The N.C. High School Athletic Association released the average daily membership (ADM) numbers of its member institutions Friday, just in time to get an idea of who's going where in the upcoming football playoffs.
In the 3-A classification, there are 93 schools (and most of them will make the playoffs. Seriously, the ADMs are how the NCHSAA determines who will go to 3-AA and who will go to 3-A. Because the playoff field hasn't been set, it's still speculation for many schools near the midpoint of the ADM list but here's how it looks.
Right now, the teams (with ADMs and rank in parentheses) that fall under the midpoint are Kinston (946, 87th), SouthWest Edgecombe (975, 86th), Beddingfield (980, 84th), West Craven (1,093, 77th), Waynesville Tuscola (1,121, 70th), , Eastern Alamance (1,144, 65th), West Rowan (1,168, 58th) and Rocky Mount (1,210, 48th).
All of those teams are either ranked in The Associated Press Top or have received votes. But the midpoint could go either way, depending on who makes it.
Of local interest, Hunt (1,376, 17th) is the biggest 3-A school around while Fike is next (1,243, 40th). Charles B. Aycock (1,239, 42nd) is just in the upper tier while Southern Nash (1,217, 46th) sits right on the line.
The largest school in the NEW 6 Conference is Northern Nash (1,320, 24th) while Nash Central (1,242, 41st) is the third biggest.
Hunt is also the biggest in the Eastern Carolina Conference with CBA second, followed by Eastern Wayne (1,158, 61st), Southern Wayne (1,096, 76th), Beddingfield and Kinston.