Madeira was host to eight different Mercersburg Academy teams for the first inaugural M Cup tournament in September. Teams representing the two schools will face off over the course of 2018–2019 in 10 different sports spread over the fall, winter, and spring athletics seasons. Each win in a varsity competition earns one point, and the school with the most points at the end of the year gains bragging rights and possession of the newly created M Cup trophy.
The M Cup was created this year to recognize an athletic rivalry that dates back to 1976. The first known athletic competition between Mercersburg and Madeira took place in the bicentennial year of 1976, when Mercersburg’s girls’ basketball team defeated Madeira by a 52-49 score. The teams have been frequent rivals from the early 1980s through today.
On September 22, Mercersburg’s Blue Storm competed against Madeira’s Snails in cross country, field hockey, soccer (varsity and junior varsity), tennis (varsity and JV), and volleyball (varsity and JV) teams. Mercersburg collected wins in cross country, field hockey, soccer, and tennis, with Madeira sweeping volleyball. The Blue Storm closed out the inaugural day of competition with a 4-1 advantage heading into the winter season.
This winter, Madeira will travel to Mercersburg to continue the competition in basketball and swimming & diving, with the Blue Storm and Snails going head-to-head this spring in lacrosse, softball, and outdoor track & field.Athletics