NCHSAA approves conferences for 2013-17

After hearing eight appeals from 10 schools Tuesday, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association approved a final conference realignment draft.

Of the appeals of the NCHSAA Realignment Committee’s draft released March 15, only three were from the region, including Lake Norman Charter, Draughn and East Burke.

All eight appeals were deliberated, but the only changes made affected the 3A and 4A classifications.

Due to an error in average daily membership statistics, East Chapel Hill moved from 3A to 4A, while Douglas Byrd dropped to 3A.

Green Hope and Panther Creek also moved into a 4A classification.

After a vote for approval, the complete realignment plan went into effect for the 2013-17 school years.

Bandys, Bunker Hill, Maiden and Newton-Conover remain in the 2A ranks with West Caldwell, joining East Lincoln, Lincolnton and West Lincoln in a conference yet to be formally named.

In the 3A ranks, Foard, Hickory and St. Stephens also remain together with fellow-Northwestern 3A/4A members Hibriten, South Caldwell and Watauga.

Those five schools join Freedom and Patton in a new 3A/4A conference.

NCHSAA board votes again today

The NCHSAA board votes again today, this time to decide the fate of private schools.

NCHSAA board members will decide whether private schools will continue to be allowed to play public schools.