High school notebook: Calvary Christian playing in new athletic association

dmitchell@ledger-enquirer.comJanuary 17, 2014 

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Calvary Christian athletic teams are competing in a new athletic association as of this month.

Formerly members of the Georgia Independent School Association and the Independent Christian Schools of Georgia and Alabama (football), all sports will now compete in the Georgia Independent Christian Athletic Association.

School headmaster Lynn McWilliams said the change was made to get all sports competing in the same association as well as the familiarity with some of the schools that were going to be competing in the GICAA, which is a relatively new association.

The decision was made last summer, but McWilliams said he and other school officials decided to play out their commitments to the ICSGA and GISA in the fall. The original plan was for winter sports to compete in GISA, as well, but due to undisclosed reasons, the switch was made early.

As a result of the early switch, however, Calvary’s winter sports will be ineligible for postseason play in the GICAA. The school will be at full participation beginning in the spring.

REGION ALIGNMENTS SET, PENDING FRIDAY MANCHESTER-GREENVILLE VOTE: Thomas County Central’s motion to play down in Class AAAA was granted at the state executive committee on Tuesday. As a result, the final layout for Region 1-AAAAA includes six area teams plus LaGrange. Carver, Columbus, Hardaway, Harris County, Northside and Shaw will all compete in the region.

Chattahoochee County will compete in Region 5-AA, remaining with Bowdon, Bremen, Temple and Heard County. Kendrick, Jordan and Spencer will share a subregion with Peach County in Region 2-AAA. In the other subregion are Central-Macon, Jackson, Rutland, Southwest-Macon and Westside-Macon.

Region 4-A will look very similar with one exception. While Brookstone, Marion County and Pacelli will still compete with the likes of Hawkinsville and Dooly County, there is a chance Greenville will consolidate with Manchester High, eliminating it from the region.

A vote to determine the consolidation will be held on Friday. If the consolidation passes, Manchester, which is slated for Region 5-AA, and Greenville would create a new school that would compete in Region 2-AAA.

PLAYERS REACH MILESTONE, COACH HONORED AT GLENWOOD: Girls basketball player Elizabeth Perdue and boys basketball player Ant Holtzclaw each reached the 1,000-point milestone over the past week.

Perdue did it in a win over Lakeside on Tuesday, while Holtzclaw got his in a win over Lee-Scott on Jan. 9. For the season, Perdue is averaging 16 points per game, while Holtzclaw notches 18 points per contest. Holtzclaw got his 1,000 points in less than three seasons, after joining the Gators in his sophomore season.

Glenwood baseball coach Tim Fanning was honored by the American Baseball Coaches Association with an award for community service in the game of baseball. It was presented to him by Jeff Lagner, the brand manager of Turface Athletics.

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