NCHSAA releases2017 realignmentproposal

By Shawn Stinson - [email protected]

Rick Strunk

CHAPEL HILL — Conferences across the state could have a different look beginning in 2017 if a realignment plan is approved.

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association released its initial realignment proposal Thursday morning.

The majority of the current conferences on the 4A level would be altered as some schools fall to the 3A level and others move up to replace them.

As it stands right now, the six-team — Hoke, Lumberton, Pinecrest, Purnell Swett, Richmond Senior and Scotland — Southeastern Conference would remain same.

However, that could change.

The Mid-South Conference based in Cumberland County will see two of its current members fall to 3A. In the proposal, Jack Britt, Overhills, Pine Forest, Seventy-First and South View would form a new conference.

In addition, there is another five-school conference being proposed around Guilford County. Grimsley, High Point Central, Northwest Guilford, Page and Ragsdale would be assigned to this new conference.

Rick Strunk, the associate commissioner for communication at the NCHSAA, said this is just a proposal to allow schools to make suggestions.

“This is simply the point of departure from which the Realignment Committee will begin its work in earnest in January,” Strunk said in an email. “Member schools will get a chance to review the plan and make suggestions in writing for the committee to discuss at their next meeting and the schools will also have meetings to discuss it after the first of the year.”

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