Cary parents fight athletic conference change

March 1, 2012 3:17:11 PM PST
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association is considering moving Cary's Panther Creek and Green Hope High Schools to a difference athletic conference.

With the move, the current Tri-Nine schools would move to the Piedmont Athletic Conference, which is no longer in Wake County.

The decision has sparked serious concerns among parents. Almost 3,000 people have signed an online petition created to fight the change.  

One parent said she was worried about her safety when she visited PAC-6 member, Person High School in Roxboro. The woman said her van was vandalized while she stopped at a restaurant in Roxboro.

The president of the booster club at Green Hope High School feels the move would destroy established rivalries and could negatively impact the funding of sports programs at his school.

"We could lose our gate receipts by almost, almost 40 percent," booster club president Pete Durand said.

The commissioner of the NCHSAA disagrees with the plan's critics.

"We see it as a chance to develop additional rivalries, additional competition, opportunities," Davis Whitfield said.  "They're still going to be able to play those teams that they've always been associated with, they'll just have to play those teams in non-conference."

Whitfield said the realignment committee will be taking a look at the appeals on March 15.

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