Bentonville Finishes Second In MaxPreps Cup Standings

Bentonville has been denied the opportunity to win a third consecutive MaxPreps Cup title this year.

Portland (Ore.) Jesuit ended Bentonville’s run and claimed this year’s claim to the nation’s top athletic program. Jesuit finished with 1,122 points, while Bentonville had 958 points.

The MaxPreps Cup uses state championship performances and national rankings to determine the nation’s top overall high school sports programs, and not all sports are used to determine this rankings. It is determined by ranking all schools that win a state championship or finish second at the state level.

Points are also weighted, rewarding states that have a large number of schools, as well as more points to schools that compete in larger enrollment divisions. Sports are also weighted differently, with football and basketball, among others, receiving more points than sports like golf and tennis.

Bentonville, which was in sixth place after the winter sports was completed, added to its point total and pushed its way up in the standings with state championships in softball, boys soccer and girls soccer and a state runnerup in girls track.

Jesuit, which had a 40-point lead on Bentonville after the winter sports, did one better. The Portland school added four state championships in the spring, winning titles in baseball, softball, boys tennis and girls track. That gave Jesuit nine state championships to Bentonville’s seven.

Two Atlanta schools finished in the top five as Westminister took third with 877 points and Marist was fifth with 824. Bend (Ore.) Summit broke up the two Atlanta schools and finished fourth with 856.

Fayetteville gave Arkansas a second school in the top 25, finishing 20th with 716 points. Fayetteville fell 11 spots from the winter update despite state championship in boys and girls track.

Final MaxPreps Cup 2015-16 Standings
1. Portland (Ore.) Jesuit – 1122
2. Bentonville – 958
3. Atlanta (Ga.) Westminster – 877
4. Bend (Ore.) Summit – 856
5. Atlanta (Ga.) Marist – 824
6. Chattanooga (Tenn.) Baylor – 822
7. Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou – 814
8. Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Valor Christian – 811
9. Bozeman, Mont. – 804
10. Overland Park (Kan.) Aquinas – 784
11. Bismarck (N.D.) Century – 778
12. Hinesburg (Vt.) Champlain Valley Union – 770
13. Roswell (Ga.) Blessed Trinity – 763
14. Clovis (Calif.) Buchanan – 752
15. Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas – 750
16. Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy – 744
17. Jacksonville (Fla.) Bolles – 737
18. Providence (R.I.) La Salle Academy – 732
19. Charleston (S.C.) Bishop England – 722
20. Fayetteville – 716
21. Blacksburg, Va. (Blacksburg, Va.) – 683
22. Edmond (Okla.) North – 675
23. Knoxville (Tenn.) Webb – 655
24. Mobile (Ala.) St. Paul’s Episcopal – 651
25. Shawnee Mission (Kan.) Bishop Miege – 649

Henry Apple

Henry Apple

Henry Apple is a veteran sports reporter for the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. His primary beat is Bentonville and Bentonville West, as well as topics that include state schools and the Arkansas Activities Association. During the spring, he handles high school track in Northwest Arkansas. He is a lifelong Arkansas resident.
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