Wilkes Central High School finished runner-up in the Mountain Valley 1A/2A Conference standings for the 2019-20 Wells Fargo Conference Cup, which recognizes overall excellence in varsity sports.

Ashe County led the Mountain Valley final standings with 91.5 points. Wilkes Central had 75.5 points, followed by West Wilkes (73), Elkin (63), North Wilkes (55), East Wilkes (48.5), Starmount (41) and Alleghany (39.5).

The results were announced Thursday by the N.C. High School Athletic Association. In most conferences, points are awarded based on participation and standings in conference play. Each conference determines its own method of awarding points.

Ashe County took top honors in the Mountain Valley by winning the indoor track and field conference titles for both boys and girls and tying for first in girls basketball.

Wilkes Central had won four straight Wells Fargo Conference Cups (2018-19, 2017-18, 2016-17 and 2015-16) prior to Ashe County’s taking of the cup on Thursday.

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.

Since 1979 the Wells Fargo Cup has gone to schools that have the best overall interscholastic sports programs in each of the four classifications: 1A, 2A, 3A, and 4A.

East Surry finished fourth in the 2019-20 1A Wells Fargo Cup final standings.

No Wilkes high school has ever been crowned a Wells Fargo Cup champion. Watauga High School is a two-time winner of the 3A Cup, in 1981-82 and 1984-85.

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