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New regions set in GHSA

Posted: December 7, 2011 - 9:31am

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All area schools know their region and subregion destinations, except one.

On Tuesday, the Georgia High School Association Reclassification Committee placed schools in regions for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years. According to the GHSA Web site, the goals were to cut down on travel costs and time away from class.

Amongst the Augusta-area schools, only Hephzibah must wait a little longer to know everything.

The Rebels were put in Region 3-AAAA, but with their subregion still to be determined. Hephzibah football coach John Bowen joked people have waited this long, so another day or so won’t be a huge deal.

In that region, Burke County, Butler, Cross Creek, Glenn Hills and Richmond Academy are in Subregion B while Liberty County, South Effingham, Statesboro and Wayne County are in Subregion A.

Bowen said one Subregion B school might be moved to Subregion A to allow Hephzibah’s placement in B . That would result in a five-team subregion setup. Otherwise, Hephzibah would simply join Subregion B and have six teams in the subregion.

Regardless, the coach sees Hephzibah’s spot in the region as a positive.

“It’s good in that way for scheduling and trying to build some local rivalries,” Bowen said.

Schools have until Friday, Dec. 16 at noon to appeal region placement and attempt a lateral transfer. The reclassification committee will hear these appeals 10 a.m. Dec. 19 at the GHSA’s office building, according to the Web site.

REGION SHIFT

Where local teams were placed:

Class AAAAA

Region 2

Subregion A: Evans, Greenbrier, Grovetown and Lakeside

Class AAAA

Region 3

Subregion B: Burke County, Butler, Cross Creek, Glenn Hills and Richmond Academy

Note: Hephzibah’s subregion in Region 3 is TBD.

Class AAA

Region 3

Subregion A: Jefferson County, Thomson and Washington County

Subregion B: Swainsboro, Dodge County and Southeast Bulloch

Class AA

Region 3

Subregion A: A.R. Johnson, Josey, Dublin and East Laurens

Subregion B: Davidson Fine Arts, Harlem, Laney, Screven County and Westside

Region 8

Subregion A: Washington-Wilkes, Greene County, Oglethorpe County and Social Circle

Class A

Region 7

Subregion A: Aquinas, Glascock County, Lincoln County, Warren County, Hancock Central and Taliaferro County.

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Riverman1

Effect on Lakeside and Others

The 5 A subregion with 4 Columbia County teams shouldn't make it too hard on them traveling. That will only leave 6 games with out of town opponents and you have to figure half of those will always be at home. So only 3 long road trips, not bad. Gives the Lakeside fans a nice drive for the BMW's.

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