|North Hopkins finishes fourth in Seventh Annual Lone Star Cup|
|Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor|
June 24, 2006 - Spurred on by great success in its girls athletic programs, North Hopkins finished in fourth place in Class A standings of the Seventh Annual Lone Star Cup.
The Cup, presented by Texas Dodge Dealers, recognizes the overall athletic and academic accomplishments of all schools who participate in UIL-sanctioned events.
The standings take into account each school's performance in state and area marching band, volleyball, team tennis, boys and girls cross country, football, boys and girls swimming and diving, boys and girls wrestling, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls golf, boys and girls track and field, softball, baseball, one-act play, and district, regional and state academics.
North Hopkins compiled 46 points to finish fourth behind Lindsay with 59 points, Windthorst (56) and Throckmorton (50). Bogata Rivercrest finished fifth with 44 points.
The Panthers and Lady Panthers compiled 42 points in athletics. Four points are given for each district championship and two points for each playoff victory in team sports. In individual sports, points are awarded for state meet finishes: 10 points for first, eight for second, six for third, four for fourth, two for fifth and one for sixth.
The Lady Panthers stockpiled the points by placing second at the state cross country meet (eight points), fourth at the state track meet (four points), reaching the regional semifinals in girls basketball and softball (eight points each) and making the regional quarterfinal round in volleyball (six points).
The boys compiled four points each for winning district in basketball and baseball. The school also received four points for a district academic championship.
In the other classifications, The Woodlands won the 5A crown, Highland Park won the 4A title with 112 points (the most of any school in any classification), Abilene Wylie took the 3A title, and Argyle won the 2A race. Each winning school received a Lone Star Cup trophy and a $1,000 scholarship from the Texas Dodge Dealers.
Other area schools which did well included Liberty-Eylau and Lindale, finishing fourth and fifth respectively in 3A.