The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association report on conference realignment statewide doesn't have any proposed changes for South Jersey schools, but mentions that the possibility exists of football-only mergers.
The report, mailed Monday to member schools, will be considered for adoption by the NJSIAA Executive Committee Sept. 10.
If approved, the realignments will be in effect for the 2009-10 school year. The plan creates four "super conferences" spanning Hudson, Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic and Sussex Counties.
According to the report, there was a consensus among the schools in the 11 counties in central and southern New Jersey that realignment wasn't necessary, except for the possible merging of football schedules in the coming years.
The report details the South Jersey conferences that have discussed potential football mergers.
Since 2002, the Burlington County and Olympic Conferences have merged for football only. There are 33 teams and five divisions in the Burlco/Olympic Football Conference.
All but two of the schools are in Camden or Burlington Counties. The exceptions are Washington Township in Gloucester County and New Egypt in Ocean County.
The report states: "The Burlington County Interscholastic League, the Colonial Valley Conference and the Olympic Conference will continue to pursue a merger of their member schools for football only, as will the Cape Atlantic League and Tri-County Conference, producing two football conferences with multiple divisions."
The Colonial Valley Conference consists of 14 teams, most from Mercer County.
The Tri-County Conference, with teams from Camden, Gloucester and Salem Counties, along with Cumberland from Cumberland County and Wildwood from Cape May County, has had continuing discussions with the Cape Atlantic League about a potential football merger. The Cape Atlantic League consists of teams from Atlantic, Cumberland and Cape May Counties.
Athletic directors from the Trico and Cape are expected to vote on a football-only merger proposal in October.
Northern Burlco names coach. Gene Darling has been named the head boys' basketball coach at Northern Burlington. Darling, who was an assistant, replaced Herman Johnson, who resigned after seven years.