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Posted 26 January 2017 - 04:45 AM
Posted 26 January 2017 - 08:09 AM
This is a smart move. Many of the talented skill positions at North Davidson have often come from the Midway area. That community has...imo...the best recreation and youth programs with tremendous support from the fine folks that live there. With losing kids, I thought ND was scheduled to drop down a classification soon as well. Mark is a tremendous coach and person. Midway hit a home run.
Posted 27 January 2017 - 02:18 PM
this move is anything but surprising or random as nipit hit the nail on the head. Could Holcomb stay at North and be a flash in the pan over the next few years at 2A until their numbers drop, sure he could. But long term, Oak Grove will be the place to be. The new school will pull from North's best talent pool, and also pull from one of Ledford's highest income areas which also tends to have a pretty solid talent pool across all sports. In 5 years, Oak Grove will be a top tier program in 2A. Within 3-5 years, they'll be competing pretty hard in some other sports like baseball for example. Good long term move by Holcomb and a chance to build something exactly as he wants to with new facilities and a lot of support.
"You can't control the wind, but you can always adjust your sails."
Posted 28 January 2017 - 09:51 PM
The Midway community has been good for North Davidson over the years, but that is not the only place our athletes came from. Plenty of good football players ( I assume that is what everyone wants to talk about) come from the Welcome, Arcadia and Reedy Creek communities. Folks act like the Midway kids are from planet Krypton . It reminds me of when Wheatmore opened in Randolph county. That was where all the Trinity "athletes" came from they said, and Wheatmore was going to be strong in athletics. Hasn't really happened, has it. I'm not trying to put down Oak Grove one bit, it's just comical to me, and A LOT of folks in the North Davidson community at how everyone thinks the next Mallard Creek is coming to the Northeastern part of Davidson County .
Posted 29 January 2017 - 06:21 PM
You are correct in your assessment to a point. I would say the primary difference between the Trinity/Wheatmore situation is the caliber of coaching Oak Grove will receive from Day One. Mark Holcomb is one of the more underrated coaches in the state, with a .693 winning percentage over his decade-plus tenure at North. Wheatmore, will all due respect, hired a coach with no more than 7 wins in his ten years as Head Coach at Central Davidson (had five losing seasons, three .500 seasons, and two seasons just above .500). Granted, Central is a tough place to build a consistently successful program. Holcomb has only one losing season on his resume.
The other difference I see is the talent pool Oak Grove will draw from. OG will pull from North and Ledford, whereas Wheatmore was the result of splitting one school. Additionally, OG has a single middle school already in operation while Wheatmore lacks the single middle school feeder. This allows continuity from one level to the next.
Now, to your point, OG may jump on the scene as title contenders in the next three years when they have a full school of seniors, juniors, sophomores, and freshman. They also may fall flat and not fulfill their potential. I don't know which way OG will turn out. But I do think they are are the right track with a good head coach. I also do not think North will fall off the face of NC high school football. I think they will remain competitive as a legitimate contender for the foreseeable future.
Posted 30 January 2017 - 06:38 AM
This is an absolute home run hire by AD Stan Smith and Principal Scott Dalton! If ND or Ledford were to be staying in a higher classification it would worry me, but knowing both programs I think they both will be just fine. I'm excited to see how Davidson does in their county conference and these three programs should will likely be atop of the standings.