Green Hope High, a perennial sports powerhouse, pulled away in the first N&O Cup competition. Among local schools, Cardinal Gibbons had the highest-place finish, coming in third.
The program awards points to schools based on their finish in the final News & Observer rankings in nine different sports. Rankings from football, volleyball, boys’ and girls’ basketball, boys’ and girls’ soccer, volleyball, baseball and softball are used to determine the winner.
The N&O also ranks boys’ and girls’ lacrosse teams, but did not include those in the Cup standings because a majority of area schools does not field lacrosse teams. The N&O ranks 20 teams in football, but awarded Cup points to only the top 15.
Green Hope has won three consecutive N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A Wells Fargo Cups, which is based on advancing in the NCHSAA playoffs. The N&O Cup is different because it does not include some of the Falcons’ strongest sports, such as cross country, gymnastics, dual-team tennis, golf and swimming.
Green Hope finished atop the N&O rankings in boys’ and girls’ soccer and was third in baseball, fifth in volleyball and sixth in girls’ basketball. The Falcons also were 14th in boys’ basketball and 15th in softball. They were not ranked in football or wrestling.
The N&O Cup ranks the teams without regard to NCHSAA, N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association, Christian School or independent affiliation or classification.
Chapel Hill, a 3A school, finished second in the N&O Cup, helped by a No. 2 finish in girls’ basketball, a No. 4 finish in volleyball, No. 5 in girls’ soccer and No. 6 finishes in boys’ soccer and boys’ basketball.
Cardinal Gibbons, another 3A school, was third and Garner was fourth.
Word of God was tops in points among NCISAA schools.
Fifty-seven schools, including the Wake Home School Warriors baseball team, were represented in the nine N&O polls.
Green Hope will be awarded a trophy during the fall.
Breaking down the points
Broughton: Second in boys’ basketball, fourth in girls’ basketball.
Cardinal Gibbons: Second in volleyball, third in girls’ soccer, fifth in boys’ soccer, eighth in football, eighth in baseball.
Enloe: Eleventh in boys’ soccer.
Heritage: Eighth in softball.
Leesville Road: First in volleyball, second in football, fourth in girls’ soccer.
Millbrook: First in girls’ basketball, second in girls’ soccer, eighth in wrestling.
Raleigh Charter: Ninth in girls’ soccer, 14th in volleyball.
Sanderson: Third in boys’ soccer, fifth in wrestling, seventh in baseball, 12th in girls’ soccer.
Southeast Raleigh: Third in girls’ basketball.
St. David’s: Seventh in volleyball.
Wakefield: Third in volleyball, fourth in football, 12th in girls’ basketball.
Wake Forest-Rolesville: First in softball, fourth in wrestling, sixth in football.
Wake Home School: Ninth in baseball.
Word of God: Fifth in boys’ basketball.