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 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 Monday, Dec. 19 at 10 a.m. at the GHSA’s office building, according to the Web site.