Three Arkansas schools have made their way into the top 10 in the MaxPreps Cup standings upon completion of the winter sports.
Fayetteville, which was in in 10th place after all fall sports were completed, climbed eight sports to the No. 2 spot with 640 points — just 32 points behind leader Bozeman, Mont., which moved up from No. 3. The climb came from girls basketball, where Fayetteville won the Class 7A state championship and finished No. 10 in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 poll. It’s the fourth state title this season for Fayetteville, which also has three state runnerup finishes.
Jonesboro isn’t too far far behind as it also moved up two spots to No. 6 in the standings with 580 points. Jonesboro went undefeated in boys basketball en route to capturing the Class 6A state title — the school’s fourth state title this season — and finished No. 6 in the final MaxPreps Xcellent 25 poll.
Bentonville, which wasn’t in the top 25 rankings after the fall sports update, vaulted into 10th place after the winter sports with 500 points. Bentonville earned state Class 7A state titles in wrestling, boys swimming and girls swimming — giving that school five state titles and one runnerup finish.
The MaxPreps Cup rankings are determined by schools that win state championships or finishes as the runnerup in a number of sports. Points are weighted, so that states with a larger number of schools earn more points, and sports like football and basketball receive more points than sports such as golf or tennis. Schools that also compete in a higher classification receive more points than those in lower classifications.
Teams that also finish in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 national poll in football and basketball also receive points for that achievement. The MaxPreps soccer computer rankings, the DyeStat national cross country rankings, and the Intermat national wrestling rankings are also used.
Here are the top 25 schools in the MaxPreps Cup standings through the winter sports, with their respective point totals. Numbers in parentheses are how the respective schools were ranked after fall sports were completed:
1. (3) Bozeman, Mont. – 672
2. (10) Fayetteville – 640
T-3. (2) Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas – 634
T-3. (7) Bismarck (N.D.) Century – 634
5. (NR) Buford, Ga. – 625
6. (8) Jonesboro – 580
7. (1) Cary (N.C.) Green Hope – 520
8. (5) Flemington (N.J.) Hunterdon Central – 510
9. (6) Carmel, Ind. – 502
10. (NR) Bentonville – 500
11. (NR) Afton (Wyo.) Star Valley – 469
12. (NR) Shawnee Mission (Kan.) Bishop Miege – 455
13. (4) Blacksburg, Va. – 449
14. (NR) Oxford, Miss. – 441
T-15. (NR) Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou – 432
T-15. (NR) Sugar-Salem, Idaho. – 432
17. (T23) Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy – 430
18. (T23) Providence (R.I.) La Salle Academy – 422
T-19. (20) Chareston (S.C.) Bishop England – 421
T-19. (NR) Honolulu (Hawaii) ‘Iolani – 421
21. (12) Chapel Hill, N.C. – 415
22. (NR) Hoover, Ala. – 412
T-23. (19) Camas, Wash. – 408
T-23. (21) Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman – 408
T-25. (15) Phoenix (Ariz.) Desert Vista – 404
T-25. (NR) Warminister (Pa.) Archbishop Wood – 404