Polk County players and coaches celebrate as the Wolverines won the first state volleyball championship in school history (Jerrill Jordan photo courtesy HighSchoolOT.com)

Polk County completed the fall athletic season in seventh place in the Wells Fargo State Cup standings.

The awards recognize the high schools that achieve the best overall interscholastic athletic performance within each of the state’s four competitive classifications. 

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 final position in that championship. 

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 qualifies for the postseason. 

Polk County won the state 1A volleyball championship to highlights its fall campaign.

1. Mount Airy, Thomas Jefferson – 157.5
3. Gray Stone Day – 117.5
4. Voyager – 112.5
5. Swain County – 110
6. Christ the King – 105
7. Polk County – 97.5
8. Highland Tech – 90
T9. Bradford Prep & Lejeune – 80