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Washington tops conference to win Wells Fargo Cup

Washington won the 2017-18 Wells Fargo Cup for the Eastern Carolina 2A Conference on Monday, thanks, in part, to a highly successful spring sports season that saw several Pam Pack teams take home a conference title.

Washington earned a total of 745 points, well ahead of second place Greene Central’s 591 points, to win its third consecutive cup and fourth in five years. Pam Pack Athletic Director Jon Blank believes the credit for the athletic program’s success over the last several years is a reflection of the work put in by everyone involved.

“I think that’s just a testament to the continuity on our coaching staff, along with school leadership,” Blank said. “But it’s also our kids. Our kids do a good job of working in the weight room year and working year around towards building champions for their programs.”

The Pam Pack led its conference in the cup standings at the end of both the fall and winter seasons, helped by the boys’ soccer team and the wrestling team winning conference titles, but a truly dominant spring season saw Washington win by a 154-point margin. Undefeated runs in conference play from the softball team, girls’ soccer team and boys’ track and field team fueled the Pam Pack’s late-year surge.

“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 (plus 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,” according to the NCHSAA’s website.

“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.”