NCHSAA releases draft realignment, major changes possible
Posted November 30, 2011
The N.C. High School Athletic Association has released the draft version for the upcoming realignment.
Realignment is a process that happens every four years in North Carolina where schools are put into classifications based on the number of students at the school, and based on those classifications the NCHSAA creates new conferences.
As is usually the case, the 2013 realignment could create major changes, including the division of area conferences.
Southern Durham,Smithfield-Selma, East Chapel Hill and Lee County will drop from 4-A to 3-A in the next realignment, creating a major shuffle in area 4-A conferences. As a result, the PAC 6, Tri-9, Cap 8 and Greater Neuse River Conferences will all be split apart.
Here are the new Triangle and Sandhills 4-A Conferences based on the draft plan:
Conference 8: Green Hope, Hillside, Jordan, Northern Durham, Panther Creek, Person, Riverside
Conference 9: Heritage, Leesville Road, Millbrook, Rolesville, Sanderson, Wake Forest-Rolesville, Wakefield
Conference 10: Broughton, East Wake, Enloe, Garner, Knightdale, Southeast Raleigh
Conference 11: Clayton, D.H. Conley, New Bern, J.H. Rose, South Central, West Johnston
Conference 12: Apex, Athens Drive, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Harnett Central, Holly Springs, Middle Creek
Conference 13: Cape Fear, Douglas Byrd, Overhills, Pine Forest, E.E. Smith, South View
Conference 14: Hoke County, Jack Britt, Pinecrest, Richmond County, Scotland County, Seventy-First
Conference 15: Ashely, Hoggard, Laney, Lumberton, New Hanover, Purnell Swett
There are also major changes at the 3-A level for area conferences:
Conference 10: Cedar Ridge, Chapel Hill, East Chapel Hill, Eastern Alamance, J.F. Webb, Northern Vance, Orange, Southern Durham
Conference 11: Cardinal Gibbons, Lee County, Northwood, Southern Lee, Union Pines, Western Harnett
Conference 12: Corinth-Holders, Fike, Hunt, Nash Central, Northern Nash, Rocky Mount, Southern Nash
Conference 13: C.B. Aycock, Eastern Wayne, Smithfield-Selma, South Johnston, Southern Wayne, Triton
Conference 14: Gray's Creek, South Brunswick, Terry Sanford, Topsail, West Brunswick, Westover
Here are the new area 2-A conferences:
Conference 8: Carrboro, Cummings, Eastern Randolph, Graham, Jordan-Matthews, Providence Grove, Randleman
Conference 9: Bunn, Durham School of Arts, Franklinton, NC Science & Math, Roanoke Rapids, South Granville, Southern Vance, Warren County
Conference 11: Beddingfield, Cleveland, Farmville Central, North Johnston, North Pitt, SouthWest Edgecombe, Washington
Conference 12: Ayden-Grifton, Goldsboro, Greene Central, Kinston, Midway, North Lenoir, South Lenoir
Conference 13: East Bladen, Fairmont, North Brunswick, Red Springs, South Columbus, St. Pauls, West Bladen
Conference 14: Clinton, Croatan, Dixon, East Duplin, Northside-Jax, Southwest Onslow
Finally, here are the 1-A conferences:
Conference 6: Chatham Central, East Montgomery, North Moore, River Mill Academy, South Davidson, West Montgomery
Conference 7: East Wake Academy, Franklin Academy, Kestrel Heights, Raleigh Charter, Voyager Academy, Woods Charter
Conference 8: Granville Central, KIPP Pride, Louisburg, Northampton-West, Northwest Halifax, Roxboro Community, Weldon
Conference 9: North Edgecombe, Northampton-East, Riverside-Martin, Rocky Mount Prep, South Creek, Southeast Halifax, Tarboro
Conference 12: Hobbton, Neuse Charter, North Duplin, Princeton, Rosewood, Spring Creek
Conference 13: James Kenan, Jones, Lakewood, Lejeune, Union, Wallace-Rose Hill
The new realignment model distributed this week by the NCHSAA is a draft developed by a computer program from SAS. Schools will be able to submit input and the final draft won't be voted on until next spring.
HighSchoolOT.com will have more on the new realignment over the next several days and weeks. Stay tuned.