NCHSAA adds 2 schools, renames Southeastern Conference


NCHSAA realignment gives Southeastern Conference a new name

By Amber Hatten - ahatten@civitasmedia.com



Daily Journal file photo Jack Britt will be one of the two teams joining the current SEC schools to form the Sandhills Athletic Conference this fall.


Daily Journal file photo Seventy-First will say goodbye to the Mid-South Athletic Conference due to the NCHSAA realignment.


LAURINBURG — After more than 30 years, the Southeastern Conference is no more.

Richmond along with the five other SEC teams — Hoke, Lumberton, Pinecrest, Purnell Swett and Scotland — will be joined by Jack Britt and Seventy-First to form the Sandhills Athletic Conference.

The new conference names for the 2017-2021 academic years were released Tuesday ahead of the final appeals meeting for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s next realignment.

As it does every four years, the NCHSAA is undergoing a realignment that will take effect starting this fall and will last through the 2021 academic year. The realignments allow the NCHSAA to place schools in the proper division based on their average daily membership.

The NCHSAA is basing the numbers on the 20-30-30-20 model, according to this formula, 20 percent of the member schools will be placed in either the 1A or 4A divisions. The 2A and 3A classifications will each have 30 percent of the schools. The NCHSAA made slight adjustments to the formula for the non-football-playing schools, which were added into the mix according to their ADM after the other schools were placed in the appropriate classifications.

The Southeastern Conference, according to NCHSAA records, has been around since the 1969-70 academic year as a 3A conference. Members at that time were Bowman, Clinton, Dunn, Hamlet, Hoke County, Laurinburg, Lumberton, Pembroke, Pinecrest, Rockingham and Sanford.

In 1977-78, the Southeastern Conference was done away with when its remaining members — Hoke, Lumberton, Richmond, Terry Sanford and Bowman — moved from 3A to 4A.

The SEC returned in 1985 in the Class AAAA with Anson, Hoke, Lee County, Lumberton, Pinecrest, Richmond, Scotland and West Robeson as its members. Those members remained the same throughout 1993 when Lee County and West Robeson left and Purnell Swett joined the conference.

The conference underwent a new millennium update in the 2001-02 realignment as the name was slightly changed to the Mid-Southeastern conference because of the addition of Jack Britt, Douglas Byrd, Seventy-First and Westover — and the departure of Anson, Lumberton and Purnell.

The current Southeastern Conference landscape appeared in 2009 with Hoke, Lumberton, Pinecrest, Purnell Swett, Richmond and Scotland. The former members of the conference shifted to the Mid-South featuring Cape Fear, E.E. Smith, Jack Britt, Pine Forest, Seventy-First, South View and Terry Sanford.

With the dissolution of the Southeastern Conference, the area schools will now usher in a new era as the Sandhills Athletic Conference. The name is fitting considering the conference will now cover almost all of the Sandhills region that begins in Moore County and stretches down to Cheraw, South Carolina.

A brief history of the Southeastern conference:

1969-70 (3A)

Bowman, Clinton, Dunn, Hamlet, Hoke County, Laurinburg, Lumberton, Pembroke, Pinecrest, Rockingham and Sanford.

1973-74 (3A)

Clinton, Dunn, Hoke, Lumberton and Pinecrest.

Laurinburg High School became Scotland High School and moved to Division 4 in the 4A conference along with Bowman, Richmond, Reid Ross, Terry Sanford and E.E. Smith.

1977-78

Southeastern conference is done away with as Hoke, Lumberton, Richmond, Terry Sanford and Bowman move to 4A Division 4.

1985-86

The Southeastern conference returns has the state moves to Class AAAA football. The members included Anson, Hoke, Lee County, Lumberton, Pinecrest, Richmond, Scotland and West Robeson.

1989-90

The Southeastern conference holds steady in the 4A conference will the same eight schools.

1993-94

The Southeastern conference welcomes new a member in the mid 90s with Purnell Swett and says goodbye to Lee County and West Robeson.

1997-98

The conference remains the same as the 90s come to a close with Anson County, Hoke, Lumberton, Pinecrest, Purnell Swett, Richmond and Scotland.

2001-02

The early 2000s brought change to the conference, by slightly renaming it the Mid-Southeastern conference because of the addition of Jack Britt, Douglas Byrd, Seventy-First and Westover and the departure of Anson, Lumberton and Purnell.

2002-03

In the next round of realignments the Mid-Southeastern conference remained the same.

2005-09

The Mid-Southeastern conference again remained the same in the mid-2000s.

2009-present

The current Southeastern conference landscape appeared in 2009 with Hoke, Lumberton, Pinecrest, Purnell Swett, Richmond and Scotland. The former members of the conference shifted to the Mid-South featuring Cape Fear, E.E. Smith, Jack Britt, Pine Forest, Seventy-First, South View and Terry Sanford.

Reach the Laurinburg Exchange sports editor Amber Hatten by phone at 910-506-3170.

Daily Journal file photo Jack Britt will be one of the two teams joining the current SEC schools to form the Sandhills Athletic Conference this fall.
http://www.yourdailyjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_UT0A2314-1.jpgDaily Journal file photo Jack Britt will be one of the two teams joining the current SEC schools to form the Sandhills Athletic Conference this fall.

Daily Journal file photo Seventy-First will say goodbye to the Mid-South Athletic Conference due to the NCHSAA realignment.
http://www.yourdailyjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_dna-1.jpgDaily Journal file photo Seventy-First will say goodbye to the Mid-South Athletic Conference due to the NCHSAA realignment.
NCHSAA realignment gives Southeastern Conference a new name

By Amber Hatten

ahatten@civitasmedia.com

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