Bentonville High School was a runaway winner of the 2013-14 CBS MaxPreps Cup, which recognizes the nation’s best overall high school sports program.
Bentonville finished the final MaxPreps Cup standings with 1,120 points, while Atlanta (Ga.) St. Pius X Catholic was a distant second with 985. Rounding out the top five were Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou with 980, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas with 967 and Atlanta (Ga.) Marist with 918.
The MaxPreps Cup rankings are compiled by giving schools points for winning a state championship or earning a state runnerup finish in a number of sports. Not all sports contested at the state level are included in the MaxPreps Cup standings.
Points were also awarded for national rankings, as well as size of classification, the size of the state and the type of sport. For example, a football championship earned more points than a tennis championship.
MaxPreps noted Bentonville’s strong spring finish, in which the school won state titles in boys and girls track and boys and girls soccer, as well as its state runnerup finish in softball. Bentonville also won state championships in football, boys tennis, boys swimming and girls swimming, as well as finished second in the state in volleyball, wrestling and girls tennis.
St. Pius X Catholic matched Bentonville with eight state championships, while Punahou brought home a national-high 11 state titles.
Bentonville was the only Arkansas school to finish in the top 25 in the MaxPreps Cup standings. Schools in close proximity of Bentonville that finished in the top 25 included Edmond (Okla.) Deer Creek (eighth place, 804 points) and Columbia (Mo.) Rock Bridge (11th, 743).