2017 Conference realignment
2017 will look different!
The 2017 football season will have a very different look to it in regards to Union Co. Seven Union County schools will make up one of the top 3A football conferences in the state based on recent history starting in 2017.
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association finalized the new conferences for all four classifications earlier this week. The realignment will be in effect for four years and names for the new leagues are still undeceided. The new 3A conference will be a powerhouse and will include Cuthbertson, Marvin Ridge, Weddington, Monroe, Piedmont, Parkwood, Sun Valley and Charlotte Catholic. Monroe and Parkwood are moving up from 2A while Charlotte Catholic is moving down from the 4A class. The Redhawks are the defending 2AA state champions and have averaged 11.7 wins over the last seven seasons. They went 16-0 in 2015. Weddington has had double-digit victories each of the last three seasons. The Warriors were the 3AA state runner-up in 2014 and made it to the state quarterfinals last season before losing to eventual state champ Crest in double overtime. Charlotte Catholic is the defending 4A state champion after finishing 15-0 in 2015. The Cougars have averaged 13.7 wins and played in two state title games since moving up to 4A in 2013.
Forest Hills and Central Academy will leave the Rocky River conference and will be the only county schools in the new 2A conference. The Yellow Jackets and Cougars will be joined by Anson Co. , West Stanly, Mount Pleasant and East Montgomery.
Anson is moving down from 3A while East Montgomery is making the jump from 1A as new members of the league.
Porter Ridge will remain in a 4A conference that includes Butler, Independence, Myers Park, Garinger, Rocky River, East Meck and Hickory Ridge for 2017.
The Union Academy Cardinals will remain 1A but will be in a conference that includes Queens Grant, Pine Lake Prep, Mountain Island Charter, Bradford Prep, Carolina International School and Coummunity School of Davidson.