Huh? Now wait a minute. How can a school be in two different regions at the same time?
Well, that looks like the way it is going to be for some Class A teams the next two school years (2008-2010). If this plan is approved by the full GHSA Board on January 10, Class A will have "football" regions and "other sports" regions.
For football only, our Red Devils will remain in 7-A with Aquinas, GMC, Glascock County, Hancock Central, Warren County, Washington-Wilkes, and Wilkinson County. Monticello moved to AA, and Twiggs County got shuffled back to tough 2-A.
Then, for basketball, baseball, and "all other sports", Lincoln County will be in Subregion A of Region 4 with Aquinas, Taliaferro County, Warren County, and W-W. Subregion B will include the rest of 7-A's football schools plus Twiggs County from Football 2-A.
The arrangement gives our Devils 6 region games, so we'll need to find 4 non-region opponents for the next 2 seasons.
[Click here for the complete Region Alignments list from GHSA.net]
We note that none of the other 4 classes have two sets of region alignments. This was apparently done to accommodate the large number of small private schools in the Atlanta area, many of whom field basketball or other sports teams but not gridiron squads.
For other local teams, Thomson and Washington County will be in Region 3-AAA with Burke County, Baldwin (moving down), and others. Region 3-AAAA, with several teams "playing up a class", includes Butler, Cross Creek, Evans, Lakeside, ARC, Glenn Hills, Harlem, Hephzibah, Josey, Westside, and the new Columbia County school. Greenbrier moves to AAAAA and plays in an Atlanta region.
And Region 1-AAAAA might be the best-known region in the state, with Valdosta, Warner Robins, Northside Warner Robins, Lowndes and Tift County.