Polk County sits in a tie for 12th place after the fall sports season in the 39th annual Wells Fargo Cup 1A competition for the 2017-18 academic year. The award recognizes the high schools that achieve the best overall interscholastic athletic performance within each of the state’s four competitive classifications.
Franklin Academy holds first place in a close race in the 1A division, sitting 2.5 points ahead of Mount Airy and five points ahead of Bishop McGuinness. The Patriots secured a women’s cross country state championship, came in second place for men’s soccer and received a third-place finish for men’s cross country.
Polk County shares 12th place with Holmes. The Wolverines reached the state semifinals in volleyball and state quarterfinals in girls tennis to highlight the fall season.
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. If fewer than eight schools from a classification compete in a sport, only those schools that are represented are eligible to receive the 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.
Wells Fargo Cup standings are announced three times each school year – once after the fall and the winter sports and concluding with the overall winner after the spring sports season ends.
1A Wells Fargo Cup Fall Standings
1 – Franklin Academy – 192.5
2 – Mount Airy – 190
3 – Bishop McGuinness – 187.5
4 – Murphy – 135
T5 – East Surry – 125
T5 – Lincoln Charter – 125
7 – Raleigh Charter – 122.5
8 – Community School of Davidson – 115
T9 – Falls Lake Academy – 107.5
T9 – Pine Lake Preparatory – 107.5
11 – Robbinsville – 102.5
T12 – Holmes – 95
T12 – Polk County – 95
14 – Highland School of Technology – 90
15 – Tarboro – 85