Hoggard Athletics continue local dominance in Wells Fargo Cup standings

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With the winter sports season wrapped up for the year, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) has announced final standings in the Wells Fargo Conference Cup competitions.

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 league play.

The Hoggard girls basketball team. Photos courtesy- Rodney Williams.
The Hoggard girls basketball team. Photos courtesy- Rodney Williams.

Hoggard has won 28 of the last 30 Mideastern Conference Wells Fargo Cups. Another strong performance this winter delivered a championship in boys’ swimming, co-championship in girls’ basketball and second-place finishes in boys’ basketball and girls’ swimming.

The Vikings girls’ basketball team grabbed back-to-back division titles and also won consecutive Mideastern Conference Tournament Championships. The Vikes finished the year 22-6 overall.

New Hanover and Laney tied for second as the Wildcats took home the conference title in boys’ basketball, the shared championship in girls’ basketball and second-place in girls’ swimming.

The Wildcats made a big run through the 4A state playoffs in boys’ hoops, with a 12-0 mark in conference and 24-6 overall record. New Hanover was ousted in the fourth round of the 4A state tournament with eight teams left in the bracket following a 58-49 overtime setback against top-ranked Cary.

Kevin Saravia. Photos courtesy- Laney Wrestling.
Kevin Saravia. Photos courtesy- Laney Wrestling.

Laney finished the winter season with a conference crown in wrestling. The Bucs cruised to another division championship and placed second at this season’s 4A East Regional. David Bostian was named Mideastern Conference Wrestler of the Year. He finished his senior campaign 37-8 on the mat, falling in the 4A quarterfinals at 138 pounds to the eventual state champion.

Kevin Saravia also claimed the 113-pound 4A individual state champion. A two-time regional winner, the junior earned his first title after finishing as a runner-up in 2015.

Winter Conference Standings: Hoggard 69; New Hanover 59.5; Laney 59.5; Topsail 44; Ashley 41; West Brunswick 31.5; South Brunswick 31.5

Total Wells Fargo Conference Standings including fall and winter sports: Hoggard 108, Laney 94.5, New Hanover 91.5, Topsail 72.5, Ashley 65.5, South Brunswick 49.5, West Brunswick 47.5.