HIGH SCHOOLS: Area’s new 3A league will be called Western Foothills Athletic Conference

Published Wednesday, April 21st, 2021

By CHRIS HOBBS

HobbsDailyReport.com

A new eight-team 3A high school conference that begins play in August will be named the Western Foothills Athletic Conference.

Conference officials announced the name selection earlier this month.

The league, formed by statewide realignment, will consist of East Lincoln, Fred T. Foard, Hickory, North Iredell, North Lincoln, St. Stephens, Statesville and West Iredell.

East Lincoln and North Lincoln and Fred T. Foard and West Iredell are moving up from 2A. The first two are currently in the South Fork 2A and the latter two are currently in the Northwestern Foothills 2A.

Lavell Hall, an East Lincoln graduate and former head boys’ basketball coach at Lincolnton and Hickory, will be the league’s chief administrator. He is currently in the same role with the Northwestern 3A-4A.

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) will allow 10 varsity football games in the fall, meaning Western Foothills Athletic 3A teams can each schedule three non-league games.

Finalized conferences with average number of students

CONFERENCE NO. 42 (1A/2A)

Black Mountain Owen (2A) 748

Madison (2A) 712

Draughn 630

Mountain Heritage 614

Avery County 539

Mitchell County 489

Rosman 299

CONFERENCE NO. 41 (2A)

R-S Central 845

Patton 834

Brevard 791

E. Rutherford 766

Hendersonville 745

Chase 722

Polk County 614

CATAWBA VALLEY 2A ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

W. Caldwell 876

E. Burke 865

Maiden 840

Bunker Hill 838

W. Lincoln 827

Bandys 818

Newton-Conover 816

Lincolnton 788

WESTERN FOOTHILLS 3A ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

Hickory 1,204

Statesville 1,193

St. Stephens 1,163

N. Iredell 1,133

N. Lincoln 996

Fred T. Foard 890

E. Lincoln 877

W. Iredell 861

CONFERENCE NO. 48 (3A)

Carson 1,238

Central Cabarrus 1,192

W. Rowan 1,092

NW Cabarrus 1,048

Concord 974

S. Rowan 942

E. Rowan 939

Lake Norman Charter 801

CONFERENCE No. 52 (3A-4A)

S. Caldwell (4A) 1,630

Watauga (4A) 1,462

Alexander Central (4A) 1,432

Freedom 1,275

Hibriten 1,001

Ashe County 907

CONFERENCE NO. 53 (3A/4A)

McDowell (4A) 1,638

Asheville Roberson (4A) 1,484

Asheville (4A) 1,376

A.C. Reynolds (4A) 1,296

Asheville Erwin 1,257

Enka 1,124

N. Buncombe 1,110

 

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