The final draft of the 2017-21 N.C. High School Athletic Association realignment has been submitted. The process, which shapes new conferences for the fall of 2017 through the spring of 2021, is all but done and the board of directors will get to approve it in early May.
This is the first time the NCHSAA has gone with a realignment model that purposefully keeps different classifications different sizes. After removing non-football schools, the NCHSAA divvied the schools as follows: top 20 percent in 4A, next 30 percent in 3A, the following 30 percent in 2A and the smallest 20 percent in 1A. Non-football schools were then added back in.
The 20-30-30-20 model reduced split conferences as it was intended to do, from 12 to nine.
There were few appeals with the new model. The only eastern change from the third draft was Goldsboro switching to be in a league with county foe Spring Creek.
Here are a few reminders about realignment.
▪ These do not go into effect until the fall of 2017.
▪ If you see two nearby schools that are in the same classification but not in the same league, it could be that one or both were needed to help conferences fulfill their six-team minimum.
▪ Each conference gets to choose its name, so “Conference A,” etc. will be changed sometime next fall or spring by the schools in each league. If a conference doesn’t go through major changes, the same name is usually picked.
▪ Next year is the last year of the current alignment – you get one more season of each sport to enjoy the current conferences.
Conf. A - Corinth Holders, Heritage, Knightdale, Rolesville, Wakefield, Wake Forest
Conf. B - Broughton, Cardinal Gibbons, Enloe, Leesville Road, Millbrook, Sanderson, Southeast Raleigh
Conf. C - Apex, Apex Friendship, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Holly Springs, Middle Creek
Conf. D - Athens Drive, Cary, Green Hope, Jordan, Panther Creek, Riverside
Conf. G - Hoke County, Jack Britt, Lumberton, Pinecrest, Purnell Swett, Richmond County, Scotland County, Seventy-First
Conf. E - (4A) New Bern, South Central; (3A) C.B. Aycock, D.H. Conley, Eastern Wayne, J.H. Rose, Southern Wayne
Conf. F - (4A) Ashley, Hoggard, Laney; (3A) New Hanover, North Brunswick, South Brunswick, Topsail, West Brunswick
Conf. H - (4A) Overhills, Pine Forest, South View; (3A) Cape Fear, Douglas Byrd, E.E. Smith, Gray’s Creek, Terry Sanford, Westover
Conf. H - Asheboro, Eastern Guilford, Southeast Guilford, Southern Alamance, Southern Guilford, Southwestern Randolph, Williams
Conf. K - Harnett Central, Lee County, Southern Lee, Triton, Union Pines, Western Harnett
Conf. I - Eastern Alamance, McMichael, Morehead, Northern Guilford, Northeast Guilford, Person, Rockingham County, Western Alamance
Conf. J - Cedar Ridge, Chapel Hill, East Chapel Hill, Hillside, Northern Durham, Northwood, Orange, Southern Durham
Conf. O - Havelock, Jacksonville, Northside, Swansboro, West Carteret, White Oak
Conf. P - Fike, Franklinton, Hunt, Northern Nash, Rocky Mount, Southern Nash
Conf. Q - Clayton, Cleveland East Wake, Smithfield-Selma, South Johnston, West Johnson
Conf. I - Bertie, Currituck County, First Flight, Hertford County, Northeastern, Pasquotank County
Conf. J - Beddingfield, Farmville Central, Nash Central, North Johnston, North Pitt, SouthWest Edgecombe
Conf. K - Ayden-Grifton, Greene Central, Kinston, North Lenoir, South Lenoir, Washington, West Craven
Conf. M - Clinton, East Duplin, Goldsboro, James Kenan, Midway, Spring Creek, Wallace-Rose Hill
Conf. P - Eastern Randolph, Jordan-Matthews, Providence Grove, Randleman, Trinity, T.W. Andrews, Wheatmore
Conf. Q - Bartlett-Yancey, Carrboro, Cummings, Durham School of the Arts, Graham, N.C. School of Science and Math, Reidsville
Conf. H - (2A) East Bladen, Fairmont, Red Springs, St. Pauls, South Columbus, West Bladen, Whiteville; (1A) East Columbus, South Robeson, West Columbus
Conf. L - (2A) Croatan, Dixon, Richlands, Southwest Onslow, Trask; (1A) East Carteret, Lejeune, Pender
Conf. R - (2A) Bunn, J.F. Webb, Northern Vance, Roanoke Rapids, South Granville, Southern Vance; (1A) Granville Central, Louisburg
Conf. G - Bear Grass Charter, Cape Hatteras, Columbia, Creswell, Mattamuskeet, Ocracoke
Conf. H - Camden County, Edenton Holmes, Gates County, Manteo, Perquimans, Plymouth
Conf. J - KIPP Pride, North Edgecombe, Northampton County, Northwest Halifax, Rocky Mount Prep, Southeast Halifax, Weldon
Conf. I - Jones, Northside, Pamlico County, Riverside, South Creek, Southside, Tarboro
Conf. L - Hobbton, Lakewood, Neuse Charter, North Duplin, Princeton, Rosewood, Union
Conf. N - Chatham Central, Chatham Charter, Kestrel Heights, Raleigh Charter, Research Triangle, River Mill Academy, Woods Charter
Conf. O - East Wake Academy, Falls Lake Academy, Franklin Academy Oxford Prep, Roxboro Community, Voyager Academy