PERU – In an effort to further recognize the achievements of its student-athletes and member institutions, the Heart of America Athletic Conference is announcing the addition of the Heart Commissioner’s Cup.
The award, which will be presented to one-member institution annually, will serve as a symbol of athletic excellence in conference-sponsored championships.
Schools are required to count point totals for the five sports that all members sponsor (women’s volleyball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, baseball and softball), along with their next three highest point totals from the remaining sports, regardless of gender.
The points system for scoring is as follows. Points are assigned based on conference standing at the conclusion of the regular season. Points for conference sports without regular season standings will be determined by the conference championship meet.
Points will be awarded on a decreasing scale with first place earning 8 points, second place earning 7 points, etc. Three bonus points will be awarded to the conference tournament champion. When two or more teams tie for final placing, the conference post-season seeding will determine the tiebreaker.
Following the 2018 fall athletic season, Benedictine leads the heart Commissioner’s Cup with 27 points after finishing first in women’s soccer, football, and men’s cross country. Baker sits in second place with 25 points, followed by a tie for third place between Central Methodist and Grand View with 24 points each.
Peru State has the five required sports. In addition, during the 2018-19 season, the Bobcats compete in football, women’s cross country, and women’s golf. In the 2019-20 season, competitive cheer will be added to the Peru State sport programs. The Bobcats offer the fewest number of sports in the Heart at this point.
The Bobcats earned its two points its seventh-place overall finish in volleyball during the fall.