Davie middle schools joining new 12-team league

Published 1:09 pm Tuesday, April 25, 2023

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It’s official. Davie’s middle schools have a new athletic home as Ellis, North Davie and South Davie will compete in a 12-team conference starting next fall.

Davie County Schools released a statement last week: “We are pleased to officially announce that Davie County’s three middle schools will be joining an athletic conference with Rowan County Schools and Mooresville City Schools beginning in the 2023-24 school year. We will be added to the current conference, which consists of Rowan County middle schools China Grove, Corriher-Lipe, Erwin, Knox, North Rowan, Southeast and West Rowan; and Mooresville and Selma Burke middle schools in Mooresville City Schools. This will create a 12-team conference divided into two divisions.”

“We meet (this) week with the entire conference to solidify bylaws and schedules,” Davie County Athletic Director Anthony Davis said.

One of the proposed divisions puts North Davie, South Davie, Ellis, Mooresville, Selma Burke and West Rowan together. The other division would consist of China Grove, Corriher-Lipe, Erwin, Knox, North Rowan and Southeast.

“Joining an all-public school conference will offer more regulatory consistency as well as more appropriate competition,” the statement continued. “Most of our sports seasons will remain unchanged, but since we have been invited into this already-established conference, some sports may play at a different time of the year.”

The fall season will include football, girls/boys tennis, softball and cross country. The winter sports will be JV girls basketball, JV boys basketball, varsity girls basketball, varsity boys basketball and wrestling. The spring sports will be girls soccer, boys soccer, baseball, JV volleyball, varsity volleyball, girls track and boys track.

“The conference does not offer golf,” it said in the statement. “However, there are several teams in the conference that have golf teams, so we will still have the opportunity to field teams for golf.”