Lafayette Wins First VHSL All-Sports Championship, Honored for Sportsmanship

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Lafayette coach Rick Schenk poses with his team after winning the state championship. (file photo)
The Lafayette baseball team won its first state championship and helped vault the Rams to its first VHSL All-Sports Championship. (File Photo)

Lafayette capped off the spring by claiming a baseball championship for the first time in school history.

On Tuesday, the Rams claimed another honor for the first time – one that reflects the overall success of the school’s athletic department this year.

Lafayette and Grafton were two of 29 schools to earn the 2015 Claudia Dodson VHSL Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity (SEI) Award, which recognizes schools that have “established policies and procedures that make sportsmanship a priority.”

The recognition is the fifth in Lafayette’s history and the sixth for Grafton, but this year’s award carried a bit more weight than normal for the Rams.

After the conclusion of the postseason, Lafayette trailed Western Albemarle by 47.5 points in the Group 3A Wells Fargo Cup standings, which recognizes the best all-around athletics programs in the state.

Teams earn points in the Wells Fargo Cup by placing within the top eight during state competition. Winning a state championship earns a school 50 points, while finishing eighth in the state earns a school 15 points. Schools can also earn 50 points by earning the VHSL SEI Award.

The 50 points were from the SEI Award proved enough to vault Lafayette to the top of the Wells Fargo Cup Group 3A standings, giving the Rams a 2.5 point edge over Western Albemarle, which did not receive the award, to take home the VHSL All-Sports Championship for the first time.

“The Wells Fargo Cup for the best athletic program in the state of Virginia is quite an award in itself,” Lafayette Athletic Director Dan Barner said. “However, since we won it because of our sportsmanship, the award is so much better.”

Lafayette becomes the first Historic Triangle program to win the VHSL All-Sports Championship since Jamestown won the Group AA award in 2001. Lafayette’s final point total for the year of 527.5 marks the second highest point total in VHSL history.

“To win the Wells Fargo Athletic Championship because of great Sportsmanship is an extreme honor for our kids and coaches,” Barner said. “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.”

Click here to see the full Group 2A standings of the Wells Fargo Cup, here for the Group 3A standings and here for the Group 4A standings.