Since 2011, the Surry County School district annually awards an athletic excellence cup to one of the three traditional high schools. On Friday, May 29, North Surry High School received the 2017 Crown Athletic Excellence Cup.
The criterion for awarding the Cup is modeled after the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s Wells Fargo Cup competition. In the Wells Fargo Cup competition, points are awarded for varsity sports that finish in the top eight positions plus “ties” in a North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) state championship event. Points are awarded for all sports, 50 points for first, 45 for second, 40 for third, and so on in state playoff competition. 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. Following these criteria, the Surry County Athletic Improvement Committee, in cooperation with NCHSAA officials, calculated points for this year’s recipient.
North Surry earned 90 points when both its boys’ and girls’ basketball teams reached the 2A state championship game in March. The Greyhounds also reached the quarterfinals of the state volleyball playoffs, thereby tying three other schools for fifth place in that sport.
Mr. Sam Holder, one of the partners of a local real estate development business called The Crown Companies LLC, made the presentation to North Surry on Friday. At the NSHS awards assembly, Holder commented, “On behalf of our company, I congratulate each and every athlete, coach, and school for excellence in athletic performance and competition while exhibiting superior sportsmanship. We are proud to present the Crown Cup and a $1000 check to the school that has the best overall interscholastic sports program.” Principal Paige Badgett, NSHS Athletic Director Shane Slate, and Dr. Travis Reeves, Superintendent and SCS Athletic Director, Tom Hemmings were present to accept the award.
Dr. Travis L. Reeves, superintendent, stated, “I want to thank The Crown Companies LLC for sponsoring the SCS Athletic Excellence Cup this year. We look forward to developing a lasting partnership for the Cup.”