Yadkin Valley Conference 2017 predictions
1) North Rowan
2) West Montgomery
3) North Stanly
4) North Moore
5) South Stanly
6) Chatham Central
8) South Davidson
The more things change, the more some things stay the same. East Montgomery moves up to 2A and leaves the conference. North Rowan drops from 2A and rejoins the conference. Other than a battle for the conference title between the Cavaliers and Warriors, the finish from third place down stays the same.
I've got to give North Rowan the top spot over West Montgomery because the Cavaliers have played tougher schedules the past four seasons. I'm not sure how the head coaching change will affect West, but hopefully, the Warriors will still stay competitive.
After that, it's the same ol' song and dance from third place on down. Will North Stanly play "spoiler" in the conference? Seems like North Moore will be in "rebuilding mode" after losing a bunch of seniors. But, will the Mustangs be competitive and stay in the top tier of the league or fall into the lower half of the conference?
Can South Stanly or Chatham Central escape the lower tier of the conference? I think the Bears will be improved. But, how much?
Finally, is there any hope of Albemarle ever returning to its "glory days" or, at least be competitive? And, will South Davidson even field a team next season?