Wells Fargo, along with the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, today announced the final standings in the Wells Fargo Conference Cup competitions for the 2013-14 winter sports season.




Hickory has taken over the top spot in the Northwestern 3A/4A Conference with a conference crown in women’s basketball, and second-place performances in men’s basketball and women’s swimming. Previous conference leader Watauga is now second, but still ahead of third-place Freedom, which finished first in men’s basketball and second in women’s basketball this winter. Conference Standings: Hickory 127.5, Watauga 126, Freedom 120.5, South Caldwell 114, St. Stephens 108, Fred T. Foard 107, Patton 97.5, Hibriten 84.5,


The last time WHS did not win the (at the time Wachovia) Cup was in 2005-06. The Pioneers finished second to A.C.. Reynolds that season. The Rockets claimed (Northwestern 4A) conference championships in softball, boys and girls basketball and baseball that year. The football team claimed a conference championship that fall.


In the Western Highlands 1-A/2-A Conference, Polk County captures the top spot in the conference after the winter, passing previous first-place Hendersonville now in second. Avery County moves into third, thanks to a top finish in men’s basketball and a runner-up performance in wrestling. Conference Standings: Polk County 97.5, Hendersonville 96.5, Avery County 87.5, Mountain Heritage 87, Owen 80.5, Madison 64.5, Mitchell 55.5.


And in the Mountain Valley 1-A/2-A Conference, Elkin takes the top spot with a sweep of the conference swimming championships. Wilkes Central is a close second, finishing third in wrestling and men’s swimming this winter. There is a deadlock for third between former top school Ashe County and up and coming North Wilkes. Ashe County tied for third in wrestling with Wilkes Central. North Wilkes was previously in last place, but finished first in women’s basketball, and second in wrestling, men’s swimming, and women’s swimming to vault into a share of third. Conference Standings: Elkin 62, Wilkes Central 60, Ashe County 56.5, North Wilkes 56.5, West Wilkes 53.5, Starmount 49, East Wilkes 37, Alleghany 36.5.


The Wells Fargo Cup award, sponsored by Wells Fargo and the NCHSAA, recognizes the high schools that achieve the best overall interscholastic athletic performance within each of the state’s four competitive classifications.


The Wells Fargo Conference Cup is a companion to the Wells Fargo Cup and 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. Conferences are listed alphabetically by classification.