Bentonville has made its move toward becoming the first school to win the MaxPreps Cup — which is awarded to the nation’s best high school athletic program — for a second consecutive year.
Bentonville, which was in a tie for second place through the fall sports season, now has 818 points after the winter sports have been tabulated. Carmel, Ind., the school that was tied with Bentonville, is in second place with 764 points, just six points ahead of fall sports leader Cardinal Gibbons of Raleigh, N.C.
Rounding out the top 10 schools are Hindsdale (Ill.) Central (630), Jacksonville (Fla.) Bolles (594), Knoxville (Tenn.) Webb (576), Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas (566), Madison (Miss.) Central (544), Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage (542) and Washington Township (N.J.) Immaculate Heart Academy (522).
The MaxPreps Cup standings are tabulated by ranking all schools that win a state championship or finish second at the state (or section level if there is no state competition) finals. Not all sports are recognized in these standings.
Points are also weighted, giving more points to states that have a high number of schools as well as more points to schools that compete in larger enrollment divisions. Sports are also weighted differently, where those sports with higher participation — such as football and basketball — receive more points than sports like golf and tennis.
Bentonville, which had 580 points through the fall sports campaign, added to its point total with state championships in boys and girls swimming and a state runnerup finish in boys basketball. That point total will rise through the spring sports as Bentonville has already won a state girls track title and was the state runnerup in boys track, and it could climb higher if Bentonville is successful in baseball, softball and/or boys and girls soccer.