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NCHSAA Conference Realighment

By Staff, 08/23/21, 9:00AM EDT

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How it Affects UCPS

Starting August 1, 2021, high school sports conferences look different  due to the NCHSAA Realignment plan passed this year. 

An NCHSAA executive explains that the plan seeks to provide a 'home' conference that can provide fair and equitable athletic opportunities for all North Carolina students and will be in effect through the 2024-2025 season. 

So, you're wondering how this will affect Union County Public Schools Athletics?

The short summary of realignment:   Ten Union County schools in 2 districts; one entirely UCPS 4A conference and another predominantly UCPS 2A conference with only two out-of-district opponents.

Now with more detail: 
Monroe and Parkwood join Forest Hills and Central Academy in 2A West Conference 44.  While these teams will compete in the same conference, several designations change.  Monroe moves from 3A to 2A; Forest Hills retains 2A; Parkwood retains 3A; and Central Academy changes to 3A.

Five schools: Cuthbertson, Marvin, Piedmont, Sun Valley, and Weddington, move up from 3A joining Porter Ridge in the 4A West Conference 58.

2A WEST CONFERENCE

CONFERENCE 44
Anson
Forest Hills
Monroe
West Stanly
Central Academy (3A)
Parkwood (3A)

4A WEST CONFERENCE

CONFERENCE 58
Cuthbertson
Marvin Ridge
Piedmont
Porter Ridge
Sun Valley
Weddington

To take a look at how that has changed, formerly, ten Union County Public Schools were spread out over three conferences.  However, the most noticeable change is in the landscape of conference teams for Porter Ridge who was the lone UCPS team in a 4A conference heavy in CMS competitors.

FORMER 3A CONFERENCE

ROCKY RIVER
Montgomery Central
Anson County (2A)
Central Academy (2A)
Forest Hills (2A)
Mount Pleasant (2A)
West Stanly (2A)

FORMER 3A CONFERENCE

SOUTHERN CAROLINA 
Charlotte Catholic
Cuthbertson
Marvin Ridge
Monroe
Parkwood
Piedmont
Sun Valley
Weddington

FORMER 4A CONFERENCE

SOUTHWESTERN
Butler
East Mecklenburg
Garinger
Hickory Ridge
Independence
Myers Park
Porter Ridge
Rocky River

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