A year after introducing the Mayor’s Trophy — given to the winner of the football game between the two schools — something that was done between Sparks and Reed before the Railroaders dropped down to the 3A, the Mayor’s Cup takes the Rail City rivalry to a whole new level.
Every team from the freshman level to varsity will earn points toward the Mayor’s Cup for either school. A bonus point will be awarded to the school that sweeps a season series in sports that meet head-to-head more than once in a season. Varsity winners earns three points. JV winners earn two and freshman winners earn one point.
Sports like cross country, skiing, rifle, swimming and track and field base their points totals on performances at the regional championships. A Top 5 finish equals three points, while Top 10 and Top 15 finishes equate to two points and one point respectively.
Tiebreakers will be used in sports that have two regular-season meetings between the two schools in case there is a split.
If the Raiders and Cougars meet in the postseason, the winner will earn an extra five points. If they meet for the regional title, that winner gets seven points. However, if the schools face off in the state championship game, the winner won’t just be the best team in the state but it will also earn that school 10 points toward the Mayor’s Cup.
Reed athletic director Ron Coombs created the Mayor’s Cup after seeing the NCAA honor the top male and female Div. I athletic programs with the Capital One Cup, which awards points to national champions in 13 sports and the top 10 teams in each sport.
Creating the Mayor’s Cup and the points system wasn’t easy for Coombs, but he feels it will be worth it if it adds interest to sports that might not usually spark a lot of excitement. The rivalry between the two schools couldn’t have been more apparent from last week’s volleyball match when Reed sold out its gym when it hosted the Purple and White.
“If we can increase attendance in sports like that, and also create a good rivalry for all of our kids, I think it’s important to do that,” Coombs said. “Art (Anderson) over at Spanish Springs has been awesome. He’s been on board from the very beginning. Obviously, without them, it’s not something we could do.
“We’re excited. It’s something new and we hope it catches on. It’s something unique to Reed and Spanish Springs because we’re the only 4A schools in Sparks. We compete already, but hopefully this will add to that competitive spirit between the two schools. I think it will help with the mutual respect we all have for each others programs.”
When Coombs brought up the idea last school year at a meeting to Anderson, the SSHS athletic director was all for it. Anderson is excited to see how it will turn out in the first year and hopes students and parents will buy into the increased rivalry.
“I don’t know if there is a bigger rivalry than Spanish Springs and Reed in Northern Nevada, maybe Spring Creek and Elko,” Anderson said. “The major sports like football, basketball and baseball are already a big rivalry. The Mayor’s Cup might increase the rivalry in the other sports once word gets out that we’re doing this. At least it will give one school a little more bragging rights.”
Both athletic directors will tally points totals following each sports season and post the scores. The school with the most points at the end of the sports year will be awarded the Mayor’s Cup for display for the upcoming sports year.
Coombs and Anderson both hope the Mayor’s Cup will come down to the final meeting during the spring sports season to add even more excitement to the rivalry.
“Ideally, I think that would be a really cool thing,” Coombs said. “Right now its neck and neck. I think they’re ahead of us by a couple points with three or four meetings left in the fall season. I think if it came down to baseball or softball or even how we fare at regionals in track or swimming, and we can get good crowds to come out for those sports because they’re traditionally not attended as well, I think that would be a huge win for our athletes.”