The N.C. High School Athletic Association has granted a request from Concord’s Robinson High to leave the Charlotte-based MECKA 4A conference. Robinson will move to the South Piedmont 3A in the 2015-16 season. Robinson’s enrollment has dipped well into 3A levels. That will leave the conference with seven teams: A.L. Brown, Hopewell, Hough, Mallard Creek, North Mecklenburg, Vance and West Charlotte.
It also will leave scheduling issues, particularly in football. With Robinson leaving and essentially creating a bye week for each team, the remaining MECKA schools might have difficultly adding a nonconference game later in the season when most other conferences have begun league play. It might cause teams to only play 10 games, whereas other schools can play 11 to earn more money and potentially drop a nonconference game for playoff seeding purposes.
“It causes a bit of a quagmire,” said conference spokesperson Jamie Billings, athletics director at Hopewell. “We’re going to look at options. We’re going to have to have a conference call to try to figure it all out.”
Billings said other sports won’t be affected as much as football.
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“There’s so much flexibility in the schedule that it’s easy to pick up nonconference games in other sports besides football,” he said. “We hate losing (Robinson), but we’ve got to look at what’s right for kids and not the conference. They have JV in all sports, which is a plus, and they travel well, but they are almost a 2A school in a big 4A conference.”
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