I'll wait for Sporty's analysis. I root for Bradwell, but don't follow the regions close enough to be able to make sense of the significance of the proposed alignments. Things do seem to be looking up for Bradwell, so hopefully the proposed alignment will work to their advantage, too.
Well it is exactly what it is. "Proposed" alignments. I doubt Coffee County, and Brunswick will move over to Region 3-AAAAA. Statesboro, i doubt it as well. The student enrollment is not comensurate with the requirements to satisy being them moving up to Class AAAAA. They could play in class AAAAA in non region competition. But kets wait and see. What is your assessment Tiger 5 and Hollabackk?
I have talked with folks from Coffee and they are happy to be here, and away from the ever-so-difficult region 1 6A. Brunswick is more than happy to be out of that Reg 1 6A as well. Statesboro has no choice but to play AAAAA ball. The FTE numbers dictated a move from AAAA.
The way I see it now? Bradwell is all of the sudden in what most journalists and analysts consider to be the strongest 5A region in the state; top to bottom. These schools will have to be ready every week. The region will not be subdivided in football. Each team will have to play all other 8 teams. Making the playoffs will be well earned, even as a 4-seed. And it’s not just football that will be a challenge. It is every sport. These are quality schools with quality athletic programs. Personally, I like it. Steel sharpens steel. Run with ‘em, or run from ‘em!
As for Liberty, they just earned at least a 4-seed in the playoffs every year as long as that region holds up. All they have to do is be better than Windsor Forest and New Hampstead. Unless things change dramatically, that shouldn’t be a problem.
"Bradwell is all of the sudden in what most journalists and analysts consider to be the strongest 5A region in the state; top to bottom."
I really wont be satisfied until Liberty county wises up and goes back to one highschool. The county is constantly growing, so whats next another highschool? Another private school?
We keep putting money into adding onto B.I. and Liberty. We are growing but we were not big enuff when the split first happened and still are'nt now.
Effingham County athletics has never recovered and Liberty County hasnt either.
I remember a few years back when rumors started around Camden County about a highschool split and the county went nuts. They were not gonna have it.
One small/medium town..One Highschool.
It would put B.I. in AAAAAA but the talent pool would be there to compete just like they did when AAAA was the biggest classification in Ga.
But I doubt it will ever happen. Unless.... Basketball talent shifts to Liberty County, and football talent shifts to Bradwell. That would be great. But of course school zones will not allow that ever happen. Unless, Bradwell can offer some type of emersion program that students would have a need for to enhance their
That would great if that was to ever happen, and I hope you ate right. But I see these proposed region re- alignment, and it never seem to actually end that way. But I hope you are right.
It seems to be a done deal. I was told that coaches/administrators from each of the schools (region 3 5A) have already met, with no indication of any school seeking to appeal their region assignment.
This region is interesting for other reasons as well. Effingham County and Richmond Hill both qualified as 6A schools (barely) but were placed into this 5A region because of the isolation rule. In other words, there were no other 6A sized schools anywhere near either of these two schools.
Plus, Camden will continue to play football in Region 1 6A. They too have, albeit less of one, a problem with similar sized schools near them. I suppose it was determined that football, with its minimal travel dates, would not be that big of a burden logistically. Also, they are far too large (approx 2700 students) to play football in a smaller classification. It makes a difference across all sports, but much more in football.
Well that is great. This will now credibility and strength to Region 3-AAAAA. There are some great teams in this new alignment. Statesboro have a long history of successful football season.
Here are the 2012 population estimates for the three counties you mentioned:
Houston County: 146,000
Lowndes County: 114,500
Liberty County: 65,400