Top TAPPS Schools Continue Henderson Cup Dynasties

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When school years begin, TAPPS schools chase the Henderson Cup. The title for most extracurricular success is on the line when they battle in athletics and fine arts. Check out the top producers from the 2018-2019 academic year.

We start with 6A's Tomball Concordia Lutheran, which scored 56 athletic points, 46 fine art points and 102 total points to earn its third Henderson Cup since the 2010-2011 school year. It hung on for this year's title because Argyle Liberty Christian School produced the same amount of athletic points in its 99-point year. Rounding out the classification's top three was Dallas Bishop Lynch, which recorded 76 of its 85 points in athletics.

In 5A, San Antonio Christian School grabbed its second straight Henderson Cup by scoring 98 of its 102 total points in sports competition. It was followed by Regents School of Austin and Tyler Grace Community School, which tied for second with 72 points. Regents set up that mark with its 48-point athletic year and Grace did the same with its 40-point fine art campaign.

Geneva School of Boerne won its ninth Henderson Cup since the 2009-2010 academic year by leading all TAPPS schools with 112 total points. Its 4A success included 68 athletic points and 44 fine art points. The Woodlands Christian Academy followed with 79 of its 84 points in athletics, and Arlington Grace Preparatory Academywrapped up the classification's top three with 46 of its 73 points from the same category.

In 3A, Dallas The Covenant School used a 71-point athletic surge to set up 82 total points and its fifth Henderson Cup since the 2006-2007 campaign. Lake Country Christian School finished second with 47 of its 65 points coming in sports and Round Rock Christian Academy rounded out the top three with 40 of its 52 points coming in fine arts.


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