WEST JEFFERSON — With the fall sports season officially in the books, Ashe County High School’s strong performance has earned them the second place spot in the 2015-16 Wells Fargo Conference Cup standings.
The Wells Fargo Cup award, sponsored by Wells Fargo and the NCHSAA, recognizes the schools that achieve the best overall interscholastic athletic performance within each of the state’s four competitive classifications.
In most conferences, points are awarded based on participation and standings in conference play. Each conference determines its own method of awarding points.
Currently, East Wilkes is in first place with 45 points, a slim three-point lead over the Huskies. Wilkes Central is third (34.5) followed by West Wilkes (30), Starmount (28), Elkin (26.5), Alleghany (24) and North Wilkes (19).
East Wilkes won the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference Championship in football, women’s cross country and earned a second place finish in women’s tennis to push them out to the early lead.
Ashe had plenty of success as well with conference titles in men’s cross country and women’s golf, as well as a runner-up finish in men’s soccer and football and a third place finish in women’s cross country.
Wilkes Central won the conference crown in soccer and finished second in women’s golf.
In other area conferences, Avery County is currently tied for second with Polk County at 63 points in the Western Highlands 1A/2A conference. Avery had second place finishes in women’s tennis and women’s golf. Hendersonville holds a big lead in that conference with 83 points with championships in football, women’s tennis, women’s golf and women’s cross country and second place finishes in men’s soccer, men’s cross country and volleyball.
In the Western Piedmont Athletic 2A, Surry Central (31.5) holds a slim lead over Forbush (29), North Surry (26.5) and West Stokes (26). Surry Central won championships in women’s golf and women’s tennis and tied for first with Forbush in men’s soccer.
Watauga also got off to a strong start in the fall sports season, sitting in second place with 82.5 points, just a half-point behind first place Hickory.
The Pioneers won conference titles in men’s cross country and a second place finish in women’s tennis. Hickory won three conference titles this year in women’s tennis, women’s golf and women’s cross country. Football champion Freedom currently sits third in the standings while Hibriten is last.
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