Conferences stay same after third draft

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s (NCHSAA) realignment committee met Thursday to review appeals, and by Friday, the committee had a final draft.

In this third draft, which is set in stone barring any procedural error appeals, includes no changes to the proposed conferences from the second draft.

Current CVAC members and county teams Bandys, Bunker Hill, Maiden and Newton-Conover would join an all-2A conference with current CVAC member West Caldwell, as well as three Lincoln County teams in East Lincoln, Lincolnton and West Lincoln.

Fred T. Foard, Hickory and St. Stephens, who are all 3A schools currently in the Northwestern 3A/4A, stay with fellow conference teams South Caldwell, Hibriten and Watauga in a new 3A/4A conference.

Those six schools join Freedom and Patton in the new 3A/4A conference.
Both of these conferences remain the same from the second drafts proposed.

Final steps in the realignment process are expected in the next two months.

In April, the realignment committee meets to hear any school’s appeal that the NCHSAA did not follow established criteria for making new conferences.

Barring any changes from those appeals, the NCHSAA board of directors votes in May either for or against the entire plan made by the realignment committee.

If approved, the new conferences go into effect in August 2013.
To view the realignment committee’s third draft, click the link below to view a pdf version of the draft.