As the calendar inches closer to football season, conferences will look slightly different for football, but will likely look much different in other sports for the 2018 through 2020 seasons.
Conferences were changed to reduce travel in schedules.
Football will keep its 7A classifications with no changes, but there will be changes coming to conferences that will affect Faulkner County schools in other football conferences.
In the 5A West, Maumelle will move to the 5A Central. In its place, Hunstville will move up from the 1-4A.
In 2017, Huntsville finished the season 2-8 overall with a 1-6 record in the conference.
In Hooten’s annual Arkansas Football magazine, Huntsville was picked to finish in eighth place, behind Vilonia.
Huntsville will face Greenbrier and Vilonia in consecutive weeks, starting Sept. 21 hosting Greenbrier before traveling to Vilonia.
In other sports, Greenbrier and Vilonia will continue to compete in the 5A West, but the conference will look much different.
Because 7A will be non-existent after football has concluded, 7A football teams will make up the 6A conference, while subsequent conferences will absorb more teams, causing movement.
Alma, Vilonia and Greenbrier will be the only schools to remain in the 5A after football, while the 5A West will feature Beebe, Greenwood, Little Rock Christian, Russellville and Siloam Springs.
In 3A competition, Mayflower will move from 2-3A competition in football, one year removed from winning the conference championship after a 10-win season, to the 4-3A.
Mayflower will now compete against Atkins, Baptist Prep, Danville, Glen Rose, Jessieville, Perryville and Two Rivers.
Hooten’s has Mayflower finishing third behind last year’s 4-3A champion Glen Rose and Atkins, despite returning six starters on offense and seven on defense from last season’s 2-3A conference championship team.
In other sports, Mayflower will stay in the 5-3A, but Baptist Prep, Central Arkansas Christian, Jacksonville Lighthouse will join, while Bismarck, and Rose Bud will leave.
In 5-2A football, Hector will leave, while Mountain Pine will join from 7-2A.
Hooten’s has Mountain Pine finishing fifth in the conference after a 7-4 record last year, which put them in a third place finish.
In other sports, Conway Christian will move from 4-2A competition to the 5-2A conference.
It will face Des Arc, Nemo Vista, Pangburn, Quitman, Southside - Bee Branch, St. Joseph and White Co. Central.
The 5-1A North will look a little different, as well, with Guy-Perkins, Mt. Vernon-Enola, Sacred Heart and Wonderview staying.
Concord, Rural Special, Shirley, Timbo and Westside Greers Ferry will join the previously mentioned four teams.