Unbeknownst to everyone, more than a conference championship, playoff seeding and bragging rights were at stake when Whiteville traveled to South Columbus for junior varsity and varsity, softball and baseball games, April 28. The outcome of the 2016-17 Columbus Cup competition most likely would be determined by the results.
Whiteville edged South Columbus, 257 to 251, to earn its fourth consecutive Columbus Cup championship. The Wolfpack trailed the Stallions heading into play April 28.
South Columbus held a six-point lead. A walk-off win in JV Baseball increased the margin to eight points. However, Whiteville wins in JV Softball, Varsity Softball and Baseball pulled the Wolfpack into a tie at the end of the evening. A couple of different results could have given South an insurmountable lead.
The Wolfpack took a three-point Cup lead with a victory over West Columbus in a make up Varsity Softball game. South Columbus and Whiteville both earned three points with Girls Soccer wins over East Columbus and West Columbus respectively May 2. Whiteville clinched the Cup with a Girls Soccer victory over South Columbus May 3.
East Columbus finished third overall in the Columbus Cup standings. Whiteville finished first in both the varsity girls and boys divisions, followed by South Columbus. East Columbus topped the junior varsity boys followed by West Columbus. South Columbus was tops in the JV girls category followed by East Columbus. Ten points separated first from fourth in both junior varsity categories.
More information on the Columbus Cup is available at columbuscup.net.