Announcements and Important Events
WACHOVIA CUP FOR ATHLETICS WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Frank W. Cox, Blacksburg and George Mason win Wachovia Cup for Athletics
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA —Frank W. Cox, Blacksburg and George Mason claim the top spots in VHSL
athletic competition for the 2008-09 school year, winning the coveted Wachovia Cup for Groups AAA, AA
and A. In Group AAA, Cox captured its fourth consecutive title, while in Group AA Blacksburg returned to
the top spot, while in Group A George Mason claimed its second crown.
The Wachovia Cup goes to the school in each group classification that has achieved the best overall
record in VHSL state-level competition in 27 sports – the state champions’ state champion.
In Group AAA, Frank W. Cox now has 11 Cups and five of the past six. Cox was the first Cup winner
in 1990 and earned subsequent Cups in 1993, 1996-97, 1999, 2000, 2004 and 2006-09. Blacksburg
claimed its second Group AA title in three years and its sixth overall. In Group A, George Mason won for
the first time since 1996.
Cups are presented for athletic and academic activities to the top school in each of the League’s
enrollment groups. Chantilly (AAA), Charlottesville (AA) and Madison County (A) were announced earlier
as 2008 winners for academic activities.
The winner of the Wachovia Cup is determined by a point system based on performance in state
championship events. Points are awarded for all sanctioned sports in the following manner.
First place 50 Fifth place 30
Second place 45 Sixth place 25
Third place 40 Seventh place 20
Fourth place 35 Eighth place 15
In the event of a tie, the schools received an equal number of points based on the number of schools
that tie and the number schools that finish higher in the standings. For example, the baseball quarterfinal losers equally divide total points for fifth through eighth place (22.5 points each) while semifinal losers split third and fourth place (37.5 points each).
Schools earning the League’s Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity Award earn 50 points each.
Cox athletes scored a total of 360 points with Deep Run finishing in the runner-up spot with 300
points. The Falcons won VHSL championships in field hockey and boys soccer and reached the state
semifinals in boys volleyball, girls soccer, boys and girls tennis and baseball, while picking up points in
golf, girls volleyball and wrestling. Deep Run won a VHSL championship in boys volleyball; were runnersup in girls track and boys tennis; and also placed in baseball, girls tennis, girls cross country, golf, girls indoor track and gymnastics. James Robinson, champions in girls and boys swim/dive, scored 297.5 points to finish third. Albemarle finished fourth with 285 points, while Chantilly and Western Branch tied for fifth with 270 points to round out the top five.
Blacksburg regained the Group AA Cup by edging out runner-up Jamestown, 385-377.5, to claim its
second Cup in two seasons. The Bruins were VHSL champions in girls cross country, golf, girls indoor
track, girls outdoor track and boys soccer; finished second in boys cross country; and also earned points in boys indoor track, wrestling and boys outdoor track. Runner-up Jamestown was the champion in boys cross country; finished second in boys swim/dive, boys indoor track; and picked up points in golf, girls volleyball, boys outdoor track, boys soccer, girls soccer, boys and girls tennis. Rounding out the top five are Western Albemarle (362.5), Hidden Valley (342.5) and Broad Run (307.5).
In Group A, George Mason (360) edged out defending Cup champion Radford (330) to claim its
second overall title. The Mustangs won VHSL championships in girls cross country, girls basketball, boys and girls soccer; were runners-up in boys tennis; and also picked up points in boys cross country, boys tennis, girls track and sportsmanship. Second place finisher Radford won a championship in boys basketball with runner-up finishes in boys cross country, girls and boys soccer, and additional points in girls cross country, girls and boys tennis and boys outdoor track. Gate City (235), James River-Buhanan (210) and Clarke County (205) closed out the top five.
“We congratulate all the schools who competed in this year’s VHSL championship events,” said Ken
Tilley, VHSL executive director. “We especially congratulate the best of the best, Frank W. Cox,
Blacksburg and George Mason, and we thank Wachovia for supporting this important recognition.”
The Wachovia Cup winners will be recognized during VHSL Day at a University of Virginia football
game in the fall.