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.
Central Academy (3A)
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.
Anson County (2A)
Central Academy (2A)
Forest Hills (2A)
Mount Pleasant (2A)
West Stanly (2A)
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