Maumelle Charter and Central Arkansas Christian are only a few miles apart in North Little Rock and now the two high schools will be competing against each other in spring sports for the next two years.
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The Arkansas Activities Association announced on Wednesday that the conference alignments for the 2022-24 competition cycle have been set for tennis, golf, baseball, softball, track & field and soccer.
Conferences won’t be finalized until later this year for baseball, softball, soccer and track & field as schools have until Dec. 1 to declare their intent to play that sport in Spring 2023.
Maumelle Charter and CAC are both currently set to play all spring sports, but the Lady Mustangs won’t be facing the Falcons in softball, at least in conference action.
That’s due to the new competitive equity rule for private schools. There’s been a multiplier applied to private schools that generally pushes them up a classification. The team’s wins and losses are given points and if they haven’t scored more than two points over the last four years, that would cause a school to drop down.
So for softball, CAC will be in Maumelle Charter’s old turf, the 2A-5 and will face the likes of Bigelow, Conway Christian and Episcopal Collegiate. While the Falcons will be in the 3A-5 with Mayflower, Baptist Prep, mostly along the Interstate 40 corridor.
Soccer is a bit different as Maumelle Charter and CAC will be together but the conference won’t have that I-40 flavor as it stretches from Lake Village in the state’s extreme southeast corner, over to Hermitage then north LISA North and Jacksonville Lighthouse with Baptist Prep and Episcopal in between.
Baseball is somewhat more compact and will feature Lamar as the westernmost school and, again, mostly along the I-40 corridor as CAC and Maumelle Charter will be joined by Atkins, Baptist Prep, Dover, Mayflower and Perryville.
As for North Little Rock and Maumelle, nothing really much changes. As previously reported, Jonesboro will be in the 6A-Central, but Fort Smith Northside will be in the 6A-West, as they should.
The Hornets will play most familiar faces but will now include eStem along with Vilonia besides the likes of Beebe, Jacksonville, Little Rock Christian, Parkview and Sylvan Hills.
The list of conference assignments by sport follows.
Central Arkansas Christian
Little Rock Christian
Mount St Mary (G)
North Little Rock
Baptist Prep (G)
Conway Christian (G)
3A - 5
Little Rock Christian
2A - 5
Cutter Morning Star
5A - Central
Mount St Mary
Track & Field
Catholic/Mt. St. Mary
Catholic/Mount St. Mary’s