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..The official realignment of the North
Carolina State High School Athletic Asso
ciation is in and the Southwestern 4A
Conference is going to undergo some
With no challenges from our area, it looks
like the local conference will look this way
Division 10: Shelby Crest, East Gaston,
West Charlotte and West Mecklenburg.
Division 11: Gastonia Ashbrook, East
Mecklenburg, Garinger, Gastonia Hunter
Huss, Independence, Myers Park, and
: South Mecklenburg.
In another move that affects our area,
J Charlotte Catholic will play in Division 8 of
* the Rocky River 2A ranks with Albemarle,
l Monroe, Mount Pleasant, North Stanly,
Parkwood, Piedmond, South Stanly and
The new realignment will go into effect in
[ two seasons and will not be chahged for four
■ Around the state, alignments look like
. .Big East Division l: Wilson Beddingfield,
Wilson Fike, Wilson Hunt, Kinston, Eliza
beth City Northeastern, Northern Nash,
Rocky Mount and Greenville Rose.
l Goldsboro, Wilmington Hoggard, Jackson
f ville, Wilmington Laney, New Bern, Wil
mington New Hanover, Southern Wayne,
i -.Division 3 Mid-South: Fayetteville Dou
• glas Byrd, Fayetteville Cape Fear, Lee
County, Fayetteville Pine Forest, Ricb
i mond County, Fayetteville Secenty First,
Fayetteville South View and Fayetteville
..Division 4 Southeastern: Wades boro
t Bowman, Raeford Hoke, Lumberton, South
ern Pines, Pinecrest, Fayetteville Reid
Ross, Fayetteville Terry Sanford, Scotland
County, Fayetteville E.E. Smith and West
Division 5 Capital Area: Raleigh Athens
Drive, Raleigh Broughton, Cary, Raleigh
Enloe, Raleigh Millbrook, Garner, Raleigh
Sanderson, Dunn Triton, and Smithfield4
..Big Nine Division S: Chattel Hill, Dur
ham, Durham Hillside, Durham Jordan,
Northern Durham, Hillsborough Orange,
; Roxboro Person, Henderson, Vance, and
. ; Oxford Webb.
! Division 7 Central State: Greensboro
* Dudley, Greensboro Grimsley, Eden More
; bead, Reidsville, South Stokes and South
: east Guilford.
Division 8 Central Piedmont: Winston
Salem Carver, East Forsyth, Winston
; Salem Glenn, North Forsyth, Greensboro
Page and Greensboro Smith.
..Division 9 Mia-state: Kannapolis A. L.
; Brown, Davie County, Winston-Salem
: Mount Taber, North Davidson, Winston
: Salem Parkland, Winston-Salem R. J. Rey
; nolds, South Rowan, and West Forsyth.
Division 12 Catawba Valley: Alexander
! Central, East Burke, Morganton Freedom,
: Hickory, South Caldwell and Watauga:
..Division 13 Western 4A: Asheville, Mc
Dowell Central, Asheville A.C. Reynolds,
and Waynesville Tuscola.
In other leagues affecting our area:
\ High Point Central and High Point
; Andrews left the 4A ranks to join Ashe
I boro, Central Davidson, Jamestown Rags
1 dale, and Trinity in the Division 6 North
- ; Piedmont.
J Central Cabarrus, Concord, East Rowan,
* Forest Hills, Northwest Cabarrus, Sun Val
ley and West Rowan were lumped info the
Division 7 South Piedmont 3A.
Shelby Burns, Forest City Chase, East
: Rutherford, Kings Mountain, North Gaston
Rutherfordtoo-Spindale Central, Shelby and
: Belmont South Point will become the
Division 10 Southwestern 3A.
The following schools were upgraded to
; 4A status:
; Wadesboro Bowman, Dunn Triton, Dur
ham Jordan, Southeast Guilford, Winston
Salem Carver, Winston-Salem Glenn, Kan
napolis A. L. Brown, DaVie County, Mount
Taber, North Davidson, South RoWan,
Shelby Crest, East Gaston, Alexander
\ Central, Watauga, Asheville Reynolds And
; The state committee deliberated almost a .
; year on this new plan and came up with
; what they considered the best alternative to
j what we presently had
‘ Guidelines that the committee operated
; under were geography, size of the confer
: ~ence; and not letting schools play down.
If a school opted to play down, it would
lose all privileges in the following sports
; football, basketball, baseball and softball.
However, the committee could place a
school down if the geography deemed it
West Brunswick and Avery County were
; allowed to play 2A.
Versatil _ To Embark On Different Paths
By James Orthbertsoo
Post Sports Writer
The Springs’ twins,
Herman and Sherman,
have always been very
Next year, however, they
will begin ~lo embark on
"We have decided that
we are going to have
different roomates when
we go to college next
year,’; said Sherman, the
older of the two by mere
"We have always
roomed together," added
Herman. "We decided to
branch out a little and to
see how other roomates
Herman and SlMggfi&n
are different in: a lot of
ways. They don’t dress
alike and if one didn’t know
they were twins, you might
think that they were just
Herman, the younger
looking of the two, is 6-2,
Sherman is 5-11, 193
Hut in one
important way, they are
Although excelling in
different sports at different
times, they both managed
to attract Mel “Big Daddy”
Rose’s attention at
Livingstone College and he
came to Charlotte with pen
in hand to sign them to
football scholarships for
the Blue Bears and to tell
them to— enjoy their
summer because on August
7th when they report to the
Athletic Association camp
it will be time to get down
The native Charlotteans
were born March 5,1966 to
Mr. and Mrs. Herman
Springs and have lived
most of their lives in the
Nations Ford Road
community of Springfield.
They started athletics
early,playing baseball and
football for Brnarimnnr
-when they were seven
“ We^were always bigfor
our ages,” Herman said.
“They wouldn’t let us play
with the little boys. We had
to play with the big ones."
One of the highlights of
their early athletic career
yf came when the Broadmoor
13 year old Babe Ruth team
went to the national
' playoffs in Tennessee.
' Sherman was the shortstop
and Herman* who didn’t
play that year'.was the bat;
In seventh grade at Quail
Hollow they cooled out.
In eighth grade Herman
was the most valuable
player In junior varsity
In ninth grade Herman
was the Athlete of the Year
playing basketball, football
and setting track records in
the long jump, and the 200
In ninth grade Sherman
was the most valuable
player in baseball,
pitching. playing third, . *
hitting five home runs and
leading his team to second
place in the conference
In 10th grade, the twins
moved to Olympic High
School where Herman was
the most valuable player
on the junior varsity
football team from his
defensive back position
where ha “elligllt tht
interceptions and rushed
for 500 punt return yards.
Sherman was the captain
of the football team.
In basketball, Herman
moved up during the 10th
game of the season and
helped to lead the varsity to
a state quarterfinal
appearance at Catawba
College where they lost to
eventual finalist Chapel
mil High School.
Herman averaged 18 on
the junior varsity before he
moved up and finished with
an average of 14 per game
on the varisty.
Sherman played junior
varsity baseball, hitting
.289 and pitching and
In the Uth grade both
played football, Sherman
at linebacker and tight end
and Herman at defensive
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