NCHSAA: First draft of realignment keeps 5 from South Fork 2A together

Published Thursday, December 10th, 2020

Foard, Hickory, St. Stephens all in same 3A conference

 

QUICK GLANCE
A quick breakdown of where each school in current Greater Hickory area conferences are  in the first realignment draft, released Thursday by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association:
SOUTH FORK 2A
Bandys – 2A Conference No. 45
East Lincoln – 3A Conference No. 51
Lake Norman Charter – 3A Conference No. 68
Maiden – 2A Conference No. 45
Lincolnton – 2A Conference No. 45
Newton-Conover – 2A Conference No. 45
North Lincoln – 3A Conference No. 51
West Lincoln – 2A Conference No. 45
NORTHWESTERN FOOTHILLS 2A
Bunker Hill – 2A Conference No. 45
Draughn – 1A, 1A/2A Conference No. 42
East Burke – 2A Conference No. 45
Fred T. Foard – 3A Conference No. 51
Hibriten – 3A, 3A/4A Conference No. 52
Patton – 2A, 1A/2A Conference No. 42
West Caldwell – 2A, 1A/2A Conference No. 42
West Iredell – 3A West Conference No. 51
NORTHWESTERN 3A-4A
Alexander Central – 4A, 3A/4A Conference No. 52
Freedom – 3A, 3A/4A Conference No. 52
Hickory – 3A Conference No. 51
McDowell – 4A, 3A/4A Conference No. 53
St. Stephens – 3A Conference No. 51
South Caldwell – 4A, 3A/4A Conference No. 62
Watauga – 4A, 3A/4A Conference No. 62
ADDITIONAL DETAILS FROM NCHSAA: https://www.nchsaa.org/schools/schools-main-page/conferences/realignment-information

By CHRIS HOBBS

HobbsDailyReport.com

The Greater Hickory area will have high schools playing in four conferences – an increase of one – if the first draft of statewide athletic realignment is adopted.

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) staff developed the first look at leagues for the school years of 2021-2025 and released it on Thursday.

Five of the eight schools in the South Fork 2A – Bandys, Lincolnton, Maiden, Newton-Conover and West Lincoln — are in 2A Conference No. 45. They’d add Bunker Hill and East Burke from the Northwestern Foothills 2A to make a seven-team league.

That move would put Bunker Hill and Bandys back in the same league. Before the last realignment, the duo had played in the same conference since 1959.

Draughn, Patton and West Caldwell, now in the Northwestern Foothills 2A, will stay together in a 1A/2A conference (No. 42). Draughn goes 1A with Avery County, Mitchell County and Mountain Heritage also 1A and with 2As Madison, Black Mountain Owen, Patton and West Caldwell.

Five of the Northwestern 3A-4A’s seven schools stay together with Alexander Central, South Caldwell and Watauga as the 4As and Ashe County, Freedom and Hibriten as 3As in Conference No. 52.

The biggest area conference would be No. 51 in 3A with East Lincoln and North Lincoln from the South Fork 2A, Fred T. Foard and West Iredell from the Northwestern Foothills 2A, Hickory and St. Stephens from the Northwestern 3A-4A plus North Iredell and Statesville.

Lake Norman Charter will leave the South Fork 2A, going to 3A, and play in conference with Central Cabarrus, Concord, East Rowan, Carson, Northwest Cabarrus, South Rowan and West Rowan.

McDowell exits the Northwestern 3A-4A, staying 4A and playing in a 3A/4A conference with Enka, Asheville Erwin and North Buncombe plus other 4As Asheville, A.C. Reynolds and Asheville Roberson.

Lincoln Charter moves to 2A and into a 1A/2A conference with Christ The King, Langtree Charter, Mountain Island Charter, Piedmont Community and Community School of Davidson and Pine Lake Prep are the other 2As.

The rest of the process

Schools have until Jan. 8 to submit concerns or suggested adjustments to the NCHSAA, which is using a new formula in realignment for the first time.

In addition to average daily membership (ADMs), the NCHSAA developed use of State Cup points (athletic success) and the percentage of students at each school who receive free meals (ISP).

A predetermined geographical break of East and West was developed, and the final realignment scores were compared East to East and West to West rather than comparing statewide.

There will be a 25-percent split overall — 25 percent of schools will be 1A and 25 percent will end up 2A, 3A or 4A.

A second draft of realignment is due out Jan. 14 and schools will have one week to respond.

East and West ZOOM conferences are scheduled Jan. 27-28 to discuss where things are at, with a third draft due out on Feb. 4.

The realignment committee votes on a final draft in March 2021.

PROPOSED CONFERENCES

Where area schools are targeted to go in the first draft of statewide realignment, released Thursday by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA), with average daily memberships of each school:

1A/2A

Conference No. 39

Pine Lake Prep (2A) 657

LINCOLN CHARTER (2A) 638

Mountain Island Charter 533

Community School of Davidson (2A) 514

Langtree Charter 427

Piedmont Community 366

Christ The King 321

Conference No. 42

WEST CALDWELL (2A) 876

PATTON (2A) 834

Black Mountain Owen (2A) 748

Madison (2A) 712

DRAUGHN 630

Mountain Heritage 614

Avery County 539

Mitchell County 489

2A

Conference No. 45

East Burke 865

Maiden 840

Bunker Hill 838

Newton-Conover 816

West Lincoln 827

Bandys 818

Lincolnton 788

3A

Conference No. 48

Carson 1,238

Central Cabarrus 1,192

West Rowan 1,092

Northwest Cabarrus 1,048

Concord 974

South Rowan 942

East Rowan 939

LAKE NORMAN CHARTER 801

Conference No. 51

HICKORY 1,204

Statesville 1,193

ST. STEPHENS 1,163

North Iredell 1,133

NORTH LINCOLN 996

EAST LINCOLN 977

FRED T. FOARD 890

WEST IREDELL 861

3A/4A

Conference No. 52

SOUTH 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

McDOWELL (4A) 1,639

Asheville Roberson (4A) 1,484

Asheville (4A) 1,376

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

Asheville Erwin 1,257

Enka 1,124

North Buncombe 1,110

 

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