GHSA places eight Muscogee County schools into classes

kprice@ledger-enquirer.comNovember 18, 2013 

The Georgia High School Association reclassification committee met Monday morning and placed GHSA schools into one of six classes.

As expected, the eight MCSD schools are spread out over four classifications much like they have been over the last two years.

Hardaway remains in Class AAAAA, while Northside moves down to AAAA where Columbus and Shaw remain.

Carver moves up to AAAA.

Kendrick moves up to AAA, while Spencer and Jordan remain in AA.

Non-MCSD teams in the area will stay where they are: Harris County in AAAAA and Chattahoochee County in AA.

Schools will have until Dec. 2 to inform the GHSA that it wants to move up to a higher classification. Schools can not move down.

For the past four years, MCSD has allowed its schools to play where they fall.

But that means schools often face increased travel costs and lower ticket sales from playing schools that are multiple hours away.

According to outgoing MCSD system-wide athletics director Gary Gibson, the final decision on whether the schools will play up will be made by Lewis.

One possibility is that the MCSD moves Northside, Columbus, Shaw and Carver into AAAAA with Hardaway, and move Jordan and Spencer into AAA with Kendrick.

The GHSA goes through the reclassification process every two years, placing like-sized schools together to promote competitiveness.

The reclassification committee could place 14-17 percent of schools in each of the five largest classes with the rest in Class A.

Lee County will be the smallest Class 6A school with 1,820 students.

Class AAAAA's largest school is Winder-Barrow with 1,795 and the smallest is Woodland-Henry County with 1,413. Hardaway has 1,485 students, while Harris County has 1,584.

Class AAAA's largest school is Riverdale with 1,393 and the smallest is Pike County with 1,096. Northside has 1,324 with Columbus with 1,292, Shaw 1,207 and Carver 1,182.

Class AAA's largest school is Dawson County with 1,087 and the smallest is Glenn Hills with 801. Kendrick, which was the largest AA school the past two years, is now the eighth smallest in AAA with 841.

Class AA goes from 798 (Berrien County) to 438 (Pace Academy). Spencer has 786, Jordan 717 and Chattahoochee County 470.

Kevin Price, 706-320-4493. Follow Kevin on Twitter@lesports and on Facebook at facebook.com/ledgerenquirersports

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