Western Albemarle wins Class 3 Wells Fargo Cup with record-setting total

Photo by Bart Isley

Since 1990, the Virginia High School League has given out an All-Sports Cup, now called the Wells Fargo Cup. In nearly 30 years, no team has accumulated as many points as Western Albemarle did this school year.


The Warriors scored 777.5 points as an athletic department through placing individual teams in the top eight in the state. It’s the most points scored in the VHSL’s history of the cup, well out-pacing Blacksburg’s 677.5 points that was the previous record set back in 2016-2017. For context, all of the top 11 totals have been put together since 2013-2014, the year the VHSL moved to a six-class system across the board in sports. That increased the number of potential state titles. Western has won the state-wide cup five times, including in 2018. They also won in 2008, 2005 and 2004. All five champions this year were repeat title-winners from 2018 with Cosby (Class 6), Deep Run (Class 5), Blacksburg (Class 4), Maggie Walker (Class 2) and Auburn (Class 1) joining Western in the feat.


Western racked up eight state championships this year for 50 points apiece with boys cross country, boys and girls swimming, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls tennis and girls indoor track winning state championships. They also piled up points for state runner-up finishes in boys indoor track, boys outdoor track, girls cross country and girls lacrosse.


Boys lacrosse earned 37.5 points for a state final four berth, girls outdoor track finished third in the state meet for 40 points and girls basketball and field hockey each scored 22.5 points with state quarterfinal appearances. Golf finished sixth in the state to earn 25 points. The Warriors also earned the 50 points from the sportsmanship award.


Other notable finishes for local schools included Albemarle taking eighth in Class 5 thanks to a state title from girls soccer as well as points from boys and girls tennis, girls outdoor track, boys lacrosse, boys and girls cross country, girls swimming and golf. Goochland took eighth in Class 2, Charlottesville finished 19th in Class 4, Monticello finished 16th in Class 3, Fluvanna was 20th in Class 3 and William Monroe was 21st in Class 3.