The Panthers, Mustangs, Eagles and Gaels all won 2019 One Nevada Cup titles awarded by the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association (NIAA).
Pahranagat Valley (Class 1A), The Meadows (2A), Boulder City (3A) and Bishop Gorman (4A) are the NIAA’s One Nevada Cup champions for the 2018-19 school year.
The scoring system awards points to member schools based on their varsity teams’ performances in the classrooms, at the sporting venues and with the Citizenship Through Sports initiative. Each of the three major categories in high school activities –academics, athletics and sportsmanship –are weighted equally, and the boys’ and girls’ programs are combined in the standings table.
Spirit and student council/leadership points were added after the conclusion of the winter season.
Points were deducted at the conclusion of the spring season for ejections and other acts of unsportsmanlike conduct.
The NIAA and One Nevada honors the winning school in each classification by presenting it with a championship banner and commemorative trophy in August.
Paul Parrish is One Nevada President and CEO. Parrish said, “Teamwork, leadership, and integrity are our core values at One Nevada, so celebrating these schools for teaching students sportsmanship and life lessons that will make them successful on and off the playing field is important to us. The winning schools’ student-athletes were committed to doing their best; they worked hard and displayed excellence in all aspects of academics, athletics, and sportsmanship.”
Boulder City made it back-to-back-to-back banner years in the 3A.
The Eagles recorded 3,471 points (third highest 3A total ever) in winning their 10th Cup overall.
Truckee (3,098) finished as 3A runner-up for the third straight year. Moapa Valley (2,518), Spring Creek (2,464), Churchill County (2,387), Virgin Valley (2,324), Lowry (2,308), Pahrump Valley (2,229) and Elko (2,014) rounded out the top nine.
Lowry had strong performances throughout the year, starting with the football team. The Buckaroos made the playoffs for the first time since 2014, which included a win over Elko.
The Lowry girls golf team was fourth at the state tournament, while Tatyana Carlson won the individual state title.
In addition during the fall, the Buckaroos sent four cross country runners to the state championships.
After a two-year absence, the Lowry boys basketball team advanced to the playoffs and were seconds from the state tournament.
The Lowry girls basketball team, under the direction of new coach Melanie Thurmond advanced to the state tournament for the fifth consecutive season.
The Lowry wrestling team finished fifth at the state championships in February in Winnemucca.
During the spring season, the Lowry softball team advanced to the state tournament for a second straight year.
The Lowry boys golf team placed fifth at the state tournament and the swim and track and field teams had athletes in the state championships.
Pahranagat Valley captured its 13th 1A title overall, and their third in the last four years.
The Panthers scored 1,910 points (fourth highest 1A total all-time) and posted top-10 categorical marks all year long. Sage Ridge (1,305), Sierra Lutheran (1,280), Wells (1,190), Mineral County (1,125), Eureka (1,100) and Smith Valley (1,040) rounded out the top seven in the Class 1A.
The Meadows captured its sixth consecutive 2A and 11th title overall.
The Mustangs tallied 2,680 points (fifth-best 2A mark all-time) and set multiple category marks over the course of the year.
North Tahoe (2,452) finished as the runner-up for the fourth consecutive year. Incline (1,799), Yerington (1,793), Battle Mountain (1,505), West Wendover (1,411), Needles (1,358) and Lincoln County (1,205) completed the top eight in the Class 2A.
Yerington’s fourth-place finish was its fourth consecutive top-four placing.
Bishop Gorman captured its second 4A Cup (first championship in 2014) with a grand total of 3,345 points. Palo Verde (3,180) and Bishop Manogue (2,985), both six-time champions, placed second and third, respectively. Centennial (2,835), Galena (2,770), Coronado (2,715), Spanish Springs (2,695), Faith Lutheran (2,440), Reno (2,415) and Spring Valley (2,020) all broke the 2,000-point barrier to garner top-10 showings.
The Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association(501c3) is the non-profit governing body of high school athletics in the Silver State as recognized by the Nevada State Legislature.
The NIAA consists of 118 member schools divided into four classifications (based on enrollment and competitive factors). School administrators established the Association in 1922 in order to develop and enforce high school athletic welfare and safety standards, eligibility and amateurism policies, and ethical conduct and behavior policies that would complement the academic work of students.