For the second year in a row, Midlothian High School won the top spot in Group 4A competition of the Virginia High School League. Each year, the Wells Fargo Cup goes to the school in each group classification that achieves the best overall record in state-level competition in 27 sports — the state champions’ state champion.
The winner of the Wells Fargo Cup is determined by a point system based on performance in state championship events. Points are awarded for sanctioned sports in this manner: 50 points for first place, 45 for second place, 40 for third place, 35 for fourth place, 30 for fifth place, 25 for sixth place, 20 for seventh place and 15 for eighth place.
Midlothian High earned 450 points for the 2014-15 school year. Teams that contributed to that points total were girls cross-country, boys cross-country, boys volleyball, girls basketball, boys indoor track, girls indoor track, boys lacrosse, girls track, girls soccer, boys tennis and girls tennis.
Ted Salmon, director of student activities at Cosby High, is one of seven people to be inducted into the Virginia High School Hall of Fame this fall. Sponsored jointly by the Virginia High School League and the Virginia High School Coaches Association, the Hall of Fame preserves the rich heritage of outstanding achievements by students and adults in sports and activities within Virginia’s public high schools. Here is Ted Salmon’s Hall of Fame biography:
Ted Salmon’s contributions as a high school athlete, coach, teacher and athletic administrator are unsurpassed during a lifetime committed to the Virginia High School League. He begins his 42nd year serving with distinction as athletic director and director of student activities. In addition to his induction to the Virginia High School Hall of Fame, Salmon will be honored with the Virginia High School League’s Torch of Honor this fall — the VHSL’s highest honor.
Entering his 42nd year as athletic director/director of student activities, Salmon has been at Cosby High School since 2006 and served in that same position at Clover Hill from 1974 to 2006. He has directed more than 200 district, conference, regional and state events, including 20 regional basketball tournaments and the past nine VHSL state basketball championships at the Siegel Center. His numerous awards and honors include athletic administrator of the year at the district and region level; VIAAA state athletic administrator of the year in 2005; VHSL Regional Award of Merit in 1999 and the NIAAA State Award of Merit in 2013. He has also served on the VIAAA Board of Directors in various leadership roles since 1976, in addition to serving as chairman on numerous VHSL district and conference committees.
Salmon served as Clover Hill’s football coach for 26 years (1975-2000) winning 151 games and five district championships. He was named district coach of the year and the Richmond Touchdown Club Coach of the Year four times. He was inducted into the Clover Hill Hall of Fame in 2005 and the stadium at Clover Hill is named Ted Salmon Stadium. He began his teaching/coaching career at Craddock High School in Portsmouth in 1972-73 before moving to Clover Hill in 1973-74.
A Richmond native, Salmon graduated from Meadowbrook High School in 1968 where he captained both the football and basketball teams and was selected the school’s athlete of the year as a senior. He was inducted into the Meadowbrook Wall of Fame in 2006. He attended East Carolina University on a football scholarship and was a three-year letterman and two-year starter for the Pirates. Salmon graduated in 1972 with a degree in history and political science. He resides in Chesterfield.