Green Hope and Panther Creek made requests to the N.C. High School Athletic Associaton on Tuesday to place the schools in a league with other current Tri-Nine 4A schools.
The current drafts of conference realignment has the two Wake County schools joining Durham Jordan, Durham Riverside, Durham Hillside, Roxboro Person and Northern Durham in a conference.
Todd Schuler, the Panther Creek athletics director, said the move would create a financial hardship for the schools to leave the rivalries they have in their current league. He noted there are four high schools in Cary – the other two are Middle Creek and Cary – and that pulling Green Hope and Panther Creek would not only affect gate receipts and corporate sponsorships, but also increase travel.
He said the current Tri-Nine teams have a shared community.
Bob Hill, the athletic director at Durham Hillside, represented the PAC-6 schools.
He noted a five-team conference would create major difficulties.
In 2011, for example, Hillside played only 10 football games because it could not find opponents. One of the 10 was against a team from South Carolina.
“We have good facilities and we have good competitive teams,” he said. “We’ve had sellouts in basketball and football. I think we could develop new rivalries.”
Broughton asked to remain in the current Cap Eight instead of moving to the Greater Neuse River Conference. Jack Spain, the Caps’ athletics director, suggested a new school opening in 2013 in Rolesville, be placed in the Greater Neuse and that Broughton remain with its traditional rivals.