It's supposed to get more difficult athletically when you move up to a higher state classificaton, isn't it? That was probably true for Lafayette High this school year, but that didn't keep the Rams from adding a state Group 4A all-sports trophy to the one they won in 3A a year ago.
Lafayette tied with Hanover with 300 total points to share the Virginia High School League's Wells Fargo Cup, signifying all-around sports excellence for the 2015-16 school year. That makes Lafayette, which won the Wells Fargo Cup in 3A a year ago, the first Bay Rivers District school to win in it consecutive years since Tabb in 1991 and '92.
Unlike a year ago, when the Rams won state championships in baseball, boys indoor track and girls outdoor track, they did not win a state title. But Lafayette's ability to finish in the top eight in the state in many 4A sports - culminating in the boys soccer team's state semifinal appearance - sparked the repeat.
"This is a testament to the athletic department Dan Barner built over 19 years," Lafayette's incoming athletic director, Andy Linn, said of outgoing AD Barner. "We moved up to a higher classification, where people said we couldn't win, and won the trophy again.
"Along with Dan, this is a testament to our coaches, administration and, especially, the kids."
Two other Bay Rivers District schools made the top five of their classifications. Tabb, which won the state field hockey title, finished third in 3A, while Bruton, which reached the boys soccer state championship game, was fifth in 2A.
Mathews, which put its softball team in the state final recently, was third in 1A.