More on Charlotte Catholic and other Catholic schools(Bishop McGuinness/Cardinal Gibbons) looking to stay in the NCHSAA
Charlotte Catholic joined the NCHSAA in 1967.
It joined the Rocky River 2A conference in 1972, and Catholic’s football team was 75-16-1 in league play through the 1985 season. In November of ’85, seven teams in its nine-team league asked the NCHSAA to remove Catholic from its membership over concerns with geographic boundaries.
In May 1986, with a three-fourths majority needed, 54 percent of member schools voted for change; 46 percent were against.
Now, 26 years later, Catholic – playing in a conference with Mecklenburg and Gaston County 3A and 4A teams – faces another vote.
The NCHSAA constitution requires a membership vote if six or more schools request an item be placed on a ballot. Salisbury, West Rowan, East Rowan, South Rowan, North Rowan and China Grove Carson, requested the vote.
“To me, it is a question of boundaries,” said Joe Pinyan, the Salisbury High athletics director and football coach. “Our students come from a specific area. Theirs do not. Their players can come from anywhere. It is not a level playing field.”
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