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NCHSAA Releases First Draft Of 2021-2025 Conference Realignments

NCHSAA Releases First Draft of 2021-2025 Conference Realignments

The NCHSAA has posted the first draft of the 2021-2025 Conference Realignment Plan. Per the Realignment Process and Procedures, the first draft is done by the NCHSAA Staff. Staff made significant efforts to focus on factors the Realignment Committee indicated were most important to the membership.

“The number of ‘split conferences’ in this alignment draft represents the Realignment Committee’s desire not to limit those,” said Commissioner Que Tucker. “It also takes into consideration the protection of natural rivalries and strongly considers geography and travel time. Of course, this means the way of getting into the playoffs must be reviewed and updated. That will come later.”

Tucker added, “I am grateful for the commitment and input of the Realignment Committee to faithfully represent the membership in their respective regions during this process. I am also thankful for the hard work of our Staff members who diligently worked to meet the established deadlines, while continuing to service the other needs of the membership.”

Member schools may submit those concerns or suggestions to the NCHSAA through an online form by January 8th, 2021. The Realignment Committee will reconvene on January 13, 2021 to review submissions from schools and make adjustments as appropriate to the first draft.

The second draft of conference alignments will be sent to the membership on January 14, 2021. Once the second draft has been posted, schools will have the opportunity to submit an appeal in writing by January 21, 2021. All appeals will be virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

New alignments with Hickory Metro teams in bold are:

Conference 42 (1A/2A Split)
Avery
Draughn
Mitchell
Mountain Heritage
Madison (2A)
Owen (2A)
Patton (2A)
West Caldwell (2A)

Conference 45 (All 2A schools)
Bandys
Bunker Hill
East Burke
Lincolnton
Maiden
Newton-Conover
West Lincoln

Conference 51 (All 3A schools)
East Lincoln
Fred T. Foard
Hickory
North Iredell
North Lincoln
St. Stephens
Statesville
West Iredell

Conference 52 (3A/4A Split)
Ashe County
Freedom
Hibriten
Alexander Central (4A)
South Caldwell (4A)
Watauga (4A)

You can find the full statewide realignment first draft here.