The Georgia High School Association has placed schools in regions for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years. As a result, there are a few regions and sub-regions that are full of Augusta-area schools.
At Tuesday’s meeting, the GHSA allowed Evans, through the isolation rule, to play down in Class AAAAA with other local teams after Evans was originally placed in AAAAAA. Evans will be in Region 2-AAAAA, Sub-region A with Richmond Academy, Cross Creek, Greenbrier, Grovetown and Lakeside. Richmond Academy and Cross Creek both elected to play up a class.
They weren’t the only local schools to decide to play up, however. A.R. Johnson, Butler, Davidson Fine Arts, Josey and Laney have all moved up to Class AAA so they could play with other area teams. They are in Region 3-AAA with Richmond County Technical Career Magnet, Glenn Hills, Hephzibah, Washington County and Westside.
In Class AAAA, Burke County and Thomson are together in Region 3-AAAA with Liberty County, New Hampstead, Wayne County and Windsor Forest. Burke County and Thomson used to be region mates, with the Bears and Bulldogs meeting for the Region 3-AAA football championship in consecutive years in 2010 and 2011. They scheduled each other for nonregion games the past two seasons.
Down in Class AA, Harlem, Jefferson County and Screven County are in 3-AA with Dublin, East Laurens, Metter and Swainsboro. Washington-Wilkes remained in Region 8-AA, where it’s the lone local team in that region.
Finally, Aquinas, Lincoln County and Warren County are again in the same region at 7-A. They help make up Sub-region B, as incoming private schools from Macon who made the jump from the GISA were among those placed in the same region and in Sub-region A.
Schools have until Friday, Dec. 13 at noon to request a lateral transfer to another region. Those appeals will be heard Dec. 17. Then, on Jan. 14, any final lateral appeals will be heard and the reclassification plan will be ratified.