High School Sports

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.

NCHSAA Generic Logo 2013 NCHSAA Realignment SAS Draft (Nov. 29, 2011)

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.


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  • Felton23 Dec 1, 2011

    Clayton driving to Greenville and New Bern and vice versa? Yikes. And Ashley driving to Lumberton, that is a long boring ride.

    Conference 9 is a heck of a soccer conference.

  • Marvin Nov 30, 2011

    And right on cue I found this from NCHSAA Commissioner Davis Whitfield:

    "SAS, one of the world's leaders in information technology, was charged with creating a program to help develop the initial draft for consideration. SAS created the computer models using the following criteria: six to eight schools in a conference, geography (longitude and latitude), and no split conferences.

    After carefully and thoroughly studying the created conferences, we realize there may some issues that must be addressed; therefore, an alternative draft will be developed by staff and distributed to the membership by December 9 th . The membership will then have two drafts to study and react to in preparation for the January Realignment Regional Meetings."

    In other words, this is a VERY initial draft. Actual humans will make revisions and a new draft will be produced next week.

  • Marvin Nov 30, 2011

    Slow down, people. This is an initial draft spit out by a computer program with no regard for county boundaries, current alignments, or boundaries. Plus, as is often the case, there are errors that need to be fixed (like Cleveland in 2A when they are already playing in 3A and will add 500 more students next year). I'll bet there are 3-4 revisions before it gets to the regional realignment meetings.

  • carybball07 Nov 30, 2011

    What in the name is Dean Smith are we doing allowing a computer to do something that common sense should be able to do. This won't pan out

  • andrewsm Nov 30, 2011

    Conference 14...4A

  • andrewsm Nov 30, 2011

    Holy Smoke...Conference 14