O’Neal is proud to announce that it has been officially notified of its earning the Wells Fargo Cup among Division 2A schools for the 2018-2019 school year. The North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association (NCISAA) has ranked O’Neal as having the top athletic program among Division 2A schools in the state.
Each school’s sports teams are given points based on their results throughout the year. The Wells Fargo Cup is then awarded to the athletic department who earns the most points during the school year. The state championships won by varsity girls swimming, varsity boys golf and varsity boys tennis along with state runners up -- varsity girls basketball and varsity girls track and field as well as other state appearances were enough points to earn the Wells Fargo Cup recognition for the first time as a Division 2A school.
“We are incredibly proud of our school!” exclaims Athletic Director James Franklin. “This has been achieved due to our student-athletes and our coaches’ drive, determination and perseverance. We are also fortunate because we receive fantastic support from our administration who value the balance athletics offers in providing a well-rounded education.”
The last time O’Neal won the award was when it competed in Division 1 among an average of 30 schools. In fact, from the 1990-1991 school year through 2000-2001, O’Neal won the then Wachovia Cup seven times. When O’Neal joined Division 2A starting in the 2001-2002 school year, the school has been within sight of the accomplishment with a few second through 4th place finishes along the way.
Previously called The Wachovia Cup before Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., purchased Wachovia Bank, schools have been recognized since 1985 and the award is presented and sponsored by Wells Fargo.