Pursuit of the 2014 Minnesota State High School League Challenge Cup is in full swing, and at the conclusion of the fall season the leaders are Dawson-Boyd, Hill-Murray and Edina in their respective classes. Fillmore Central is in the running following its success at the volleyball state tournament.

Created in 2003, the Challenge Cup is a statewide, yearlong competition among Minnesota high schools. Schools earn points throughout the year for their success in post-season fine arts and athletic tournaments. The school earning the most points at the end of the year in each classification - Class A, Class AA and Class AAA - receives the traveling Challenge Cup.

The award is sponsored by Wells Fargo, the Minnesota State High School League's premier corporate partner.

Dawson-Boyd, winner of a 2012 Challenge Cup, is leading the Class A small school competition with 75 points. The Blackjacks participated in two state tournaments this past fall, finishing second in both football and girls' cross-country running.

Close behind Dawson-Boyd in the Class A competition are Minneota (68.33 points), Grand Meadow (60 points), Mahnomen (60 points) and Fillmore Central (50 points).

In Class AA, Hill-Murray of Maplewood leads Class AA and Edina leads in Class AAA schools.

"The Challenge Cup is an excellent way to measure the overall efforts of schools involved in League-sponsored fine arts and athletic programs," said Dave Kvamme, lead region president for Wells Fargo's Minnesota Great Lakes Region. "The competition is always close each year and we expect it to go down to the wire again this year."

The Challenge Cup standings will change again in early spring after the winter tournaments are completed. The leader board, which is posted on the League's website, will be updated in late April. The League and Wells Fargo will crown the 11th set of Challenge Cup champions in late June following the spring tournaments.

For a complete listing of the Challenge Cup standings thus far, visit the League website at MSHSL.org and click the Recognition tab.