The Wachovia Cup has become the symbol of overall sports excellence among high schools in North Carolina and Cardinal Gibbons has won it again for the 2010-2011 season – the school’s 10th win in the last 11 years.
Gibbons solidified its top spot in the conference and won the Wachovia cup "with a great all around performance," according to information on the North Carolina High School Athletic Association's (NCHSAA) website. During the 2010-11 season Gibbons fielded teams in all 23 NCHSAA-sanctioned sports and activities and it earned Wachovia Cup points – awarded for a top eight finish – in 14 disciplines.
"We are so proud and honored to win this prestigious award for yet another year," Athletic Director Dean Monroe said. " The sustained success of the Cardinal Gibbon's athletic program is truly a testament to the hard work and dedication of our student athletes and coaches and would not be possible without the support of our parents and the entire Gibbons community."
Principal Jason Curtis added: "... the Wachovia Cup recognizes the school’s Athletic Department as a whole, and our success certainly depends on the entire school community and our commitment to a well-rounded, Catholic education.”
The Wachovia Cup award, now in its 32nd year, recognizes high schools with the best overall interscholastic athletic performances within each of the state’s four competitive classifications: 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A. Cardinal Gibbons, a NCHSAA school since the 2005-06 school year, has won the award each of the last six years; two in the 3A classification, following four consecutive 2A wins (2005-09).
That puts Gibbons third among all NCHSAA schools in the number of overall cups won. It follows Hendersonville(1A) with 13 cups and Providence High School (4A) as well as Charlotte Catholic (2A & 3A), each with 8 cups. Gibbons is tied with Andrews High School in High Point and Southwest Guilford High School (both 3A), each with 6 cups.
Gibbons also earned four North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association (NCISAA) Wachovia Cups from 2000-04, making it the only school so far to have multiple cups in both associations.
During the 2010-2011 spring season, Gibbons held on to the top spot in the 3A-standing with what the NCHSAA website described as ”an impressive five different spring sports." They include winning the men's tennis dual team and finishing second in both women's track and field and women's soccer. Gibbons recorded 715 points, ahead of runner-up Charlotte Catholic with 605 points.
Gibbons also had strong fall and winter seasons. It won state championships in women's cross country, men's soccer, volleyball and cheerleading in the fall, along with women's track & field and men's swimming & diving during the winter. In addition, women's tennis finished as the dual-team state runner-up, and the women's lacrosse team reached the state semifinals. The school’s football team advanced to the state quarterfinals, while women's swimming & diving and men's cross country placed fifth and seventh, respectively.
Monroe will accept the 2010-11 NCHSAA 3A Wachovia Cup on behalf of Cardinal Gibbons at a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill football game on September 10. He said the engraved silver cup marking this year's win will be displayed proudly alongside the others in the glass case in the school's athletic corridor.