The Arkansas Activities Association (AAA), the governing body for high school athletics in the state, recently released the proposed conference realignments for the 2014-2016 athletic seasons. If they are unhappy, member schools do have the opportunity to appeal their new league assignments, so changes are possible and the final conference configurations will be released at a later date.

The Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs just completed their first season in Class 6A and faired very well, despite stepping up in competition and a more difficult league schedule. The football team went 14-0 and won its third straight state title, but its first in 6A, despite being the second smallest school in the classification based on student enrollment. The Bulldogs also have an active 38-game winning streak, the 6th longest such streak in the nation.

The GHS girls’ golf also won a state title last fall, as did a couple of Bulldogs’ wrestlers in their individual weight classes. The volleyball and baseball teams also reached the state finals before losing, and both basketball teams competed well in conference play and won games in the state tournament. The Lady Bulldogs’ softball team finished the season strong as well, and made some noise in the state tournament before bowing out.

Based on current enrollment numbers, Greenwood High School will be the smallest school in 6A, surpassed by arch-rival Alma, which makes the move to 6A for the first time. The two schools will be reunited in the new version of the 7A/6A Central conference starting with the 2014-15 school year. Alma will compete in Class 5A for the 2013-14 school year, and Greenwood will continue to play its current conference schedule for one more season.

But in August 2014, Fort Smith Northside and Southside, both 7A schools, will move from the 7A/6A Central to the West. Little Rock schools Parkview and Hall will also move from the central to the south. Those vacancies in the central will be filled by the additions of Alma, Bryant, Siloam Springs, and Van Buren, joining holdovers Greenwood, Conway, Russellville, and Little Rock Catholic/Mt. St. Mary’s.

The current version of the 7A/6A Central includes four 7A schools, and the new configuration will also feature four (Conway, Bryant, Van Buren, and Catholic). Greenwood will also be reunited with another former geographic rival in Siloam Springs. The two schools both made the move to 6A last season, but played in different conferences. Ironically, the Panthers were the last team to defeat Greenwood on the gridiron in 2010 prior to the start of the current 38-game winning streak.

Below is a listing of the proposed 7A/6A conference alignments beginning with the 2014-15 school year.

7A/6A-South
Benton
El Dorado
LR Hall
Lake Hamilton
LR Parkview
Pine Bluff
Sheridan
Texarkana

7A/6A Central
Alma
Bryant
LR Catholic/Mt. St. Mary
Conway
Greenwood
Russellville
Siloam Springs
Van Buren

7A West
Bentonville
Fayetteville
Springdale Har-Ber
Rogers Heritage
FS Northside
Rogers
Springdale
FS Southside

7A/6A East
Cabot
LR Central
Jonesboro
Marion
Mountain Home
North Little Rock
Searcy
West Memphis

New Conference Alignments Announced for 2014-16
6-19-13
Article By: Richard White

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