Mustangs Finish Seventh in Conference Cup
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association has released the winners of the Wells Fargo Conference Cup and North Rowan took the cup as the best overall athletic program in the Yadkin Valley 1-A Conference.
The Wells Fargo Conference Cup is awarded to the winner of each conference in all four classifications.
North Rowan won the conference cup by accumulating 685 points while participating in all 18 sports offered in the conference. Points are awarded in each of the boys’ and girls’ sports and based on where they finished in the league standings for that particular sport.
The Cavaliers were followed in the cup standings by Gray Stone, who participated in 16 sports, finishing with 645 points. Albemarle took third place with 627.5 points, followed by South Stanly (620 points), East Montgomery (612.5), Chatham Central (592.5) North Moore (542.5), West Montgomery (540) and South Davidson (445).
North Rowan and Albemarle are the only conference teams to field teams in all 18 sports. North Rowan won five conference championships: wrestling, boys’ basketball, boys’ swimming, boys’ track and girls’ track. The Cavaliers have one more season as a member of the conference before moving back up to the 2A ranks.
Second place Gray Stone had the second most conference titles with four, girls’ cross country, girls’ swimming, boys’ tennis and golf.
The Knights also had four second-place finishes in girls’ tennis, boys’ cross country, girls’ track and girls’ soccer.
North Moore is one of the four conference schools that do not field girls’ and boys’ swimming teams while South Davidson has a girls’ swimming team. The other three teams, which also happen to be schools in rural areas, are Chatham Central, East Montgomery and West Montgomery.
The Mustangs highest finish in the 16 sports they competed in was a tie for second place in boys’ soccer. North Moore had three third-place finishes in boys’ cross country, baseball and girls’ track.
East Montgomery had three conference titles in boys’ soccer, girls’ tennis and girls’ soccer and they tied for the title in softball.
Albemarle had two league titles in football and volleyball while Chatham Central tied for two conference championships in girls’ basketball and softball. West Montgomery had one title in boys’ cross country while South Stanly had one championship in baseball. South Davidson tied for the championship in girls’ basketball.
The points are awarded with first place receiving 55 points, second place 50 points, third 45, fourth 40, fifth 35, sixth 30, seventh 25, eighth 20 and ninth 15. A school does not receive any points if they do not field a team.
The conference also hands out a Sportsmanship Trophy based on points awarded in each sport and are voted on by the coaches.
Chatham Central won this year’s Sportsmanship Trophy with 114 points followed by Gray Stone with 109 points, South Stanly (101 points), Albemarle (100), North Moore (95), East Montgomery (69.5), South Davidson (64.5), West Montgomery (63.5) and North Rowan (61.5).
Chatham Central was the top vote getter in nine sports and tied for first place with North Moore in wrestling.
North Moore finished second in the voting in girls’ tennis and boys’ basketball. The Mustangs finished third in girls’ cross country, baseball, softball, boys’ tennis and boys’ track.
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