REALIGNMENT: For local schools, third draft same as second

Published Thursday, February 4th, 2021

Bandys, Bunker Hill will go back into the same league in August

 

By CHRIS HOBBS

HobbsDailyReport.com

The third draft of statewide realignment for high schools, released Thursday, did not change anything from the second draft for schools now playing in Greater Hickory area conferences.

Final appeals are due to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) by Feb. 17, and the NCHSAA votes on a final realignment at a date to be determined in March.

The realignment will cover the 2021 through 2025 school years.

Proposed 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

CONFERENCE NO. 51 (2A)

W. Caldwell 876

E. Burke 865

Maiden 840

Bunker Hill 838

W. Lincoln 827

Bandys 818

Newton-Conover 816

Lincolnton 788

CONFERENCE NO. 51 (3A)

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

GLANCE AT WHERE SCHOOLS ARE GOING

SOUTH FORK 2A

Bandys: 2A, Conference No. 45

East Lincoln: 3A, Conference No. 51

Lake Norman Charter: 3A, Conference No. 48

Lincolnton: 2A, Conference No. 45

North Lincoln: 3A, Conference No. 51

Maiden: 2A, Conference No. 45

Newton-Conover: 2A, Conference No. 45

West Lincoln: 2A, Conference No. 45

Note: Bandys and Bunker Hill will again be in the same conference. They were original members of the Southern District 7 2A in 1959 and together until Bunker Hill was moved in the last realignment.

NORTHWESTERN FOOTHILLS 2A

Bunker Hill: 2A, Conference No. 45

Draughn: 1A, Conference No. 42 (1A-2A)

East Burke: 2A, Conference No. 45

Fred T. Foard: 3A, Conference No. 51

Hibriten: 3A, Conference No. 52 (3A/4A)

Patton: 2A, Conference No. 41

West Caldwell: 2A, Conference No. 45

West Iredell: 3A, Conference No. 51

NORTHWESTERN 3A-4A

Alexander Central: 4A, Conference No. 52 (3A/4A)

Freedom: 3A, Conference No. 52 (3A/4A)

Hickory: 3A, Conference No. 51

McDowell: 4A, Conference No. 53 (3A/4A)

St. Stephens: 3A, Conference No. 51

South Caldwell: 4A, Conference No. 52 (3A/4A)

Watauga: 4A, Conference No. 52 (3A/4A)

KEY REMAING DATES

Wednesday, if needed: Deadline for appeals must be received by NCHSAA. Only those schools whose conference membership has been altered somehow from previous draft.

Wednesday, Feb. 17: Final appeals to realignment committee with a realignment report due in to the NCHSAA board of directors.

March, date TBA: NCHSAA board of directors hears final appeals based on procedural errors only, then vote on 2021-2025 realignment plan that begins Aug 1.

COMPLETE THIRD DRAFT: https://www.nchsaa.org/sites/default/files/attachments/2021-2025ConferenceAlignment_ThirdDraft.pdf

REVIEW SECOND DRAFT: https://hobbsdailyreport.com/north-carolina-high-school-athletic-association/realignment-patton-w-caldwell-go-to-new-leagues-in-second-draft/

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