Fall 2016 Wells Fargo Conference Cup Standings Announced (2016-12-20 15:57:27)

Chapel Hill, NC - Wells Fargo, along with the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, has announced the final standings in the Wells Fargo Conference Cup competitions for the 2016 fall sports season.

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.

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.

Western Highlands 1A/2A: In first place is Hendersonville thanks to championships in volleyball, men’s soccer, women’s tennis, women’s golf and women’s cross country along with a first-place finish in football. In second place is Mountain Heritage thanks to a tied first-place finish in football. Polk County is in third place with a second-place finish in volleyball. Conference Standings: Hendersonville 81.5, Mountain heritage 65.5, Polk County 60, Owen 53.5, Avery County 44.5, Madison 35, Mitchell 24.

Mountain Valley 1A/2A: East Wilkes is the conference leader after the fall season thanks to championships in men’s and women’s cross country and women’s golf. In second place is Ashe County thanks to second-place finishes in men’s soccer, women’s golf, and men’s and women’s cross country. Wilkes Central is in third place with a football championship. Conference Standings: East Wilkes 43, Ashe County 41, Wilkes Central 34.5, North Wilkes 27.5, Starmount 26.5, West Wilkes 25, Elkin 25, Alleghany 23.5.

Northwestern Athletic 3A/4A: Watauga is the conference leader after the fall sports season thanks to championships in women’s tennis, volleyball and men’s cross country. In second place is Hickory with a women’s golf championship and a second-place finish in volleyball. Hibriten is in third place thanks to a football championship and a third-place finish in men’s soccer. Conference Standings: Watauga 79, Hickory 78.5, Hibriten 64.5, Patton 63.5, South Caldwell 60.5, St. Stephens 60.5, Freedom 55.5, Fred T. Foard 49.




Valle Crucis - 29
Cove Creek - 21
Mabel - 22
Hardin Park - 12
Blowing Rock - 42
Bethel - 13
Parkway - 26
Green Valley - 24 
Valle Crucis - 42
Cove Creek - 9
Mabel - 23
Hardin Park - 38
Blowing Rock - 34
Bethel - 41
Parkway - 33
Green Valley - 26

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's And Women's Swimming Both Finish Fifth At The Spartan Invitational

Clearwater, Fla. - Both the Lenoir-Rhyne University Men's and Women's Swimming Teams finished fifth at the Spartan Invitational which concluded Monday at the Long Center and hosted by the University of Tampa.

The Bears competed against five other teams: Indian River, Tampa, Nova Southeastern, Florida Southern and Rollins.

On the women's side, Lenoir-Rhyne racked up 181 points while Nova Southeastern prevailed as the team champion with 1,103 points. In the men's competition, Lenoir-Rhyne earned 169.5 points and Indian River (955 points) placed first overall.

On the day, the Bears broke four men's individual records led by freshman Jacob Queen (Hickory, N.C.) in the 100-yard freestyle (47.48) and 200-yard breaststroke (2:05.39).

Sophomore Jacob Sink (Advance, N.C.) also earned a school record in the men's 200-yard butterfly (1:52.54) while junior Noah McRea (Hickory, N.C.) set a new program mark in the men's 200-yard backstroke (1:51.85) for the Bears.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior Michael Reavis (Bowie, Md.) joined Queen, Sink and McRea to establish a new school record in the men's 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:09.77.

Lenoir-Rhyne next hosts Queens and Limestone on Saturday, January 14, at1:00 p.m., on campus at the Shuford Physical Education Center.

Spartan Invitational
December 16-19, 2016 - FINAL RESULTS
Clearwater, Fla.
The Long Center

1. Indian River 955
2. Tampa 937.5
3. Nova Southeastern 830.5
4. Florida Southern 763
5. Lenoir-Rhyne 181
6. Rollins 44

1. Nova Southeastern 1,103
2. Tampa 1,019
3. Indian River 662
4. Florida Southern 621.5
5. Lenoir-Rhyne 169.5
6. Rollins 125


Kennard, No. 5 Duke Top Tennessee State 65-55

DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke finally had all the players that made the Blue Devils the top-ranked team in the preseason -- except that, for most of the night, they didn't play like it.

Luke Kennard scored 24 points and No. 5 Duke beat Tennessee State 65-55 on Monday in the college debut of touted freshman Harry Giles.

Freshman forward Jayson Tatum added 14 points and Grayson Allen finished with 12 for the Blue Devils (11-1), who plodded through 30 mostly sluggish minutes before pulling away from a pesky Tigers team that threatened to spoil a big night for Giles.

"This game was a learning experience for us," Kennard said. "We can't take anything for granted. We've got to play each and every game like it's the biggest game of the year. ... I just don't think we were really ready to play. ... Our energy wasn't there, our enthusiasm wasn't there, and we just didn't really have one guy that's bringing us all the energy, and we really needed that tonight."

Tennessee State led 36-34 on Wayne Martin's jumper with 15 minutes left. Duke countered with a 25-3 run highlighted by five 3-pointers -- including two by Kennard on consecutive possessions after he was left completely unguarded -- to take a 59-39 lead.

Darreon Reddick and Tahjere McCall scored 14 points apiece for the Tigers (8-3).

Amile Jefferson had a career-best 18 rebounds for Duke, which finally got Giles on the floor for the first time. One of the nation's top recruits, he missed his senior season in high school with torn knee ligaments in his right knee and then missed the first 11 games at Duke after having his left knee scoped in October.

"First game, that was just shaking the rust off and getting the kinks out," Giles said. "I think each day, each game, each practice, I'll get better."

Duke: The impact of Giles' return went far beyond his meager line in the boxscore -- no points, no rebounds, and 0-for-1 shooting in 4 first-half minutes. For the first time, the Blue Devils had the full complement of star freshmen that made them No. 1 in the preseason polls.

But Duke shot a season-worst 37 percent and finished just 19 of 32 from the free throw line while establishing a season-low scoring total by 10 points. The previous low was 75, both in the loss to Kansas and the win against Rhode Island.

"We're in October, not December, with our team," coach Mike Krzyzewski said.

Tennessee State: This was the second time in nine days that the Tigers threw a scare into the host team at an historic Atlantic Coast Conference venue, after taking North Carolina State to overtime in the Wolfpack's first game at renovated Reynolds Coliseum. Tennessee State's three losses have all come on the road against Power 5 programs, with the other defeat coming at Vanderbilt.

"Hopefully, we realized that if we play as a team, we currently feel like we can play with anybody in the country, but we need to try to get to the point where we can consistently beat high-level teams," coach Dana Ford said.

Kennard has scored 20 or more points in four of his last five games. ... Jefferson was averaging 17.8 points and 12.3 rebounds during his last four games. His rebounding numbers went up but his scoring numbers fell -- he finished with five points on 2-of-7 shooting and was just 1 for 8 from the foul line.

All eyes were on Giles, who made his long-awaited Duke debut when he checked in during a timeout with 11:27 left in the first half with the crowd chanting his first name. Those chants died down, then picked back up when the Blue Devils broke the huddle. He clearly isn't in game shape yet, and his only shot -- a jumper from the right wing over Ken'Darrius Hamilton in his first 15 seconds on the floor -- was way too strong.

Duke: The Blue Devils play Elon on Wednesday night at the Greensboro Coliseum.

Tennessee State: The Tigers have eight days before their next game, a home date with Division III Covenant onDec. 27.