Cary’s Green Hope and Panther Creek will appeal their placement in a high school athletic conference with Durham Hillside, Durham Jordan, Durham Riverside, Northern Durham and Person.
A plan approved by the N.C. High School Athletic Association realignment committee on Wednesday would place Green Hope and Panther Creek in the league for four years.
The realignment committee’s plan also keeps Broughton and Enloe aligned with other Cap Eight 4A teams. Drafts of the plan had the two schools moving to the Greater Neuse 4A.
Rolesville, a Wake County school that opens in 2013 when the plan takes effect, would go to the Greater Neuse.
Schools may appeal their placement to the realignment committee on March 15. The realignment committee, which is made up of superintendents and principals, will recommend a plan to the NCHSAA board of directors in May.
The NCHSAA board has final approval of the plan.
Wayne Bragg, the athletic director at Green Hope, said the two Wake County Schools would continue to stress to the committee that the schools should be allowed to remain with the other schools in its community.
"We won't change the message," Bragg said. "We have nothing at all against the other schools. We just want to remain with our community. We think we have some options to show the committee. I understand the need for the five schools to have other schools in their conference, but we think there is a better way."
He believes the realignment committee should consider creating a 3A/4A conference, a league that owuld have 3A and 4A schools. Bragg plans to explore the possibility of some area 3A schools preferring to be aligned with the Durham-area schools.
"Many of the 3A schools in the area have been aligned with the Durham schools in the past," Bragg said. "I think some of them may have interest."
Green Hope and Panther Creek, which are in western Wake County, are the closest 4A schools to the five Durham-area 4A schools.