Bruins, Demons lead Wells Fargo Cup fall standings

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Two sports seasons still remain, but athletic programs at Fike High and Beddingfield have assumed the early lead in the Wells Fargo Conference Cup competitions for 2018-19 in the 3-A Big East Conference and 2-A Eastern Plains Conference, respectively. Fike, the defending Big East champion, utilized the strength of an unbeaten conference season in boys soccer, as well as runner-up showings in girls tennis and boys cross-country. That allowed the Golden Demons to exert a slim 64.5-62 lead over Southern Nash, again Big East champions in football. Southern also tacked on a runner-up finish in girls golf from the Ladybirds.

Hunt, in third place at 59.5, was runner-up in volleyball and captured the Big East girls golf championship. Franklinton (58), Rocky Mount (57) and Northern Nash (56) rounded out the field.

A resurgent Beddingfield program ended the fall with a girls tennis championship and runner-up performances in football and boys soccer to outpace second-place North Johnston, 23-20.5. The Panthers moved a half-point ahead of third-place Farmville Central on the basis of two fall championships in boys soccer and girls cross-country. North Pitt was fourth with 16.5 points as SouthWest Edgecombe (16) and Nash Central (13) followed. In other leagues with area teams, Washington paces the 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference with 250 points as Greene Central sits in sixth at 157.5. The split 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference has D.H. Conley leading the way with 41.5 points, while Charles B. Aycock is fifth at 24.5. The Golden Falcons are the top team in the league among its Wayne County rivals, outpacing Eastern Wayne (11.5) and Southern Wayne (9).

Each conference has the autonomy to determine its own method of awarding points.