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The Cup stays put

Fike holds off Hunt, keeps Big East’s Wells Fargo Cup

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The Wells Fargo Conference Cup, the
symbol for 3-A Big East Conference overall
athletic supremacy, will not be changing
locations to kick off the 2018-19 school year.

That much was assured Monday morning after the North Carolina High School Athletic Association released the final Wells Fargo Conference Cup standings for each league across the association’s four classifications.

As defending Cup champions from the Big East, Fike High successfully defended its title when the final standings were announced.

Carrying a five-point lead into the spring season over archrival Hunt, the Golden Demons parlayed spring conference titles in baseball, boys golf and a share of the regular-season girls soccer title with the Lady Warriors into 183.5 points, or a nine-point margin of victory over Hunt. The boys golf championship was the third consecutive league title for coach Glenn Jones.

A close battle ensued for positions three through five, with Rocky Mount tallying 155 points to claim third. Northern Nash was fourth at 154, while Southern Nash claimed fifth with 153.

First-year member Franklinton concluded its opening year in the conference with a sixth-place finish at 138.

The Firebirds reigned once again as champions in football in the fall and added a softball championship in the spring, as well as winning the Big East crown in boys soccer by a half game during the fall.

Fike was aided in the winter by its conference title in wrestling and securing its fourth title in as many seasons in girls swimming, giving the Lady Demons a clean sweep for its departed senior class.

Hunt’s year was arguably highlighted by securing the first conference title for the Lady Warriors basketball program since 1985. The Warriors were also bolstered in the winter after emerging from the pool with a boys swimming championship.

The Wells Fargo Conference Cup is a companion NCHSAA program to the statewide Wells Fargo Cup, handed out to the top performing athletic program by classification. On the conference level, officials devise their own method of awarding points, which, in most cases, are awarded on the basis of regular-season standings and participation in a particular sport.

OTHER LEAGUE RESULTS

In the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference, Nash Central put the bow on its first year as a 2-A member by winning the EPC’s Cup. A strong spring bolstered the Bulldogs, who swept both conference track titles and added a championship in girls soccer to go along with baseball. Nash Central accumulated 86 points to win the Cup by 17 points over second-place North Johnston. The Panthers used a runner-up showing in baseball and a dominant conference championship in softball to secure the runner-up spot.

Beddingfield, which finished second in both boys and girls track, was third with 66.5. SouthWest Edgecombe (53), Farmville Central (51) and North Pitt (49.5) rounded out the field.

Washington’s first season in the 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference turned into a complete runaway after the conclusion of spring. The Pam Pack seized a quartet of spring championships — softball, boys track, girls soccer and boys golf — in ending their year with 745 points.

Greene Central, with a boost from its best girls soccer season in school history, was second at 588.5. The Rams were also second in boys tennis and tallied challenging third-place finishes in baseball and softball. North Lenoir won the league in baseball and boys tennis to finish third at 541. South Lenoir (537.5), West Craven (522.5), Ayden-Grifton (520) and Kinston (417.5) comprised the rest of the conference.

The split 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference saw D.H. Conley rule in its first year as a 3-A member. The Vikings won spring championships in girls soccer and baseball and added a runner-up showing in boys track. Both 4-A programs, Winterville South Central and New Bern, were tied for second at 89. Charles B. Aycock, which finished fifth overall with 75.5 points, remained in front of its Wayne County rivals in Eastern Wayne (51.5) and Southern Wayne (36.5). Greenville Rose was fourth with 81.

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