Hoggard high school opened in 1967 as New Hanover County’s second high school. When the new high school opened, it carried with it a full complement of varsity sports – including football. The Vikings quickly built their program, going an impressive 9-0-1 in the 1974 season.
Laney’s first football team came in 1976. The three county schools didn’t actually play in the same conference until 1979, when Laney, Hoggard and New Hanover all joined the 4A division III.
Hoggard left a conference with several Fayetteville schools to play locally, and former Hoggard athletic director James Hebbe put it this way to the StarNews:
“Reducing our travel by approximately 10,000 miles or nearly 40 percent no doubt will make the upcoming school term more enjoyable for our teams,” Hebbe said. “But when the league split put our two local entries in separate divisions, it gave Wilmington two chances to win a championship. Although our Local Rivalry may be more important in conference play, our playoff chances will be less.”
With the 2013-2017 realignment fast approaching, it’s worth wondering how much of a fuss any of the four Wilmington schools would raise if they were split into separate conferences.
Date posted: March 9, 2012
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