Parents concerned over sports conference changes

March 5, 2012 3:14:35 PM PST
There are more concerns over the North Carolina High School Athletic Association's plan to realign two Wake County schools with a different conference.

Some parents fear the move will mean the end to several sports programs at Panther Creek and Green Hope High Schools.

Two parents, who are worried their daughters will not be able to play golf at Green Hope thanks to that conference change, spoke to ABC11.

"Just to drop these programs, when there are alternatives out there. It doesn't seem to make sense," said parent Stephan Yannoni.

That was the Yannoni's opinion after learning of the NCHSAA's decision to move their daughter's school from the Tri-9 conference to the Pac-6. It's a move they fear will destroy the girls' golf program at Green Hope. It's a program their daughter, Amanda, is actively involved with.

"She will no longer be able to play girl's golf for her junior and senior years at Green Hope High School," said Pamela.

The Yannonis said none of the other schools in the Pac-6 offers girls' golf.

"There's really no way to sustain it if there are no other teams that have girls' golf teams within that new conference," said Pamela.

"We don't know who they would compete with," said Stephan.

Commissioner of the NCHSAA Davis Whitfield said they don't want any of their members to lose programs. He remains hopeful.

"If we have schools that may not offer the same types of programs, there are going to be other opportunities for them to compete against out of conference opportunities for those schools that they're used to competing against," said Whitfield.

The Yannonis want specifics.

"We're not sure what those opportunities are," said Stephan. "So not knowing, we have to assume that there isn't really going to be much."

They hope the association will have a change of heart.

"That is our hope," said Pamela. "That these kids would all still have an opportunity to play competitive high school sports."

Green Hope and Panther Creek have both appealed the conference change. Those appeals will be reviewed on March 15. The realignment committee could make a decision by the end of the month.

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