Wednesday, November 30, 2011

NCHSAA conference proposal is good for Charlotte-Mecklenburg

Every four years, the N.C. High School Athletic Association reorganizes its schools into new conferences, calling the process "realignment."

Every four years, there's a lot of consternation about where schools are placed. I can see trouble in some spots in the state from the first draft that's come out this week, but for Mecklenburg County, I don't see much of a problem at all.

Charlotte Catholic moves into what's traditionally been the Southwestern 4A and the Cougars will play schools like Ardrey Kell and South Meck and Providence, schools that are a 10-minute drive away, and beef up their schedule at the same time.

Union County's Porter Ridge joins the league and, best I can tell, Porter Ridge has always considered itself almost like a Mecklenburg County school. Many of the Porter Ridge parents work in Charlotte, live their lives in Charlotte and "think" Charlotte (at least judging by my emails).

Now they are Charlotte and will play Charlotte schools on a regular basis.

I also like A.L. Brown coming into a Charlotte conference. That brings a major football powerhouse in, as well as former Butler football coach Mike Newsome, maybe the state's top coach. Brown will get to tangle with rising football powers Mooresville and Mallard Creek and the basketball should be good, too, mixing those three in with North Meck and Vance.

The third league is interesting, too. By adding West Charlotte and Independence, the old ME-GA 7, can't be considered "the third league" anymore. It's got some serious star power. It may also rekindle what used to be the state's best rivalry between Independence and West Charlotte -- in football and basketball -- and I like East Meck moving to this league as well.

The schools, of course, can ask for change. The state association plans to create its own staff-generated model for schools to mull over. By January, schools will have to formally make counter proposals.

I really don't think that CMS needs to.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure moving Indy out of the SW4a is a good plan. There is already a natural Mint Hill rivalry with Butler and geographically Indy is closer to Ardey Kell, Providence and Butler than to West Charlotte, West Meck, Berry, etc. Do Garinger, Harding, West Charlotte, Berry, etc. even compete in Lacrosse, Swimming, or Tennis?

Anonymous said...

The move with Indy into the same conference with WC rekindles a rivalry that goes back further than most of these "Imported".."Outsiders" would know. Indy use to bus in a lot of ther star athletes from the West and Northwest Side of Charlotte Back in the day. A lot of the guys on the Indy teame, grew up playing little league football with a lot of the WC kids. The move will eventually generate a good game with a good crowd.

Anonymous said...

Indy already plays WC. It would increase travel. East would be the only close school. How does any plan Indy is closer to the SW4a schools than Porter Ridge. Bad idea.

Anonymous said...

This "Imported" "Outsider" has been here for 30 years. Indenpendence no longer "buses" athletes from the west side. Most of our atheletes are locally grown and go to elementary and middle school with the Butler kids. They have little or nothing in common with the "West" side. This isn't all about football either since many other sports are involved.

Anonymous said...

Gotta keep Indy-Butler together. Who gives a *&%*& about Dub-C. Let Dub-C roll with Harding.

Anonymous said...

I think Catholic really ought to be in the NCISAA anyway. Just one opinion.

Anonymous said...

Moving Kannapolis Brown makes little economic sense. They currently play in South Piedmont which is made up of the eight Cabarrus County schools. The rivalries are great and the travel costs are very low. I hope Brown appeals this move.

Anonymous said...

Wonders afraid of getting a whoopin?

David said...

Wonders will wish they were back in their creampuff league in very short order.

David said...

Wonders will wish they were back in their creampuff league in very short order.

Anonymous said...

I think Catholic really ought to be in the NCISAA anyway. Just one opinion.

I will second that opinion. Any team that does not have boundaries to pull players from and could offer "financial assistance"/ schlolarships to play should be in the NCISAA. Therefore making it a even playing field for public schools.

Anonymous said...

im a wonder and i've wanted for a long time to play better competition. personally the reason we cant get past the 3rd and 4rth round is because we're not tested going in other than concord. if there is a way to make the move but keep concord as the last season game it would be the move for the wonders to make. "to be the best, you have to beat the best"

Anonymous said...

Langston, how is Indy being put in the "westside" conference when Myers park is much closer to all those schools except Rocky River? Indy has changed (with Mint Hill being added) and now is good at wrestling, softball, and the so called white collar sports. And Indy plays WC already as stated above. This makes no sense geographically and cannot happen. Mont hill and Indy will fight this.

Anonymous said...

Hopefully Independence will fight this tooth and nail. Geographic arguments aside, this may work for football or basketball, but we have some pretty good "white collar" sports as the previous poster stated. These sports are just beginning to ramp up since the recent CMS changes were made. A lot of the schools that we would be pitted against don't even field teams for some of those sports. If this goes down, it will be very bad for all the kids involved.

Anonymous said...

Although I agree Catholic should be in the independent school league they don't offer athletic scholarship money. That's one of the rules they must abide by to be in the NCHSAA. However, any parent with a good ball player certainly has the option to send their kid there. They definitely have an advantage in that respect.

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