Some Rose High School Sports Could Go "Independent"

Since being re-aligned into the newly formed mideastern conference, Rose High School has complained about extreme travel conditions... And for good reason. During any given season the Rampants are forced to make a number of two hour trips to Wilmington just to play conference games.

That could all change next season as the North Carolina High School Athletic Association has given J.H. Rose the option of going independent in all sports except football and basketball.

The NCHSAA will also make every effort for their long trips be scheduled on Friday nights for basketball. There will also be a mechanism for Rose to qualify for playoffs in other team sports.

The school has until January 1, 2011 to make a decision.


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  • by Anonymous on Dec 11, 2010 at 05:17 AM
    Rose won those state championships by going through the best 4-A schools in the state - four years in a row. The problem with Wilmington schools in our conference is that ticket prices have gone up for students and the amount of gas used going to these games is astronomical. When we were in a conference with 3-A teams, we made those teams better. I think we should be in a conference with Raleigh teams - that would be closer than what we have now. Fact is that Rose travels more than any other school in the state by a long shot. Just doesn't make sense.
  • by Truth Location: Greenville on Dec 5, 2010 at 07:15 AM
    Let's be real with ourselves. The persona of going to J.H.Rose is so great, that MANY PARENTS will lie and give false addresses so their kids can go to a substandard school. After all, didn't the powers-to-be at Rose decline to join the Raleigh conference, because as one person said, "We should not have to travel west of I-95". I had a nephew graduate from Rose and when he enrolled at PCC, he had to take remedial math and english before he could get to take college courses. My son goes to North Pitt and the difference is night and day. NP cares about ALL their students, not just the Rhode Scholars.
  • by Hannah Perry Location: Greenville on Dec 4, 2010 at 07:09 AM
    Hey Jim, yeah we played 3A schools, and welcomed the challenge of a tougher conference last year. It was my senior year on the varsity soccer team, and we traveled to wilmington constantly, it wasn't good for the players. We would leave school in the beginning of our first class and would return around 11 or mid-night each night, and most of the girls on the team were AP students trying to study under the lights from their cell phones. The fact is its high school sports, and we are STUDENT athletes. And as for the bears, I do believe last season proved their winning days are numbered.
  • by Chris on Dec 4, 2010 at 07:07 AM
    The travel for football is not the issue, it is the sports that play multiple midweek games. Many students at Rose now choose not to play because of the school time missed. A split conference for all sports with the exception of football would not be a problem.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Dec 3, 2010 at 01:41 PM
    I thought that's mainly the private schools that are considered independent schools. Only independent public school I can think of is Ocracoke, which is about a 1/1000 in population of what Rose is.
  • by jim Location: eastern n.c. on Dec 3, 2010 at 10:51 AM
    suck it up rose high,over the past serveral years all you guys wanted to do was play the small 3a schools knowing ya'll were not going to lose.and know you are playing your competetion level and now you are having to work that much harder to win. stop and listen i don't here the NEW BERN BEARS crying. don't make excuses please.
  • by Roy Location: pitt on Dec 3, 2010 at 10:36 AM
    Rose has always thought they were elite. Hate it for the kids and the distance traveling. BUT, Rose showed they were very much average this year in sports versus stomping everyone in the 3a Coastal Conference like they used to do for so many years. It was great to see them play teams their size for a change. Not sure if so many are complaining about the distance or if they had a dose of reality of playing in a true 4a conference. Now u know how the 3a schools felt when playing 4a Rose. But an easy fix is to make Rose a 3a school and bus kids elsewhere utilizing ALL the high schools in Pitt County for space.
  • by RoseTeacher on Dec 3, 2010 at 10:25 AM
    To Who Cares: We never wanted in this conference. Our athletic department has been operating in the red for two years. We cannot sustain this financial burden. Contrary to what some people may think in this communtiy, Rose does not have unlimited resources. So Who Cares, I'll take your advice and not care what YOU think.
  • by JB on Dec 3, 2010 at 09:50 AM
    As a teacher at a large 3A school I understand how athletic schedules work, but waht many tend to forget is that these young people are STUDENT athletes. That means they are students first. If they are having trouble keeping up with the school work, then they need to reconsider their priorities. Plyaing sports is optional, doing well in school shouldn't be.
  • by Coach on Dec 3, 2010 at 09:37 AM
    I agree Robert. Rose has a strong tradition at the 4A level but lets face facts it is just not feasible or smart financially for them to stay at the 4A level..it would not be fair to those kids who are in sports that would become independent...how would they earn all conference or be a conference champion??? Plus how are they going to be able to schedule games when other teams are in conferences???? Ultimatley the kids will lose.
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