GHSA sets 2010-11 region alignments, considers returning to two-year reclassification schedule

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The Georgia High School Association announced its new regions Wednesday, but the bigger news was a proposal to adjust the process again. The GHSA had announced new classifications in November.

Under the new plan, the state’s 445 member schools will remain in the same classification and region for the next four years, beginning in September.

The four-year cycle for this reclassification was approved last year. However, the reclassification committee has requested a return to the former long-time method of a two-year cycle. “Change is happening too quickly in education these days, and it is probably not in our best interests to go to a four-year cycle,” said Dr. Ralph Swearngin, the GHSA’s executive director.

“When we came up with the four-year idea a few years ago, we never could foresee all these changes in terms of growth, adding new schools, and people re-districting.”

That proposal, along with the final region assignments, will be voted upon by the GHSA’s executive committee Jan. 12. The reclassification committee will meet again Dec. 16 to hear any appeals about new region placements.

‘Catch-all’ Region 2-AAAAA should be strong

Here are the observations of the GHSF Daily’s Chip Saye and Todd Holcomb on the Dec. 2, 2009, regional realignment announcements for the 2010-11 academic year. They, and we at the AJC, also welcome your opinions.

Chip Saye’s observations:

*The increasing number of large schools in the metro Atlanta area continues to be a problem in Class AAAAA. The new Region 1-AAAAA in south Georgia will have only five schools, while every other region will have at least seven. In the alignment in place for this school year, every region in AAAAA has from eight to 10 schools.

*Region 2 appears to be the catch-all region in Class AAAAA. It includes two schools from DeKalb County (M.L. King, Stephenson), two Coweta County teams (Newnan, East Coweta), two from south Fulton (Langston Hughes, Westlake), one from Henry County (Luella) and one from Newton County (Newton). No other region besides Region 1 includes teams from more than two counties.

*It’s probably safe to pencil Buford in as a playoff team from Region 6-AA Div. A next season. The other five teams in its subregion (Avondale, Clarkston, Cross Keys, Decatur and GAC) had a combined record this season of 14-37. Six of the victories belonged to Avondale, and another was a forfeit to Cross Keys.

*Although about half of its schools do not play football, Region 7-A stands out as unusually large with its 25 members. The region is made up of private schools from north Fulton County to Macon. It should make for one heck of a basketball region tournament, though.

*Region 5-A will be loaded for football. Five of the eight schools that played a region schedule this season – Lincoln County, Warren County, Washington-Wilkes, Twiggs County and Wilkinson County – made the playoffs. There’s also Johnson County, which went 8-1 before losing in the Region 3-A playoff.

Todd Holcomb’s observations:

*Coffee and Tift County were 3-7 this season. One of them would’ve made the playoffs in the new Region 1-AAAAA, which has only five teams. But each of the five schools has made the quarterfinals this decade, and four have made the semifinals.

*Newnan, Stephenson and M.L. King have won weak regions this decade. That won’t be the case in the new and improved Region 2-AAAAA. This should be one of the top three or four football regions in Class AAAAA.

*None of the Regions 4-AAAAA teams won a playoff game this year, and only one qualified. In 6-AAAAA, Roswell is the only team that won a round in the playoffs or has any real name recognition around the state.

*The Houston County schools (Warner Robins, Houston County, Northside) were hoping to land in a region with Upson-Lee and Jones County. Instead, they’ll be traveling to Bainbridge and Thomas County Central on the Florida border. Warner Robins has never played Thomas County Central. Northside and Thomas Central have played once. This should be fun.

*Region 4-AA has three reigning region champions
(Eastside, Jackson, Sandy Creek) that are a combined 8-1 in the playoffs. Eastside and Sandy Creek are in the semifinals, and Jackson lost to Eastside in the quarters.

Here are the new regional alignments set Wednesday by the Georgia High School Association.

YOU TELL US: Are you happy with where your school ended up in region placement? Why or why not? And what’s your opinion on going back to a two-year reclassification cycle?

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Class AAAAA

Region 1

Coffee
Colquitt County
Lowndes
Tift County
Valdosta

Region 2

East Coweta
Langston Hughes
Luella
ML King
Newnan
Newton
Stephenson
Westlake

Region 3

Div. A
Beach
Benedictine
Camden County
Groves
Savannah Arts Academy

Div B
Bradwell Institute
Jenkins
Johnson
Savannah
Windsor Forest

Region 4

Campbell
Harrison
Hillgrove
Kennesaw Mountain
McEachern
North Cobb
Pebblebrook
South Cobb

Region 5

Cherokee
Etowah
Lassiter
Marietta
Walton
Wheeler
Woodstock

Region 6

Alpharetta
Centennial
Milton
Roswell
North Forsyth
Northview
South Forsyth

Region 7

Berkmar
Collins Hill
Duluth
Mill Creek
Norcross
Meadowcreek
Mountain View
North Gwinnett
Peachtree Ridge

Region 8

Archer
Brookwood
Central Gwinnett
Dacula
Grayson
Parkview
Shiloh
South Gwinnett

CLASS AAAA

Region 1

Bainbridge
Hardaway
Harris County
Houston County
Lee County
Northside, Col.
Northside, W.R.
Thomas Co. Central
Warner Robins

Region 2

Div. A
Brunswick
Glynn Academy
Liberty County
Richmond Hill
Ware County
Wayne County

Div. B
Effingham County
Evans
Greenbrier
Lakeside, Evans
South Effingham
Statesboro

Region 3

Div. A
Alcovy
Dutchtown
Jones County
Union Grove
Ola
Woodland, Stockbridge

Div. B
Fayette County
Griffin
McIntosh
Northgate
Starr’s Mill
Upson-Lee
Whitewater

Region 4

Div. A
Jonesboro
Lovejoy
Morrow
Mount Zion
Mundy’s Mill

Div. B
Banneker
Creekside
Forest Park
North Clayton
Riverdale
Tri-Cities

Region 5

Div. A
Alexander
Chapel Hill
Douglas County
Lithia Springs
S. Paulding
Paulding County
Villa Rica

Div. B
East Paulding
Hiram
Kell
N. Paulding
Osborne
Pope
Sprayberry

Region 6

Div. A
Carver, Atl.
Chamblee
Dunwoody
Lakeside, Atlanta
Marist
Tucker

Div. B
Douglass
Lithonia
Mays
Miller Grove
Redan
Southwest Dekalb

Region 7

Div. A
Cass
NW Whitfield
Rome
Sequoyah
Woodland, Cartersville

Div. B
Chattahoochee
Creekview
Forsyth Central
Johns Creek
Lambert
S. Forsyth

Region 8

Div. A
Apalachee
Clarke Cen.
Flowery Branch
Habersham Cen
Madison Co.
Winder-Barrow

Div. B
Cedar Shoals
Heritage (Con.)
Loganville
Rockdale Co.
Salem

CLASS AAA

Region 1

Americus-Sumter
Cairo
Crisp County
Dougherty
Monroe, Albany
Westover
Worth County

Region 2

Div. A
Baldwin
Howard
Mary Persons
Peach County
Rutland

Div. B
Central, Macon
Perry
Veterans
West Laurens
Westside, Macon

Region 3

Subregion A
Burke County
Butler
Cross Creek
Glenn Hills
Hephzibah
Johnson, Augusta
Washington County

Subregion B
Davidson Fine Arts
Grovetown
Harlem
Josey
Richmond Academy
Thomson
Westside, Augusta

Region 4

Drew
Eagles Landing
Eastside
Henry County
Jackson
Locust Grove
Sandy Creek
Spalding
Stockbridge

Region 5

Div. A
Druid Hills
Grady
North Atlanta
North Springs
Riverwood
St. Pius X
Washington

Div. B
Arabia Mountain
Cedar Grove
Columbia
McNair
Stone Mountain
Towers
Woodward Academy

Region 6

Carrollton
Cedartown
Central Carrollton
Columbus
Haralson County
LaGrange
New Manchester
Shaw
Troup

Region 7

Div. A
Dalton
Heritage, Ringgold
LaFayette
Ridgeland
Ringgold
SE Whitfield

Div. B
Allatoona
Cartersville
Gilmer
Murray County
Pickens

Region 8

Subregion A
Chestatee
Franklin Co.
Lumpkin Co.
N. Hall
Stephens Co.
White Co.

Subregion B
Gainesville
Johnson, Gain.
Lanier
Monroe Area
Oconee Co.
Walnut Grove
West Hall

CLASS AA

Region 1

Albany
Berrien
Brooks County
Cook
Early County
Fitzgerald
Thomasville

Region 2

Appling County
Brantley County
Coastal
Jeff Davis
Long County
McIntosh Co. Ac.
Pierce County
St. Vincent’s Ac.
Tattnall County

Region 3

Subregion A
Bleckley County
Dodge County
Dublin
East Laurens
Vidalia

Subregion B
Jefferson County
Laney
Screven County
SE Bulloch
Swainsboro
Toombs County

Region 4

Crawford Co.
Greene Co.
Lamar Co.
Morgan Co.
Monticello
NE Macon
Pike County
Putnam Co.
SW Macon

Region 5

Callaway
Carver, Col.
Heard County
Jordan
Kendrick
Manchester
Spencer
Temple

Region 6

Subregion A
Avondale
Buford
Clarkston
Cross Keys
Decatur
G.A.C.

Subregion B
Blessed Trinity
Jackson, Atl.
Lovett
S. Atlanta
Therrell
Westminster

Region 7

Subregion A
Adairsville
Armuchee
Coosa
Model
Pepperell
River Ridge
Rockmart

Subregion B
Calhoun
Chattooga
Coahulla Creek
Dade County
Gordon Central
Lakeview, Ft. Oglethorpe
North Murray
Sonoraville

Region 8

Subregion A
Banks County
Dawson Co.
East Hall
Fannin Co.
Rabun Co.
Union Co.

Subregion B
East Jackson
Elbert Co.
Hart County
Jackson Co.
Jefferson
N. Oconee
Oglethorpe Co.

CLASS A

Region 1

Subregion A
Baconton Charter
Baker County
Miller County
Mitchell County
Pelham
Seminole County

Subregion B
Calhoun County
Quitman County
Randolph-Clay
Stewart County
Terrell County
Webster County

Region 2

Subregion A
Atkinson County
Charlton County
Clinch County
Echols County
Lanier County
Ware County Magnet

Subregion B
Bacon County
Irwin County
Telfair County
Turner County
Wilcox County

Region 3

Subregion A
Bryan County
Calvary Day
Claxton
Savannah Christian
Sav. Country Day

Subregion B
Emanuel Co. Inst.
Jenkins Co.
Metter
Montgomery Co.
Portal
Treutlen
Wheeler County

Region 4

Subregion A
Dooly Co.
Hawkinsville
Macon Co.
Schley Co.
Taylor Co.

Subregion B
Brookstone
Central, Talb.
Chatt. County
Greenville
Marion Co.
Pacelli

Region 5

Subregion A
Aquinas
Glascock County
Lincoln County
Taliaferro County
Warren County
Washington-Wilkes

Subregion B
Ga. Academy – Blind
Georgia Military
Hancock Central
Johnson County
Twiggs County
Wilkinson County

Region 6

Subregion A
Darlington
Excel Christian
Ga. School – Deaf
Gordon Lee
Morris Innovative
Trion

Subregion B
Bowdon
Bremen
Mt. Paran Christian
Mt. Zion
N. Cobb Christian
Walker

Region 7

Subregion A
Atlanta International
Dekalb Arts
Fellowship Christian
Galloway
Holy Innocents
King’s Ridge
Mt. Pisgah Christian
Pace Academy
Pinecrest Academy
Providence Christian
St. Francis
Wesleyan

Subregion B
Ben Franklin
Eagles Land. Christian
First Presbyterian
Greenforest Christian
Landmark Christian
Our Lady of Mercy
Paideia
SW Atlanta Christian
Strong Rock Christian
Tech Charter
W.D. Mohammed
Whitefield Academy
Yeshiva

Region 8

Subregion A
Commerce
Lakeview Ac.
Rabun Gap
Riverside Mil.
Tallulah Falls
Towns Co.
Woody Gap

Subregion B
Athens Ac.
Athens Chr.
George Walton
Hebron Chr.
Prince Avenue Christian
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YOU TELL US: Are you happy with where your school ended up in region placement? Why or why not? And what’s your opinion on going back to a two-year reclassification cycle?

272 comments Add your comment

bILL wALTERS

December 2nd, 2009
5:55 pm

Where is Charlton County? NOT LISTED IN CLAS A REGIONS?

Jags for life

December 2nd, 2009
5:56 pm

Please explain: Region 1 has 5 teams, I gues I can live with that, but you sub divide region 3 why? and the royal stick it to’em award goes to region 2. Stephenson has to travel to sharpsberg when South Gwinnett and Shiloh are only minutes away, please someone that knows more than me exolain.

phil

December 2nd, 2009
5:56 pm

Tough to build good rivalries with constant switching. Woodward went from an I-20 West AAAA region, to an I-75 South 4 AAA region (2 years) to an odd 5AAA BSouth Atlanta to Stone Mountain region. Oh well, line up and play.

Gryphon

December 2nd, 2009
6:00 pm

I’m happy with Griffin’s region, we always seem to be moved around during re-alignment because of our location. I like being in with the Fayette schools, with the Henry schools on the other side of the region.

We get to restart our rivalry with Upson-Lee… and best of all, we avoided the Macon-Warner Robbins region. Though I would love Griffin to play NSWR in a home and home non-region series.

phil

December 2nd, 2009
6:00 pm

biLL wALTERS

I wanted to say that wil all the Baileys’ and other talent you guys have produced down there, you have to play in the pro’s, but the GHSA sight has Charlton in Region 2A Subregion A along with Atkinson Co,, Clinch Co., Echols Co., lanier Co., and Ware Co/ Magnet

Continued success!

cherokee

December 2nd, 2009
6:04 pm

What is the reasoning with Region 7 in class A having 23 schools.

RTScott

December 2nd, 2009
6:04 pm

Where is Wesleyan?

Region 2

December 2nd, 2009
6:08 pm

Power shift in Region 2, just when MLK and Stepenson thought they had Newton to worry about, here comes Newnan. Region 2 lost 3 real bad teams and one good team to be replaced by a mystery team and 3 playoff teams from region 4. boy it sucks to be us!but like Phil said Line up and play.

Hornet Dave

December 2nd, 2009
6:22 pm

Sweet. We are 38-4 against teams in our new region since 1982.

inthatrenches

December 2nd, 2009
6:22 pm

Looks like region 2 will be strong 6 playoff teams in the mix??? Great athletes!! great schools looking forward to representing region 2 properly!!! Go Cougars make Region 4 and Region 2 proud!!!

Chris Whitfield

December 2nd, 2009
6:28 pm

Some regions (like Region 7 in class A) have an huge number of schools in them, but remember that some of these schools don’t play football and field very few athletic teams. Was surprised that First Presbyterian (a private school in Macon moving over from the GISA) was placed in this region. That is a long ride to Whitefield Academy.

whspatriot

December 2nd, 2009
6:29 pm

Thank goodness Peach County and Perry is getting out of Region 1-AAA. Peach County has owned the whole region the past two years in football, but everything else we (Westover) have won in cross country, basketball, swimming, tennis, and wrestling. So I’m pretty happy about the changes for 1-AAA.

Bruce Wayne

December 2nd, 2009
6:30 pm

Where’s Mill Creek? Should’nt they be AAAAA Region 8?

Denny25

December 2nd, 2009
6:36 pm

Not really. Some schools are not even listed. Like Lafayette H.S., Ringgold H.S. , and Mill Creek. So where are they schools going to end up?

Waco_die_hard_fan

December 2nd, 2009
6:37 pm

with this region line up is it to early to say we the region champs because all these teams either rebuilding or just suck(all augusta area teams)

Region 3
Subregion A
Burke County
Butler
Cross Creek
Glenn Hills
Hephzibah
Johnson, Augusta
Washington County

Subregion B
Davidson Fine Arts
Grovetown
Harlem
Josey
Richmond Academy
Thomson
Westside, Augusta

GADevildawgs

December 2nd, 2009
6:41 pm

why is South Forsyth listed in 5A and 4A….with the opening of Lambert I would think it would be 4A

Rex

December 2nd, 2009
6:44 pm

Where is Clinch County?

NHS

December 2nd, 2009
6:46 pm

Okay, not a bad lineup for Region 1AAAA but Northside Columbus has to change their name. Northside vs Northside in the same Region, no way. How about just North Columbus?

Ocee

December 2nd, 2009
6:46 pm

Where is Wesleyan?

NHS

December 2nd, 2009
6:50 pm

Well, Region 3AAAAA is a joke again. Savannah Arts Academy plays football in AAAAA? Camden will score a 100 on them.

Bodog

December 2nd, 2009
6:58 pm

Glad to see LaGrange and Troup, and Shaw, and Columbus get in Reg. 6 It will be competitive …… I wonder if everybody is happy? I’m not because you cannot establish tradition doing all this re-alignment…..

independent pigskin

December 2nd, 2009
7:07 pm

Wesleyan is placed in Region 7 along with the other 24 teams

Hal

December 2nd, 2009
7:10 pm

where is Liberty county?

yo

December 2nd, 2009
7:10 pm

Poor Bainbridge….talk about travel!!! Wow!
3 schools in Warner Robins around 3 hour drive.
Northside Columbus and Hardaway close to a 3 hour drive.
Harris County a 3 and 1/2 hour drive

That is 7 schools an average of around 3 hours drive each.

yo

December 2nd, 2009
7:11 pm

Make that 6 schools around 3 hours drive each.

yo

December 2nd, 2009
7:14 pm

Region 1 and 2 of Class A are identical. Left out Charlton, Clinch and the rest of that region.

wardawg

December 2nd, 2009
7:18 pm

Colquitt you don’t have WR and Northside. Looks like Lowdnes will alternate yearly with Valdosta. The most prominent programs in 1 AAAAA. At least you will be third seed again.

almighty1

December 2nd, 2009
7:19 pm

It’s time to stop the Region 3, 5A’s joke. It was funny for a while but it is just pathetic now. Just how much money is Camden paying these schools to make fools of themselves?

ImaTitleTownBaby

December 2nd, 2009
7:38 pm

Having only 5 teams in Region 1-AAAAA means they will have room to schedule competitive non-region games.

Callitlikeitis

December 2nd, 2009
7:49 pm

Wow Region 2 Class 5A just got tougher!!

DaveDawg96

December 2nd, 2009
7:49 pm

The great thing about the new AAAAA regions that wrap around the north side of Atlanta is that they have room for growth and will be able to accommodate additional schools within their footprint for many years to come — they’re the new template on the north side for AAAAA.

SportsFan31313

December 2nd, 2009
7:52 pm

A Lot of adjustments. What in world is going on in Region 3-AAAAA?

cherokee

December 2nd, 2009
7:53 pm

Chris Whitfield ………….This region is to spread out. The drive from Roswell to ELCA is terrible. Need to split it up into closer schoole

Black is Back

December 2nd, 2009
7:53 pm

Rex
Clinch County and Charlton County a both in Class A Region 2 subregion A.

SportsFan31313

December 2nd, 2009
7:54 pm

Hal Johnson.

Liberty County is Class AAAA That is a huge jump with a lot of competition.

cherokee

December 2nd, 2009
7:56 pm

SportsFan31313……… That’s the way that region has pretty much been since I was in school back in the mid 70’s all of the Savannah schools and the county schools near by.

SportsFan31313

December 2nd, 2009
7:56 pm

The Coaches in Region 3-AAAAA should be ashamed of themselves. Why isn’t Savannah Arts Academy in Region 3-A? These Coaches are making a Mockery of the Region. I am a Bradwell Institute Fan and this is just plain stupid…..

cherokee

December 2nd, 2009
7:58 pm

I thought it was up to the school if they wanted to play up in classification, not the region coaches

SportsFan31313

December 2nd, 2009
7:59 pm

cherokee,

I graduated from Bradwell Institute in the 70’s and we didn’t play all of these schools. The strength of schedule was a bit stronger. This is very embarrassing.

cherokee

December 2nd, 2009
8:02 pm

SportsFan31313 I graduated from Wayne County in 77 and we played all of them and the two Brunswick schools along with Benedictine, except for Savannah Arts, and Camden it was in a lower classification then

SportsFan31313

December 2nd, 2009
8:02 pm

I will call this right now. Bradwell Institute will be Sub Region Champions in Division B of Region 3-AAAAA and Camden County will be Sub Region Champions in Division A then Camden County will become Region Champions of Region 3-AAAAA. Sickening…….

Black is Back

December 2nd, 2009
8:03 pm

MIll Creek is now in region 7

Black is Back

December 2nd, 2009
8:04 pm

opps Mill Creek is now in region 7

cherokee

December 2nd, 2009
8:04 pm

I feel for Camden no matter what region they are in they have at least 100 mile trip 5 times a year to play

glw

December 2nd, 2009
8:06 pm

I agree, Class AAAAA is pretty evenly distributed, though only 5 teams in Region 1 it is still a pretty tough region. Region 2 is tough, and with Newnan, East Coweta sort of isolated, so it was almost no choice but to put them in with the Region 2 teams.

Liberty Co, I think got bumped up because they are isolated so were put with the teams in 2-AAAA.

With regions being set for 4 years now, I noticed not as many teams elected to play up. there was 74 teams in 5A, with the new alignments there will be only 62. And many schools elected to stay put. (Kell,Pope,Chattahoochee, Sandy Creek). Though must admit, I dont understand why Sandy Creek didnt choose to play up, they won region 5AAAA the last 2 years, and are in the semi finals this week, plus they would have been grouped with their 4 county rivals plus Northgate which is a good rivalry with them, instead they choose to play with Eastside, and the Henry Co. Schools in AAA?

SportsFan31313

December 2nd, 2009
8:08 pm

cherokee

Yes I remember. But in 77 we did’nt Play Wayne County. We were Region 3-AA Champions that year beating Waycross, Effingham County, Johnson of Savannah, Screven County, Estill South Carolina, Tying Camden County, beating Thompson, Peach County, Washington County, and Swainsboro twic for the Region 3-AA Title.

Black is Back

December 2nd, 2009
8:12 pm

Denny25
LaFayette and Ringgold are in Class 3a region 7 div A and Mill Creek is in AAAAA Region 7

NTH Trojans

December 2nd, 2009
8:15 pm

After looking at the AAA realignment, it looks as though regions 3, 6, and 8 will be very good next year. In AAAA, I’m looking forward to watching a lot of region 5 games (especially Hiram/EP) next year.

SportsFan31313

December 2nd, 2009
8:18 pm

Liberty County will be in very very tough Region. There are a lot of very good teams that Liberty County have never played. Liberty County had a successful season this year in Class AAA but this is a new ball game playing up against some of these very good football programs such as Brunswick,
Glynn Academy, Ware County, and Statesboro. Coach Kirk Warner will definitely have a new outlook on this Class, and Region.

SportsFan31313

December 2nd, 2009
8:21 pm

Hal

Liberty County High School is Located in Hinesville, Georgia. That is the new County High School. Bradwell Institute is the City School.