The NCHSAA finalized its lacrosse conferences for next year with just a handful of changes in the East.
There are no changes to the boys’ Triangle-area conferences and just one change in the girls’ – Pinecrest joins the Southwest Wake Athletic Conference teams. Two area teams that planned to play but did not – the Southern Vance and Cary girls – are still listed as having an intent to play this spring. Southeast Raleigh's boys were taken off the list after the first draft.
The biggest growth in the East is in the coastal area. Croatan, West Brunswick and West Carteret have added boys lacrosse teams while Northside-Jacksonville, Havelock, South Brunswick and West Brunswick are starting girls lacrosse teams.
The NCHSAA gives numeric names to each conference because many of them combine schools from different leagues. For instance, “Conference 4” in boys lacrosse features seven Cap Eight teams and one Greater Neuse River teams.
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First Flight joined Conference 2 after being an independent last year.
The projected eastern conferences are below (changes since the first draft are in bold).
Conference 1 (Mideastern 4A/3A): Ashley, Hoggard, Laney, New Hanover, South Brunswick, Topsail, West Brunswick
Conference 2: Croatan, First Flight, Havelock, Jacksonville, J.H. Rose, New Bern, Northside-Jacksonville, West Carteret
Conference 3 (Southwest Wake + Southeastern 4A): Apex, Athens Drive, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Green Hope, Holly Springs, Middle Creek, Panther Creek, Pinecrest
Conference 4 (Cap Eight + Greater Neuse 4A): Broughton, Enloe, Garner, Heritage, Leesville Road, Millbrook, Sanderson, Wakefield
Conference 5: Carrboro, East Chapel Hill, Jordan, Northern Durham, Riverside, Roxboro Community
Conference 6 (Big Eight 3A): Cardinal Gibbons, Cedar Ridge, Chapel Hill, Northern Vance, Northwood, Orange, J.F. Webb
Girls area conferences
Conference 1: Ashley, Hoggard, Laney, New Hanover, South Brunswick, Topsail, West Brunswick
Conference 2: Havelock, Jacksonville, J.H. Rose, New Bern, Northside-Jacksonville
Conference 3 (Southwest Wake + Southeastern 4A): Apex, Athens Drive, Cary, Green Hope, Holly Springs, Middle Creek, Panther Creek, Pinecrest
Conference 4 (Cap Eight 4A): Broughton, Enloe, Heritage, Leesville Road, Millbrook, Sanderson, Wake Forest, Wakefield
Conference 5: Cardinal Gibbons, Carrboro, Chapel Hill, East Chapel Hill, Jordan, Riverside, Southern Vance