High School Sports

What the new GHSA classifications mean for Middle Georgia high school sports

The Georgia High School Association released its reclassification list Tuesday pushing a few local teams around Middle Georgia into new classes next season.

Schools in classes 2A through 6A were classified based on the Student Reclassification Count, which is a new multiplier rule that counts students from out of the zone as two students.

The multiplier cannot force schools out of 1A and 7A because those classes are based strictly on enrollment, according to the GHSA.

The Mary Persons Bulldogs were moved from class 4A to class 3A. This could set up a potential move into a region with Westside and Peach County as their region mate, Central, has moved to 4A.

Dublin will be moving down from class 2A to class 1A. Dublin is currently undefeated this season in 2A.

This motion was passed at a State Executive Committee meeting on September 30, according to minutes from the meeting.

Central is already considering an appeal due to their number of International Baccalaureate students in the school. Bibb County Athletic Director Barney Hester said a large majority of the out of zone students are at Central due to it being the only IB program in the Bibb County school district.

“I do know that Central is appealing to stay down in 3A,” Hester said. “I am not sure if that will hold up or not but I have had conversations with Andre (Taylor), their athletic director, and they are looking at the possibility of appealing to stay in 3A.”

Schools have the option to appeal these decisions. The deadline for appeals in Nov. 11.

Justin Baxley is the fan life reporter at The Telegraph and writes stories centered around entertainment, food and sports in the Macon community. Justin joined the Telegraph staff after graduating from Mercer University in May 2017 with a degree in criminal justice and journalism. During his time at Mercer he served as the sports editor for The Cluster.