Hi Lafayette Rams,
We received some very exciting news today, June 30 about our Lafayette Rams and wish to share it with everyone associated with Rams Athletics. After finishing second or third a number of times over the years in the race for the VHSL All-Sports Championship (the Wells Fargo Cup for Athletics), our Rams finally won the Championship this year, for the first time in school history. The competition was tight and we edged out Western Albemarle out of Charlottesville by only 2.5 points. Even though it was close, the way we won the AAA Championship this year is the most exciting part of the story.
Western Albemarle has sports, such as both boys and girls lacrosse, which we do not. Both of their lacrosse teams finished the year as VHSL State Runner-Ups, therefore giving them 90 points towards the Wells Fargo Cup championship. As a result, we knew that we had a great year, but spotting them 90 points would just be too much to make up. After all the sports were completed for the year, Western Albemarle had a 47.5 point advantage over our Rams. However, one other very important factor needed to be tallied by the VHSL for final point totals for all schools. The factor was the VHSL’s most prestigious award, the Sportsmanship-Ethics and Integrity Award, which is worth 50 points. Because of the outstanding sportsmanship exhibited throughout the year by our athletes we won this year’s Sportsmanship Award (this was the third year in a row) but Western Albemarle did not and those 50 points awarded to our Rams pushed us over the top.
We cannot express how proud we are about winning both awards and of our Rams for the character they demonstrated on and off the field all year. The Wells Fargo Cup for the best athletic program in the state of Virginia is quite an award in itself; however, since we won it because of our sportsmanship, the award is so much better. Our history with the VHSL’s Wells Cup has always been exemplary and this year our Rams accumulated a total of 527.5 points, which is the second highest point total in the history of the VHSL. Lafayette now owns two of the top six yearly scores ever recorded by the VHSL.
To make this story even more exciting is the fact that in the long history of the VHSL, Lafayette is one of only four high schools in the entire state (which includes – Blacksburg, Radford, and Woodbridge) to win the Wells Fargo Cup in both VHSL Academic-Activities and Athletics. As you may recall, last year our Rams won the VHSL Academic-Activities State Championship and this year our Rams Academic-Activities teams finished third. We will fill you in on all the details in the next couple of week when we send out our annual Academic-Activities and Athletic newsletters.
This is a great day for Lafayette High School and we hope that you will share the excitement with our Rams. To win the Wells Fargo Athletic Championship because of great Sportsmanship is an extreme honor for our kids and coaches. Add in all the community service projects performed by all of our teams and the tutoring program of athletes helping athletes one will realize that all of this is the epitome of what we strive for in all of our athletic programs here at Lafayette. The dream cannot be any better !!!!!!
Anita Swinton â The Rams Very Proud Principal
Dan Barner – The Rams Very Proud Athletic Director