BREAKING NEWS: Newton-Conover Vacates 2A Title
Posted 07 February 2017 - 08:50 PM
Newton rose from the depths of mediocre academics to a 14th ranking in all public schools in North Carolina. They also went from a bottom 20 percentile to 4th best graduation rate in the state. Kudos to the system for both accomplishments and taking a firm stand in this situation.
Posted 07 February 2017 - 09:31 PM
I assure you the Athletic Director is a no nonsense man. He has been on the other side of teaching and being told to get football players passed. He will not tolerate treating athletes differently. He has won multiple state titles in soccer (he is the coach of boys and girls) as of late demanding academics are of the upmost importance.
Posted 08 February 2017 - 10:25 AM
I assume you are speaking to the football team. if so they will be more senior based than last year but will still have a number of sophomores moved up to field a starting squad. Numbers have been an issue for 5 years or more. Kids are not coming out for football as in years past.
Posted 08 February 2017 - 11:53 AM
Posted 08 February 2017 - 01:08 PM
Correction on the athletic director. I did not know Angelo Pelozzi had taken a different position as the the head of technology overseeing internships and other items. John Echard the assistant with him is running that show.
Newton-Conover coaching was not aware of the academic status of the kid thru the playoffs. They became aware of it after the title match was completed Saturday night. Immediately upon hearing of it the coaching staff reported the rumor and the condition of the academics was checked. A number of social media post have indicated a parent of a disciplined wrestler had knowledge of the grades and brought it to their attention.
In the past the AD was responsible for checking academic standing on all teams. The kid in question was academically eligible during the season until the end of January grades came out. He was not eligible during the week all the playoffs occurred. Thus none of the wins by Newton-Conover from round 1 thru the championship are legit. This is why no champion will be recorded for the year. Tough for Newton, but much harder for all the teams who competed against Newton with eligible athletes.