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Reclassification could affect area schools
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On Tuesday, Nov. 5, the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) released its tentative reclassification alignments and while schools in this area will not be moved up or down, it is likely that the teams they face will change starting with the 2020-2021 school year.

Long County and Liberty County will both likely remain in Region 2 of AAA and will continue playing Appling, Brantley, Pierce, and Tattnall County. However, with six teams moving up or down from Region 3-AAA (otherwise known as the Savannah Region), there is a chance the two regions could combine.

This would likely bring Benedictine Military Academy, Windsor Forest High School, Johnson High School, and Groves High School into Region 2 to create a ten-team league. Long County is familiar with Groves and Benedictine, having played in a region with them when teams were in AA five years ago. Liberty County was in the same region as Windsor Forest in Region 3-AAAA in 2015.

Bradwell Institute will see a change in one team in their region. The Tigers will likely remain in Region 2-6A, but will see the departure of Richmond Hill High School, which will move up one classification to 7A. They will, however, add South Effingham High School, which moves up from 5A and joins Effingham County in 6A.

All schools that moved up or down will have until November 11 to appeal their new classification alignment. At this point, Richmond Hill will likely stay in Region 1-7A despite being isolated from other schools in the region (Colquitt County, Camden County, Lowndes County, and Tift County).

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