Fans longing for the return of the old Valley District alignment for local high school athletics in the area may soon get their wish.
The Virginia High School League has released its proposed alignment plans for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years. And the proposal includes a newly-reformed Valley District, consisting of seven schools: Broadway, Fort Defiance, Harrisonburg, R.E. Lee, Spotswood, Turner Ashby and Waynesboro.
The district would be part of Region III.
Broadway, Harrisonburg, Spotswood and Turner Ashby currently make up the Massanutten District.
Fort Defiance, Lee and Waynesboro are members of the Southern Valley District, along with Rockbridge, Stuarts Draft and Wilson Memorial.
According to the proposal, posted on the VHSL Website, Rockbridge would shift to the Blue Ridge District, while Draft and Wilson would step down to Group A's Shenandoah District.
The Wildcats and Cougars were both members of the last incarnation of the Valley District, which split when its nine members moved from Region II to Region III in 2007.
Wilson is in its first year in Group AA after bumping up from the Shenandoah District.
East Rockingham High School, which opens its doors in 2010, will also be part of the Shenandoah District, according to the VHSL proposal.
The proposal also includes the relocation of current Shenandoah District schools Central and Stonewall Jackson: the Falcons to Group AA's Northwestern District and the Generals to the Bull Run District in Group A.