in the Carolina 1A, Two Rivers 3A and Greater Neuse River 4A conferences are all separated by three points or less.

The Wells Fargo Conference Cup recognizes schools with the best overall interscholastic athletic performances within individual conferences. 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 leads Clayton by three points in the Greater Neuse River 4A. The Trojans won titles in boys soccer and girls golf and shared the volleyball crown with Clayton. Clayton took the girls tennis title to finish with 78 ½ points.

West Johnston is third at 69 ½ points after sweeping the league’s cross country titles. Southeast Raleigh stands fourth (67), a half-point ahead of Knightdale.

Harnett Central (55 ½), East Wake (54) and first-year school Rolesville (40 ½) round out the league rundown.

Corinth Holders rode its conference championship in girls cross country and three runner-up finishes (boys soccer, boys cross country and volleyball) to a 1 ½ point lead over Triton in the new Two Rivers 3A Conference.

The Pirates have 66 points after the fall season. Triton had titles in volleyball and girls tennis.

Cleveland is a factor in the race as well with 61 ½ points. The Rams won the league football title and had second place finishes in volleyball and girls tennis.

Smithfield-Selma sits third with 57 ½ points in its first season of play back at the 3A level. The Spartans won the Two Rivers 3A Conference soccer title.

Western Harnett (55 points) and South Johnston (46 ½) round out the league standings.

Princeton holds a one-point edge on rival Rosewood in the Carolina 1A with 32 points. The Bulldogs are on top thanks to championships in volleyball and girls cross country and its runner-up finish in football.

Spring Creek is third with 23 ½ points, ahead of James Kenan (20), Hobbton (19), North Duplin (18) and Lakewood (15 ½). First-year member Neuse Charter offering limited sports in the fall rounds out the team standings in the league.

In the Eastern Plains 2A, Washington leads the way on the back of four conference championships and two runner-up finishes. The Pam Pack has 31 points. Beddingfield is second with 22 ½, ahead of North Pitt (17) and Farmville Central (16). North Johnston is sixth with 15 ½ points. Southwest Edgecombe has 7 ½ points.

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