In the Mountain Valley 1A/2A conference, the Huskies are sitting in second place after an impressive fall sports campaign. Wilkes Central leads everybody with 46.5 points, thanks in large part to a conference championship in men’s soccer, as well as second place finishes in football and women’s golf.
Ashe is certainly not far behind with 44 points. The Huskies captured the conference championship in women’s cross country and had very good finishes in women’s tennis and men’s cross country.
Elkin is in third place with 43.5 points, followed by Forbush with 40.5, Starmount with 33.5, East Wilkes with 29, West Wilkes (26.5), Alleghany (25) and rounded out by North Wilkes with 17.5 points.
Each year, the Wells Fargo Conference Cup (formerly the Wachovia Conference Cup) is awarded to the highest finishing team in each conference, 1A through 4A, in the state of North Carolina. Each conference decides how many points will be awarded for the top finishers in the conference standings in each sport during the fall, winter, and spring seasons.
The Wells Fargo Cup works similarly, except it does not take conferences into consideration. Instead, it groups everybody together based on their 1A, 2A, 3A, and 4A classifications.
Ashe should continue to stay at the top of the conference cup standings through the winter sports season. The men’s basketball team looks to be a strong contender for the conference title, while the women’s basketball team and the wrestling team will certainly be near the top of the conference standings when the season ends.
In other conferences of local interest, Mount Airy holds first place in the Norwest 1A/2A with a conference title in women’s tennis and a second place finish in football. Surry Central is second with 38.5 founds, aided by a conference title in men’s soccer. West Stokes and Bishop McGuinness are deadlocked at 38 points, North Surry not far behind with 37 points, followed by North Stokes (35.5), East Surry (32), South Stokes (30.5) and Winston-Salem Prep (9.5).
Avery County sits in fourth place in the Western Highlands 1A/2A conference with 63 points, behind Hendersonville (86.5), Polk County (78) and Charles D. Owen (73).
Watauga has a big lead in the Western Athletic 3A/4A conference after winning both the men’s and women’s cross country championship, and winning a conference title in volleyball. Watauga’s 80 points leads Alexander Central in second (64.5), Hickory (60), South Caldwell (60), Fred T. Foard (56), St. Stephens (47) and Hibriten (37.5).