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Lee County unhappy with GHSA reclassification

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The Georgia High School Association released the 2014-2016 reclassification numbers Monday.

There may be no team more unhappy with what they saw than the Lee County Trojans.

The Trojans will be moving up to 6A in 2014, and Lee County athletic director says it came as a shock to everyone in Leesburg.

"We really thought we'd land in AAAAA, but there has to be a cutoff somewhere," says Williams. "Our numbers are closer to AAAAA than our new opponents in AAAAAA. It's just a new challenge for us."

LCHS will be the smallest school by enrollment in AAAAAA at 1802 students.

Langston Hughes High School, the second smallest, has 1808 students. The third smallest, Pope, has 1828 students.

By comparison, the largest school in AAAAA is Winder-Barrow with 1795 students.

"We're only seven students from AAAAA. We're about 20, 25 students from the next AAAAAA school," Williams notes. "When you look up at some of these bigger schools that have over three thousand students, that's a big difference in your talent pool."

Other south Georgia schools were affected by reclassification.

Coffee High School will likely move down a class to AAAAA. All other 6A schools remain there.

Bainbridge and Thomas County Central remain in AAAAA.

Dougherty, Albany, and Worth County were moved down to AAA.

However, all three could request to play up in AAAA to remain near to the rest of the current AAAA schools in the area.

Dougherty County Schools athletic director Johnny Seabrooks says he'll let Albany's and Dougherty's administration decide if playing up is the right option.

"Travel is the number one factor," Seabrooks says. "Competitive wise, we want to make sure our student athletes have a chance to compete. Playing in another classification where they don't have a chance to compete, that's not fair to them either."

Seabrooks says the schools will wait to see the new regions, which should come out in about two weeks, before they decide in which class the Indians and Trojans will play.

Only two other schools are making moves. Cook High is moving up to AAA, but the Hornets could move back down to AA depending on how the regions work out.

The Seminole County Indians are moving up to AA.

To find where your school lies, go to http://www.ghsa.net/sites/default/files/documents/reclassification/2014-16_Reclassification_Classes.pdf

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