Both Union Pines and Pinecrest earned the Wells Fargo Conference Cup for having the best athletic programs in their respective conferences.

North Moore finished fourth in its conference, according to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA).

The cup recognizes schools with the best overall interscholastic athletic performances within individual conferences. Wachovia, and now Wells Fargo, has sponsored the conference awards program since 1980. In most conferences, points are awarded based on participation and standings in conference play. Each conference determines its own method of awarding points.

Points are rewarded after each of the high school sports season — fall, winter, spring.

With championships in boys’ and girls’ track, baseball, boys’ golf and girls’ soccer Pinecrest captured the conference cup for the Sandhills Athletic 4-A Conference, finishing with 138.5 points to runner-up Jack Britt’s 118.5. Richmond Senior was third with 103.5 points, Lumberton had 73, Scotland County 73, Hoke County 64.5, Purnell Swett 48.5 and Seventy-First 43 to round out the conference standings.

“The Wells Fargo Conference Cup represents the total body of the work of our athletic department,” said Jeff Hewitt, Pinecrest’s athletic director. “The history of this cup and Pinecrest High School is phenomenal. With over 14 conference championship trophies earned this year, the cup is the one trophy that embodies the true power of the Green and Gold.”

The Patriots also produced two school record-setting performances on the state level this year. In the fall, the football team reached the final four of the state 4-A playoffs, something that no other football team in the 50-plus year history of the school. The Patriots would fall to eventual state champion Wake Forest in the semifinals.

This spring, the girls’ soccer team went on a historic run reaching the state 4-A championship game, the first girls’ soccer team to ever do so.

The state championship game was a heartbreaker for the Lady Patriots, as after 110 minutes of play ended in a scoreless tie, Heritage would claim the title by winning a penalty kick shootout.

Union Pines claimed the cup for the Tri-County 6 3-A Conference, racking up championships during the spring season in boys’ tennis, boys’ golf, girls’ soccer and girls’ track.

Union Pines finished with 97.5 points to easily outdistance runner-up Harnett Central that finished with 72.5 points. Rounding out the conference standings were Lee County 64.5, Triton 58, Southern Lee 57.5 and Western Harnett with 50.

North Moore finished fourth in the nine-member Yadkin Valley 1-A Conference. North Stanly finished first with 810 points. Grey Stone Day with second with 712.5 points, South Stanly third with 680 points and North Moore fourth with 630.

Rounding out the cup standings were West Montgomery 547.5, South Davidson 542.5, Albemarle 485, Uwharrie Charter 437.5 and North Rowan 415.

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