Lord Botetourt is 12th in Class 3, River is 32nd in Class 2
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA — Some familiar faces and two first-timers led the way in the 2021-22 National Guard Cup competition, presented by the Virginia Army National Guard for year-long athletic success in Virginia High School League sports. The Cup was called the “Wells Fargo Cup” prior to this year.
Lord Botetourt finished 12th among 40 Class 3 schools with 162.5 points. The Cavaliers had 37.5 in the fall, 20 points in the winter and 105 in the spring, paced by a state runner-up softball team and a third place girls soccer team.
James River tied for 32nd in Class 2, scoring all 37.5 points in the winter thanks to a boys basketball team that reached the state semifinal round.
First awarded in 1990, the Cup represents 33 seasons of excellence, with six Cups awarded for academic activities and athletics in each of the VHSL’s six enrollment classifications. A point system determines the winners based on overall performance in VHSL state championship competitions. Points are awarded on the following basis: first place, 50; second place, 45; third place, 40; fourth place, 35; fifth place, 30; sixth place, 25; seventh place, 20; and eighth place, 15. In a tie, the schools receive an equal number of points based on the number of schools that tie and the number of schools that finish higher in the standings. For example, semifinal losers split third and fourth place points (37.5 points each). Schools earning the League’s Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity Award earn 50 points each.
The schools claiming Cups for the first time include Glenvar in Class 2 and Battlefield in Class 3. In Class 1, Auburn won for the fourth straight time and the fifth time in six years, as no Cups were awarded in 2019-20 due to COVID-19. In Class 3 Maggie Walked claimed its seventh Cup overall, after winning six in a row in Class 2 from 2014-19. In Class 4 Western Albemarle won its fourth straight Cup and seventh overall after winning the past three in Class 3, while in Class 5 Deep Run won its fourth Cup since 2017.
This is the first year the Virginia Army National Guard is sponsoring the trophy. The Virginia Army National Guard has been serving the Virginia communities since 1607. To learn more about the Virginia Army National Guard, visit https://nationalguard.com/select-your-state/VA.