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With Mooresville’s help, it wound up being an all-in-the-family affair at the top in the competition for the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s 1A class Wells Fargo State Cup crown.

Pine Lake Preparatory parlayed performances posted throughout the 2018-19 athletic year for an eventual runner-up finish in the competition involving fellow classification entries from across the state.

As it turned out, a member of Pine Lake’s very own conference finished first.

Both residents and rivals within the PAC-7 Conference, the twosome of second-place finishing Pine Lake and State Cup champion Community School of Davidson provided the league with the one-two punch.

The NCSHAA in conjunction with Wells Fargo released the final standings in the 40th annual Wells Fargo Cup competitions for the 2018-19 academic/athletic year. The award recognizes the high schools that achieve the best overall interscholastic athletic performance within each of the state’s four competitive classifications.

Wells Fargo Cup points are determined by a system based on performance in state championship events. All schools that finish in the top eight positions – including ties -earn points. In the playoff events involving teams from more than one classification, Wells Fargo Cup points are awarded based on the school’s standing against other schools in its own classification. If fewer than eight schools from a classification compete in a sport, only those schools that are represented are eligible to receive the Cup points.

Points are awarded for all sports as follows: 50 for first, 45 for second, 40 for third, 35 for fourth, 30 for fifth, 25 for sixth, 20 for seventh and 15 for eighth. In the event of a tie, the schools receive an equal number of points based on the number of teams that tie and the number of teams that finish higher in the standings. Five points are awarded for each sanctioned sport in which a school competes.

As it turned out, it accounted for a complete turnaround of the way matters mapped out within their own circuit ranks.

Pine Lake’s regular-season championships during the spring season strengthened its case and it captured the NCHSAA’s Conference Cup that awards each winning prep-level athletic program in each of the state’s conferences. In that particular race, PLP placed first while relegating CSD to second-place honors.

In the statewide competition that tallies points for how teams fare once engaging in postseason play, Pine Lake checked in second behind Community School of Davidson.

During the past spring season alone, CSD improved its standing statewide by winning the 1A class crown in boys golf and finishing as the highest-placing boys lacrosse team. The school also picked up points in the sports of girls and boys cross country, girls and boys swimming, volleyball, boys indoor track and boys basketball.

Pine Lake placed second overall in the state by also securing points in a number of sports throughout the school’s sports year as well.

No other Iredell County sports program placed among the top 10 positions in the State Cup competition.

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