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The early returns are in. And while Broomfield clearly is in the running to recapture a Cup the Eagles had claimed as their own until the 2012-13 school year, Broomfield still will face a challenge recapturing the trophy from its cross-town rivals at Holy Family.

Having finally completed the number-crunching from the fall sports slate, defending champion Holy Family has taken an early lead for the Cup. The award (formerly known as the Camera Cup) is presented annually to the athletic program that demonstrates the greatest level of all-around excellence throughout the school year. Broomfield had won the trophy the first six years after its inception before Holy Family prevailed during the 2012-13 school year.

Each school is awarded a point total based on the level of its postseason success in each sport, and then an average is derived by dividing that total by the number of varsity programs the school fields. A few reminders about the scoring system:

— Points are awarded based on postseason numbers only. That means, for instance, Mead’s impressive 7-2 football season received the same point total (zero) as football teams with losing records.

— The postseason point totals are derived from team totals only. So while Erin McLaughlin’s runner-up finish at the Class 5A cross country was inarguably impressive, Boulder’s lack of team points at the finals kept the Panthers’ girls cross country program from scoring in the Cup race.

— If a school does not field a particular team (say, Peak to Peak in football, or Erie in boys soccer) that does not factor into a school’s average.

And, don’t forget, these merely are the results through the fall season. Holy Family is the leader after the first third of the year, and while second-place Lyons surely will fare well in track and field, the Lions may be hard-pressed to remain among the front-running pack of Holy Family, Broomfield, Fairview and Silver Creek as the school year nears the halfway point.

The Cup standings through the fall sports slate:

1. Holy Family 59.3

2. Lyons 56.2

3. Broomfield 51.8

4. Fairview 49.9

5. Silver Creek 47.5

6. Peak to Peak 41.3

7. Monarch 39.1

8. Niwot 37.2

9. Boulder 30.9

10. Legacy 26.3

11. Dawson School 24.5

12. Erie 20.6

13. Shining Mountain 15.3

14. Nederland 14.6

15. Longmont 12.6

16. Frederick 10.7

17. Centaurus 10.3

18. Mead 10.0

19. Skyline 3.1

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